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250 THE JAMES L . SCHOPPE Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Production Archive James L. Schoppe, an American production designer and art director, served as art director on Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (20th Century Fox, 1983), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Art Direction. Schoppe’s other credits include art director on Being There (BSB, 1979) and production designer on Corvette Summer (MGM, 1978), Revenge of the Nerds (20th Century, 1984), Volunteers (HBO, 1985), Gung Ho (Paramount, 1986), Over the Top (Cannon, 1987), Vice Versa (Columbia, 1988) and numerous other films, television movies, music videos (notably “Say Say Say” for Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson), and for many commercial clients and commercial directors and production companies. Schoppe headed up the art department at The Petersen Company from 1971 to 1974 and at Four Foot Films Inc. from 1974 to 2002. Schoppe managed the art direction for multiple locations in the filming of Return of the Jedi . Included was work on the Tatooine scenes, with Jabba the Hutt on his massive sail barge and skiff sets, and the Great Pit of Carkoon with filming taking place in Buttercup Valley, California, and Yuma, Arizona. His work also included production for exterior scenes shot for the Moon of Endor, in the forests for the speeder bike scenes, and the Battle of Endor at the Imperial Outpost and shield generator bunker, filmed in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City, California, and Redwood National Park in Del Norte County, California. During the course of his work on Return of the Jedi , Schoppe saved a massive archive of production photographs, blueprints, memorandums, meeting notes and correspondence, script pages, call sheets, maps, illustrations, schematics, press clippings, and other memorabilia as well as a few props that were gifted to him from Peter Hancock, the property master on the production. The public auction of this archive offers fans of the Star Wars film franchise a rare opportunity to acquire authentic production-used props and other material and memorabilia directly from one of the principals who worked on the production. photo credit Photofest

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