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Portrait of a Scoundrel
Right and
below: A
Steadicam
keeps pace
with
Ehrenreich for
the fateful
moment when
Han first sees
the
Millennium
Falcon.
Bottom: Lando
- the Falcon's
current owner
and captain -
prepares for
takeoff
alongside his
co-pilot, L3-37
(voiced by
Phoebe
Waller-Bridge).

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spinning around 180 degrees, we faded
the lights behind the camera and then
brought them back up before the
camera panned back to them.
"For explosions," Evans adds, "we
set up groups of about 10 to 12
SkyPanels with an explosion color, such
as orange; with one button-press, they'd
bang onto that orange momentarily and
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then automatically dial back to the
regular 5,600 Kelvin. When we didn't
have enough SkyPanels, we'd mix in
[Outsight] Creamsource units and
Digital Sputnik LEDs. Desk operator
Will Burns supervised a team of three
to four operators on a ChamSys lighting
desk modified by Pinewood MBS
Lighting."
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Han's time in the trenches eventually lands him in chains alongside
Chewbacca. After a rocky start to their
relationship, the duo make their escape
and join up with an outlaw gang led by
Beckett, who takes them to the planet
Vandor. There, they plot to rob an
Imperial conveyex cargo train that
wends through the planet's treacherous,
snow-covered terrain.
The production found a realworld setting that could double as
the extragalactic locale in northern
Italy's Dolomite mountain range, where
the principal actors shot establishing
action around the heist. "We didn't do
much in the way of movie lighting in
the Dolomites," says Evans. "All we did
was make sure the actors were always
backlit."
"We had a scene set on Vandor
where the actors were doing a 100-foot
walk, but we didn't have that amount of
dolly track, and the snow was also about
18 inches deep," explains Hymns. "We
discovered a local supply of about 50
12-by-1-foot wooden planks that we
laid parallel to serve as camera track,
and then we mounted a rickshaw dolly
with big, knobby balloon wheels and a
Libra remote head.
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