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#1 dratomic

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 04:56 AM

I just picked up this original, production-used Death Star panel prop. It's from Star Wars (as in, the first one), and comes from the collection of Richard Edlund, who was the Director of Special Effects Photography on Star Wars.

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The panel is 3 x 3 inches, and made of a rigid foam. It was used for long-range shots of the Death Star when detail wasn't too important. (Larger panels were used for close ups, and an actual, spherical model was used for the really wide shots -- I know the guy who owns this one, btw!)

Yeah, this piece was actually used in Star Wars, though don't bother trying to find it; most of the shots in which it would appear are pretty much grey blurs. :)

I'm a huge SW nerd, and having an opportunity to own any original prop or FX piece is a huge thrill. I figured someone here might find it interesting... And if not, Brian, feel free to bounce it to the OT section.

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#2 robobob

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 05:18 AM

Keen !!! :)
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#3 MaxPower

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 05:22 AM

Congratulations, Doc!
Most (all?) of us are Star Wars fans, so yeah, we get it ;)
That's definitely something that belongs in your Attic of Astounding Artifacts all right.
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#4 astrogonza

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:16 AM

Love STAR WARS !!!!
congratulations.

#5 Andyman

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 02:08 PM

I didn't know the Death Star blew up in perfectly square pieces of debris. ;)

Nice score, Doc!

#6 Morbius

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 02:12 PM

Astoundng Artifact it is, we understand it Doc! Thanks for showing this, interesting piece of film history.

I recall at Disney World a few years back, they had NB Xmas prop of the town, couldn't believe how rough it all was in reality but looked so smooth and real in the film, I guess that's why it's called film magic. Don't know if with the detail we have in digital media if it would pass scrutiny now.

Edited by Morbius, 09 July 2011 - 02:14 PM.

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#7 kennetzel

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 06:40 PM

That is really sweet. A true piece of movie history there. Something to really be proud of.
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#8 JohnA

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:50 PM

KILLER piece, Bri! I have had some VERY minor props in the past. I had a half of Krayt bone, a piece of the Lars homestead dome, and some pieces of the skiff. I sold the bone and house to fund another piece. I've always thought about one day owning a piece of the DS and a tower. Neat pieces to be sure. Kudos!!!

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