Thursday 7 December 2023

BEHIND THE SCENES: ARRIVAL AT THE YAVIN IV BASE

Image: Ann Skinner/ BFI.


Outside the immense Shed One at the former airship construction hangar at Cardington in Summer 1976, the main cast (minus Harrison Ford (his filming schedule prior completed, and now returned to the US) and Anthony Daniels (back at Elstree where he is needed for other filming)- replaced by unknown British stand- ins) film their arrival at Yavin IV's Massassi Temple for the original Star Wars, of which a matte painting would be superimposed over the background in post production. Also shot was an ultimately deleted sequence where our heroes board transportation vehicles to head into the temple's fighter bay interior.

Filming in 1976.

A modern shot of the Cardington sheds now often used for studio filming. Image: Wikipedia.


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