10 of 12
By Joel Arbaje | 03-05-2012 | 12:03 PM
Tatooine Bar - Collage
Concept Imperial Walker Scene
Concept Darth Vader
McQuarrie is credited with the idea that Vader wore a breathing apparatus, leading to the iconic black mask and helmet look of the character and the spine-chilling sound of his breaths. The lightsabers in this sketch were also important--sound engineer Ben Burtt noted, in that same VH1 documentary, that it was when he saw a McQuarrie sketch just like this one, of the final lightsaber battle between Vader and Kenobi, that he instantly knew what sound they should make: "I knew it would be, it would be sort of a musical sound, but it would have a threatening quality to it, but also, ah, a magical quality."
And thus the sound effects for a billion kid battles with plastic lightsabers were created.