Epic Star Wars on-the-set photos

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Costume designer Trisha Biggar checks the sleeve on a ceremonial gown worn by Natalie Portman in the role of princess turned senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo. Padmé’s gown is one of more than 500 costumes made for Revenge of the Sith by Biggar and her team, which includes, from left, Gillian Libbert, Ivo Coveney, Nicole Young, and Michael Mooney, February 2005.

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Anthony Daniels, who plays the droid C-3PO, poses on the Sydney set with attendants Don Bies, Justin Dix, Zeynep “Zed” Selcuk, and Matt Sloan, February 2005. Daniels is the only actor who has been in all six Star Wars films.

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R2-D2, the little droid that always comes through in a pinch, reposes in his shipping crate, March 2002. This particular model’s builder keeps a running diary of his creation’s landmark moments on the inside of the crate’s door. R2’s Vanity Fair photo shoot has since been added to the list.

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Don Bies (right) is the droid supervisor who helps to make R2-D2 and his fellow R2 units such lovable characters. Bies holds his son, Ben, in the Sydney shop while colleagues Matt Sloan (droid mechanic), Zeynep “Zed” Selcuk (droid coordinator), and Justin Dix (droid technician) take five from wrangling mechanical men and glorified vacuum cleaners.

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In a Sydney warehouse, from left, property master Ty Teiger, props/model shop supervisor Peter Wyborn, and team members John Paul “Lon” Lucini and Trevor Smith enjoy some downtime with a battle droid.

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Creature-shop creative supervisor Dave Elsey, fabrication supervisor Lou Elsey, and creature-shop supervisor Rebecca Hunt (on floor) were responsible for the care and management of Wookiees (see empty suits) as well as dozens of other creatures during the making of the latest iteration of the Star Wars saga.

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The job of Industrial Light & Magic animation director Rob Coleman (far left) is to make sure there’s a seamless blending of digital characters, such as Yoda, and the film’s real-life actors, such as Samuel L. Jackson (second from left), shown here as Jedi knight Mace Windu. I.L.M. still photographer David Owen readies his camera as John Knoll (second from right), a co-inventor of Photoshop and the visual-effects supervisor on Revenge of the Sith and its two predecessors, looks on. Sequence supervisor David Weitzberg (far right) keeps digital track of the goings-on at the table.

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Anything you see in the Revenge of the Sith universe that’s not part of the natural or digital world was created and built by production designer Gavin Bocquet (seated on floor at right, grinning) and his team of artisan all-stars, which includes, from left: Matt Connors, Peter Russell (on floor), Ian Gracie (arms crossed), Ken Barley (rear), Greg Hajdu, Colette Birrell, Steve Sansom, Phil Harvey, and Richard Roberts.

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