Over the course of the next three days I'm going to share some of the behind the scenes photos I've uncovered over the years. Some will be familiar, some won't, but all of them take a look at various aspects of filming Return of the Jedi.
Richard Marquand directing Max Rebo
Producers, Howard Kazanjian and George Lucas discuss filming the Sarlacc pit sequence with director, Richard Marquand and production designer, Norman Reynolds.
Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on location in the Redwood National Forest.
Constructing the Death Star miniature.
Suit padding for a Gamorrean guard costume.
Yoda and Alec Guiness about to be filmed as ghosts.
Boba Fett is prepped to "fly."
Christopher Evans painting a matte painting of the ewok village.
A b-wing pilot and puppeteer filming a blue screen shot for a deleted scene.
Richard Marquand and the Emperor.
Carrie Fisher with a Gamorrean guard.
Filming the miniature AT-ST.
Filming an illuminated actor who was to have been replaced by a glowing creature in an unused scene.
Bob Anderson, in the Darth Vader costume rehearses a light saber battle in the Emperor's throne room.
Phil Tippett manipulates the miniature Luke Skywalker on a speeder bike puppet in front of a blue screen.
The ewoks sans masks.
The Jabba's Sail Barge set on location in Yuma, AZ.
Filming Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in front of the Imperial bunker.
The actor's chairs on the set of the deleted sandstorm scene.
A model of one of the Rebel command ships with lights off and on.
Norman Reynold's sketches of Luke's damaged hand for the deleted sandstorm sequence.
The actual unused prop hand.
Filming Boba Fett on the desert skiff.
Constructing the Wol Cabbashite creature for Jabba's throne room.
Michael Pangrazio painting a matte painting of the hangar in the rebel command ship.
Jabba being prepped for filming.
Richard Marquand and George Lucas.
Jabba's sail barge and the Sarlacc pit on location in Yuma, AZ.
Special Effects supervisor, Dennis Muren watches steadicam operator (and inventor) Garret Brown filming the background footage for the speeder bike chase sequence.
Puppeteer, Tim Rose rehearses with the Admiral Ackbar puppet.
Filming on the desert skiff.
Eleven year old Warwick Davis, who plays the ewok, Wicket, and Carrie Fisher on the set of Jabba's Sail Barge.
Preparing Darth vader (Sebastian Shaw) for filming his scene with Luke in the Death Star hangar.
George Lucas and Howard Kazanjian examine miniature T.I.E. fighters and T.I.E. interceptors.
Kenny Baker, who also plays R2-D2 inside his Paploo costume.
Salacious Crumb puppeteer, Tim Rose, and Carrie Fisher.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher on a speeder bike.
Jabba's sail barge under construction.
Harrison Ford contemplates becoming a Han-burger at the hands of the ewoks.
Peter Mayhew, Harrison Ford, and Billy Dee Williams on location in Yuma, AZ.
Filming on location in Yuma, AZ.
Detailing the Mon Calamari masks and hands.
Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in front of the blue screen.
Luke and Darth Vader before animated lightsaber blades are added.