Knoll went into a bit more detail about the process of creating a believable fantasy universe:
“As silly as it sounds to make it associated with a Star Wars film, we’re trying to go for higher realism and more grounded, but still with all these fantastic elements. You go through a mental exercise of: ‘if all of this were real, how would you shoot it, and what would it be like,’ and try to let that drive a lot of the decision making.”
Considering how far box office tentpole films have come, it seems only natural that there would be subtle improvements to the craftsmanship involved. Perhaps the most interesting takeaway here is that the quality of the prop is still less important than the emotion its design evokes. All the same, it’s a pleasure to see such thoughtful work put into making sure that, even 40 years later, it still feels like the same old Star Wars.