Lucas would discard many of these by the time the final script was written, but he included several names and places in the final script or its sequels. [101] Reynolds estimated this early cut contained "30-40%" different footage from the final cut, with most of the differences coming from extended cuts or alternate takes rather than deleted scenes. [272], Some critics have blamed Star Wars, as well as Jaws, for ruining Hollywood by shifting its focus from "sophisticated" films such as The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Annie Hall to films about spectacle and juvenile fantasy. "[225] A San Francisco Chronicle staff member described the film as "a thrilling experience. [73] Director Brian De Palma, who was there, described it: "The crawl at the beginning looks like it was written on a driveway. [122] Some of the dialogue in The Dam Busters is repeated in the Star Wars climax; Gilbert Taylor also filmed the special effects sequences in The Dam Busters. [87], When principal photography began on March 22, 1976, in the Tunisian desert for the scenes on Tatooine, the project faced several problems. "[77] Christian supported Lucas's vision, saying "All science fiction before was very plastic and stupid uniforms and Flash Gordon stuff. [295], The novelization of the film was published as Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker in December 1976, six months before the film was released. Williams had worked with Spielberg on the film Jaws, for which he won an Academy Award. Jackson used the concept for his production of The Lord of the Rings trilogy to add a sense of realism and believability. The transfer led to problems with colors and digital image jarring. [262] Many elements of the film have also endured presence in popular culture. [79] Finally, along with Steven Spielberg's Jaws, it shifted the film industry's focus away from personal filmmaking of the 1970s and towards fast-paced, big-budget blockbusters for younger audiences. Concurrently with the release of the 1997 Special Edition, Special Photographic Effects Supervisor —, Special Production and Mechanical Effects Supervisor —, Computer Animation and Graphic Displays —, Optical Effects Lineup and Plotting (Ray Mercer & Co.) —, Special Edition Digital Remastering Provided by —, Additional Footage Photographer and Additional Material Editing —, Digital Effects Artists (Pacific Title Digital) —, Digital Effects Resource Assistant (ILM) —. At the same time, the heroes try to deliver the plans for the Empire's planet-destroying space station, the Death Star, which are carried by the droids R2-D2 (Baker) and C-3PO (Daniels), to the Rebel Alliance, but face opposition from the Sith Lord Darth Vader (Prowse, voiced by Jones). Ladd reluctantly agreed to release an extra $20,000 funding and in early 1977 second unit filming completed a number of sequences including exterior desert shots for Tatooine in Death Valley and China Lake Acres in California, and exterior Yavin jungle shots in Guatemala, along with additional studio footage to complete the Mos Eisley Cantina sequence. Hirsch and Chew worked on two reels simultaneously. [7], During the chaos of production and post-production, the team made decisions about character voicing and sound effects. He would write four different screenplays for Star Wars, "searching for just the right ingredients, characters and storyline. There are also thematic parallels, including the freedom fight by a rebel army against an empire, and politicians who meddle behind the scenes. There are certain traditional aspects of the genre I wanted to keep and help perpetuate in Star Wars. Summary: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... 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