Latest Update from Dubrovnik, Plus Another Ralph McQuarrie Connection!

SeaStarAfter being so concerned about drones, it seems as though the producers of Star Wars Episode VIII forgot about webcams. Because of those, it’s now clear that part of the current filming in Debrovnik has already taken place on the boat, that was spotted a few days ago in the harbor.

 

 

DuList took some interesting pictures, showing us more details.

 

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It appears as though the footage being filmed are merely to provide establishing shots of the city (shots which will be edited later to make the architecture seem more “alien” or otherwise otherworldly in nature) in addition to filming some sort of scene on the boat itself. In addition, The Dubrovnik Times reports the following information about the shoot:

It is believed that the crew were gathering footage of the outside of the city and the walls were illuminated for the filming. Nothing was left to chance and the ship was escorted by maritime police as well as a team of divers. It is rumoured that the main actors, as well as the producer, will arrive in Dubrovnik tomorrow.

 

Dubrovnik Boat

 

Some footage of the ship’s voyage through Dubrovnik’s bay was even filmed. Check it out below.

 

 

 

 

Beyond the bay-based scenes being filmed is a bit of scenery that was superimposed over Dubrovnik’s existing architecture (found via here). And it appears as though they’re putting more inspiration from McQuarrie’s old artwork with the set.

 

Dubrovnik Set

 

 

 

 


 

That’s all for now, but stay tuned to Star Wars News Net as we cover more information on the filming in Croatia as it hits. The past 2 days were supposed to be only rehearsals. The real filming is expected to start later today.

 

 

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

21 thoughts on “Latest Update from Dubrovnik, Plus Another Ralph McQuarrie Connection!

  • March 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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    My early guess is this is where King Prana (the guy that Han was taking the rathtars to) lives and he will be played by Benicio del Toro. Maybe the Resistance is trying to get his help but he inevitably turns on them (he is angry at Solo’s lack of delivery). Perhaps a bit too close to del Toro’s character The Collector with his exotic zoo, but that’s my guess for now.

    • March 11, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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      I love this idea. Now I’m hoping this is the plan for Benicio’s role.

    • March 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      That’s a great idea.

      • March 12, 2016 at 3:54 am
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        Actually, I agree – it was a great idea…back in the 80s when it was called The Empire Strikes Back.

        • March 12, 2016 at 8:31 am
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          Haha, clever. Real nice. You know, very positive, like a ray of sunshine. I’m so glad we all get to have you here commenting.

          Constantly.

    • March 11, 2016 at 5:13 pm
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      So another words, a rehashing of ESB and ROTJ? 😉

    • March 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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      Someone who makes sense on these forums! Crazy.

  • March 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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    That Mcquarrie art looks pretty cool. Strange it was art for ROTJ, makes me wonder what it could have been in ROTJ and being used for Ep. VIII, not that it has to be the same idea. Still too far away. 🙁

    • March 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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      I think it may have been a design for Jabba’s palace door.

  • March 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    Oh my, exciting times.

  • March 11, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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    I’m thinkin’ Jedi Temple

  • March 12, 2016 at 12:19 am
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    The visual design team is going to be in trouble once they run out of McQuarrie art.

    • March 12, 2016 at 6:46 am
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      They’ve got other designers working for them too.

      • March 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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        Sadly those guys have so far tossed the utilitarian, used-universe design of the OT and opted instead to give us the Empire as designed by crApple.

        • March 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm
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          Lot of things looked pretty used to me.

        • March 13, 2016 at 4:28 am
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          Wow, you managed to hate on like 3 different hings in one comment.

          Is that record….

    • March 12, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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      Rebels too – they’ve run out of Kenner’s ‘off-screen’ designs, and are plowing through McQ’s portfolio at an alarming rate.

  • March 12, 2016 at 3:51 am
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    Errrrm…I’m not sure the boat is just being used for establishing shots. Why would they have lighting and light diffusers on board if they were shooting the exterior of the city?

  • March 12, 2016 at 7:30 am
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    Looks like an aged, beat up Naboo. Makes sense that it would look like that after the changes the Empire must have made after the clone wars.

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