EPISODE I:
HOLLAND
EPISODE II:
GERMANY
EPISODE III:
AUSTRIA
EPISODE IV:
ITALY
EPISODE V:
TUNISIA
Itinerary 2000
Nights were spent in italicized locations.
 

2000 October 27 : Friday


 
Sep 20

Portland
 

Sep 21 Charles de Gaulle, Delft
 
Sep 22 Amsterdam, Delft
 
Sep 23 Delft, Rotterdam, Stromberg
 
Sep 24 Dinkelsbühl, Munich
 
Sep 25 Schloss Neuschwanstein, Munich
 
Sep 26 Munich, Solnhofen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
 
Sep 27 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Salzburg
 
Sep 28 Berchtesgaden, Salzburg
 
Sep 29 Salzburg, Vienna
 
Sep 30 Vienna, night train
 
 
 
Oct 01 Venice
 
Oct 02 Venice, Verona, Florence
 
Oct 03 Florence, Pisa, Cinqe Terre (Monterosso)
 
Oct 04 Cinqe Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso
 
Oct 05 Cinqe Terre (Monterosso), Rome: Coliseum, Forum
 
Oct 06 Palestrina, Rome: St. Peter's, Vatican Museum
 
Oct 07 Rome: Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountaine, Palatine Hill, etc.
 
Oct 08 Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Caserta, Naples
 
Oct 09 Pozzouli, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Caserta, Naples
 
Oct 10 Positano
 
Oct 11 Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Positano
 
Oct 12 Paestum, Positano
 
Oct 13 Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, night train
 
Oct 14 Taormina
 
Oct 15 Catania, Palermo, Trapani
 
Oct 16 all-day ferry, Tunis
 
Oct 17 Tunis, Thuburbo Majus, Zaghouan, Kairouan
 
Oct 18 Kairouan
 
Oct 19 Mactaris, Sufetula, Kairouan
 
Oct 20 Kairouan, Monastir, El Jem, Houmt Souk
 
Oct 21 Ajim, Medenine, Ksar Hadada, Tataouine
 
Oct 22 Ksar Ouled Soltane, Douirat, Chenini, Foum Tataouine, Matmata
 
Oct 23 Matmata, Douz, Chott El D'Jerid, Tozeur
 
Oct 24 Sidi Bouhlel, Chott El Gharsa, Tozeur
 
Oct 25 Chebika, Tamerza, Mides, Seldja Gorge, Tozeur
 
Oct 26 Sidi Bouhlel, Chott El D'Jerid, Tozeur
 
Oct 27 Chott El Gharsa, Chott El D'Jerid, Sidi Bouhlel, Tozeur
 
Oct 28 Chott El D'Jerid, Sidi Bouhlel, Tozeur
 
Oct 29 Dougga, Sidi Bou Said, La Marsa
 
Oct 30 La Marsa, Rome
 
Oct 31 Rome, Atlanta, Portland
 

©2001-2008 by Mitch Darby - all rights reserved.
 
CHOTT EL GHARSA & OUNG JEMEL ['cont.]

A few days later, I awoke at dawn and headed back to the Episode I sets by myself. Arriving at 7:30 in the morning, I had the entire place to myself and was able to quietly compose and shoot photos at my leisure. Around 9:00 a team of French moto-cross racers turned up to place flags on a nearby race course. Shortly thereafter, another Berber appeared, this time from a small hut on a nearby dune. He spent time greeting the French before seeking me out.

He seemed to be an old man judging by his heavily weathered face and hands. Though my lack of French prevented full comprehension, I did understand when he told me that he was the "guardian" of the sets. I wondered how much he really knew about the films that were shot here. The question answered itself when he produced his official I.D. - with someone else's picture! After a few more minutes of chit chat, I bid him farewell and departed before he could demand his "guide's fee."

 

I got up early to take advantage of the low sun for photographs and raced back out to the Chott El Gharsa.

 


01) CHOTT EL GHARSA |
The formation at the right is known locally as Ongh Djemel ("Camel's Neck").

 


02) CHOTT EL GHARSA |
Ongh Djemel up close. The base camp in THE ENGLISH PATIENT was filmed at it's base.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT MESA - DAY

The PROBE DROID beeps and whistles to DARTH MAUL...

 

 


03) OUNG JEMEL |
Same spot - on the ridge behind Ongh Djemel. The circular marks up it's side are from motorcycles.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


...The SITH LORD gets on a speeder bike and follows the PROBE DROID into Mos Espa.

 

 


04) OUNG JEMEL |
Same spot - October 2001. Note the "road" in the background. It is hard packed and well used. The ENGLISH PATIENT & SW|EP I sites are on the "safari circuit."

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT - NABOO SPACECRAFT - DAY

QUI-GON and ANAKIN run toward the Naboo spacecraft. ANAKIN is having a hard time keeping up.

ANAKIN: Master Qui-Gon, sir, wait!

QUI-GON turns to answer and sees a DARK-CLOAKED FIGURE bearing down on a speeder bike.

QUI-GON: Anakin, drop!


ANAKIN drops to the ground just as DARTH MAUL sweeps over him. DARTH MAUL jumps off his speeder bike and before he has hit the ground, the Sith Lord has swund a death blow with his laser sword that is barely blocked by QUI-GON. ANAKIN picks himself up. The two galactic warriors, Sith and Jedi, are bashing each other with incredible blows. They move in a continual cloud of dust, smashing everything around them. This is a fierce fight. ANAKIN gets up, bewildered by the confrontation.

QUI-GON: (Cont'd) Annie, get to the ship! Take off! Go! Go!

 

 


05) NEAR OUNG JEMEL|
Same spot - no spaceship. The "cafe" is behind me.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


QUI-GON struggles to fend off the relentless onslaught as ANAKIN races to the ship.

