The creation of movie props sometimes reveals unusual things, like the one surrounding Liam Neeson’s famous communicator, aka Qui-Gon Jinn, in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” …
It took sixteen years to discover the first part of the new Star Wars trilogy signed by George Lucas; sixteen years to wait after the conclusion of the story arc offered in Return of the Jedi.
While George Lucas has used CGI extensively to shoot his new film, there is something tasty about it that creating certain objects and props is literally DIY and ingenuity.
In this register, the communicator / microphone used by Liam Neeson, alias Qui-Gon Jinn, is placed there. The head of the creation of accessories, Jim Barr, had the idea to make it from … a razor Sensor Excel feminine brand Gillette!
Painted gray, Barr razor-sharpened two antennas that were once sockets of a box used for digital flight controls in modern airplanes. And this is how we give an air (vaguely anyway …) High Tech!
The two objects put side by side, it still feels weird …
The object is notably visible in the sequence of the film below, from 00”50, when Qui-Gon Jinn asks his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi to analyze the samples taken from Anakin, to measure his rate of Midi-chlorians: