|Peter Sumner and Malcolm Weaver on set. Image: Ann Skinner/BFI|
Before getting his head bashed in from a mighty wookiee paw, and his colleague receiving a deadly laser blasting (later cut for the SPECIAL EDITION re-release), Peter Sumner's Imperial officer Pol Treidum, alongside moustached stuntman/background artist Malcolm Weaver, take a break in filming on the Death Star hangar bay control room set at Elstree, during May/June 1976, in continuity Polaroid images taken by Script Supervisor Ann Skinner that were displayed at the BFI in 2014.
|Small version of image showing Malcolm Weaver's floor positioning for filming continuity. Image: Ann Skinner/BFI.|
|Console and weapons rack. Image: Ann Skinner/BFI.|
|Set reference image featuring the console dressing work of noted UK art director Harry Lange.|
These weren't the only colour Polaroids that Miss Skinner took from the filming on that set. So far unseen within the BFI's Special Collections are a shot of Artoo emerging from the supply cupboard door (with Threepio on far left moving out of shot,) an obscured and very dark image of a Stormtrooper by a massive storage container/set dressing prop near the rising door entrance, and a wide shot looking towards the Docking Bay Falcon cockpit, with three Stormtroopers at the far left of the shot- not too dissimilar to the outtake image below.
|An unused angle of the Falcon in the Death Star hangar, from an early cut of STAR WARS.|
With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI.
|"TK-421, why aren't you at your post?"|
UPDATE (24/11/16): AFICIONADO was sorry to hear the sad news of Australian actor Peter Sumner's passing:
Peter Sumner dead: Star Wars actor dies at 74 | EW.com
Interview: Star Wars 100 Interviews: Peter Sumner - Imperial Whacked by a Wookiee - YouTube