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Vintage Fan Home Movie Captures the Filming of Return of the Jedi

Back in 1982, Jeff Broz and a group of his friends heard the next Star Wars film was being shot out in the California desert so they did what any fan would do; they trekked out into the desert and crashed the set.

In this 7 minute home video we’re treated to views of the set, actors at work, and other behind-the-scenes footage of the production of Return of the Jedi. It’s hard to imagine, given modern security practices and secrecy surrounding movies, that a bunch of kids could just walk onto a set and start filming these days.

[via Neatorama]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/15/12

Comments (4)

  1. moosester

    Pretty cool. Anybody got a smoke? I gotta reload my Bell & Howell

  2. Rmanwide

    My respect for film editors just skyrocketed. How they turn a bunch of seemingly random shots into a movie is beyond me.

  3. Ushindi

    Now I’ve GOT to put that movie on tonight and watch these particular scenes again. Thanks.

  4. Karen Holgate

    Absolutely Priceless!!! You got George, “Luke Skywalker” stretching out & “Leia” running to get the gun. My Favorite is still R2D2! I’ve collected Star Wars books, movies since I went to the first Original one back in the 70s – have over 200 books and all movies (VHS & DVD versions).
    What a wonderful treasure!

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