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State of the Art: The Pre-Visualization of 'Episode II' (2002)

Documentary breaking down the planning of the film's set pieces particularly the aerial car chase, conveyor-belt fight and climactic Clone War battle. Coolest moments: shots of the lo-fi ... See full synopsis »
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George Lucas ... Himself
Rick McCallum ... Himself
Ben Snow Ben Snow ... Himself
Rob Coleman ... Himself
Ben Burtt ... Himself
John Knoll ... Himself
Daniel D. Gregoire ... Himself (as Dan Gregoire)
Christopher Newman ... Himself (archive footage) (as Chris Newman)
Erik Tiemens Erik Tiemens ... Himself (as Eric Tiemens)
Ryan Church Ryan Church ... Himself
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Documentary breaking down the planning of the film's set pieces particularly the aerial car chase, conveyor-belt fight and climactic Clone War battle. Coolest moments: shots of the lo-fi animatics from the original trilogy, which incorporate WWII dogfight footage and dolls on sticks; and also glimpses of unused, surprisingly sophisticated animatics for the final battle that even ILM staffers admit gave them "goosebumps."

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12 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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State of the Art: The Pre-Visualization of Star Wars Episode II See more »

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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc DVD for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). See more »

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Features Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) See more »

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Ah, pre-vis... where would the movie had been without you?
24 February 2008 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Why such a low rating? As of writing this, there is only one other review, and it isn't by one of the 36.5%(!)(only nineteen people, but still... besides, that doesn't sound as impressive!) who voted a 1 for this, so I couldn't tell you. As the title tells you, this deals with the pre-visualization of the second-to-last of the more recent of the two trilogies... Episode II(and as the Trivia page will reveal, it's featured on the 2-Disc DVD release of it). It's fairly short, 23 minutes, but it's good throughout. It is also remarkably funny... so much so that it's worth mentioning. You're treated to some footage of crew-members standing in for some of the stars, and acting out one of the scenes... near the end of this, one of the people working on it likens the process to something else, quite amusing, and finally, at the end credits, animations that... didn't end up in the film are nicely inter-cut. Don't let that fool you, though... this is still a serious documentary, and a pretty decent one at that. It is perhaps short(the other review suggests that the release of the DVD was rushed), and certainly doesn't detail *every* scene, but it makes use of the time, and it does go into some big sequences. It provides a possible(and understandable) explanation(if not openly, or necessarily even intentionally) for something that many, many viewers disliked, that's never a bad thing, right? Gone into are such things as what they did on the earlier films, with the technology just not being as advanced as it was by the point they made this. It's all interesting and well-done. It's got great editing throughout. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the subject, and/or animation/special effects. 6/10


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