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Anatomy Of A Dewback”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTn636Dg8Sg - at Honor The Force youtube channel. (1997. 27 mins.)
 

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“This documentary takes a look at the meticulous work that went into recreating scenes for the 1997 Special edition release of the Original Trilogy.”
 

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No fate but what we make - apart from force dyads!

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MidAmeriCon (1976) Worldcon - Star Wars Q&A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmhjvkj8_aw&t - from the FANAC Fan History YouTube channel (27 mins long)

The blurb:
“MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention, was held in Kansas City in 1976. Before the film was released, before Star Wars and George Lucas were household names, producer Gary Kurtz, star Mark Hamill and marketing director Charles Lippincott came to MidAmeriCon to promote Star Wars. This Q&A session is full of fascinating background information about the film, the filming and the attitudes of the Star Wars team. For example, listen to Kurtz talk about the massive $18M gate they would need to break even. This is brought to you by the FANAC Fan History Project, with video from the Video Archeology project (coordinated by Geri Sullivan, with technical work by David Dyer-Bennet).”

MidAmericon (1976) Worldcon - The Preview of Star Wars (interview with Charles Lippincott)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoKK-aFcQIg - from the FANAC Fan History YouTube channel (3 mins long)

Episodenothing blog link discussing the convention and the Q&A video.

2017 OT•com thread

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This one’s kind of a stretch as far as SW is concerned, but there is a short ROTJ segment and a bit if ESB scattered here and there, and it does showcase a lot of the techniques used in the OT so I figured I’d post it here anyway.
Thanks to darth-gary for sending me the link to this video.

Special Effects - 1984 documentary on SFX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp1Y_kVL6a0 - from the Cinema Garmonbozia YouTube channel (53 mins long)

Skip to 21:15 for the segment on the use of steadicams on the ROTJ speeder chase scene, and at 34:10 they discuss sound effects and foley, briefly using ESB as an example.

I couldn’t find any other info about this documentary, not even an IMDB page, so if you know anything else about this, please let me know and I’ll update this post.

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SilverWook said:

I recorded it off of PBS back in the day. There apparently was an LD release in Japan.
https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/28211/SS098-0022/SFX-Special

Interesting. Like a lot of these 80’s VFX documentaries they don’t have very original or even consistent names, so they’re very hard to track down. Plus, there’s apparently a 1984 thriller called “Special Effects” so I only get links to info about that film when I try to google this doc. I also just discovered that there’s a 2011 thread dedicated to the LD you linked to, though they didn’t seem to get much further than that with it.

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Special Sound Oscars for Close Encounters and Star Wars: 1978 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMAAzS4brDc - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (5 mins long)

The blurb:
“Mark Hamill, C-3PO and R2-D2 present Special Achievement awards for Sound Effects Editing to Frank E. Warner for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and to Benjamin Burtt, Jr. for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in Star Wars, at the 50th Academy Awards. Hosted by Bob Hope.”

Star Wars Wins Original Score: 1978 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaJTETd_grg - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (1:30 mins long)

The blurb:
“John Williams wins the Oscar for Music (Original Score) for Star Wars at the 50th Academy Awards. Henry Mancini, Johnny Green and Olivia Newton-John present the award.”

Star Wars Wins Sound and Visual Effects: 1978 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX2QzYHG1yc - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (8 mins long)

The blurb:
“William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck present Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler and Derek Ball with the Oscar for Sound, and Joan Fontaine presents John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune and Robert Blalack with the Oscar for Visual Effects for Star Wars at the 50th Academy Awards. Hosted by Bob Hope.”

Star Wars Wins Costume Design: 1978 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLfrw7MvCcs&t - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (5 mins long)

The blurb:
“Natalie Wood presenting John Mollo with the Oscar® for Costume Design for “Star Wars” at the 50th Academy Awards in 1978.”

Star Wars Wins Film Editing: 1978 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1dW6bNBzN8 - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (2:40 mins long)

The blurb:
“Farrah Fawcett and Marcello Mastroianni present Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew with the Oscar for Film Editing for Star Wars at the 50th Academy Awards.”

