Imagine walking down a long corridor. To your left is the Yoda costume from a few of the most historical films in history and in front of you, coming right at you, are two Stormtroopers. This isn’t a dream but instead, a pretty common site if you’re lucky enough to visit Skywalker Ranch or LucasFilm headquarters.
As a Star Wars geek of EPIC proportions, it has long been a dream of mine to visit the home of Star Wars, Skywalker Ranch. It’s a not a place that’s open to the general public, so it’s not a dream that I would ever think was possible. A long, winding drive and a gorgeous tree-lined drive later, I was on hallowed ground.
I wish this post was eloquent, but honestly I’m still so dumbfounded by my trip and all that I was able to see, I feel absolutely loss for words. It’s not a place you can describe. It’s filled with tangible magic behind every corner, ever statue, every costume, every bit of memorabilia.
Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and television production companies. Skywalker Ranch is the workplace of writer, director, and producer, George Lucas. Together, these two places have created legendary movies and developed film technology that revolutionized how movies are made.
If you are at Skywalker Ranch or LucasFilm and see Yoda, Han Solo in Carbonite, or the casing for Luke Skywalker’s lighsaber, it’s not likely that it’s a recreated prop. Chances are, you’re looking at or touching the actual prop from the film!
We were able to screen a select 28 minutes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the theater on campus – the theater where George Lucas himself screens many of the films. I can’t recall if I was able to close my mouth, which felt as though it was in permanent jaw-drop status. The experience, the film, the surroundings, the memorabilia – it was all too much for one night.
I couldn’t sleep the night before, and was barely able to contain my excitement the night after. There are so many photos from this trip I want to share, so please check back here often as I add more amazing photos from this trip!