The Episode VII Skellig Michael Shoot Was Significantly Scaled Down.

Skellig 04As you remember back in July the Star Wars production was on the Irish island Skellig Michael for a 3 day shoot. The only stars on set were Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill. Now it appears that the initial plan was for much longer and much bigger in scale shoot…


From irishexaminer:

Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys has revealed that the Star Wars shoot on Sceilig Mhichíl was only allowed to proceed after the film firm lodged significantly scaled-down proposals for the shoot.


The scaled-down proposals included a 90% reduction in helicopter activity in response to concerns for the protected bird population on the island.


Ms Humphreys said the initial filming proposals raised concern with respect to the potential impact of the activities on the Special Protection Area for birds at Sceilig Mhichíl.


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Ms Humphreys pointed out that “the activities of the film crew were supervised at all times by personnel from the Office of Public Works and my department’s National Monuments and National Parks and Wildlife Services. A condition of the consent was that the salary costs and expenses of NPWS staff were charged to the filming company”.


A spokeswoman for her department said: “There was no charge for the use of the island,” adding that the “economic and sectoral value of Star Wars shooting in Ireland is incalculable”.


This also suggests that a possible return to the island (as THESE rumors suggested) is very unlikely.


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36 thoughts on “The Episode VII Skellig Michael Shoot Was Significantly Scaled Down.

  • October 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    You know, CG doesn’t endanger any birds or other wildlife. Just sayin’.

    • October 25, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Cgi endangers animals due to all the pollution generating the electricity used by the computers, even if it’s by wind turbine birds may fly into those too. 🙂

      • October 25, 2014 at 2:54 am

        They should have used CG in more of Han Solo’s scenes. You see, computer-generated trap doors don’t cause wounds when they fall on you.

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    But it can also looks as naff as the stuff in AOTC’s and ROTS !! Just sayin’

    • October 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

      It’s Saturday tomorrow. Just sayin’.

      • October 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm

        Just sayin’,Just sayin’

  • October 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    This location is a castle on naboo and it will appear again in episode 8. My sources say they are going to blow the island up in filming to get a realistic Death Star effect.

    • October 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      My sources say this island is located on the Death Star.

      • October 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

        My sources say there wasn’t any actual filming going on. It was just a prank JJ pulled on the Star Wars nerds to give them false rumors.

      • October 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        My sources tell me its an outhouse on the second deathstar.

        • October 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

          My sources say my sources say.

          ^That totally makes sense. 😉

          • October 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

            My sources say i have no sources. So, i don’t know what i’m talking about.

  • October 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    My sources say this is the home world of the small rabbit-like creatures that fart midichlorians at escape velocity, thus permeating the galaxy. Or at least, that’s what Lucas’ original treatment called for.

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    My sources have told me that Han finds Luke at the Mos Eisley space port, drunk off his ass, juggling lightsabers and telling travelers that “he doesn’t like them either.”

    • October 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Classic Luke…

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    your sources say
    your a bunch of fuckin arseholes

  • October 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Remember the concept art pictures?

    The one with the cloaked figure sitting on a chair and a female figure at the door way?

    Well the room seemed like rocky hut like area. And if only Mark and Daisy where there then this kinda confirms that concept art picture?

    • October 25, 2014 at 4:23 am

      Totally. I man old Luke as a hermit and retired Jedi knight whit his own throne room, with his own thone facing the main door and all those imaginaries worshippers…..makes perfect sense – Yoda gave him an example how to live in exile.

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    My sources tell me Duke Sandwalker turns to the badside of the matrix.

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    My sources tell me that the “Duke Sandwalker” comment made me snort and laugh out loud.

  • October 25, 2014 at 12:16 am

    actually! its Sunday tomorrow, just saying!
    the furture, the past, come back too the future lol

  • October 25, 2014 at 1:47 am

    My sources say that “My sources say…” should be a new SW7N meme!

    • October 25, 2014 at 9:58 am

      My sources say that you shouldn’t force memes. 😉

    • October 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      No it should be

  • October 25, 2014 at 2:12 am


  • October 25, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Think I will wait for this movie on DVD
    If The plot rumors are true then I am
    not going to bother waiting in the cold .

    Why release it in December?
    Summer would be a better time to release
    a movie like this.

    Anyone know the reasoning for the date
    December 15?

    • October 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

      age of ultron comes out in may , might have something to do with it

      • October 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm

        Nah. I think it’s because Disney/Marvel has The Avengers II lined up for summer ’15 (IIRC).

        Age of Ultron? No one would ever be afraid that SW could take a backseat to that…w/e it is.

        • October 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm

          no one gonna bite?

          • October 26, 2014 at 4:58 am

            “Anyone know the reasoning for the date
            December 15?”

            Summer 2015′s way too crowded. December is JUST RIGHT to make that money, honey, hopefully all the way to March. %;o)

  • October 25, 2014 at 6:33 am

    How ironic if being forced to reduce helicopter shots by 90% ended up enabling JJ to film a better scene than the gratuitous one he probably had planned. 🙂

  • October 25, 2014 at 9:58 am

    my sauces say “i make bacon butties taste better”

  • October 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wouldn’t it have been easier to just built an island? What is it with J.J. and islands?

  • October 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    What this means is that JJ was planning on doing some sort of prolonged aerial sequence, perhaps a battle, or maybe some guys having a fist/lightsaber fight on a skiff (ROTJ style).
    Question is what was he planning, and what is he doing instead?

  • October 26, 2014 at 4:56 am

    “Many birds were spared to bring you this footage.”

  • October 27, 2014 at 2:18 am

    I think JJ Abrams picks places he’s always wanted to see. Just a guess.
    Heck I would.

    hmm now this place here looks perfect for a scene..we’ll go there!

    After watching videos of this island
    I hope everyone had or has a safe time .

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