Star Wars Wins Art Direction: 1978 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS1KiEEXysI - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (3:40 mins long)

The blurb:
“Greer Garson and Henry Winkler present the Oscar for Art Direction to John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley and Roger Christian for Star Wars at the 50th Academy Awards. Hosted by Bob Hope.”

Full 1978 Oscars Playlist link

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The Empire Strikes Back Receives a Special Award: 1981 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mzbH3DD73M - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (4 mins long)

The blurb:
“Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren and Bruce Nicholson receive a Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects) for The Empire Strikes Back at the 53rd Academy Awards. Presented by Jack Valenti and hosted by Johnny Carson.”

The Empire Strikes Back Wins Sound: 1981 Oscars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxH7SyleqDI - from the official Oscars YouTube channel (4 mins long)

The blurb:
“Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker and Peter Sutton win the Oscar for Sound for The Empire Strikes Back at the 53rd Academy Awards. Billy Dee Williams and Bernadette Peters present the award.”

Full 1981 Oscars Playlist link

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Star Wars Special Editions Press kit B-Roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLITqKDpkQM - from the TheStarWarsTrilogycom YouTube channel (6:30 mins long)

The blurb:
“Made available to the press in early 1997 around the same time that the Star Wars Special Edition trilogy was about to hit theaters, this 6 minute snippet of behind the footage shows us what “State of the art” technology looked like almost twenty years ago…”

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Star Wars: Making Magic CD-ROM’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poOgZ8n11sI - at the Star Wars Visual Comparisons youtube channel. (51 mins long.)
 

The blurb:-

“Star Wars: Making Magic is an interactive CD-ROM released in 1996 by LucasArts as part of The LucasArts Archives Vol. II: Star Wars Collection (it was also included on the CD for Star Wars: Yoda Stories released in 1997). It was designed as a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition release. (from Wookieepedia; https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Making_Magic)”
 

^ Includes an interview with George Lucas discussing some of the scenes that were changed for the 1997 Special Editions.
 

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Age of the Image: Star Wars - Return of the Jedi Matte Painting clip
https://www.facebook.com/bbcfour/videos/506777626680380/UzpfSTM4MTc2NTA0MTk3MjI4NDoxNjA4MjQxNjM1OTkxMjc5/ -from the BBC Four Facebook page (1:30 mins long, does not require log-in to watch).

The blurb:
“More painterly, more sketchy matte paintings are a more convincing illusion than more precise, digital ones. Turns out matte paintings far better simulate the way that we actually look at the world.”

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Star Wars 1984 CBS TV Premiere (Intro)
https://vimeo.com/364164804 - from the Willarob Vimeo channel (6 mins long).

The blurb:
“The US Network Television Premiere of Star Wars was book-ended with a special featurette. This first part ran before the movie, and is about 6 minutes long. Hosted by Mark Hamill, it discusses the phenomenon of Star Wars.”

Star Wars 1984 CBS TV Premiere (Outro/Featurette)
https://vimeo.com/364164589 - from the Willarob Vimeo channel (17 mins long).

The blurb:
“After the movie (but before the End credits), Mark Hamill is back to take us behind the scenes of the Star Wars trilogy.”

StarWarsTrilogy.com Article

YouTube back-up from the Josh Hadley channel (22 mins long).

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Star Wars: The Making of the Myth - hosted by Anthony Daniels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv_4AV35I2s - from the marcus shepherd YouTube channel (40 mins long).

The blurb:
“Star Wars Documentary made to celebrate the 1977 movie and explore it’s creation, roots and sources. Presented by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) Directed and Produced by Marcus ShepherdD. It was devised, written and filmed using rare archive - much unseen since the actual 1976 shoot - and featuring interviews Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, Steven Spielberg, Brian Muir, John Jay and others with a unique take and involvement in the movie.”

I couldn’t find an IMDB page for this documentary, and (as darth-gary pointed out to me) despite some claiming its from 1997, and the doc featuring pre-SE ANH footage, the end credits clearly states that it’s from 1999 and was made by Sky Movies. It’s possible, and this is only speculation, that it was made for ANH’s 20th anniversary and then aired again in 1999 for the release of TPM, hence the unaltered movie footage. If you know anything else about this doc (especially when it was made) please let me know so that I can update this post.

