Star Wars - Dueling With Fate: The Making of Episode I

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Dueling with Fate is a 13-part docu-series on the making and production of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. The docu-series chronicles the entire behind the scenes process on the beginning of the Prequel Trilogy. Several hours of interviews from the cast and crew, featurettes, webisodes, outtakes, raw footage from on-set and inside the production have been edited and combined together to create
Intention:
Same with my Episode II documentary. all of the Making-Of and Behind the Scenes content for the prequels and this film especially are stretched and broken up on multiple discs on multiple formats and even content exclusive to starwars.com, there isn't any easy way to watch all of it without needing to switch things around. So I sought out to make a definitive documentary, in the vein of Empire of Dreams, that you could sit down and watch to understand the process behind the making of the film.
Other Sources:
TV SPECIALS
Star Wars - The Magic and the Mystery (1997)
Star Wars - An MTV Special (1997)
From Star Wars to Star Wars - The Story of Industrial Light and Magic (1999)
Omnibus S37E09 - A Long Time Ago - The Story of Star Wars (1999)
AMC Cinema Secrets - S01E04 - Epic Battles (2000)

DVD FEATURETTES
Costume
Design
Fights
Story
Visual Effects

STARWARS.COM WEBISODES
All I Need is an Idea
Assistant Director
Bad Droid Karma
Boys in Paradise
Costume Drama
Home Sweet Home
It’s Like War Now
Movie Music
Prime of the Jedi
This is a Creature Film
Thousands of Things
Three Thousand Anakins

MISC. STARWARS.COM CONTENTS
Casting Director
Depth
Interview Outtakes
Naboo Soldier
One Day to Go
Podracing
Something Out of Nothing
Sound
The Fall
Watto

BLU-RAY COLLECTION INTERVIEWS
Darth Maul Costume
Pre-Senate Address Costume
Queen Amidala Senate Costume
Senate Guard Costume
Full-Sized Battle Droid
Jar Jar Maquette
Naboo Starfighter Model
Republic Cruiser
Sando Aqua Monster
Trade Federation Battleship Model
Anakin’s Podracer Model
Dud Bolt Puppet
Eopie with Anakin Maquette
Queens Royal Starship Model
Sebulba Maquette
Sith Speeder Model
Watto Maquette

BLU-RAY INTERVIEWS
Coruscant Overview
Tatooine Overview
Naboo Overview
Rick McCallum Interview - Filming in Tunisia
Rick McCallum Interview - Podracers
Liam Neeson Interview
George Lucas on Preparing to Write Episode I - 1994

OTHER SOURCES
An Exclusive Interview with George Lucas - Part 3 of 3 - ROTJ VHS (1995)
SW UK Fan Club VHS - Behind the Scenes of Episode I (1999)
The Beginning - Making Episode I (2001)
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
- Unused Footage: There is a bonus part 14 included that has any unused footage from the sources I had used throughout.
Cuts and Additions:
The series is split up into 13-parts, as 5 hours cant be done in one sitting.

Part 1 - Prequel Prelude
All about George Lucas writing the film from 1994-1997, and some of his hopes for the upcoming trilogy, of which he was not considering directing at all.

Part 2 - Rebuilding a Galaxy
The 2nd part is all about the pre-production of the film, looking into the storyboarding, production meetings, prop and set building, as well as the first table reading of the script with all cast members.

Part 3 - Casting and Characters
Casting director Robin Gurland and George Lucas discuss the characters and the actors behind them. Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) feature as they also talk about their characters.

Part 4 - The World of Naboo
Doug Chang and the art department explore the world of Naboo, both the surface Theed City and the underwater Gungan City. Almost everything on the planet is discussed, the battle droids, the minutes that make up the cities, the designs and the creatures.

Part 5 - CGI Characters
Jar Jar, Watto and Sebulba star as the production team and cast talk about the difficulties in bringing the first all CG Character to life both on set and in post-production.

Part 6 - A Planet Called Tatooine
Travelling back to Tatooine, the production aims to recreate the desert planet. It also discusses the challenges of building a new R2-D2, making Anakin's hobble, and the storms of the Tunisan desert almost ruining and delaying filming.

Part 7 - Now This is Podracing
The Bonta Eve Classic hosted at The Mos Espa Arena as well as Podracing is explored from its initial designing and storyboarding, to CG Animatics, and the final visual effects extravaganza.

Part 8 - Coruscant and Costuming
The challenges of bringing an all-city planet to life are detailed, as well as all the lavish costumes featured in the film, especially the Queen's wardrobe. An exploration of what an Assistant Director does on a Star Wars set is also shown.

Part 9 - The Digital Battlefront
The production behind the Gungan vs Droid battle during the climax of the film, the motion capture used as well as the surprising practical effects during an almost entirely CG sequence.

Part 10 - The Great Duel
The development of the final duel with Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Maul. From everything to choreography, stunts and Ewan McGregor choosing his own lightsaber.

Part 11 - Sound and Score
George discusses the audio side of film production, including the making of John William's score (with the chorus for Duel of the Fates) as well as the sound and foley production headed by Ben Burtt.

Part 12 - Editing and Deleted Magic
All about the then-modern non-linear editing as well as the deleted and unused scenes cut from the final film, and why they aren't in the film.

Part 13 - Anticipation and Release
Dueling With Fate: The Making of Episode I

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This was great. A really comprehensive documentary on everything behind the phantom menace. What I liked about it was how it made me appreciate all the hard work people put into the film. Most documentaries focus on George Lucas, but this really dove into all the craftsmen, designers, model makers, costume people, and everyone around him that made the film possible. I had issues with the Phantom Menace when it came out years ago, but I still respect the process they all went through to make the movie. It wasn't all just George Lucas, it was hundreds of people working together, challenging themselves, and doing their best work. As an audience member I got to see a 2 hour experience, but they had years of creativity and day-to-day activities that gave them purpose and enjoyment. Nothing can take away the experience they had working on the movie, and the innovations that came from it. All the movies that have come in the last 20 years owe their special effects to the Phantom Menace's crew and their dligence. This documentary did a good job of highlighting all of that effort. Which is commendable. You've done a great job with this documentary. I saw it all on youtube. The only hiccup was part 13 had some gaps in the sound. Did not take away at all from my enjoyment, just thought I'd point it out to you in case you wish to reupload.

This was a highly enjoyable experience, well worth the time to watch it. You did excellent work putting this together. Thank you.

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