behind the scenes

This is a page where I will be posting various candid behind the scenes photos as they come to hand.

First up … an interesting couple of pictures of the space station concourse set prior to the visual effects being added (which would make it appear four times larger than it actually is). I have also included a screen cap of the completed shot for comparison.

(note the staging crew atop the walkway)

(note the staging crew atop the walkway)

Before ...

Concourse set on C stage at Shepperton.

Completed FX shot.

Completed FX shot.

Shepperton Studios, circa 1970's.

Shepperton Studios, circa 1970’s.

The following is a diagram of the A and B sound stages at Shepperton which was published in The Architects’ Journal in 1936. Things of interest are: the gigantic dividing doors between the two stages (fig 7) which were opened up to accommodate the gigantic Titan station interior set, which ran a continuous 280 feet long and 120 feet wide. The other thing of note is the water tank (6) embedded in the floor of the upper stage. I suspect this was used for the sludge pit trap which Hector is lured into.

shepperton original stages architects journal

The Saturn 3 camera crew pose on a custom built wheeled camera rig used for fast-moving dolly shots shots. DOP Billie Williams BSC would later go on to win an Oscar for Gandhi.

The Saturn 3 camera crew pose on a custom-built wheeled camera rig used for fast-moving dolly shots. DOP Billy Williams BSC would later go on to win an Oscar for his work on Gandhi. (still courtesy BSCine)

Director Stanley Donen directs Farrah during the scene where Kirk attempts to control his thoughts. (photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Director Stanley Donen directs Farrah during the scene where Kirk attempts to control his thoughts. (photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Stanley Donen stands next to Farrah while camera operator David Harcourt films a close up of Kirk on the living quarters set.

Stanley Donen stands next to Farrah, while camera operator David Harcourt BSC films a close up of Kirk on the living quarters set. (still courtesy fineartltd.edition)

Farrah relaxes between takes on the lab set. (courtesy fineartltd.com)

Farrah relaxes between takes next to Harvey Keitel. (courtesy fineartltd.edition)

Farrah's makeup has her dirtied down indicating the set visit by her family occured during photography of the final stalk and chase sequence of the film. This fact backs up the idea that the movie was filmed in somewhat chronological order.

Farrah’s makeup has her ‘dirtied down’ indicating the set visit by her family occured during photography of the final ‘stalk and chase’ sequence of the film. This fact together with the date of the visit supports reports that the bulk of the movie was pretty much filmed in chronological order.

Farrah's estranged husband Lee Majors visits her on the set during production.

Farrah’s estranged husband Lee Majors visits her on the set during production.

Stanley Donen confers with camera operator David Harcourt while Farrah looks on. (still courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Stanley Donen confers with camera operator David Harcourt BSC and grip Dickie Lee while Farrah looks on. (photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

(photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

(photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

(photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

(photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Farrah poses with (photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Farrah poses with an unidentified member of the crew. (photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Camera operator David Harcourt BSC confers with Farrah who is holding a toy dog as a lighting stand in for the real dog Sally. Note that Farrah is wearing a cardigan - must get cold on Saturn 3.

Camera operator David Harcourt BSC confers with Farrah who is holding a toy dog (meant as a lighting stand-in for the real dog Sally). Note that Farrah is wearing a cardigan – must get cold out there on Saturn 3. (photo courtesy Keith Hamshere)

Stanlet Donen confers with Kirk and Farrah prior to filming their attempted escape in James' shuttle.

Stanlet Donen confers with Kirk and Farrah prior to filming their attempted escape in James’ shuttle.

Stanley Donen gives Farrah a hand.

Stanley Donen gives Farrah a hand.

An unidentified crew member marks the end slate at the end of a take as Stanley Donen and Harvey Keitel hold Farrah aloft.

An unidentified crew member marks the slate at the end of a take as Stanley Donen and Harvey Keitel struggle to hold Farrah aloft.

Plaster model of the surface of Titan. (photo courtesy Oxford Scientific Films)

Plaster tabletop model of the surface of Titan. Note the Saturn 3 landing pad and entrance in lower left of frame. (photo courtesy Oxford Scientific Films)

Harvey Keitel inside the shuttle interior being filmed against a blue screen upon which a star field will be composited.

Harvey Keitel at the controls inside the shuttle cockpit interior. Photographed against a blue screen, a star field will be composited behind him during post.

4 responses to “behind the scenes

  1. Awesome B-T-S pics! Definately like the one set that was part of the Saturn Survey Platform. Hopefully, there are some of the World Spaceways transport.

    Kudos to the people that provided these wonderful photos. Hopefully, we’ll see some more in the not too distant future. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yeah, they’re terrific aren’t they? It was Bob who found them – and there’s plenty more Keith Hamshere official on-set photos to come. The pic of the Saturn Survey Platform set is from the press kit which Bob also supplied.

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      greg

  2. thanks for the photos. i remeber the first time i saw the previews for the movie. farrah is in this !!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ with all issues aside…i love saturn 3. i wonder is there action figures out there?

    • Hey Larry,

      I wouldnโ€™t think thereโ€™d be action figures – as the film wasnโ€™t enough of a hit to warrant them. Perhaps some boutique company out there might be interested in producing a line of figures now that the film has been released on Blue-ray.

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      greg

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