Dave Barclay

Yoda & Jabba Sculpture / Puppeteer

For the Empire Strikes Back Dave Barclay was responsible for sculpting 6 different top lip appliances for Yoda, as the original foam latex face skin needed a longer top lip. He also expanded the foam latex head skins to bring the foam back to the original sculpt size.

When a duplicate Yoda was required, he helped out the team - Nick Maley, Graham Freeborn (Stuart's son) and Bob Keen. He was drafted in as puppeteer for Yoda's eyes when Wendy Midener-Froud became allergic to some thing on set, and a puppeteer replacement was needed for her. He stayed on as puppeteer for Yoda for the rest of Yoda's filming, and worked with Frank Oz, the chief puppeteer, Kathy Mullen (Yoda's right hand) and Wendy.

For the last week of Yoda filming, as filming had gone over schedule, Frank Oz had to go to work on another project, so Frank gave Dave the responsibility of being his replacement chief Puppeteer for those remaining days of filming. Dave performed Yoda for many wide and vista vision shots, and parts of the training sequence including where Luke is doing a handstand, with Yoda standing on his feet. For the wide shots, Dave puppeteered the radio controlled Yoda, and 
he puppeteered the hero hand puppet for the close up - "concentraaaate..!" 

On Return of the Jedi he was chief puppeteer for Jabba the Hutt and puppet maker and puppeteer for Yoda.

Worked on

Star Wars V - The Empire Strike Back (1980)

Star Wars VI - Return of the Jedi (1981)