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– by Seth McDonald

 

Sometimes, even us movie geeks get lost in what it takes to bring a movie to the screen. While we salivate at the news of an ideal casting decision or word of a film’s new trailer dropping, we can sometimes forget the enormous scale movies are made on, and the production teams that work tirelessly for our enjoyment. When it comes to these sorts of scales, it doesn’t get much bigger than Star Wars, and December’s entry into the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is no different. One of the stars of the film, Mark Hamill, recently spoke with StarWars.com and discussed the experience of seeing this size production first hand.

“I was on one set, and I’m not giving anything away because Rian has already talked about a casino sequence. The set, with 150 actors all dressed in prosthetics and puppetry and robots — that set alone could probably easily have financed 100 Brigsby Bears (a smaller film Hamill was involved in). It was easily one of the most opulent sets I’ve ever been on. I’m fascinated not by just the scenes I’m in. When I had free time I would go and observe all these different actors and all these different scenes. The amount of talent that just is unrecognized… That’s why the credits run for an hour and a half. Because it takes thousands of people to successfully mount an epic of this size.”

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The casino scene on Canto Bight is shaping up to be a pivotal part of the film, we know that Finn and Rose’s secret mission leads them there, and from what Hamill says the production went above and beyond to bring us this world. Hamill, having been in the business for decades seems to still be awestruck by the process, that should give fans an indication of the scope of the production. Thousands of people working together to bring joy to millions, yes, movies can be a wonderful thing.

It would be awesome to one day visit or preferably work on the set of a movie with large scale production such as Star Wars. Even to be the coffee runner for the crew would be a great experience, but to be involved with the actual making of the film, continuity, sets, lighting, anything would just be amazing.

What are your thoughts on movies with a large scale production? Let us know in the comments down below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Source: StarWars.com

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I wonder if they let Mark take home a porg when filming wrapped.

    • Seth McDonald

      It would be in my contract if I were him.

    • Moby85

      “Porg”
      noun.
      1.) Small Star Wars alien
      2.) License to print money via merchandising.
      “I.E. Wow, selling porg based merchandise is like legal counterfeiting for Disney!”

      • Moby85

        You guys know I am a marketer myself. Trust my eye for branding, it’s on red-alert for Porgs. That shit is going to sell to any man, woman, and child who likes cute stuff like hotcakes. Tickle Me Elmo be damned.

  • Moby85

    I’m going to go off on a tangent instead of gloat how expensive Star Wars is, yeah, they have money.

    It’s interesting seeing Mark Hamill at the same age as Obi-Wan (or very close) as he was in the films. There is no comparison between them in regards to energy. Alec Guinness was a very old man in his mid-60s, Hamill is still extremely spry and as a true longtime geek himself, his natural energy makes him that much more youthful.

    I do believe we’ll get at least a small fight scene between Luke and Kylo at some point and I can’t wait. Almost as much as I cannot wait for what I hope to be is a surprise force ghost cameo by Hayden Christensen who’s actually given decent lines and direction.

    • Seth McDonald

      Well, if the fight between Luke and Kylo is small, the one between Luke and Snoke better be huge, Kenobi vs Skywalker length.