Hollywood is synonymous with glitz and glam. Filmmaking is decidedly not.
Movie shoots involve long, tedious, and exceedingly laborious days trudging through the minutia of filmmaking just trying to get that one decent shot.
Think about it: there’s no music yet, ambient noises are all out of whack, special effects haven’t yet been applied, and there’s no editing to give a sense of cohesive storytelling. It’s akin to looking at a rainbow in black and white. You know what it is, but the overall result is far from splendid.
For proof of what production dailies actually look like, check out this outtakes and blooper footage of “Star Wars: A New Hope.” No wonder the cast and crew thought the film was going to suck. Without the benefit of hindsight, the costumes appear hokey and the action scenes seem janky.
For best results, skip 3:50 into the video to hear what David Prowse, who played Darth Vader, actually sounds like. It’ll be immediately evident why using James Earl Jones’ dubbing turned out to be so pivotal to the success of the film and the resultant franchise.