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From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' (2002)

For Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), there were to be many more visual effects than in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). This documentary shows many VFX ... See full summary »

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For Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), there were to be many more visual effects than in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). This documentary shows many VFX meetings between George Lucas and ILM. Many of these meetings focus around the creation of a completely digital Yoda, used for the first time in the Star Wars films. Written by Rhyl Donnelly

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What are these thousand little pieces of illusion doing here?
23 February 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

After a brief verbal introduction by Lucas, presumably intended to get the viewer to believe that he really *did* have each film planned out, and that the prequel trilogy is what the original would have looked/been like, if only the technology had existed then(as has been pointed out elsewhere, with how much he complains about what the studio did to his films, one has to wonder if he simply doesn't realize that those of them that he didn't do all by himself were the good Star Wars movie), this goes over a lot of the digital work on Episode II. This is a feature-length documentary on just that, for that film, and is found, obviously, on the DVD of it, the 2-Disc release. I certainly was surprised, by some of the things that were animated... this is quite possibly the last thing one ought to watch if they do not wish to know(yes, hence my one line summary). It is, however, well-produced and -paced. At 52 minutes or so, this has a lot of information, and doesn't really spend too much time on any one thing. They talk about working on not making one particular part looking silly, goofy(if you've watched the movie, you may know exactly which is the one in question, and if not, you shouldn't know before watching)... I'm not sure many people would say that they succeeded. They cover several major, or even minor, animated characters. There are definite spoilers herein, so you shouldn't watch this before you've watched Episode II, unless you don't care about knowing what happens, going in. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know about the animation in Episode II, as far as characters go. 7/10


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