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Look i saw this as a kid and still have the VCR of it at my mom's. At the time it was major kick ass. I remember it being state of the art, cutting edge special effects. It may seem cheesy now, but that is only because old school special effects like this paved the way. Give respect!!! George Lucas was brave enough and idealistic enough to gather the proper folks together to bring his dream into a reality. How many of us have the balls to do this today? All of the old school stuff on this video will show you the ingenuity of creativity in a time before most of us knew it. before digital imagery, anyhow. should view this SPFX and learn about where it all started for THX, Lucasfilm, and Skywalker studios.
This may have been made for TV but it a class example of cutting edge special effects circa 1980. Since George Lucas has changed the original Star Wars movies forever, this making of documentary is even more of a must see. Mark Hamill narrates this delightful look at SCI-FI movie making. It even includes footage of fan films made by teenagers in the late 1970's with Super 8 cameras. Pure gold. Impossible to get, so if you find a copy hang onto it! This will be part of Star Wars folklore one day. As long as Lucas keeps changing his movies, documentaries like this one will become even more special. See also the Making Of Star Wars.
Classic cheesefest chronicles the making of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, hosted by Mark Hamill, no less. Focus is on the creation of the special effects, obviously, and we're shown 3rd rate efforts of grade schoolers to recreate such cinematic marvels in the classroom. Consequently, they all got F's. These pre-pubescent amateurs aren't worthy of the urine of Dennis Muren.
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