PUBLISHED: 22:26, Wed, Oct 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:26, Wed, Oct 28, 2020
Star Wars is loved by fans all over the globe, many of whom pore over the details of each scene. In The Empire Strikes Back, there were various moments where new worlds were created, including Yoda’s home. The art director, Leslie Dilley, exclusively opened up to Express.co.uk about his experiences of creating this world.
Speaking ahead of his Lifetime Achievement Award win at the BAFTA Cymru Awards on October 25, Leslie opened up on some of the behind-the-scenes secrets on The Empire Strikes Back, which came after he had worked on the first film of the franchise.
However, his time on that film also had some sadness attached, as his close colleague and mentor died.
Leslie said: “After the unbelievable success of the first film it was very exciting to be asked back for The Empire Strikes Back.
“It was also a sad time during the beginning of that film for me, as my mentor John Barry the film’s Production Designer passed away suddenly.
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How Yoda's home was made in Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (Image: Lucasfilm/BAFTA)
Yoda in his swamp (Image: Lucasfilm)
“He was a great and talented man and we felt a tremendous loss in our Art Dept. as well as in the Motion Picture Industry.”
While this was a sad time for him, Norman Reynolds, with whom Leslie