Fantastic ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Set Photos Revealed by Cinematographer Dan Mindel

     January 4, 2016


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.

Until that time, these new candid looks behind the scenes will have to suffice, so enjoy some of Mindel’s Instagram photos (via ScreenCrush) below.

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