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Matte oil paintings for the original Star Wars films by ILM artists Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie. Gizmodo’s Sploid blog has some splendid coverage of these gifted visual artists and their work on the classic trilogy:

Matte paintings are fake sets … made with plexiglass and oil paint. The artists used oversized panels to create the necessary detail that the camera needed to fool audiences when the film was projected over the large surface of a theater screen. The paintings were combined with live action filmed to match the perspectives.

The images offer fabulous insight into how these iconic scenes were staged and filmed, and also a small hint of something super fun to come at wcfsymphony next season …