Cinematographer Dan Mindel has worked very closely with director J.J. Abrams, and was with him on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He has released some interesting behind the scenes photos from filming…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to hurtle past every record in the Hollywood record book, setting its targeting array on James Cameron’s Avatar. And, the farther away we drift from the film’s worldwide theatrical premiere (three weeks ago), the more and more photos are beginning to surface, from official sources like Entertainment Weekly, and now Cinematographer for The Force Awakens, Dan Mindel.
If you aren’t familiar with Dan Mindel and his work, he is best known for working with J.J. Abrams on both new Star Trek films, and he has worked with other great directors, such as Ridley Scott and Oliver Stone.
Mindel took to his Instagram account to post these The Force Awakens behind the scenes photos, and they are pretty great. Check them out:
This photo is probably the coolest one of the bunch, as it shows Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, battling John Boyega’s Finn. Notice how the sabers they are using are lit-up as if they were actually using the real deal. This is different from when Lucas directed the Original and Prequel trilogies, as the actors used thin rods in place of the saber.
Next we have our favorite new astromech, the lovable soccer ball, BB-8. Notice his controls lying next to his head.
Here’s a shot of the crew, most likely filming the battle at Maz Kanata’s castle. See the First Order trooper helmet on the rock.
Here’s Chewie. I am not sure if this is Peter Mayhew, or the younger double they had stand-in for him, for the actions scenes.
Check out the badass chrome helmet of the woefully underused Captain Phasma.
These are some fantastic looks behind the curtain of one of the most successful and popular films in the history of films, and certainly the Star Wars franchise, itself.
Hopefully we will get more and more behind the scenes looks, the further we get into 2016.