The Star Wars Exhibition 2007 -2009


From 2007 - 20010 this was the official website for the Star Wars Exhibit. The content below is from the site's archived pages and other outside sources..

CIRCA 2007

Upon entering the magic world of Star wars, visitors are immediately immersed into the Star Wars universe as huge landscape images are projected to recreate the atmosphere of a particular world. Different exhibition zones walk you through the worlds of Tatooine, Naboo, Endor, Hoth, Coruscant, Kamino, Geonosis, Kashyyyk, Utapau and Mustafar.

In addition, visitors will find a projection room featuring a documentary on 30 Years of Visual Effects, which reveals just how far this art has come. Optical illusions, picture overlays, pyrotechnics, stunt tricks, and other visual and special effects are also explained in relation to the Star Wars films.

STAR WARS: THE EXHIBITION gives visitors, movie lovers and Star Wars fans a unique opportunity to learn and discover some of the secrets behind the making of this epic Saga. 

2007 London Exhibition

STAR WARS: THE EXHIBITION features an array of items specially selected from the Lucasfilm Archives in Northern California. These objects give visitors a rare glimpse into the making of the epic movies. Among the featured items is the spectacular life-sized Naboo N-1 starfighter, along with several interactive activities that range from Jedi training to a greenscreen simulation which puts you right into the films. 

It is the second leg of a touring exhibit that began in Portugal last year and attracted more than 150,000 visitors in the space of two months.

Visual Effects 
In 1975, George Lucas founded the visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, which was tasked with completing his complex shots.

The effects teams started by building its own motion control camera called the Dykstraflex, which allowed for very precise and repeatable camera movements. This system helped them film several elements, such as miniatures and matte paintings, and later combine them into a single shot. Many of these original ship models are found in the exhibition.

With its many technical and creative innovations, ILM has helped drive the evolution of visual effects. Beginning with a mastery of bluescreen photography, matte painting, and model construction, ILM also pioneered the development of motion control cameras, optical compositing, and digital moviemaking. At the exhibition besides learning some of the techniques used to create the movies, visitors can also experience entering the movies by trying a green screen that puts them side by side with the main characters of Star Wars.

 Twelve exhibition rooms.

- Jedi School (performances last approx.15 minutes and are free to enter).

- Special Effects Green Screen Studio.

- Official Merchandise Store.

- Opportunity to meet and greet characters and take photos.

- Over 240 original objects, costumes, props, drawings, vehicles and models.

- All information is translated into two different languages: French and Spanish.

- Exhibition is currently running 7 days a week.

- Tickets are available at the box offices at the venue.

- Visitors are not limited to how long they spend in the exhibition.





Star Wars: The Exhibition Has Arrived

Sky News, Saturday May 05, 2007

Star Wars fans now have a chance to get to know all their favourite characters a bit better without the need to travel to a galaxy far, far away.

One of the biggest exhibitions ever of original props and costumes from the classic sci-fi series has come to London.

Darth Vader is likely to be one of the exhibition's star attractions

Darth Vader is likely to be one of the exhibition's star attractions

As the world's most popular movie saga celebrates its 30th anniversary later this month, the Star Wars universe descends on the capital.
"We are expecting serious numbers through the door - this is the biggest of its kind in the UK," said a spokesman for Star Wars: The Exhibition, which opens at County Hall today.
The star attractions are likely to be the costumes for Yoda, C-3PO and Darth Vader.

Jedi masters will be on hand to explain about Wookiees, Death Stars, the Force and Midi-chlorians to people not familiar with the blockbuster films.
And budding Luke Skywalkers will be able to attend a Jedi training school, with an opportunity to fight a Sith Lord.
The first Star Wars film was released in the US on May 25 1977 and scooped six Oscars, mostly for the technical work of the British team involved.
Star Wars: The Exhibition runs on London's South Bank until September 1.


Taking a walk on the Dark Side

Saturday, 5 May 2007
By Tim Masters 
Entertainment editor, BBC News website

Darth Vader with fans

Visitors might bump into a few familiar characters

Dusk was closing in. A group of storm troopers took up defensive positions along a stretch of red carpet.
And then out of the darkness emerged Darth Vader - more than two metres tall - causing the assembled crowd to shrink back in fear.
It sounds like the opening scene of a Star Wars movie - a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
But this was a Friday night on the south bank of the Thames in London, a lightsaber's throw from the London Eye.
It was the kind of lavish launch party you would expect from a multi-billion dollar franchise.
Lots of theatricals, a smattering of celebrities and some actors from the movies.
Star Wars: The Exhibition has come to London to mark the 30th anniversary of the first film's release.
The film opened in just 32 cinemas in the United States on 25 May 1977.

Felix, 7, with C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels

It's a reminder of the huge thing that Star Wars has become over the last 30 years 

Anthony Daniels
Star Wars actor

It went on to become a global smash with children across the world re-enacting the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Many of those at the launch were children of the '70s - now well into their 30s and 40s.
But they still queued up like excited infants to be photographed with Darth Vader.
Another guest much in demand was Anthony Daniels, the actor inside the fussy, shiny droid C-3P0. He worked on all six Star Wars films.
"It's great to see some of my old friends, costumes and exhibits - including my own costume which is safely in a glass box so I can't put it on!" he told BBC News.
Daniels is clearly proud to be part of the Star Wars universe, and to see it brought together in one place.
'Magic' feeling
"It's a reminder of the huge thing that Star Wars has become over the last 30 years," he said.
"It's also extraordinary to see an audience come though here of any age, smiling at the objects, and it's magic to be a part of that."
So what will visitors to the exhibition actually see?
The items have been brought from the LucasFilm Archives in California.
They include a full-size Naboo N-1 starfighter along with Anakin's Podracer from Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
There are many rooms to explore, themed by planet: Tatooine, Endor, Hoth and Geonosis to name but a few.



Many of the original costumes can be seen close up

And let's not forget the Death Star. No prizes for guessing who takes star billing there.
It's a slightly odd experience to find such futuristic artefacts on display along the wood-panelled corridors of County Hall.
Visitors should be prepared for encounters with Jedi Knights and Sith Lords.
There is also a training school for people keen to hone their lightsaber skills.
I took along my seven-year-old son to get a younger perspective.
He was rendered speechless with delight at coming face to face with the likes of Yoda and R2-D2, and scared witless at Darth Vader's attempts to recruit him to the Dark Side.
But it was the class of '77 who were gurgling the loudest with delight - somewhat in the manner of Jabba the Hutt - as their bemused partners and offspring looked on.

Star Wars: The Exhibition is open now at County Hall, Westminster, London.