Update: Filming at Malin Head is Finished! Brief Recap on What We’ve Learned.

MalinToday is supposed to be the last day of filming at Malin Head. It was a brief but exciting shoot. Read on for some details we’ve learned about the 3 days of filming there.


First here’s a pretty awesome fan video made close to the set at Malin Head 🙂




And here are some photos from yesterday from the set and a confirmation that Mark Hamill was spotted there:




Mark Hamill himself en route to the set and waving to the fans:




We’ve learned that Mark and Daisy were staying in different hotels, perhaps for media diversion. 🙂


Also thanks to the high quality photos of Conchúr Ó Biataigh we have yet another confirmation that this ship at Malin Head is the Falcon:


Falcon Malin


In another interesting photo, TFA and Episode VIII Costume Designer Michael Kaplan was spotted in a bar:

Michael Kaplan
Image by Michael Mc Auliffeffe


And speaking about bars, we’ve learned that there will be a party tonight, celebrating the end of filming at Malin Head. It’s like a tradition now. We even learned the name of the bar, but for understandable reasons we won’t post it here. 🙂


And now here’s a brief info about the filming process. Special thanks to Terence Mulvey and Neil Callaghan!

I went round this evening to where they where filming scenes. Cast and crew were clearing up. Wasn’t allowed pictures standing on the set but took a few from the distance where u can see the cameras and stuff. Spoke to residents and security and got some stories too. It sounded like an expensive shoot one of the IMAX cameras wasn’t prepared properly and the cables carrying it snapped and it went off the cliff and smashed to pieces.

Image by Neil Callaghan


This is quite interesting since we never heard anything about Rian Johnson intending to use IMAX cameras during the Episode VIII shoot. Still, using IMAX cameras for such brief scene that is obviously not an action sequence doesn’t make much sense. It’s quite possible that some crew member got confused, but that’s what they said: an IMAX camera was wasted.

Also another part of the report from the location mentioned that the set involved waterslides. Not sure what they will use these for.


Image by Neil Callaghan


In the next days the cast and crew will move south and continue the filming, which is expected to be at least 3 weeks long. Stay tuned for more.







The Irish Examiner reports that 20 large tankers filled with hundreds of gallons of water made their way to Ireland’s most northerly point to create rain for the new Star Wars: Episode VIII shoot. Action on the set stalled over the weekend while the crew awaited the arrival of the water trucks for scenes that involved rain. Lately, the area has been baking with double-digit temperatures and blue skies. This would explain the waterslides, we’ve heard about.


Also here’s another report with Mark Hamill, who took some time out to hang with the locals at the Star Wars Wrap Party at Farrens Bar, Malin Head. Shane Wallace of Wallace Media was there to capture the visit this evening.


In his exclusive interview, Hamill told DonegalTV that he had a fantastic time filming the scenes and he hopes to return to Donegal in the future.


Check out the video here:




Production is shifting from Malin in Co Donegal to West Cork and Kerry for the next ten days. The crew and the stars are due to land at Cork Airport later in the afternoon. Actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver will shoot scenes in and around Brow Head in West Cork until Wednesday. A no-fly zone in the area remains in play.




The production will then move to the Ceann Sibeal in Kerry, where Bee-Hive Huts structures have been built.


Thanks to StarWarsAlert for the Hamill update.




Also, StarWarsPost.com reports that a new video has just popped up on Twitter from @sammymcquinn, which shows Daisy, dressed up in her ‘The Force Awakens’ outfit on set.

Check out the video here:




And last but not least, here’s Daisy having fun at the Mc Grory’s Hotel:



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43 thoughts on “Update: Filming at Malin Head is Finished! Brief Recap on What We’ve Learned.

  • May 16, 2016 at 1:05 am

    luke, rey and kylo ren on water slides…? this is gonna be a heck of a film

  • May 16, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Looks like they got good weather. The Irish coast can be rather rainy

  • May 16, 2016 at 1:33 am

    As it’s only the underside of the Falcon, I would speculate it’s either a greeting, or farewell scene.

    • May 16, 2016 at 9:24 am

      It’s the back of the Falcon, underside.

  • May 16, 2016 at 1:37 am

    This is the kinda stuff I like. Cryptic set photos and weird stories. Fun to speculate and not inherently spoil anything.

