The production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the most secretive in recent memory. We didn’t even officially know who was in the movie until days before shooting began, when Lucasfilm unveiled a photo of the cast assembled for their first read-through of the script. A few set photos leaked here and there, but for the most part, this was a locked-down production and we only saw what Lucasfilm/Disney wanted us to see.
But with the film now climbing up the box office charts, The Force Awakens has at last been unveiled to the public at large (and I mean large), so now seems like a fine time to finally take a peek behind the curtain. The cinematographer on the movie, Dan Mindel, has been sharing some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos on his Instagram account over the past couple of weeks, including a pretty great shot of the climactic lightsaber battle, which I had no idea was shot on a soundstage. Although it makes sense that one of the biggest reveals in the movie would need to be captured on a closed set.
It’s mostly just neat to get a look at the actual set of one of the biggest movies in history, and I am really hoping Disney put a lot of money into a great Blu-ray because a feature-length documentary on the development/making of The Force Awakens is an absolute necessity.