Friday 17 April 2015

#StarWars I - The Phantom Menace - Facts #DisneyAfrica

Hi Guys,

There will be a series posts on all the released #StarWars movies with some fun facts and bonus content available for all of you to see from Disney. 

Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was created from an interesting collection of vehicles and props. The front of the shuttle, in which Anakin sits, was made from the shell of a 1960’s racing car called a Maserati Birdcage.

It took three to four months to create many of the intricate and lavish costumes worn by Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala. Much of the fine detailing was hand stitched to couture levels by a talented wardrobe team.
In total, a team of 45 animators worked on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The team created more than 60 digital characters, including Jar Jar Binks. A crew of 15 animators worked solely on the iconic Gungan from the planet Naboo.

South African fans can access the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection exclusively on the South Africa iTunes Store via
Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back
In this exciting bonus feature, Design Director Doug Chiang reveals the five design principles he learned from George Lucas that helped him create some of cinema’s most lasting and iconic images…

When the audience sees something new on screen, they have to immediately connect with this new item. They have to understand what it is within two or three seconds. If the design doesn’t tell you what it is within three seconds, then it doesn’t work.
George Lucas loved creating designs with personality, but this principle doesn’t just relate to the characters of Star Wars; it also applies to vehicles and sets. Everything in the Star Wars movies has to have a personality to convey to the audience.

Doug Chiang had to ensure that all his designs had a level of believability so that the audience wouldn’t be distracted or taken away from the movie experience.

This design principle refers to the extra factor that gives the design flair. It’s the extra element that makes kids want to play with the new design and make it “extra cool”!

Discoveries From Inside: Models & Miniatures
Model Shop Supervisors Steve Gawley and Lorne Peterson discuss how they created miniscule and massive models that became classic pieces of the Star Wars universe…

Models & Miniatures: Fact #1
The original design for the Millennium Falcon wasn’t the hamburger-shaped spacecraft we all know and love. Instead, it was a long, thin vehicle that was deemed too close in design to a ship seen in the iconic television show, Space: 1999.
Models & Miniatures: Fact #2
The original design of the Millennium Falcon wasn’t completely wasted. The design became the prototype for the Princess Leia’s ship, the Rebel Blockade Runner. The only aspect of the Millennium Falcon’s original design that stayed with Han Solo’s ship was the conical cockpit.

Legacy content includes “The Beginning”; The Podrace: Theatrical Edit; plus eight deleted scenes. Check it out and enjoy the movie series all over again! 

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