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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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Michael Angarano ... Himself

Pernilla August ... Herself

Ahmed Best ... Himself

Ben Burtt ... Himself

Charice ... Herself - Performer (as Charice Pempengco)
Doug Chiang ... Himself
Rob Coleman ... Himself

Katie Couric ... Herself (archive footage)

Nick Dudman ... Himself

Nick Gillard ... Himself
Robin Gurland ... Herself

John Knoll ... Himself

Jake Lloyd ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself
Jett Lucas ... Himself
Katie Lucas ... Herself
Lewis Macleod ... Himself

Rick McCallum ... Himself

Ewan McGregor ... Himself
Devon Michael ... Himself

Dennis Muren ... Himself

Liam Neeson ... Himself
Christopher Newman ... Himself (as Chris Newman)
Jeff Olson ... Himself

Frank Oz ... Himself

Ray Park ... Himself

Natalie Portman ... Herself

Gary Rydstrom ... Himself
Paul Martin Smith ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself

Scott Squires ... Himself

John Williams ... Himself
Jerome St. John Blake ... Himself (uncredited)

Warwick Davis ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
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
Other crew
Jonathan Bresman .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Beginning: Making Star Wars Episode I" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:66 min
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Fly on the wall, 3 July 2008
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

This is a feature-length documentary found on the 2-Disc Set of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. Coming in at just over an hour, this takes us through basically the entire film-making process on said title. I'm not sure there's really any aspect of the production not seen here. Casting, rehearsing, auditioning, shooting, special effects work, debating to solve one of the many problems that arise, and even staff meetings. The manner in which this is done is also notable... rather than the usual type, with interviews, "talking heads"(thank you, Adam Bertocci) and the like, this offers you the perspective that I allude to in my Summary. No one is really speaking to the camera, rather, they're conversing with each other, and we're "present" to experience it. We're usually only given enough information to understand the situation. This was put together from 600 hours of footage, the majority of which was shot on the sets and locations, including at ILM. It's well-edited and interesting throughout. The pacing isn't bad. There is a bit of suggestive dialog and minor language. I recommend this to fans of the movie, and/or those who want an inside look at it. 7/10

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