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Visiting Locations from the Star Wars Films

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Logray Ewok Medicine Man, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Logray Ewok Medicine Man

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    I’m wondering if folks here have any good stories about visiting places that served as locations for production of the Star Wars films. Last year I was fortunate enough to visit Death Valley and found each of the sites there that were used for shots in Episodes IV and VI. I have to say it was a remarkable experience, and moved me more than I expected. I went in June, and due to the heat, there really weren’t many other visitors. I got to hike completely alone through the canyons that R2 traveled through, and part of me really expected Jawas to jump out of the crevices. I was also fortunate enough to be driving a convertible on this trip, so with no one else for miles, it really felt like I was speeding through the Jundland Wastes on a landspeeder.

    For the longest time even prior to the making of Episode VII I wanted to visit Skellig Michael, but I doubt that’s possible any more. Below are some photos I took in Death Valley. I’d love to hear about others’ adventures visiting Star Wars locations.

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    This is amazing. I can see the scenes in my head just by looking at those pictures.

    How far apart were the sites? Very remote with lots of hiking involved, or were you able to get close enough with your landspeeder to make it tolerable?
     
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    Agreed!


    @Logray Ewok Medicine Man : Would it be possible to update your post with a Google Maps link, in order for persons like me (I live in France, and I'll probably never go to the Death Valley) to follow your steps (and R2 ones) using my computer ? ;)

    For example :
    never visited, but here stands Lars Homestead : https://www.google.fr/maps/place/33°50'34.2"N+7°46'44.5"E/@33.842823,7.776844,864m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d33.842823!4d7.779038?hl=fr
    also never visited, but here stands Mos Espa : https://www.google.fr/maps/search/m...@33.9942906,7.842654,295m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=fr
     
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    Most were easily accessible by car. The biggest challenge for me was hiking down and then up R2's canyon in the first shot. Ordinarily it would be a walk in the park, but it was 120 degrees Fahrenheit when I was there, which made it extremely strenuous. I carried five liters of water with me on the 20 minute hike down and then up, and consumed all five liters over the course of the twenty minutes. I'm sure it would be much easier during the cooler months. You can park at the top of the canyon and look down, so you can definitely visit the canyon by car. The different locations were pretty spread out (I learned that Death Valley National Park is actually bigger than some states in the U.S.), so it took me a few hours of driving around to reach all of them. I cranked up the John Williams soundtrack and enjoyed the drive.
     
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    that is cool
     
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    Thanks for the links to the Tunisia locations! You know, I wish I did a better job of making notes from my visit to Death Valley. I wanted to use GPS, but there was no cellular service in most of the park, so I had to navigate the old fashioned way and wasn't able to note any coordinates. The National Parks Service posted some details about Star Wars shooting in Death Valley, and their info can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/star-wars-in-death-valley.htm.
     
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    - I've been in the Death Valley in 2015. But I am not sure if I visited all the locations. Some places looked very familiar to me and I took some pics there.

    - In 2016 I've been in some part of the Redwood National Park also, but I don't know exactly were they shot Endor there.

    - In 2015 I've been in the jungle where they filmed Yavin IV in ANH. But I climbed the pyramids of Calakmul in Mexico, not Tikal in Guatemala. Its the same jungle and these two mayans cities were rivals at the time.

    I would like to show some pictures but, I think i need I site to host the pictures and I dont know how to do it.:confused:
     
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    That’s awesome! I’ve always wanted to go there. I’ll take take you up on the offer to meet for a beer if I’m every able to make it there!
     
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    From what I hear Visit Hoth is a really cool SW celebration event. They always have interesting speakers, typically elderly behind-the-scenes people who worked on the ESB Hoth sequences back in the day & local film crew and whatnot (never any big stars or anything though [I think]), AND there are dogsled-rides out to shooting locations on the glacier and such things, plus photo gallery from the Finse Hotel where the event is held and which also housed the cast and crew back in March of 1979. It's an inclusive, low intensity SW hangout, but it costs a lot!

    2019 prices (but do remember this was the 40th anniversary of the filming so prices might have been inflated because of this):
    *Visit Hoth 2-day "festival" pass $95
    *Hotel stay $450 per person (includes 2 nights at a double room [Friday to Sunday; there are no single rooms available], breakfast, make-your-own lunch packs, & two dinners)
    *(They do recommend you book an extra night in advance and show up on Thursday to get some extra time there. That'll cost you another $420 or so)
    *Train ride to-fro Bergen-Finse Hotel ca. $35+ ($75+ for train from Oslo)
    =And that's $580 for the bare minimum ($1000 if you want to come on Thursday). If you want to do any site trips, those are extra, like:

    *A sled trip out to "Han Solo's Rock" (The Probe droid scene) costs about $85...

    In addition to these come the flight to-fro Norway, the cost of living/shopping/beer in Norway (hint: "It's high. It's very high"), and the proper arctic clothes you'll have to buy for the occasion (you'll not be allowed to wander outside in the Finse winter with only regular clothes, 'cause you will die ;) Do buy your winter wear prior to coming to Norway though, or you could easily double the price for clothes).

    So yeah, it's a lot for a 2-day, low-key, SW celebration in the freezing cold... That said, it looks great! :D
     
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    Fun thread! I'd love to see 'Hoth' sometime...

    I actually grew up 30 mins away from Yuma, Arizona where the Dune Sea scenes were shot for Return of the Jedi, and I've been out there lots of times before moving away. The family and friends would go out and rent dune buggies for a few hours. Don't have any of my own pictures unfortunately, but they were in several movies. I got to be an movie extra in Stargate and Jarhead.

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