Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday April 10, 2016

Building The Ultimate Star Wars Lightsaber

I prefer Luke’s green lightsaber, but here’s a story about designing Anakin’s piece.

One of the items that the production had the hardest time nailing down were the lightsabers, until set decorator Roger Christian came across a box of camera flashes from the 1930s and ‘40s. The company that made them? Graflex. The flash’s odd combination of metal swoops, curves, and clips instantly called to mind the retro-future aesthetic the film was going for. Christian stuck a strip of bubbles pilfered from an old Texas Instruments calculator into the flash’s clamp, added a D-ring at the bottom, and topped it off with some grips. That was the original lightsaber.