Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Spaceman Spiff, Oct 20, 2010.
Bean Laden, surely?
^I am serious... and don't call me 'Shirley'.
Brilliant! -and watching his eyes while the switch goes on is quite hypnotic... especially if you zoom in
^I love it, but can someone please explain the context? I mean, why the need to change identical guns during the shoot? Did the props actually light up whenever Ford pulled the trigger?
I don't know the particulars of this scene, but actors on a set will usually holster rubber or wooden guns because fakes don't go off by accident or have to be checked for chambered bullets. Props will then hand off a real gun when an actor has to be seen shooting or do a close up. I'd imagine Ford used a light weight fake gun for his quick draw, and was then handed a real Mauser to shoot off his blanks.
There's also the part about Vader making it fly out of his hand, but I don't know how they did that or whether that has anything to do with it.
It's called a string, mate...
Thanks for that. I had no idea that Solo's prop gun was an *actual* gun. I just assumed that it was essentially a jerry-rigged prop, and that any bright flashes from the gun were added in post-production, and not fireworks (since it's, y'know, a ray gun).
Yeah, I kinda figured, but without seeing any behind the scenes footage, I can't claim to know. And I'd also figure that drawing a gun with a string (or actually, one or more strings) attached to it might create various problems as well.
The bright red flashes were added in post, however the guns on set did give off a loud pop, a spark and some smoke. (When ROTJ came out, they had a 'making of' special on TV showing some of the actors shooting the Endor scenes. I'll never forget how anti-clamactic it was to see Princess Leia aim her gun, close her eyes, shoot a cloud of smoke. )
I remember reading an interview with a guy who did some of the weapons work for Star Wars. He later did other movies like ALIENS. He was actually kind of apologetic about Star Wars, because many of the weapons have only slight cosmetic changes. The pulse rifle from ALIENS, for example, is a complete shell hiding the Tommy gun inside.
Anyway, here's some guns:
Stormtrooper long rifle:
Oooo, that was baaaaad.
^ Now this is a meme I can get behind. All of those were funny.
And very much true
My brain does the upper right-hand one constantly.
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