Star Wars props exhibition is as seductive as the dark sideThe Star Wars Identities exhibition in London includes hundreds of props, costumes and original artwork from the Star Wars saga. Curator Laela French from the LucasFilm archive explains how it was put together and why George Lucas was determined to keep...
Laugh it up, fuzzballs. We're here at the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in London. Packed full of original props, costumes, models, and early artwork from the collection of George Lucas himself. To talk us through it, we met with Layla French from the Lucasfilm archive. [MUSIC] The items of these exhibit were chosen based on the first that we were going to tell the story of human identity or the science of human identity. And once the scientific community that we worked with panel laid out that framework and then we over relate it with Star Wars story of Anakin and Luke It kind of immediately just made it obvious what objects we had to have. Also I always want to include all the main characters because there's an expectation when you come to a Star Wars exhibition. We wanna hit all the right notes. Superfans. They have expectations and we wanna meet them and actually I want to surprise and exceed them with things they don't know about. For the casual fan or those that haven't seen Star Wars, we need to give them sort of the Star Wars 101 introduction, and then we get down into the more deeper content. We can add in some unusual pieces and that's where it gets fun. In the original films, you know, you have to remember. 1977 people didn't save everything from the film that they made. You know they made the movies. Everything went away or was return back to the costume department or was borrowed. So, for George save even the model that he did was unusual. And he had the force side because he was very innovative. To know that if, he knew that a new hope was gonna be a success. He'd have two more films to make and he didn't want to have to remake certain ships from scratch. So he kind of saved everything hoping it was a success which it was and then he got to reuse those same ships and make more ships for the new films. And then he saved some costumes and things like that. So for that time period what he saved was quite a lot. The main collections at the archives at Skywalker Ranch, which is where George helped make his new movies episodes one, two, and three. But it's a very large collection, probably one of the most complete film collections that exists today because George had the foresight to save quite a bit from the early films. And we saved almost everything we could from the new films. So for the fans that collect, there certainly is Holy Grail items. I know that if they got my archive they're probably faint. [LAUGH] Quite the filthy items very stealthy. The models in the shipcage they actually held there beautifully over the last 40 years. They, every now and then tiny that will fall off but we can restore it. The costume fabric are a little more fragile so we have to be careful that lighting and we use museum quality conservation and museum. Standards for exhibition. Surprisingly from the new films Episode 2 there was a scene set on Yutapo. Where these beautiful set designs, these little miniature model buildings and they were gorgeous. And we tried to tour them and they immediately just crumbled. They were not built to tour in the same way that some of the stuff From like a new hope or empire were so sadly they're seating at the archive and the death star is the archive and too fragile which/ are. Those are two things that we know that we can't wait to ship around the world. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]