|Generic shot of the hangar bay at Shepperton. Note the partially built Y-wing prop being positioned for a new take, with only one engine pod.|
Newly arrived at the temple base of the Rebels on Yavin IV, our heroes are transported into the depths of its interior and one of the hangar bays housing the X and -wing fighters. Filmed on the biggest soundstage at London's Shepperton Studios in Summer 1976, one full size X-wing and a partial Y-wing fighter were practically built, with large photo blow ups of the craft placed in various illusionary positions to make it look like a large compliment of fighter craft were present. With different scenes shot, the full size craft and photo blow ups would be re-positioned where necessary. Some long shots were heightened by later matte work at ILM.
The interior arrival sequence of our heroes disembarking the transport was flipped in editing: our heroes arriving from the other direction, as seen in this above shot. This was presumably done for aesthetic reasons. A deleted moment briefly shown in the film, but captured by on-set stills photographers in rehearsal, has Luke (once more wearing his poncho), watched by Han, going off to inspect the fighters.
|Luke wanders towards the fighters, soon watched by Han.|
More on Eddie Byrne in his brief appearance as Rebel General Willard: https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/EDDIE%20BYRNE