[SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.]
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has quickly become a fan favorite film in the ever popular science-fiction franchise, and just recently surpassed $1.5 billion in ticket sales worldwide, proving its critical and monetary merit in short order. While the current worldwide record is still held by James Cameron's 2009 genre feature Avatar, it may still be only a matter of time before director J.J. Abrams surpasses the former achievement, and becomes the top selling filmmaker in the Hollywood history.
Given the success and praise lauded onto Episode VII, and seeing as how fans appear only too eager to see the film multiple times over during the course of its initial theatrical release, any insight into the magic that took place behind the scenes of Abrams' latest venture is already in demand. And, as luck would have it, more of just that has recently been released online.
As posted by The Force Awakens cinematographer Dan Mindel on his personal Instagram account, a whole string of photos from the production of the new Star Wars film have been published online. Featuring a lot of behind the scenes shot of the cast and crew behind the camera, Mindel's exclusive set photos show off all of the work that viewers didn't see in the finished film, and should provide those die-hard fans eager for more from a galaxy far, far away plenty to mull over and contemplate, before presumably heading out to their next viewing of the film in the theater.
Check out a handful of Dan Mindel's production images below:
Featuring several shots of key set pieces and shooting locations from the finished production, including shots of Jakku, the original BB-8 droid model, the climactic lightsaber battle on Starkiller Base between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Captain Phasma's (Gwendoline Christie) helmet, fans of Episode VII are likely to find plenty in this string of behind of the scenes goodies to satiate their appetites for more from Abrams' latest film. Offering little in the way of introduction or explanation for each individual image, these production stills are a nice documentation of and dedication to the fans who made Mindel's most recent work possible and financially successful.
As production continues on Gareth Edwards' forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans can turn to further evidence in the above photos from the set of Episode VII that force appears to be with the new slate of Star Wars films thus far. Until the aforementioned anthology picture sees release in December 2016, fans can take comfort and repast in the offerings that continue to flow from the most recent entry in the well-beloved series of films.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016; Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017; and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to see theatrical release in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Dan Mindel