SWCA 2022: 8 things we learned from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones 20th Anniversary Panel

While it feels like yesterday to some of us, 20 years have passed Star Wars: Attack of the Clones First appeared on the movie screen.exist star wars Celebrating Anaheim 2022fans gathered on the event’s biggest stage to hear memories and insights on the first all-digital blockbuster and a key chapter in the Skywalker saga.

Host Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano is a character very familiar with clone troopers) welcomes the on-screen talent including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett) and Daniel Logan (Boba Fett). Lucasfilm’s creative staff includes Art Director Doug Chiang, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll and Skywalker Sound’s Sound Editor Supervisor Matthew Wood. In addition, two very special guests – Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) – surprise with The special appearance is over. Here are 8 of our favorite moments from the panel.

George Lucas greets crowd briefly at Star Wars Celebration 2022

1. Director George Lucas broke new ground. Before the panelists took the stage, Eckstein introduced a brief greeting from director George Lucas. Unable to attend in person, he explained “It was an important film for me because it was the first film to be shot digitally. It was a tough struggle to get here, but at the same time, once We made the movie and now everyone is doing it digitally.”

Anthony Daniels goes behind the scenes as C-3PO as R2-D2

2. Anthony Daniels’ pitch brings a whole new character. The man behind our favorite protocol bot is back Attack of the clones, and a “truly moving” return to his original Las homeland in Tunisia with George Lucas.25 years ago Star Wars: new Hope First released, Daniels took the opportunity to make a request. “I said to George, ‘Can I show my face as a character?'” he recalls. “He might say, ‘Of course.'”

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO behind the scenes

The latter was dubbed “Dannl Faytonni,” and the new character appeared at the Outlander Club in Coruscant, wearing military uniforms among lavishly dressed patrons. Daniels recalls how last-minute adornments to costumes elevate the character from rank-and-file soldier to royal officer.

Doug Chiang's Stormtrooper concept art

3. You can draw a line from Boba Fett’s helmet to the clone trooper. After completing related work Star Wars: The Phantom MenaceArt Director Doug Chiang began clone Just a week after the last movie came out. This is a continuation of the world-building activity. “When we started working on the prequels,” he said, “the design and direction took me through a complete cycle because George wanted to try something new and establish a complete aesthetic guideline for the whole. star wars universe. “

This is evident in the clone trooper armor that first appears in the movie. “It’s really been a joy to work with George,” explains Jiang. “He wanted to create the idea that Jango Fett’s armor became an evolution of the stormtroopers. So I literally took Jango Fett and his armor and basically kept the original design that Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie did. Then we Started incorporating it into the classic stormtrooper helmet we saw in the original trilogy.” The original “Phase 1” soldier clone Shared T-mask design with Jango and Boba Fett, while in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Closer to stormtroopers.

Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett

4. Temuera Morrison ran all the way to England for one shot. Star Book of Boba Fett did his star wars Debut Attack of the clones. Temeura Morrison recalls working on site when Obi-Wan Kenobi visited Jango and young Boba Fett on the Kamino. As the Jedi left, Jango told his cloned son, “Pack up your stuff, we’re going.” Morrison recalled reviewing the camera shots while working on the main production in Sydney, Australia. “I could tell it was a medium shot,” he explained. “Maybe it’s a little too wide. Maybe I should suggest to George that he needs a close-up, but I guess I’d better not.” Instead, a few months later, Morrison was asked to make the long trek from his home in New Zealand to In the UK, only one shot and one line is filmed during the pick-up shoot!

“It was a great privilege to be with my family,” Morrison recalled. “Even working with Ewan McGregor…I was nervous. It was my first day he showed up with his vile Jedi cool. He didn’t do much and I tried to calm him down! But I think he beats me. It’s my first day and I’m a little nervous. “

Daniel Logan and Temuera Morrison special pose Daniel Logan and Temuera Morrison go behind the scenes on Boba Fett's boat

5. Daniel Logan looked up at his father on screen. For Logan, who played a young Boba Fett, the opportunity to work with Morrison was a dream come true. “When you came from a place like New Zealand when I was growing up,” he recalls, “no one else – especially one of Maori descent – ever achieved what Temuera Morrison was doing at the time.” identify me [with] Who I can actually be or aspire to be. ” arrive star wars Set, he’s not familiar with the notoriety of George Lucas or Ewan McGregor. “The only person I want to meet is Temuera Morrison because he’s the only person I know!”

The clones from the attack of the clones

6. The digital blockbuster uses a variety of visual effects. Visual effects supervisor John Knoll helped oversee one of the most ambitious feature projects of the time. From the fully computer-animated Yoda to the massive Geonosian campaign, it’s packed with new challenges. But the whole element was done using traditional miniature photography, with Noel describing his “deep passion”.

John Knoll works on behind-the-scenes visuals

“It actually helped us load balance as well,” Knoll continued, “because some work should be done digitally, some work should be done physically, but there’s a lot of work that could be done either way… …a lot of it was about trying to get this massive job done. You used all the tools available.” One of Knoll’s favorite miniatures is Geonosian’s Arena, and in order to complete all the required shoots on time, Industrial Light & Magic crews run around day and night to photograph them!

Matthew Wood works on special effects

7. Matthew Wood has worn many hats at Skywalker Sound. Wood Earns Honors as Supervising Sound Editor Attack of the clonesbut also found himself aboard a primitive land vehicle in a Jedi robe Star Wars: new HopeThe classic prop was used as a stand-in for the car chase animation sequence in Coruscant as Wood and a colleague played Obi-Wan and Anakin. These nearly self-made video clips allowed George Lucas to plan specific shots ahead of time for the creepy segment.

After joining the production team in Australia, Wood also had the opportunity to record organic sounds while visiting various parts of the country. “I recorded a fruit bat at the shelter,” he recalls, “fighting another fruit bat for a banana, and that became one of the core components of the Geonosian voice. Melbourne’s penguins.” He added that the whole experience was “like a film school” and embodied “the spirit of George Lucas”, who did not “categorize” staff into one particular job.

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen special pose for clones offense

8. You can build trust with a lightsaber. Every star wars The film brought some surprises, and the panel followed when actors Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen appeared on stage in the final moments to the delight of thousands of fans.a few years ago, in Attack of the clonesthe two actors developed a complex on-screen chemistry not only as best friends but as mentors.

Hayden Christensen in the behind-the-scenes hallway filmed for Attack of the Clones

For Christensen, as he puts it, “both sides of the relationship are very natural.” “I really look up to him and it’s a good fit for the job. Ivan was very kind to me and kind of put me under his wing. That’s how our relationship started and of course friendship grew.” Mai Greg added, “We’re getting started right away.” Spending time together for lightsaber training is “a really good way to get to know someone. To fight someone, you have to really trust each other…”

Lucas O. Seastrom is a writer and historian for Lucasfilm.He grew up on a farm in California’s Central Valley and spent his life star wars and Indiana Jones fans.

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