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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace began. In 1999 an American epic space opera, film was released to the public. It became the highest-grossing film of 1999, the highest-grossing Star Wars film, and is currently one of the highest-grossing films in North America. The filmed is loved by people of all ages and continues it's saga today. Everyone should watch the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace because it has a cutting edge cast, props and effects.
"Star Wars Episode I is based upon two Jedi Knights that escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force. The long dormant Sith ...view middle of the document...

Jackson (Cover Story)"). Samuel L. Jackson may have only worked for three days on the set of Star Wars, but he deserved a lot of the credit for the film's success because of being "a man on the move in Hollywood" ("Samuel L. Jackson (Cover Story)"). With 64 movies to his credit, it definitely brings out fans to see the film.
After much time spent finding the cast for the film, the next step was building the ideal props. Finding the finest group of artists with lots of authenticity was not easy, but it was accomplished. "Dorling Kindersley (DK) flew their top cross-sections of artists to the Lucas film headquarters at Skywalker Ranch where they worked in the film production art department" (Reynolds, et. al cover page). "There the DK team was able to map out the anatomy of each craft as it was created" (Reynolds, et. al cover page).
In addition, the most critically important vessels among the Trade Federation fleet of battleships is the Droid Control Ship (Reynolds, et. al 22). The Droid Control Ship was not originally suppose to be in the film. The Trade Federation spacecraft would all resemble the same shape, until George Lucas was writing and realized he wanted a battleship that would be different from the rest. That's when the Droid Control Ship was developed. "For sheer size and drama, it is the most spectacular craft in Episode I" (Wilson).
The Yellow Starfighter, also known as the land vehicle in Episode I also stretched the viewer's imagination. These massive crafts are used to land the armies onto different planets. "Not all of the design decisions reflected a passion to remain faithful to the story line" (Wilson). The Starfighter is yellow because George Lucas wanted it to be that color. It was a very bold move for George to make, but he made the choice anyway. Putting the spacecraft in the film trying to open up the viewer's minds, but keeping it realistic. "Enhanced with just enough reality to make you a believer" (Wilson).
"The costumes, both simple and complicated, have always been one of the series' signature elements" (Rogers). The costumes from the film demonstrate how the society was supposed to be. Unlike the original Star Wars film of the 70's, The Phantom Menace shows a more sophisticated look. The design team worked endless hours to create a wardrobe of 250 costumes for the main characters and 5,000 for those in the background, not to mention Queen Amidala's outrageous outfits ("Feel The Force").
Whether or not you are aware of it, sound plays a key in how you perceive reality (Chang). If a fight scene between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul started imagine the...

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