By Ciaran Duggan,
Principal photography for Star Wars: A New Hope commenced in Tozeur, Tunisia, on this day in 1976.
A crew of 130 ventured into the desert in 42 trucks and cars, including eight army trucks full of equipment.
For the first day the plan was to shoot parts from the scene where droids Artoo and Threepio are being purchased, as well as parts for Luke watching the twin suns scene and the scene where Threepio and Luke rush out of the homestead to look for the escaped Artoo.
The scenes were all shot around the set of the igloo and the treadmill wheels of the sandcrawler.
The first shot of the film was filmed at 9:35 a.m (March 22, 1976).
Source: Star Wars