There were a
few other shots that we knew were shot in Death Valley, but were
unable to find. These include a shot of the Jawas approaching the
Sandcrawler with R2-D2 and several long shots of the landspeeder
traveling across the Tatooine surface.
Shot of Jawas approaching Sandcrawler from SW:ANH
We asked Ranger Callagan about this one and he identified one of
the mountains on the left as, I believe, Smith Mountain. The Insider
article mentions that children from Death Valley Elementray School
played the Jawas. Ranger Callagan mentioned something about children
from the Indian Reserve being used as well. Hal Wamsley claims to
have played the role of head Jawa for Death Valley filming, but this
is highly controversial. He is, however, appearing on the men behind
the masks tour. Lining up these three mountains will really be the
only way to find this location. He suggested that this location
might be off to the left on the side of the road which takes you to
Desolation Canyon or Artist's Palette, but was unsure of the exact
location. We hope to hunt for it in future D.V. trips, but we'd love
to hear from you if you find it!
Shot of Landspeeder from SW:ANH
It will be very hard
to find this exact location, because all the location details are
blurred due to the nature of the moving shot. At the very start of
one of the landspeeder shots in the film you can see a few distinct
mountain formations. It may be possible to find the location using
these. David West Reynold's article suggested these shots were
probably filmed in a dry lake bed such as Owen's Lake or Searles
Lake. However, a letter from a reader printed in Insider #50 claims
that these shots were filmed near a road running through Devil's
Golf Course. They probably didn't travel far from a main road, so we
suggest you keep that in mind and use that tidbit if hunting for
Shot of Sandcrawler from SW:ANH
It is also
possible that the background for this shot is in Death Valley,
though we can't be sure. Can you? If so, e-mail us.
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