Filmmaker says ‘insane’ not to charge for Star Wars

A Cork based filmmaker says it is “insane” that the Irish Government didn’t charge for the use of a Naval Service ship and Air Corps helicopter during filming of Star Wars on Skellig Michael last July. Cinematographer Chris O’Dell, who has worked in the film industry for 40 years, says he has witnessed accidental damage caused to historic sites during filming. The Skelligs Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of the LE Samuel Beckett, which maintained an exclusion zone around the UNESCO World Heritage Site for three days. An Air Corps helicopter was also used on one reconnaissance mission for the production company but no reimbursement was sought. Mr O’Dell told Kerry Today that all film companies have a budget for “location services” and expect to pay for these. [audio_player src=””] #####