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Monday, 26 January 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES: HUMAN/CYBORG RELATIONS!

Image: Ann Skinner, via the BFI.

In the garage set of the Lars Homestead at Elstree, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker get ready to film the important scene where Artoo slyly reveals to Luke Skywalker a small portion of Princess Leia's vital message to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Early continuity notes for the three characters, made by Script Supervisor Ann Skinner in early 1976, linked to an early script (presumably the fourth revised draft dated 15th March of that year): 


LUKE STARKILLER


22 years old. His father (Sc.42) was a great man and a clever warrior. One of the last if the JEDI KNIGHTS- Guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic (before the Empire)

Sc. 3-82: Requires on his utility belt on his own costume: Electrobinoculars (lost Sc.38), control box (Zapper)

In his speeder: Sc.32-38: Laser rifle. In Sc.38 it is broken up by Tusken Raider. Goggles.

Sc.42: BEN gives him his LIGHTSABER

Sc.82 - 128: Stormtrooper outfit, with LIGHTSABER. On his stormtrooper belt- he has pistol, cable to string across the gap, lights in gunbelt to turn on in dark corridor*, comlink transmitter to speak to Threepio and zapper. Sc. 92 about: he loses his helmet. IDENTIFICATION CARD.*

* Denotes element/s not seen in the final movie.


SEE THREEPIO (C3PO) 

Tall, slender of human proportions. Gleaming bronze-like metallic surface of "Art Deco" design.

Speaks "Bocce" - Sc.26

Human cyborg relations.

Sc.27; says he's only an interpreter

Sc.20-40: wearing his restraining bolt (disc)

Sc.27: has his oil bath. More shiney afterwards.

Sc.38: falls down cliff and loses an arm.

Sc.42: Arm put back on.

Sc.42 on(wards): DENTED.


ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2)

Short, claw-armed tri-pod. face is a mass of computer lights surrounding a radar eye.

Sc.27: Cleaned up. (by LUKE)

Sc.18: JAWAS weld the restraining bolt (disc) onto him.

Sc.27: LUKE removes the restraining bolt. NOT PUT BACK.

Sc.37: Luke puts the restraining bolt back. This scene deleted and crossed through in reference notes.

Sc.42: Restraining bolt gone- removed for the message. This scene deleted and crossed through in reference notes.

More rare imagery and behind the scenes info here: STAR WARS AFICIONADO WEBSITE: ANN SKINNER

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