Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by LordGarthNader, Feb 28, 2013.
Thanks for the link. Great stuff.
LordGarthNader Thank you so very much for that link. I will certainly check that documentary out. I'm sure it's fantastic.
Yes, that's a very cool little item.
So there's lot's of on-set pictures from the OT, but there seems to be a lack of those featuring the two main villains; Vader and the Emperor.
First of all, the Emperor was an interesting character that was realized for the movie, featuring prosthetics and superimposed chimpanzee eyes on actress Elaine Baker. Suprisingly, I've seen no photos of the character being brought to life.
Second is Darth Vader, but specifically, him during the unmasking scene, portrayed by David Prowse. We only see the back of his head onscreen, but no other photos exist. I'm really curious about where the makeup was at that point, even if only the back was finished at that point.
did Prowse play Vader in that scene ?
I'm pretty sure of that. Either him, or a similar-sized double who could fill the suit. But since the back of his head was the only thing seen, they'd have no reason not to use Prowse (since he had prior experience with heavy make-up from the Hammer films).
I'm also curious to see how far they had envisioned the face at this point, as the back of the head is still remarkably similar to the Return of the Jedi prosthetics.
I've never seen these before. Original costume props for Darth Vader and C3-PO, complete with Daniels in the 3PO costume. Phenomenal. I love the Vader one, apart from the mouth piece. Until now I never even knew these costume designs went into the development phase:
The 3PO I think is in Making of SW, and the Vader might be Joe Johnston's halloween costume (no kidding).
Really? (Your pic isn't linking, BTW)
Cool pictures in the article, anyway. Was expecting the Vader one to be that mockup with the motorbike helmet that was circulating a while ago, but that looks just like McQuarrie's original sketch.
poor 3po - looks like one of those sex dolls !
the Vader one looks great , but a bit too much , it's interesting how both designs were pulled back and made more neutral looking so that their emotions fit better .
Seems to be working okay to me. It's just the one with... Dykstra? from the article.
Wow, the 3PO suit looks pretty cool in real life, it even looks like it had been painted in the picture of Anthony wearing it. Did that suit make it into the movie? I could've swore I've seen some background droids wearing some recycled pieces from it.
The Vader one looks cool brought to life, but it seems too streamline for the rugged world that Star Wars created. The final suit had more visually interesting aspects to it. Plus, I think black is definately Vader's color.
I always lean toward the "early concept" stuff even when it looks weird or too different from what we're used to.
The Vader pic looks more recent than the Threepio ones.
Is that a 'blue screen' in the background?
This guy is amazing. I've always loved his concept art and it's great to see it brought to life somewhat.
Rather disappointed in how Vader's 'snout' translated from drawing to reality...I like 3PO's original costume, though.
Found this site today - http://theeditroomfloor.blogspot.com.au/ - which has an incredible number of rare stills from various films, including Star Wars. Nothing too mindblowing, but for the most part, I haven't seen them anywhere else. Here's a few:
Some evidence regarding Threepio's notorious 'wardrobe malfunction' that ended up on a Topps trading card (later modified):
Nice, haven't seen many stills on the set of the Jabba scene.
The sections on that site about Chinatown and The Conversation are truly amazing, it's a real joy to discover something genuinely new about old favourites. I already knew about the lost scene from Chinatown and had seen a couple of photos, but the newly discovered stills on that blog were like being given a hundred Christmas presents wrapped in gold leaf.
The stuff about The Conversation, however, was something else altogether - it's one of my favourite films, but I had no idea that there was so much more shot for the film, and that it wasn't originally envisioned as the singular piece of perfection that was released.
I know that filmmakers can be very hesitant about anyone ever seeing what they discarded (Dr Strangelove's pie fight, anyone?), but it's such a shame that such footage is all but lost forever. It's not the same as Orson Welles' original cut of The Magnificent Ambersons and far too many others having been destroyed by the studios largely out of spite (and to extract silver out of the prints, believe it or not), but I'd almost cut off a finger just to see a few more minutes of the exploits of Jake Gittes and Harry Caul.
I'm genuinely grateful for what GL & LFL gave us with the OT deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray release, but still hanging on for the 1976 'Lost Cut' of SW.
Pics like this are even more awesome post-PT since I can kind of imagine an older, grittier Hayden Christensen looking like Dave Prowse.
Also, whoa, Greedo's hands look ridiculous. I'm glad we didn't see any close-ups of them in the movie.
Some of the mock ups people did of Prowse in the unmasking scene in ROTJ look uncannily like an older Hayden. I would never have picked it, but yeah.
Superb shots, I didn't realise that the actually sculpted McQuarrie's concept Vader costume but I must admit that I'm glad they went with the iconic costumes everybody knows (love the unmasked Vader pic with Tarkin, Dave Prowse looks as threatening unmasked as he does covered up!!)