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    ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Hello all. As an intermediate member, this is the only place I can create a new thread and I have not found any threads of this nature.

    I don’t know if this is a known fact or not, but the 1.5 second clip of Boba Fett in flight from the sail barge in Return of the Jedi was not shot during principle filming in the desert, but in the Northridge, CA back yard of stuntman Bob Yerkes.

    The original flight was indeed shot on location in Yuma with a different stuntman. But Lucas did not like the scene as it looked too much like “a man swinging on a cable”. So, the suit (Boba Fett) and a second unit was sent to Bob Yerkes’ home in Northridge, CA. where the scene was re-shot with Bob taking flight from a 10’ Russian (catapult) Swing into an airbag. Several takes were shot, and on one, Bob singged a glove and burned his hand on one of the thruster squibs as he left the swing.

    The Brak's Buddy screencap is Bob Yerkes in flight. The other photo was taking by my sister during filming in Bob’s backyard. The kid in the pic with Bob is one of my little brothers.

    Bob has been a friend of the family since the late 70’s. I had started a career in the film industry working for Bob and had just left a few months prior the ROTJ shooting to pursue my career of flying trapeze. Poop! Missed it by that much.

    I was laid off from work this past Friday so in my newly acquired spare time I’ll be visiting Bob and sister looking for more photos taken that day. Humm, I wonder if there is any video?

    Cheers everybody!
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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Very interesting! Post any pics you may find!

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Wow! That is super cool info! Thanks for sharing! Sorry to hear about the loss of your job but I appreciate you taking the time to follow up on it!

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    sweet. can't wait to see more. thanks for sharing!

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Now that is awesome! Thanks for the history lesson BooBoo! Glad to have you on the boards!

    G-Fett

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Thanks for the interest. Glad I have something substantial to contribute to TDH. I will try to get my brother and sister to write of their experience that day to post here. I also will ask to get input from Bob Yerkes.

    As far as the job goes...oh well. I'm not at all religious but I do believe things happen for some purpose. Might be time for me to get SkiDock™ on the market.
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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Hey Studio Fett...
    "I will kill you, until you die from it!!!"

    I love that!!! Very cool.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Wow, very intresting. Thanks alot for sharing, I hope there are more pics to see I like the look of those guants very detailed

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Cool! This is not to dispute you, but I always assumed that shot was fillmed with Jeremy Bulloch standing on a ladder and a sweeping camera move that didn't show his feet. Theres a pic of Bulloch standing on the ladder in a couple books.

    It just goes to show you it's never as simple as you think. Heh.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Muad'Dib said: View Post
    Cool! This is not to dispute you, but I always assumed that shot was fillmed with Jeremy Bulloch standing on a ladder and a sweeping camera move that didn't show his feet. Theres a pic of Bulloch standing on the ladder in a couple books.

    It just goes to show you it's never as simple as you think. Heh.
    That isn't Jeremy on the ladder. Jeremy was never in Yuma. That is the other stuntman.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Very cool info, thanks for sharing!

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Best info we've heard in a while! Thank you very much for sharing.

    Yeah, where's the gauntlet missile on that left gauntlet?

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Very cool indeed Welcome aboard !

    In the pic of Fett in flight, he sure sure appears to have a rubber left gauntlet

    FP

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    fettpride said: View Post
    Very cool indeed Welcome aboard !

    In the pic of Fett in flight, he sure sure appears to have a rubber left gauntlet

    FP
    Both of those pictures are from the same day.

    check out the rubbery one on the with the boy.

    awesome stuff

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    SEEKER said: View Post
    Both of those pictures are from the same day.

    check out the rubbery one on the with the boy.

    awesome stuff
    Oh hellow! Duh, I didn't even notice in that pic, I'm too tired You can see it even more there

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Yup... Actually if you take a look at the cod piece, you will see a lot of red on the right edge, and you will see it again in the movie shot, indicating the cod is made of the same red rubbery material as the stunt helmet he is wearing. I am of the opinion that all of the hard parts on this suit are of the soft red material. Thanks to Tyler for pointing out the red.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    great find!! thanks for sharing.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    This is very cool, thanks for sharing. I hope more "behind the scenes" photos surface.

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    And check out the those cute knees.

    Ohh check out the flying Fett with his nice hyperfirm blaster with out its metal armature.

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    Don't forget the "Rubber" braids Arturo

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    With all that rubber they might as well could have had a rubber stunt man.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    BooBoo welcome aboard and thank you very much for sharing this with us.

    That red cod material reminds me on the original Leia Slave costume that I saw at the exhibition in paris.
    Maybe it is the same material.



    Mike

    ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    Yup... Actually if you take a look at the cod piece, you will see a lot of red on the right edge, and you will see it again in the movie shot, indicating the cod is made of the same red rubbery material as the stunt helmet he is wearing. I am of the opinion that all of the hard parts on this suit are of the soft red material. Thanks to Tyler for pointing out the red.

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Mike,

    I believe you are 100% correct! Seems like whatever that material was, it was used quiet a bit in RotJ!

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    I love all the sharing of info! The meeting of minds to find new info is part of what makes this site so great!

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    Re: ROTJ_Real behind the scenes

    Just as a reminder, here is a closeup of one of the stunt helmets (the same helmet the stunt guy is wearing in these scenes) and you can clearly see the same red material.
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