 

 


06) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
Same rocks. In the background, you can see the "small set."

 


07) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
The "small set" was a recreation of a portion of Ksar Hadada (see Oct 21).

 


08) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
Typical set constrution: 2x4's, chicken wire, & plaster.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. MOS ESPA - SLAVE QUARTERS - BACK YARD - DAY

KITSTER: But you don't even know if this thing will run.
ANAKIN: It will.

QUI-GON approaches the GROUP and gives ANAKIN a small battery. JAR JAR gets his hand caught in the afterburner and tries to tell Anakin, but can't get words out that make sense.

QUI-GON: I think it's time we found out. Use this power charge.
ANAKIN: Yes, sir!!

ANAKIN jumps into the little capsule behind the two giant engines. He puts the power pack back into the dashboard. EVERYONE backs away, except for JAR JAR who calls for help. Finally PADME frees him and the engines ignite with
a ROAR. EVERYONE cheers.

 

 


09) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
In Ksar Hadada, this area of the structure was a courtyard. In the set, one wall was removed - opening it up.

 


10) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
This set was in bad shape. It was covered in graffitti and falling apart in places.

 


11) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
The steps and "rail" appear nearly exactly as they do at Ksar Hadada. Note that half of the steps are missing. Sand has started to bury the structure. .

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. MOS ESPA - SLAVE QUARTERS - BACK YARD - DAY

KITSTER (a young boy about Anakin's age), SEEK (a boy of ten), AMEE (a girl of six), and WALD (a Greedo Type, six years old) join ANAKIN, JAR JAR, ARTOO, and PADME securing some wiring.

ANAKIN: Padme and Jar Jar, this is my friend Kitster, and seek, Amee, and Wald.

All whistle, hoot, and speak a greeting.

KITSTER: Wow, a real Astro Droid...how'd you get so lucky?
ANAKIN: This isn't the half of it. I'm entered in the Boonta Race tomorrow!
KITSTER: What? With this??
WALD: (subtitled) Annie, Jesko na joka. (You are such a joke, Annie.)
AMEE: You've been working on that thing for years. It's never going to run.
SEEK: Come on, let's go play ball. Keep it up, Annie, and you're gonna be bug squash.

SEEK, WALD, and AMEE take off, laughing. JAR JAR is fiddling with one of the energy binder plates.

 

 


12) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
Same view - October 2001.

 


13) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
This dune has started to bury the set. In another few years, there's every reason to believe it could be covered. That's my car just beyond it. [update 2007: This set is now buried in the sand. As the dune continues to move west, it's possible that the set (or whatever is left of it) will emerge from behind the dune in several year's time.]

 


14) NEAR OUNG JEMEL |
Others are alerted to my presence. Note the guy leading a camel over near my car. Also a man is approaching from the left (just out of shot). He wanted me to buy some trinkets. I declined. I already have plenty of trinkets. So I went back to the car and got in (after politely declining to buy some trinkets from the guy with the camel). I drove around the dune in the background to re-visit the larger "Mos Espa" set.

 


15) "MOS ESPA" |
Signs, signs, everywhere's signs...The sign says "No Entry - Tunisian Military Zone." I went right in.

 


16) "MOS ESPA" |
The round building with the two cones sticking up was Watto's junk shop in the film (THE PHANTOM MENACE). The sets were only built a little higher than the tallest actor (in most cases, Liam Neeson). Everything above the height of these structures was added digitally in the final film as seen in the shot below.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. MOS ESPA - STREET - DAY

The little GROUP walks down the main street of Mos Espa. They pass dangerous looking citizens of all types. PADME looks around in awe at this exotic enviroment.

 

 


17) "MOS ESPA" |
Unlike the "small set," this one was completely refurbished and had been filmed several weeks prior to my arrival by the Episode II team.

 


18) "MOS ESPA" |
The doors are made of plywood and painted. In many cases, they don't open.

 


19) "MOS ESPA" |
In other cases, they do. I opened one, and found the remains of a dressing room.

 


20) "MOS ESPA" |
The vaporators, such as the one at the right, were made from plywood with bits of metal and sections of PVC pipe attached.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. MOS ESPA - STREET - DAY

The little GROUP walks down the main street of Mos Espa. They pass dangerous looking citizens of all types. PADME looks around in awe at this exotic enviroment.

 

 


21) "MOS ESPA" |
The structures in the preceeding photo can be seen at far left in this one.

 


22) "MOS ESPA" |
A bad photo makes for a dark alley.

 


23) "MOS ESPA" |
I'm still amazed the vaporators hadn't yet been stripped from the set as several greedy "collectors" regularly make trips from Europe and the U.S. specifically to "aquire" set pieces.

 

 

From STAR WARS : EP. I : THE PHANTOM MENACE
© Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, etc.


EXT. MOS ESPA - STREET - MARKET - DAY

QUI-GON, PADME, JAR JAR, and ARTOO move out into the street. JAR JAR is walking behind the others. They walk by an outdoor cafe filled with a rough gang of aliens, one of which is especially ugly, SEBULBA, a spider-like creature.

 

 


24) "MOS ESPA" |
Sebulba's Cafe - October 2001.

 


25) "MOS ESPA" |
The view from Sebulba's Cafe. Watto's shop is directly in the line of sight.

 


26) "MOS ESPA" |
Buttressing based on the Tunisian vernacular.

 


27) "MOS ESPA" |
On a dune above the set, I watched as a Land Cruiser arrived and men began to set out flags for an upcoming motocross race. From a hut on an overlooking dune (barely visible in this shot - straight out on the horizon), a man emerged. The "guardian" of the set. He came down to check things out.

 


28) "MOS ESPA" |
Zoom shot showing the Land Cruiser.


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