My original idea for my Methodology project was to do the Mapping module, and map when states decided to implement their first stay at home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I reached a point where it felt like all information I was taking in outside of school was pandemic related. My entire family is essential employees in healthcare fields, and I realized it would be in my best interest not to spend hours and hours mired in data about the pandemic.
So I went the opposite direction, and focused on something that brings me a lot of joy. I decided that I wanted to map the filming locations of Star Wars and outlined my idea in my Week 13 Module. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories is seeing Attack of the Clones in the theater when I was four years old. A catalogue of my childhood Halloween costumes reads like a Wookieepedia character list.
I read Anthony Daniel’s memoir I Am C-3P0 in February, and am currently reading Brian Jay Jones’ biography of George Lucas, so I was generally aware of some of the filming locations of the Star Wars saga. However, I wanted to learn more. I ended up utilizing TimeMapper to put the locations on a timeline with a corresponding map. I looked at some of the other tools available on dgst101.net, and considered using Story Map, but decided that TimeMapper was the best way to visualize the data.
I found data primarily on IMDb, as well as Movie-Locations.com. I entered into the template spreadsheet provided by Time Mapper. I was surprised to find out that the Prequels, like the originals, had also done a significant amount of their filming at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, England.
Reflecting on the project, I think that the map turned out very well. I do wish that the TimeMapper tool had been more flexible with customization, but I also appreciated how easy it was to use, considering the amount of data I had to enter.
I am happy to have this done in time to share for May the Fourth, and I hope that my friends and family can appreciate discovering that locations that seem galaxies away are actually closer than they may seem.