From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
If you’re a fan of the original Star Wars movies, then I’d highly suggest watching “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga.” It’s possible you may have never even heard of it.
First premiering on PBS back in 1983, this just-over-an-hour long special focuses on the making of the trilogy, with emphasis on “Return of the Jedi.” Narrated by Mark Hamill and complimented with John Williams’ brilliant Star Wars soundtrack, it is a rare beauty including some outstanding behind-the-scenes footage. From the creation of Jabba and his cronies, to the action that takes place on Endor. Geroge Lucas is interviewed throughout offering his insight on the Star Wars universe and what it took to create it.
Coming off a Star Wars movie that was probably about 87.645492746% computer generated, this is a fantastic flashback to the old days of film making, where CGI wasn’t available for the easy way out. Model making, puppeteer’s and miniatures were the name of the game back in the day.
Even if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, at least check out the video for Salacious B. Crumb. Apparently he was quite the character off-screen.
(An added bonus? A promo for each original film coming out on glorious VHS!)