    • May 16, 2016 at 1:45 am

      I’m a spoilerhound though 🙂

  • May 16, 2016 at 2:56 am

    If the second to last photo is the camera in question before it fell, then it is definitely standard 35mm and not a 65mm IMAX camera. You can tell by the position of the film magazine on top of the camera. IMAX cameras have film magazines mounted on the back of the camera because the film passes through it horizontally, not vertically (as in 35mm).

    • May 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

      This photo is just a random one. That camera was still standing there after the end of filming I think. Doubt it is an IMAX.

  • May 16, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I know there’s already talk about it not being an IMAX camera, though in response to a statement made in the article about it not making sense to use an IMAX camera for a brief shot… keep in mind the different Ireland shoots could all be part of the same sequence within a larger action scene (kind of like the falcon chase on Jakku, just think different coast lines of ireland?)

  • May 16, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Not in the same hotel!
    In wich one are R2 and Chewbacca? and Adam Driver?
    I wonder if Daisy Ridley prefer to sleep in a Hostel dormitory like most youth europeans do… :))

  • May 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

    “Double digit temperatures”. You mean like anywhere between 10° and 99 ° ?

    • May 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      ^ This

      • May 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        or -10 to -99

    • May 17, 2016 at 12:42 am

      I think they mean just mean over 9º C. They are just saying that it was nice out. 50º F (ish).

  • May 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Really curious about the Mexico shoots as it’s likely going to be a planet we never seen before.

    • May 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I bet Mexico shoots are about The Wall?
      …wait… I think I am mixing threads 😮

      • May 17, 2016 at 6:13 am

        Make Star Wars great again.

      • May 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        It would relly suck if that happens and they don’t allow film crews there anymore from the US so they can’t go back there.

        • May 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm

          I don´t think so.
          There is already a Wall and nothing happened.

          • May 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm

            Well in terms of not approving permits and such.

          • May 19, 2016 at 7:01 am

            A cold war with Mexico, that would be weird!

          • May 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm

            While improbable, It’s not totally out of the realm of possibility.

  • May 16, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I like rain.

    Not so much scenes with rain in SW.
    And rain always gives interesting visions and environments in movies.

  • May 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Good. Goood. Everything is going as planned.

  • May 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I can’t see Daisy in that last video.

    • May 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Around 10-11 seconds in when the girls are saying “oh my god” you can see her in the background standing with someone else. She’s wearing what looks like her Force Awakens costume.

  • May 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Rain? revisting the massacre from the forceback perhaps??

    • May 17, 2016 at 6:13 am

      i hope.

  • May 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    The younger stars of the ST could learn so much from Mark Hamill, such as humility, and gratitude. Love that guy till the end.

    • May 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      “could learn”? I’ve seen nothing that suggests anything but humility and gratitude from the likes of Ridley and Boyega so I’m not sure what you’re inferring here.

      • May 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm

        Quite simply that Mark Hamill has been in the business for over 50 years, has remained grounded, and embraces his connect to the fans. Hope these new stars (over time) don’t stray from such behaviours.

      • May 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

        He wasn’t saying that Ridley and Boyega lacked those things, he was saying that Hamill demonstrated them well, and the young stars could follow his example as they progress as the new faces of Star Wars. The wording just made it seem like they needed more humility and gratitude, which I don’t think was the intent.

    • May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      New cast have never shown anything close to what you are excusing them of. Pretty much every interview they give they state how honored and grateful they are to be apart of Star Wars.

      • May 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

        Didn’t realise I accused anyone of anything, the comment was regarding mentoring.

        • May 16, 2016 at 11:23 pm

          My bad man. I read your sentence the wrong way.

    • May 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Mark always comes across as such a down to earth, approachable, gracious person. I would love to meet him some time. “Don’t pull too hard. That’s my removable hand.” Funny!

  • May 16, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Cute reactions by the kids in that video, but all I see is a brown blur.

  • May 16, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    That really wasn’t a big deal (those reactions) but I guess kids are easily impressed and that’s what really counts.

  • May 16, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Alright, better photo – yep, when people aren’t trying to sell that construction as the docking tube, clearly the Falcon – I missed that the first go-round.

  • May 17, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Holy crap, how much of this movie takes place on Ahch-to?

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