Han Solo in Carbonite

Han Solo in Carbonite [pinit]

Han Solo in Carbonite

Han Solo in Carbonite – © Copyright 2012 by William Beem

You know what comes to mind when I see Han Solo in Carbonite? I think to myself (which is my favorite way), “That’s a cool way to travel.” Think about it. No worry about legroom. You aren’t aware of the passage of time, so you don’t get bored on the flight. In fact, you can travel for much less as cargo instead of a passenger.  Not only that, but there’s practically no chance for a pickpocket to steal your wallet. You don’t even have to deal with the TSA.  It’s genius!

Today is my last day at Photoshop World. Knowing that I have to spend hours in a metal tube hurtling through the sky, you can bet that I’d much rather travel in the relative comfort of being frozen like Han Solo in carbonite than jockeying for a seat in the Southwest cattle call.

It was interesting to watch this display of Han Solo in carbonite being assembled. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations when I essentially saw a plywood box up there. However, it worked out almost perfectly. The folks who created this scene at Star Wars Celebration VI did a wonderful job of lighting it and setting the mood. The plywood assembly gives way to the illusion of being in Jabba the Hutt’s palace as Han Solo starts to thaw after being frozen in carbonite. They were pressed for space in the small room holding this display and many others. I had my back up against a row of Imperial mannequins, but I got what I needed out of the shot.

Watching people pose for photos with these sets is always interesting. One guy decided to lie down on the metal grate under Han Solo in carbonite. One of the folks who built it was nearby and said he wasn’t sure it would hold up. Fortunately, the guy didn’t break it. That was good for me, as I didn’t have my shot yet. Imagine the frustration of waiting your turn, only to find the guy before you broke the set. That just wouldn’t do.