We do it in our dreams.
We do it in our dreams.
lolz I was there once! Just not in the archives. I remember reading that Don Bies gave a tour to the archives to a USC special fx club. ILM should open it up to limited tours again school groups, paying public, model clubs let's start a petition
I'd fly over and pay good money for that!
Just...wow... I can't even describe how awesome it'd be to spend time in that building. So much cool stuff! The biker scout in me just wants to jump on one of those speeder bikes!
i'd pay good money to get detailed images of all of Colin Cantwell's prototypes .
I personaly have been in the "museum business" off and on as a consultant/ Insurance provider for many years. I have been to the Lucas Archives on four occasions. My first trip was in 1996, and I was provided the tour by Don. My last visit was 2004. I was told, and have seen that the Archives will maintain certain commercial pieces/ replicas in their inventory to be used as "fillers" in the event that a needed piece no longer exists in their inventory, or may be needed in more than one place at the same time for different exhibitions.
This is common practice by museums, and the likes. Most will use replicas of a particular item to enhance/ complete a display, in order to give the overall sense of the subject being observed. For whatever reason many fans feel cheated, or that Lucas Films is trying to put one over on them. That's far from the case. It's simply a matter of presentation, and all museums do it.
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Ah, see thinking of the Archives as a museum, I understand. Great works of art, fossils and the like are copied all the time.
A lot of prop-people here consider the Archives as a place to store and go and see the original stuff from the movies (right?) So if something was stolen or went missing, we'd at first expect it not to be there. Then, seeing MasterReplicas on the bottom of something, sitting next to an actual old prop is a little disconcerting. If that makes any sense? It would probably feel better if Lucas, acting like a Museum, would at least label a non-original prop as so, I think the "One-over feeling" comes from the lack of communication, and we're like...is he grouping these all in one category? Like you said, he must have another idea of the Archives today.
The idea that it is more like a museum of sorts is likely the case considering that not every piece can be accounted for because some were stolen or auctioned off. Also it would be wise to have a close approximation on hand in order to get accurate dimensions for a lightsaber (for example) rather than have to rely solely on photographic evidence when duplicating it for the making of one of the sequels.
Plus the fact that the original intention of this collection wasn't to be displayed for exhibition goers. That was more an after thought that came about after the fact. To the general audiences who see this in person at a show, they wouldn't know the difference between what was screen used or a licensed replica.
Only us "experts" would be able to tell. ; )
I saw Indiana Jones stuff too!! That's sooooooooooo awesome!! Thanks for posting!
I liked the film editing too.
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Even if the took SOME of that stuff on the road I would travel to see it. Unfortunately, I missed the FIDM costume exhibit. Do you think that some of the "replicas" are there because Lucas now has someone paying him to replicate things he doesn't have anymore and if he wanted to re-create them he would have to pay guys like us to do the research and replicate it? Its kind of like free research assistants for missing items/props.
hey one of those "charges" is towards the end. I remember someone trying to re-create those on here a little while back
That made my day, thanks for sharing!
Just give me some food and lock me in.
I would love to spend a day at that place
Loved it! Was great to look at the colors of everything, like the TIE. Great fun!
Although you may see the replicas "mixed" with the original props, the Archives does keep each piece tagged, and inventoried as such correctly. There is no mistaking a screen used piece for a replica piece with in the Archives. Lela French is a very good Archivist and made sure they were designated appropriately.
Also bare in mind that Lucas Films keeps many replicas, and uses them as decoration within the several business units at the Ranch, and former Presidio. They are not meant to fool anyone, and they are labled as such either with the manufacture name plate (eg Master Replicas) or the original manufacturers stands. Using these pieces allows the experience of Lucas Films heritage with guests/ employess while not putting at risk the original props. Also Lucas does infact rotate original props every 6 months or so in special displays throughout his properties. So you get a good mix.
Biggest nerdgasm ever!
One question though, do they have a full time curator to take care of all this wonderful stuff, or a maid to dust it off or something like that? We wouldn't want all those preciouses to get damaged.
They have a great staff there who are very dedicated caretakers for these bits of history.
Amazing youtube video... Could you imagine walking through that barn? Incredible.
Wow! Very cool video. Thanks for the link. One thing that I didn't see......I guess the Jar Jar stuff must be at another top secret more secure location.
do you guys know if any of the props used to film star tours are in the archives currently? I saw a picture of the maintanence bay door prop in a picture from the archives but i am currently looking for some refrence photos of the fuel tank at the end of the movie. if you have any information on it can you post it in the studio scale fuel tank thread or pm me. thanks!
Too fast of a tour, soo many things to see
That was AWESOME i would love to see that in person