What is a Lightsaber Made Of? The Original Lightsaber Prop Story

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You don’t need a massive budget and splashy special effects to create an iconic prop. Via No Film School:

The most innovative solutions often come from limitations. There is never enough time and never enough money for any production in all of production history, this can be a hindrance, or it can be a creative opportunity. The story behind the scratch-build of one of cinema’s most iconic props is an inspiration that wherever you are and whatever surrounds you could be the source of your next great idea.

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Yep. Lightsaber props started with Graflex flashguns. If you’re wondering what those are like in action, just picture an old movie scene where someone takes a picture and the big flash goes off. That’s what the flash gun on the side of the camera is doing.

That strange old device became a lightsaber.

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