Image of the day: George Lucas framing the iconic intro of Darth Vader in "Star Wars" 1977

Does he have any idea how he was about to change the world?  Here he was, around 1977, setting up a shot on a constructed sound stage for a scene on board a spaceship, in a space opera, where an evil half-man half-robot galactic lord with telekinetic powers is about to board a spaceship to capture a princess who, unbeknownst to him, is actually his own daughter fighting a rebellion against this lord but who is completely unaware it is her own father. Phew. To have gotten as far as he did at this photo's moment, he would have had to have conceived and then set into motion everything that would lead up to his filming this particular scene, and with it, millions of dollars and hundreds of actors, crew, and jobs on the line. He knew exactly what he was doing and what was to come, maybe not to the letter, but he didn't stray far from the vision he had in mind all along.