As an added holiday treat for our Dune-iversary tribute marking the 30th birthday of David Lynch's audacious Dune adaptation, here's a rare documentary that once made the convention circuit to help drum up interest in Universal's tentpole sci-fi feature for December 1984. Known as Destination Dune, this 6-minute short was used for publicity purposes only and meant to screen at science fiction fan events, comic-book conventions and fantasy collectible shows.
In its brief running time we get to see several key scenes being rehearsed and filmed in the Mexico City soundstages and even includes a sneak peek inside the prop and model shop, with David Lynch discussing designs with special effects coordinator Carlo Rambaldi (E.T.), hugging executive producer Dino De Laurentiis, chatting with famed production designer Tony Masters (2001: A Space Odyssey) and an appearance by Dune author, Frank Herbert, displaying his unbridled exuberance.
This intriguing little doc was only included in the 2004 UK DVD release of Dune and is a revealing time capsule of behind-the-scenes banter amid the amazingly complex sets when corporate enthusiasm for the troubled production was still riding high. Have a look: