Sunday, 24 April 2016


Celebrating the spectacular release of THE FORCE AWAKENS on stunning HD, Blu-ray and DVD, STAR WARS AFICIONADO presents a selection, mostly in no particular order, of some of our favourite behind the scenes images from the making of this all-important first new entry in the STAR WARS Sequels cycle, and the first of the new films from LUCASFILM under the DISNEY inheritance. These pics are a super time capsule of an innocent and exciting period, especially for its two new superstars-to-be in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega- clearly having the same kind of fun and exuberance that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher shared back in the day on the original 1976 shooting for STAR WARS. This photo selection is a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the worldwide team in making this now beloved film- a worthy continuation of the saga created by the much-missed George Lucas.


The original cast read through of EPISODE VII at Pinewood Studios.
John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have fun at the costume tests, prior to location filming.
A new adventure in Abu Dhabi.
John Boyega braves the heat.
Picturesque but not comfortable filming.
Filming Daisy's first scene as Rey in Abu Dhabi.
The "peanut" duo. An on and off set chemistry is cemented.
"The garbage'll do!"
A wonderful image captured on location.
"Chewie, we're home!"
Bridging the sagas. The new cast enjoy the return of Mister Ford.
Getting ready to pose for Annie Leibovitz and VANITY FAIR magazine.
Filming the Rathtar sequence.
Stormtroopers attack the Jakku village exterior sets at Pinewood.
Inside the Star Destroyer Bay, which did have green screen!
BB-8 pauses between filming.
The recreated Falcon interior in all its visual glory.
J.J. has fun in the armoury at Pinewood.
STAR WARS veterans Norman Reynolds and Robert Watts visit the set.
J.J. and Peter Mayhew celebrate the latter's filming completion.
Early filming of Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Note the unseen on screen long hair.
Anthony Daniels is back as Threepio.
"Who are you?" Rey has an important moment with Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata.
The Resistance has arrived at Greenham Common airbase.
Filming the superb Falcon exterior at Greenham Common.
Boyega and Oscar Isaac share the nostalgia.
Time to dance!
The striking Gwendoline Christie enjoys her Captain Phasma photo shoot with Stormtroopers for VANITY FAIR. This image was never used.
A dramatic scene for John Boyega as Finn at the Pinewood backlot.
Shooting a top secret moment with Luke and the remote operated Artoo.
Duel in the snow. The lightsaber filming continues with new lit sabers.
Harrison Ford- clearly having a great time.
That horrific, game-changing moment.
A bemused Harrison signs John Boyega's Han Stormtrooper doll, in a priceless image.
Welcome back, Mark Hamill!
Stunning location filming at Skellig Island.
Weighty decisions await the recluse Luke Skywalker.
In Los Angeles, the music scoring begins.
The only man who can create STAR WARS music: John Williams.
A clearly in-awe Daisy enjoys the recording of Rey's theme.
Signing off with the Scanlan monster team at the bar set on Pinewood.

Check out the large array of behind the scenes footage on THE FORCE AWAKENS Blu-ray Special Features disc. Get it here: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Limited Edition Dark Side Artwork Sleeve Blu-ray 2015: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Kenny Baker, Gwendoline Christie, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Kathleen Kennedy: DVD & Blu-ray

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