Many of the elaborate background “sets” from the original Star Wars trilogy were actually just detailed oil paintings on panes of glass.


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Many of the elaborate background “sets” from the original Star Wars trilogy were actually just detailed oil paintings on panes of glass.

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren’t. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie.


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