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Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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Remember back in September when we told you about our top-secret mission to help Secret Cinema present the epic world of Star Wars somewhere in a mysterious location in London?

Back then we were vague about what exactly we had been up to – under strict orders not to reveal any information that might jeopardise the cinematic mission. Well now it’s January and the secret is out, our mission is complete and we can finally share with you the details of our galactic adventure…

Far, far, far away somewhere in the depths of Canada Waters a fully immersive, interactive, live theatre re-enactment of Star Wars took place across 18 acres of set space. To add the atmospheric levels called for such an enterprise we were on hand behind the scenes. For dramatic entrances we sent low smoke through the arrival space ship, whilst in the Death Star we deployed a Co2 jet to keep things on the dark side.

Getting stuck into the main rebel action we supplied a line rocket from a suspended life size x wing fighter. The rocket sparked and sped above the audience just like a real laser shot, recreating Luke’s fatal blow to the Death Star.

The action did not stop there, moving on into the screening rooms the audiences were treated to snippets of live performances of key moments throughout the film. For Yoda’s training scenes we supplied tendrils of low smoke helping to transport viewers to the swampy marshes of Dagobah. Finally for a dramatic show-stopper we joined Luke and Darth Vader for their infamous dual. High on a truss above the screen we released an artfully placed SPD (Spark Producing Device) which spakred up as lightsaber’s crossed.

A truly spectacular and well loved event! It was a pleasure to be on board! Catch all the magic for yourselves on the video below – keep your eyes peeled for our line rocket!

Thank you to Olivia Weetch and Joe Conway for their brilliant photography.

By Maisie

Upbeat Maisie writes about the jobs we’ve completed and successfully trawls google and various social media sites for fabulous photo’s of our effects in situ. She is mainly fuelled by coffee and chocolate covered rice cakes.

By Maisie

Upbeat Maisie writes about the jobs we’ve completed and successfully trawls google and various social media sites for fabulous photo’s of our effects in situ. She is mainly fuelled by coffee and chocolate covered rice cakes.

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