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Monday, 8 November 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: VENTILATION TUNNEL DESCENT!

The injured Luke (Mark Hamill) captures in close-up in the ventilation tunnel

Caught in an unexpected air flow, Luke Skywalker is seemingly saved from death whilst propelled into a ventilation conduit at high speed, stopping to barely gather his bearings before then being propelled again - this time towards the underbelly exterior of Cloud City.

Colin Skeaping doubles for Luke in the slide down, attached to a concealed skate board-esque panel. Skeaping uses the bloodied stump of Luke's hand to control his speed...

Early storyboard idea that would see a matte painting used for the descent sequence.


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