Thursday, 2 February 2017

Adaptation A - Finished Script

I'll be sending this off to the voiceover artist that I'm working with, tonight. Just posting this here for posterity, I'm glad this is at a stage where I can send if off now :) 

You’ve seen the message boards raging about Jar Jar Binks. You’ve heard the poor dialogue by George Lucas? You’ve seen the endless marketing. The Star Wars prequels, or Pee-Tee’s for short, have been with us now for a decade and have both divided fans and critics alike with each new instalment.

These are 10 facts about The Prequel Trilogy that each fans and critic should know before they turn to the dark side…

Did you know that episodes 1,2 & 3 actually broke records? Packing a staggering amount of VFX shots in each installment of the trilogy, culminating in 2151 shots. 1,269 of which were fully animated.

That’s a lot of dead Gungans.

Some of those shots may have included a clone trooper or two, but did you know that none of them were actors?  

Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming...

If you thought that was enough, consider that the only shot in Phantom Menace to not feature any CGI, is a vent expelling toxic, Dioxis gas.

Of course, it couldn’t be a top 10 list without mentioning Jar-Jar Binks.

Now, Before you draw your lightsabers and blaster pistols, it’s because he was the first ever fully digital main character in cinema history...despite being perhaps the most...hated film character in cinema history.

Some fans even feel like the Prequel Trilogy contains too much CGI in general. In actuality more practical miniature models were created for any one of the Star Wars prequel films than were made for the entire combined original trilogy. That’s an impressive amount of...Senate chambers and .

Talking about chambers...Sets were planned to be built only as high as the tops of the actors' heads and computer graphics filled in the rest. But Liam Neeson was so tall that he cost the set crew an extra $150,000 in construction.

But that’s not the only peculiarity brought on by the actors. Ewan McGregor made lightsaber noises whilst duelling.

George Lucas corrected this in post production.

In Revenge of the Sith, in some of the final shots during the birth scene, the infant Luke and Leia are portrayed by animatronic puppets. As these puppets were operated by Ewan McGregor, the cast referred to them as “Foamy-Wan Kenobi”.

The unreleased and uncut version of Revenge of the Sith had a running time of 4 hours, this would have dramatically increased the amount of snacks needed for an all day marathon of the series. Now creeping up to 18 hours.

Speaking of misplaced time.

In the excitement leading up to the release of The Phantom Menace, It's estimated that 2.2 million full-time employees skipped work to attend screenings, resulting in $293 million in lost productivity. So many workers announced plans to skip work to watch the movie that many companies shut down on the opening day.

So there you have it, the Top 10 Facts about The Prequel trilogy. Obscure enough to impress, without giving away your secret love of all things Star Wars.

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