February 21, 2015

'Life Inside Jabba the Hutt' Shows What It Took to Make the Famous 'Star Wars' Character Come Alive

Jamie Benning recently completed this fantastic short documentary on the process of bringing Jabba the Hutt to life:

After interviewing puppeteer Toby Philpott at great length over Skype I decided to go a step further and create a mini documentary about his work on Jabba the Hutt for Return of the Jedi. This led me down many paths. Here is the result.

I think it's interesting that George Lucas wasn't completely satisfied with the result and talked about even then wanting to make Jabba a CG creation. It's probably a good thing the technology wasn't there as I think today the creature holds up in its own way better than a computer creation would have. That's a testament to the talent of the puppeteers inside the suit, people like Toby Philpott. 

If you fee like wasting the rest of your day on Star Wars, Jamie has a bunch more Star Wars docs for you, from A New Hope to Return of the Jedi. If you do like these videos, you can support Jamie over on Patreon here.

We've also got a special one for Jedi about location effects:

Check out more of Jamie's videos over on his page here    

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Great little doc. Amazing how much work and ingenuity went into crafting this - they were in unchartered territory and it took a ton of creativity, imagination and hard work to figure out how to execute something that most people wouldn't even notice - something that today would pretty much automatically be a CGI creation. The full length docs are amazing, for the record - watched them a couple of years ago.

February 21, 2015 at 10:31PM, Edited February 21, 10:31PM

Oren Soffer
Director of Photography

Amazing piece of art

February 22, 2015 at 10:31AM, Edited February 22, 10:31AM