Star Wars designer brings war stories (and real light saber!) to q
One man's junk is another man's galaxy far, far away. Oscar winning set designer Roger Christian joins Shad to explain how he stretched four short months and a modest budget to create several Star Wars icons.
Christian forged R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon set, the original lightsaber and more from found objects and sheer determination. On the eve of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he shares the very modest back story of the film's most iconic objects.
"The first thing we ever made was a wooden mock-up of R2-D2 ... they couldn't even give us any money to make him," says Christian, adding that they built the robot from re-purposed boat plywood and an old lamp.
"Gary Kurtz's wife came down one day and she said 'wow, this sure ain't Hollywood, is it?"