Dec 4, 2014

Rare Star Wars Photos


By on Thursday, December 04, 2014

Script cover
The curious cover of Skinner's original script for 'The Star Wars.'

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Hamill on the Tatooine set in Tunisia. The collection of photos are from the personal collection of Ann Skinner, who was the continuity supervisor on the original 'Star Wars' set. The photos are on display through Jan. 4 in London in the Atrium at BFI Southbank as part of BFI's sci-fi festival 'Days of Fear and Wonder.'

Ann Skinner on set
The photographer herself, Ann Skinner, working on the film's set.

Anthony Forrest as Laze Loneozner
The local mechanic is better known to his Tatooine pals as "Fixer." Scenes showing the group in Luke's favorite hangout, Tosche Station, were cut from the film, but can be see in the latest Blu-ray edition of the first 'Star Wars' trilogy.

Koo Stark as Camie
The actress played Camie, one of Luke's friends and Fixer's wife, who was also in the deleted scene at Tosche Station.

Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter
The character who Luke wants to follow to the "Academy" can be seen later in the film — they're reunited on the rebel base at Yavin. Unfortunately, Biggs ends up as another casualty in the war against the Empire.

Original script, page 1
This page from a 1976 draft of the script shows an early version of the movie's opening crawl. Director Brian De Palma reportedly helped his friend George Lucas trim it down.

Original script, page 2
Note in the scene that introduces Luke to audiences, his last name is Starkiller. Also interesting: the scene with Threepio (C-3PO) "entangled in the mass of dangling wires" and berating Artoo (R2-D2), was moved to middle of the movie, during the TIE fighter attack on the Millennium Falcon.

Original script, page 7
A scene that shows Biggs returning from the Academy and telling Luke about his new commission on the 'Rand Ecliptic.'

Original script, page 8
A scene that shows Luke and his friends rushing out of Tosche Station to witness a space battle taking place high above them — in fact, the Princess Leia's blockade runner being overtaken and boarded by the Star Destroyer carrying Darth Vader.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Hamill lying prone during the Tusken Raider (a.k.a the sand people) attack scene. Notice Skinner's notes about the position of Hamill's legs to make sure they maintained consistency across the takes.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Another view of the Tusken Raiders with Luke's speeder in the background.

Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
Cushing, who played the grim Imperial governor, breaks into a smile for the camera. Hopefully Darth Vader didn't notice.

Paul Blake as Greedo
Blake played the short-lived bounty hunter who Han Solo shot down, and here he can be seen without his distinctive green mask

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Fisher is perched on the massive garbage pile during filming of the trash compactor scene.

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford
Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo in the compactor.

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford
Princess Leia and Han Solo as the trash compactor starts closing in on them. Skinner's note "Brace it with this" referred to Leia's eventual dialgoue in the scene.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Luke gets attacked by the dianoga. Skinner's ominous note: "Tentacle"

David Prowse as Darth Vader
Prowse, who played the fearsome Darth Vader, removes his black helmet for awhile.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Skinner had to make sure that the Leia's bracelet stayed on the correct arm for the medal ceremony at the end of the movie. 

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