Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Making Of Dune Are Delightfully Trippy

David Lynch's Dune is hardly an ideal adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal work of science fiction, but the movie does have some truly striking visuals. And there's something magical at seeing Dune's strange models, creatures, and costumes come to life behind the scenes.

The suits worn by the Guild members were body bags that were found in a disused fire station dating back to the early 1920s.

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A huge blue screen in Estudios Churubusco, Mexico City

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Effects crew members Tom Valentine and John Hatt adjust the collapsible landing gear for takeoff

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Electrician Ruben Huerta and modelmaker Rafael de Maria y Campos prepare the wedge-shaped carryall

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Emilio Ruiz de Rio examines the wing section on the largest Atreides ships

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The miniatures crew adds final detailing to the palace of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV

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A full-size representation of the missing accessway

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Kyle MacLachlan (Paul) confronts the effects of a man-made sandstorm

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A Face Burner model made of clay, before being covered with a plaster waste mold and cast in fiberglass

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Large-scale Harvester models

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Brian Smithies addresses the camera crew during a setup involving the Emperor's flagship and its steel tent, a nine-story portable palace that unfolds from the ship.

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A miniature of the Emperor's City, with Jimmy Devis, assistant director and cinematographer

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The Churubusco soundstages were filled with flies, so it was necessary to use some spray before every miniature shot

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Francesca Annis, Kyle MacLachlan and Frank Herbert

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Harkonnen's Ship

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Oh, the Sandworm

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Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan)

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A Guild Navigator

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The photos are from Duneinfo, Konbini and Dune.cz, except when noted otherwise.

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Patrick Farley

So many talented people worked on this film: David Lynch, John Dykstra, Carlo Rambaldi, Bob Ringwood. Unfortunately — so did Dino De Laurentiis. DUNE is an abject lesson in how a great project can be destroyed by a shitty producer.