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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 9 of 9)


The last part of the Star Wars documentary takes us in front of George Lucas who reminds us that the effects have no meaning if there is no underlying story and that the entire series is about the human frailties, not about meanness or even technology.

The human element can be seen in any part of the series and you can sometimes see an anti-technological tendency where the jedi needs to use his mind and not the technology to fight evil.

This Star Wars documentary has opened the appetite to see the entire series again, and this time I saw it in this order: parts 1, 2 and 3 and then 4, 5, and 6. The first three parts are prequels created after 1999 and the other three parts were created in the 80s.

In any case, I can’t wait to see Star Wars part VII, which will be released in December 2015.

“No, I am your father.”

“The force is strong with this one!”

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 8 of 9)


In the 8th part of the Star Wars documentary we learn how hard it was to create a new language, the language of the ewok and that the final battle of the ewoks vs The Empire was supposed to be a battle between the whookies and The Empire.

George Lucas explained once again that the special effects had to make use to toys and figurines with studio sets to make the film a reality. Incredible as the movie is, most of the action and the space fighting was done using stop motion movies and a ton of toys.

Well done, George Lucas, well done!

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 7 of 9)


In 7th part of this Star Wars Documentary George Lucas speaks about the characters and the importance of how people play them. C-3PO was meant to be a simple robot, with no possible future in the series, but Tony Daniels, the one who wore the threepio costume, has played his servant interpretation so good that George Lucas abandoned his idea of keeping that robot only as a car sales assistant.

Yoda was meant to be a simple pawn in the movie, but Frank Oz, the one who gave voice to Yoda played his role so good that this little green jedi received a special spot in the series. Star Wars has great characters and I loved to watch the entire series again. It was refreshing.

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 6 of 9)


Part 6 of the Star Wars documentary presents us the visual speeds and the themes of the saga. As you might remember, the action in Star Wars, especially the space battles, are happening at a very big speed. George Lucas has to think of ideas on how to create these good looking high speeds by working with stop motion action figures, blue screens and some editing done afterwards.

The effects were stunning for the 70’s and even today there are movies with special effects way below Star Wars. As you might know the timeline of releases for Star Wars is like this:
Star Wars Episode IV – 1977
Star Wars Episode V – 1990
Star Wars Episode VI – 1983
Star Wars Episode I – 1999
Star Wars Episode II – 2002
Star Wars Episode IV – 2005
And Episode VII will be released in December 2015.

Even in a world full of technology, Star Wars wanted to bring forth the human side, but also the mythological side too. In the most important moments of Luke, his spirit saved him, mot technology.

Interesting how Star Wars is about civilization and not about technology, something that many do not understand.

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 5 of 9)


In Arizona George Lucas has set a big stage for the final fight with Jabba the Hut. 100 labors worked 4 months to build the barge 212 feet long and 80 feet high. the final battles had to be in a great scene. George Lucas himself said that film creators create such great environments not because they want to film in them, but because they want to show off the amount of work they have generated.

And work they did. Too bad that the barge had to be destroyed in for the final scenes. Still fun, though.

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 4 of 9)+Bonus


In this fourth documentary we learn that 90 people worked on getting life into the masks and puppets that were used in the Star Wars movie for the Jabba sequence. The life was hard inside the costumes and the artists needed to take air as often as they could. One months has to pass until the Jabba sequence could be completed.

They had to use also miniature figures to get some scenes completed, like in the one where the warrior pig was eaten by the monster in the dungeon. The hard work finally paid off and the scene was completed to their liking.

Bonus: Below you can watch Tony deTerlizzi how he outlines his inspiration and process for creating the new entry in the Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, a storybook adaptation of the original trilogy, featuring the art of Academy Award-winning artist Ralph McQuarrie.

It is great to see that movies inspire people in such a way that they become artists, actors or even scientists 😀

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 3 of 9)


In this third part of the Star Wars documentary we learn about the slug-like crime lord Jabba the Hutt, from Episode VI Return of the Jedi. This monster had to be created with a lot of though and creativity. Four to six men would handle the giant puppet that costed over 500 000 dollars to design and build. At it’s time it as one of the most biggest and most costliest monsters ever made for a movie.

Jabba the Hutt needed to be as lifelike as possible. It had to have a mouth that could move naturally and eyes that would express some life in them. Different places of this monster had to be handled from inside and others via remote controllers.

Star Wars was and engineering feat as it was a genius of a movie series.

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 2 of 9)


Star Wars was among the movies that inspired many to become the geeks they are today. In this second part of the documentary we will learn about the costumes used int he movies. In certain parts of the movies they had to use 80 different costumes for as much as 80 alien characters.

The creative team had to work for more than 1 year, from concept to rubber costumes, in order to get those costumes ready. And then they also needed someone to wear them and to manipulate some of them like big, giant, puppets.

They sure had a ton of work to do for this movie, you got to admin that.

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Star Wars Documentary: From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Part 1 of 9)


Star Wars was the movie of my childhood. Alongside with Star Trek this movie made me wanna become an astronaut. That din’t happen, but I still remained a fan of science and technology.

In the documentary, of which you can see part I in the video from above, we learn how hard it was to create the Star Wars series and what minds were the genius behind such scifi movies.

Mark Hamill explains the main plot of the saga and the story of Luke Skywalker, a Tatooine farmboy who discovers his Jedi destiny.

From the video description:

Filming of the original Star Wars began in Tunisia in 1975, with George Lucas serving as writer/director; Irvin Kershner helmed The Empire Strikes Back; and Richard Marquand was behind the camera for Return of the Jedi. As seen in the video, Lucas was heavily involved in all the films, including effects sequences like the Death Star attack and Hamill’s costume fitting from Return of the Jedi.

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