It’s a Wrap on the Star Wars: Episode VIII Filming in Dubrovnik!


Everything went according to plan and the filming in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik finished yesterday. Workers have already started dismantling the sets. Check out some new photos and video after the jump…


First, I wanted to thank our friends at StarWarsDubrovnik, DuList and TheDubrovnikTimes for the incredible job of keeping us up to day on what was happening on the set. Thanks for your professionalism and good luck! 🙂


Here are their latest reports from the epicenter:


From TheDubrovnikTimes:


The futuristic scenes that have been installed onto the historic old facades are being boxed up and now we wait to see Dubrovnik star on the big screens when Star Wars VIII is released on the 15th of December 2017. It is speculated that around two minutes of actual film was recorded on each day of the Dubrovnik filming, which would mean that the city could have between ten and fifteen minutes in the final version.

Apart from the Stradun the Star Wars crew also used five other locations around the Old City as well as filming on a ship in front of the city. The big names, such as Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, from the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, didn’t turn up in Dubrovnik. Instead their parts in the Star Wars VIII were acted out by body doubles, presumably due to the large number of stunts that were carried out in the Dubrovnik filming.

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Here’s DuList‘s report on the final day (translated via Google) :

For the purposes of filming Space Bear, the code name for Star Wars, during the night hours was closed most famous street Stradun, and some of the scenes are filmed on the beach and spa near the historic center, the ship “Sea Star”, as well as on the walls .
Official data on the result of the shooting are not yet available, but the Mayor of Dubrovnik, even before the start of production pointed to the fact that Dubrovnik film scenes, among other brings to the city a huge marketing potential.
Also according to him, about 70 percent of the work on setting up the set have done just Dubrovnik, while the owners of residential and commercial buildings signed about 120 contracts which they compensate for damage due to the closure.

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And last but not least here are the photos from our friends at StarWarsDubrovnik:


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And just in case you missed it, here’s a very cool video showing the preparation for the filming that we reported in the previous article. Thanks to TheDubrovnikTimes:



Thanks again everyone. We will miss you. Now we wait for the funny part – the rumors and speculations about which planet is this, and what are our heroes doing there.



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25 thoughts on “It’s a Wrap on the Star Wars: Episode VIII Filming in Dubrovnik!

  • March 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Weird photo experience from Dubrovnik this week.
    By the way, it seems really original, the costumes, the city, and filming over the sea.
    We will wait… 😉

    • March 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Since there is a rumored chase scene taking place, I suspect that they will be inside a building (filmed at Pinewood), and then when the chase starts it will be the real actors, but when they run outdoors they only need the stunt doubles.
      I could be wrong though. It is a little bit strange, indeed.

    • March 17, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Pinewood bruh.

    • March 20, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Someone wearing Finn/Poe’s jacket was there. Perhaps a third owner?
      But the jacket was undamaged at the back, so either it’s new. They have great invisible menders in space or the jacket could relate to a ‘group of people’, part of a uniform.
      Or Boyega was there, just no one saw him and his twitter feed is fake, easy enough to do.

  • March 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    The general public really have no idea how crucial production and art design is to a film like this. Taking a real earth world setting and making it look alien is a daunting task. So Kudos the VIII team.

    If you don’t do anything it’s immediately noticeable and looks like a crappy fan film.

    Why do think 9 out of 10 seriously made Star Wars fan films are made out in the forest?

    • March 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      But not toooo alien. Classic but science fiction-like.

      That balance is tough to do.

  • March 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Wonderful news. We can now return to not hearing anything about Rogue One.

    • March 17, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      no shit, huh? it’s bloody annoying.

      • March 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        Would have expected a teaser by now. The wait continues.

        • March 18, 2016 at 4:49 am

          Imo, they missed a big teaser by not putting a teaser in the Super Bowl. They put a 2 minute trailer for Jungle Book. Surely they could’ve used like half of that time for a Rogue ONe teaser.

          • March 18, 2016 at 7:52 am

            You’re totally right, as TFA tailed off at the box office, they should have ramped up the Rogue One marketing. But not even a peep.

          • March 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

            Likely would have given TFA a boost at the box office too.


    • March 17, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Who would’ve thought that Gareth Edwards would be able to do JJ’s mystery box better than he could?

      • March 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

        It continues to fly well below the radar.

      • March 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        Yep, I’ve found almost no one who knows anything about Rogue One coming out this year. Hopefully they do put a teaser trailer with Civil War to change that.

  • March 17, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    “keeping us up to day” should be keeping us up to *DATE*

    Anyway, I think that more footage from that sequence will come from Pinewood and such, so the characters will probably be spending more than just 15 on-screen minutes on whatever planet that is.

  • March 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    IT’S A WRAP!!!

  • March 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    First civilized planet in the ST or at least one that one of the main characters sets foot on.

  • March 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

    “Ah, the beautiful white horse creature represents a parallel to the great ice creature Luke faced in The Empire Strikes Back. Only this time the tables are turned, you see. The creature the boy must slay to save his life is now as docile as a cat, led about by the confident heroin.
    By the sound of it, she’s either attending a funeral, or a wedding. Most ladies of the Arthurian realm would have arrived to their ceremony upon a white horse.”

    -My Philosophies teacher [who knows little about Star Wars] after my explaining the Dubrovnik set/scene to him. He’s like my very own Joe Campbell

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