Undeniable Fact About ROTS #6: It Used Incredible Real-World Scenery

Mt. Etna

All of the principal photography for ROTS was done on a soundstage in Australia or in the UK. This was a departure from the other Star Wars films where there were at least a few scenes of principal photography done at real world locations: Tunisia, Norway, the redwood forests of Northern California, Italy, Spain, etc..

But it doesn’t mean the environments were created whole cloth from desktops either. Second unit filming took advantage of real locations like Italy’s volatile Mt. Etna, which doubled as Mustafar, and Phuket, Thailand, which served as Kashyyyk. Tunisia was used again in ROTS but the footage was shot during filming of AOTC.

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2 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About ROTS #6: It Used Incredible Real-World Scenery”

  1. lovelucas Says:

    Well, WE know that but the ones who need to know don’t want to.

  2. Stefan Kraft Says:

    I am not sure whether the Etna footage was really used in the final film. I think I have read somewhere that the footage was not suited for the scenes as they were planned. However, I do not remember where I have read it…
    As for the scenes on Tatooine, one blog reader has stated that they did not use the scenes filmed during Ep II (again because they did not match the planned scene) such that they had to re-shoot them in the studio. Does anyone have additional information on this?

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