Ugh. And I thought they smelled bad on the *outside*.

– Han Solo, The Empire Strikes Back

Today year 1979 was the first day of principal photography in Finse, Norway for The Empire Strikes Back and the planet Hoth.
The crew endures the subzero temperatures, frostbite, heavy winds and avalanches to pull off the first shot within 65 minutes of set-up. The blizzard in the Hoth scenes is a real blizzard – no effects were used.

Here are some short diary notes.