Not long ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens cinematographer Dan Mindel shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the production on social media and fans naturally geeked out because, well, they were cool and it was Star Wars. We've already shared a few of them here, but one we didn't share is the one that might actually be the coolest of them all.
Here it is...
What makes this image so special is seeing what the lightsabers actually look like on set, and that they look like actual lightsabers. While doing press rounds for The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams spoke about the unique approach they took when it came to the lightsabers.
"These were props that were almost as bright and as real as the actual lightsabers themselves," Abrams told DC's Fox5. "The reason why that was so great was the interactive light that you see on the actors was so significant and, frankly, I didn't even realize how important that was. And by the way, it doesn't make it a good scene -- but it was a cool thing to see what it looks like when you actually have lightsabers and there's a fight going on, and you're seeing what it does to have something that bright on someone. It's a pretty significant thing."
In previous Star Wars movies, a number of different techniques were utilized when it came to filming the lightsaber sequences. They began using sticks with reflective tape on them, and then moved on to stronger poles that didn't have any reflective backing. Meanwhile the prequels used colored poles before replacing them in postproduction.
Here's a cool video detailing the creation of the lightsaber.
Needless to say, Abrams seems to have created the coolest version of the on-set lightsaber to date -- one that most definitely assisted in the piecing together of the film's most intense moments. Here's hoping The Force Awakens Blu-ray is stuffed with a special feature on these new lightsaber props 'cause they are way cool.