Marquand remembers the development of a sandstorm he needed to movie for the film. The director needed an elaborate display screen check accomplished earlier than he turned on the huge followers and began whipping up sand for actual. Plainly real-life sand, nevertheless, wasn’t sufficient on digital camera, and the filmmakers got here up with an odd, perhaps-poisonous combination as a substitute. Marquad recalled:
“We examined every little thing. We examined the look, the colour, the standard of the sand, what we wanted to make it seem like sand, the followers, what the issues had been by way of every little thing. The sand is a combination composed of small balls of styrofoam and a mixing of talcum powder. The talcum powder is horrible. I hope to God it isn’t carcinogenic, as a result of it actually will get in all places. The powder is used to offer some thickness within the background. We did not use sand. I imply, hey, why would you employ sand in a sandstorm? That is the flicks!”
(Talc isn’t toxic, but it surely’s actually not a good suggestion to inhale it.)
Whereas the sandstorm seemed superb with its styrofoam/talcum powder combination, Marquand was nonetheless involved that placing his actors in the course of it would do them bodily hurt. The director needed to outfit his actors in protecting clothes and to protect their eyes. Pondering rapidly — and creatively — Marquand thought of that the “Return of the Jedi” characters might need entry to abandon survival gear. After that, all it took was a resourceful costume designer.