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Star Wars Saturday: Behind the Scenes Photos from the Opening Scenes

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There’s plenty of excitement (and disgruntlement) over the new subtitle for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I myself feel pretty apathetic about it, so today’s Star Wars focus will not be in the evaluation or implications of that title. Nor will it be about Anthony Daniels’ boasting that The Force Awakens could, in fact, trump The Empire Strikes Back in greatness.

It will actually be about a set of photos made available through ikwiz.com dating back to 1976 and the making of the opening scenes of Star Wars: A New Hope. See them all here.

Here are a few of my favorites from the set.

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Of course they shot it this way, pre-digital as it was, but it blows my mind a little to see it in action.

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R2-D2’s schematics.

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R2 being painted by the time-traveling love child of Mark Hamill and Ewan McGregor.

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Ralph McQuarrie’s artistic design for the Jawas’ Sandcrawler and droid depot.

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Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels showing that the R2-3PO relationship was not bound by their costumes. You guys are adorbs!

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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