if any, of the Star Wars sets you worked on have included
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Answered by: Gavin Bocquet
Very few ceilings are
ever built on a film set, unless the set is very small, like
Anakin's Slave Quarters on Episode I. We also built ceilings for
Watto's Shop and the interior of Padmé's Naboo Royal Starship on
Episode I , and the starfreigher hold and Padmé's Naboo starship on
You may build part of
a ceiling, when the camera is seeing off the top of a bigger set.
Even in this age of digital enhancement, it can still be cheaper to
build a small piece of ceiling, than to add it digitally. One key
reason for not building ceilings on film sets is the need for the
Lighting Cameraman to be able to light through that space from
above, as opposed to the restriction found on a location.
So even before the
digital world existed, ceilings were generally not built, and were
added by matte paintings, glass paintings, or foreground miniatures.
On Gone with the Wind, all the grand ceilings you see were
painted by a matte artist, either on glass in front of the camera,
or in postproduction.