In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.
It really was a long time ago.
Back when Star Wars
was shooting in 1976, the Polaroid camera was the height of technology. People actually depended on it for critical information, and one of those people was Ann Skinner, the continuity person (back then they were called "continuity girls") who worked on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
. It was her job to obsessively document what was going on in a scene so that if reshoots were needed, there wouldn't be any differences between the new footage and the old.
Those Polaroids have not only resurfaced but they're the subject of a new exposition at the British Film Institute Southbank. That's obviously not driving distance for most of us, so The British Film Institute has published a few of the shots
in a nice little retrospective that shows you a little bit different perspective on those iconic moments you've known all your life. There's even a shot of Darth Vader without his helmet which looks really odd, almost as if someone had photoshopped it. Of course this was decades before Photoshop existed.
Take a few minutes, then come back and let us know what you think!