Jedi Health, Safety & logistic on Skellig Michael (Ahch-to)
We have a very interesting show lined up for Blabba The Hutt listeners today!
Main points in todays show!
- Kate's Star Wars 10K experience
Kate has completed the Star Wars 10k in Anaheim! And whilst she was off running marathons, Jamie was left holding up shop! Kate does check in and give us a quick update on how it all went!
- Interview with head of health and Safety for the Shoot on Skellig Michael - Mike O'Shea
We also talk to Mike O Shea, The man tasked with Safety & logistics on the shoot on Skellig Michael, He has some really great stories and insight to the Irish leg of the shoot, and his interactions with the Cast members! He is also raffleing his personal Crew hat from Star Wars The Force Awakens! All proceeds go to the ISPCC
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Re-Reactions to The Force Awakens, and WHO IS REY?
Force awakens is out. its smashing records and we have another episode to discuss it!
Covered in this episode
- Re-Reactions to The Force Awakens
- What We got right
- WHO IS REY?
- The Return to Skellig Michael
- Abandoned TFA, What could have been and more!
So strap in and get ready for light speed!
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Posted by: Jamie Hickey
Yesterday we Reported that the production team for Star Wars Episode VIII will be coming back to Ireland! The detail is all over here in case you missed it! It was a great scoop by the folks at Kerry's Eye!
Today we got a little more information!
It is true that a 'Skellig' set will be built in Pinewood, in fact, it would seem that it is pretty much already built. So far that we definitely know that the world famous Clochán or more commonly known as the 'Beehive Huts' are being reconstructed.
Coming from a film production background, my suggestion is that these replicas are being built in order to facilitate internal shots - maybe a hut reminiscent of Yoda's on Dagobah?. The restrictions in place to shoot on Skellig also make it a much more practical decision to rebuild the huts, and cheat the location elsewhere (read on, we get to that bit). Then the obvious reason is so they don't disturb the historical importance of the original Clochán.
The Clochán (or Beehive Huts) seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are being reconstructed in Pinewood studios.
Location, Location, Location!
We also got a tip as to where the 'Cheat' location for Skellig Michael will be! Our sources have told us that 'Ceann Sibeal' (Irish for Sibil Head) in West Kerry will provide the back drop for Ahch-To (the planet we find Luke Skywalker). Production crew are expected to roll into town as early as April 2016!
Ceann Sibeal is on the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry
More as we get it!
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You must unlearn what you have learned....
Last week, a report was published stating that Skellig Island was too much of a hassle to film on, and as a result would not be used for Episode VIII (and IX if required). It was also reported that the whole scene would be rebuilt in Pinewood Studios outside of London, where majority of the film will be shot.
As Han Solo says in the Force awakens,
“Its True, All of it.”…. Kinda.
Skellig Micheal is a tough place to shoot a movie, firstly because it is a dangerous, remote island 11.6 km (7 miles for you members of the Imperial army) off the coast of Kerry. Aside from geographic complications, there are historical and wildlife conservation efforts on the island. As a result, there are daily limits on footfall, boating trips, helicopter trips, pretty much anything that may put added stress on the island, and unfortunately, things required for Hollywood Blockbusters!
Star Wars Producer Kathleen Kennedy spoke to Expose Last week saying
"We'll continue to use Skellig. Skellig is absolutely beautiful and you know the extraordinary thing which just shows you the force was working in Ireland is that it was sunny and beautiful both times we shot there,"
They will 'Use Skellig', but may not shoot on Skellig, instead it looks as if the Dingle Peninsula is going to be used as a ‘Cheat’ location for the eighth instalment in the Star Wars saga.
The Dingle Peninsula will be used as a 'Cheat Location' for Skellig Michael in Star Wars Episode VIII
As you can see from the two images above, The Dingle peninsula and Skellig Michael share similar geographical features, and it has always been a Star Wars preference to – when possible, shoot in a physical location – (lets forget the Green Screen Prequels).
So, with that now hopefully settled, the people of Dingle can look forward to welcoming our favourite characters from a ‘Galaxy far far away’ as early as April 2016 cast members likely to be papped are Mark Hamill & Daisy Ridley at least.
Star Wars Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnston, is the second in the sequel trilogy and is slated for release on May 26th 2017.