November 11, 2015
We all know the names and faces that became famous thanks to the 1977 premiere of Star Wars series. We’ve followed the careers of top-billed actors such as Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), but how did the movie turn out for the behind the scenes collaborators?
In anticipation of the December movie release, here are four creative employees with big background responsibilities, as well as a look at how the success of the original Star Wars movie affected their careers.
Music Director: John Williams
John Williams was active in the film industry before the 1977 Star Wars, but his work with the film series catapulted him into a household name. Williams went on to become one of the most recognizable household names, contributing music to tons of classic film series such as Superman, Jaws, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. He also won Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globe awards for his work.
Cinematographer: Gilbert Taylor
Film buffs who love the clarity and focus of the images of the original Star Wars films have Gilbert Taylor to thank. While Taylor is well known for his work on the film series, his career as a cinematographer only ran through a handful of other science fiction films before ceasing in 1994. Gilbert Taylor passed away in 2013.
Set Designer: Roger Christian
If you love the exotic and realistic set design of the first few Star Wars films (as well as the impact these designs had on science fiction film and television following the movies), look no further than Roger Christian. Christian went on to have an extensive, award-winning film as a producer, director and writer, contributing to movies such as Battlefield Earth, Nostradamus and Bandido.
Costume Designer: John Mollo
Anyone who has dressed up as Han Solo or a Stormtrooper for Halloween owes a debt to the original Star Wars costume designer John Mollo. Mollo enjoyed a successful career as a costume designer for other science fiction movies such as Alien, Event Horizon and the TV movie series Hornblower.