The Tech Museum in San Jose, Californa is the current home of Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination the blockbuster immersive, interactive exhibition that features one of pop culture’s most successful science fiction franchises. More than 80 authentic costumes, models and props from all 6 STAR WARS films plus interactive exhibits and design labs related to real-world technologies . This will be the final stop for the 20-venue international exhibition.
On the day we attended we met Shawn Crosby, or “Obi-Shawn” as he is known, a member of the 501st and Rebel Legions costuming groups who has helped cooridinate the exhibit through out it’s multi-city tour. He explained the history of various props and costumes on display.
He told us of various “Easter Eggs” that were in the films. Such as:
*The studio had no machine shop when Episode IV was filmed so lightsabers were made from whatever parts could be found. Such as shower heads, flashlights, Rolls Royce engine parts, etc. By later films they were able to manufacture their own parts.
*The torture droid that was used to interrogate Princess Leia in Episode IV was made from the “head” of R2-D2 painted black and placed on another half sphere.
*In Episode IV, toy action figures were used as stand-ins for Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in the distance shots of the landspeeder on Tatooine.
*The Millennium Falcon was made from various model kits. The crew used stickers from the kits to adorn the Falcon including one bumper sticker trying to make the galaxy a safer place.
Those and other surprises could be found if you looked hard enough.
After our tour we went outside to see Shawn’s Nissan 350Z that has been modified and painted to resemble Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter from Episode II.
All in all it was a great experience to see all that went into making one of the most fun and memorable movie franchise come alive.
If you’d like to see the exhibition there’s still a few days left. It will run until Sunday March 23, 2014.
They will have Star Wars Fan Days on March 21-March 23 where you will be able to take photos with Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters.
For hours and pricing you can check out the Tech Museums website: http://www.thetech.org/
Photos by Perry “Agent P” Louie