Multiple global locations were used between 1976 and 2003 for filming locations during the production of the first six Star Wars films to provide the setting for alien planets in the Star Wars Universe.
Most locations were used to shoot principal photography with actors; more recently as digital filmmaking has become more common, some prequel trilogy locations were shot with no actors present and digitally composited into the films to provide a backdrop of a story setting.
Listed below are locations used for filming of the following Star Wars films:
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
In addition to filming locations, a list of film studios is also included for reference.
Location filming[edit | edit source]
|Ksar Hadada, Ghoumrassen||Tunisia||I||Tatooine: Mos Espa slave quarters|||
|Ksar Ouled Soltane||Tunisia||I||Tatooine: Mos Espa slave quarters||30km south of Tataouine|
|Onk Jemal, Tozeur||Tunisia||I||Tatooine desert||Location of the lightsabre duel between Qui-Gonn Jinn & Darth Maul; Mos Espa|
|Palace of Caserta||Italy||I, II||Naboo Royal Palace|||
|Whippendell Woods, Cassiobury Park, Watford||UK||I||Naboo forest scene||First meeting of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jar Jar Binks.|
|Plaza de España in Seville||Spain||II||Naboo: City of Theed||
|Villa del Balbianello||Italy||II||Naboo lakeside||used for Anakin and Padmé's wedding scene overlooking Lake Como |
|Matmata||Tunisia||II, IV||Tatooine: Lars Homestead||Used for courtyard shots and Lars dinner scene. The homestead also featured in Attack of the Clones|
|Phang Nga Bay, near Phuket||Thailand||III||Kashyyyk||Ariel footage of limestone karst mountains which was later composited into the film for the approach over the Battle of Kashyyyk |
|Guilin||China||III||Kashyyyk||Footage of limestone karst mountains which was later composited into the film for the backdrop of Kashyyyk|
|Mount Etna||Italy||III||Mustafar||The volcano erupted during filming of Episode III and Lucasfilm sent camera crews to shoot several angles of the eruption; footage was later composited into the background of the scenes set on Mustafar including the lightsaber duel of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.|
|Grindelwald||Switzerland||III||Alderaan||Footage of mountain scenery which was later composited into the film for the backdrop of the planet Alderaan
|Chott el Djerid, near Nefta||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine desert and Lars homestead||Area west of Nefta: chott used for the Lars homestead|
|La Grande Dune, near Nefta||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine desert||Sand dunes west of Nefta used to film the landing area of the escape pod of C-3PO and R2-D2 |
|Tikal||Guatemala||IV||Yavin IV Rebel Base|||
|Death Valley National Park||USA||IV||Tatooine desert||
|Ajim, Island of Djerba||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine: Mos Eisley Spaceport||Scenes shot in the town include the exterior of the Mos Eisley Cantina. An old mosque outside the town was used for exterior shots of Obi-Wan Kenobi's house|
|Sidi Jemour, Island of Djerba||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine: Tosche Station||Location for the deleted exterior scenes with Luke and Biggs Darklighter; also used in as a backdrop the special edition for the scene showing Luke's landspeeder heading towards to Mos Eisley|
|Shubiel Gorge, Sidi Bouhlel (or Sidi Bou Helal), near Tozeur||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine canyon||
|Hardangerjøkulen Glacier||Norway||V||Hoth||Exterior scenes during the battle of Hoth
|Twenty-Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley, California||USA||VI||Tatooine: Road to Jabba's Palace||C-3P0 and R2D2 walk up to the Palace of Jabba the Hut on Tatooine|
|Buttercup Valley, Yuma Desert||USA||VI||Tatooine exteriors||
Location used for the Great Pit of Carkoon scene 
|Redwood National and State Parks||USA||VI||Endor forest scenes|||
Studios[edit | edit source]
|Elstree Studios||UK||II, III, IV, V, VI||Setting||The largest Stage 6 was built specifically for The Empire Strikes Back in 1979 (since demolished)|
|Shepperton Studios||UK||III, IV||Yavin||Stage H was used for the final awards ceremony at the end of Episode IV|
|Fox Studios, Sydney||Australia||II, III||Setting|
See also[edit | edit source]
- The Making of Star Wars
- SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back
- Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
- From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
- Empire of Dreams
- Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed
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- Star Wars Locations - fan site devoted to Star Wars filming locations
- Star Wars filming locations category on Wookieepedia
- Filming locations on the Internet Movie Database:
- George Lucas's filming locations on Movie-Locations.com
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References[edit | edit source]
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