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The entire process of making Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) are shown here in this documentary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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George Lucas ... Himself

John Knoll ... Himself
Doug Chiang ... Himself

Rick McCallum ... Himself
Robin Gurland ... Herself

Natalie Portman ... Herself

Jake Lloyd ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Christopher Newman ... Himself (as Chris Newman)
Jeff Olson ... Himself
Katie Lucas ... Herself
Jett Lucas ... Himself

Ewan McGregor ... Himself

Ahmed Best ... Himself

Nick Dudman ... Himself

Liam Neeson ... Himself

Nick Gillard ... Himself

Pernilla August ... Herself
Lewis Macleod ... Himself

Dennis Muren ... Himself

Scott Squires ... Himself
Paul Martin Smith ... Himself

Ben Burtt ... Himself
Rob Coleman ... Himself

Frank Oz ... Himself

John Williams ... Himself

Gary Rydstrom ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Angarano ... Himself

Charice ... Herself - Performer (as Charice Pempengco)

Katie Couric ... Herself (archive footage)
Devon Michael ... Himself

Ray Park ... Himself
Jerome St. John Blake ... Himself (uncredited)

Warwick Davis ... Himself (uncredited)

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Jon Shenk 
 
Film Editing by
Josh Peterson 
 
Sound Department
Mark Becker .... sound recordist
Guy Hake .... sound recordist
Will Harvey .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Limonoff .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Shenk .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mark Becker .... additional editor
Bob Campbell .... colorist
Robert Frey .... post-production engineer
Kristin Howard .... assistant editor
Tony Kaplan .... assistant editor
Loren Sorenson .... on-line editor
 
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Jonathan Bresman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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"The Beginning: Making Star Wars Episode I" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:66 min
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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc DVD for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).See more »
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the 'Auteur' at work, 4 December 2015
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It's funny how life works sometimes - with this documentary I watched it with the Phantom Menace DVD when the movie was released in 2000, and I found I got genuine insight into the filmmaking process, from storyboarding to release and all the troubles that can come with it (at one point during the production the filmmakers lost their sets in a bad storm that swept through Tunisia where they were filming - an incident that oddly repeated what happened to Lucas 20 years earlier on his first Star Wars movie). But then some years later, when Jay and Mike at Red Letter Media made their Phantom Menace review (still, whatever you think of the movie, a triumphant piece of R-rated film criticism), they used many clips from this documentary to highlight points ("It's like poetry, it rhymes" and "everything shot is so dense" two of the most memorable).

Watching it again today, I could see why it's funny to sort of mock Lucas and the hubris he had to pull off this film when the script wasn't completely solid - and to do so much in CGI when he could've used practical effect and sets, not all the time but certainly much of the time - and no one really questioning any of his decisions. But there is still a lot here that is just genuinely interesting documentary stuff. I have to wonder if the director put together the footage to make a point about Lucas and his sort of self-contained empire of filmmaking (the prequels are actually independent films in a sense, despite their gargantuan budgets they were made outside of the studio system in a special deal with Fox). Or was he just a fly-on-the-wall and allowed all this access to simply chart from start to finish what happened? Needless to say, there's plenty of insight into the process, and whether it went right or wrong for you I think the director Jon Schenk got things honestly as far as seeing that what Lucas, Rick McCullum and company did shows up on the screen.

And it must say something that the documentary in full is on the official Star Wars Youtube page; in other words, it doesn't show Lucas as being necessarily evil or greedy, or being particularly courageous or super-visionary with what he was doing. He was just... George Lucas in the late 90's, ready to try and wow audiences and with some ideas that were just not altogether great. It's a fair depiction of what it must've been like to make something this gargantuan.

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