Back-up link from another YT channel

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ZkinandBonez said:

This one’s kind of a stretch as far as SW is concerned, but there is a short ROTJ segment and a bit if ESB scattered here and there, and it does showcase a lot of the techniques used in the OT so I figured I’d post it here anyway.
Thanks to darth-gary for sending me the link to this video.

Special Effects - 1984 documentary on SFX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp1Y_kVL6a0 - from the Cinema Garmonbozia YouTube channel (53 mins long)

Skip to 21:15 for the segment on the use of steadicams on the ROTJ speeder chase scene, and at 34:10 they discuss sound effects and foley, briefly using ESB as an example.

I couldn’t find any other info about this documentary, not even an IMDB page, so if you know anything else about this, please let me know and I’ll update this post.

Magnificent find!

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Misc. NBC Star Wars News Coverage 1977-1983
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLcCWWkC9E4&t - from the Mr. Minderbinder YouTube channel (11 mins long).

As someone who grew up after the original trilogy had become established classics it’s always funny to me to see how snarky, and even harshly critical contemporary reports could be. Especially funny is how both the 1977 and 1980 report features the exact same comment that the movies have “no moral, no message.” I think Joseph Campbell would have a thing or two to say about that. One of the YT comments summarized this video pretty accurately; “Reporters calling Star Wars fans weird nerds for 11 minutes.”

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I wonder how the same sort of people that said Star Wars was overly simplistic in its good/evil duality (a charge particularly relevant in the murky moral climate of 1970s cinema) could also say the film had “no moral, no message”. Is it a film with too simple and didactic a worldview, or is it not simple & didactic enough?

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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ATMachine said:

I wonder how the same sort of people that said Star Wars was overly simplistic in its good/evil duality (a charge particularly relevant in the murky moral climate of 1970s cinema) could also say the film had “no moral, no message”. Is it a film with too simple and didactic a worldview, or is it not simple & didactic enough?

I suppose Star Wars was hard to figure out after a decade or so of very mature, and quite often highly political films. Maybe simple good vs evil just seemed quaint at the time? I mean some of the most popular and critically acclaimed 70’s films pre-Jaws and pre-Star Wars was stuff like the Godfather, The French Connection, The Conversation, etc. Not to mention a lot of political dramas in the Nixon era. I especially find it funny how the reporter in the first clip specifically points out that Star Wars “has no sex scenes.” I suppose that was also unusual in the 70’s. Ironically these were all reasons that Star Wars become so popular in the 70’s. At least by the last few clips in 1983 they’d dropped the critique of the films and moved over to being confused by the fans.

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They’d probably have understood it better if Lucas had gone with the idea in some Ralph McQuarrie sketches of Leia running around topless during the prison escape.

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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ATMachine said:

They’d probably have understood it better if Lucas had gone with the idea in some Ralph McQuarrie sketches of Leia running around topless during the prison escape.

Wait, is that really a thing? I knew Leia were much more battered and bruised before they went with the whole “mind-probe” thing, but I didn’t know they went that far.

Either way, it’s so strange to think that SW almost became this really violent, typical 70’s sci-fi, type of movie before Lucas decided to prioritize the Flash Gordon elements over the Dune influences and make it more child friendly.

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It is definitely a thing (see here , here, and here - the third is a detail from a drawing used as the frontispiece in The Making of ESB, though it was actually done for SW). At one point McQuarrie even sketched a nipple chain under Leia’s tunic, likely inspired by a line Katharine Hepburn has about wanting to wear one in The Lion in Winter.

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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ATMachine said:

It is definitely a thing (see here , here, and here). At one point McQuarrie even sketched a nipple chain under Leia’s tunic, likely inspired by a line Katharine Hepburn has about wanting to wear one in The Lion in Winter.

^sorry , but as an artist who has been in many life drawing classes , there is nothing in these sketches to support your claim . What you are seeing is thumbnails in the first three , devoid of detail and meant to block out a scene,and in the final images ,those are construction lines for building up the figure . Mcquarrie and many other working artists studied anatomy and in order to draw a clothed figure , the underlying structure is first established in order to accurately portray how the drapery falls upon it . Had that been a completely finished painting from that drawing , those lines would not be there .

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