Star Wars is saying goodbye to Dubrovnik. The filming of the eighth episode of Star Wars in Dubrovnik ended yesterday and slowly the sets around the city are being packed up to be shipped. The sets on the main street through the old city, the Stradun, which was the centre of the filming is being dismantled today. The street was the scene of spaceships crashes and explosions throughout the filming from the 9th to the 16th of March.
The futuristic scenes that have been installed onto the historic old facades are being boxed up and now we wait to see Dubrovnik star on the big screens when Star Wars VIII is released on the 15th of December 2017. It is speculated that around two minutes of actual film was recorded on each day of the Dubrovnik filming, which would mean that the city could have between ten and fifteen minutes in the final version.
In spite of the high levels of security surrounding the filming many photos and videos of the filming were leaked to the media. The UK press has been full of exclusive photos taken on the set, great publicity for Dubrovnik on an international level.
Apart from the Stradun the Star Wars crew also used five other locations around the Old City as well as filming on a ship in front of the city. The big names, such as Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, from the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, didn’t turn up in Dubrovnik. Instead their parts in the Star Wars VIII were acted out by body doubles, presumably due to the large number of stunts that were carried out in the Dubrovnik filming.