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Star Wars Cinematic Universe – Behind the Scenes #10

Today’s behind the scenes post we go to the prequels which are still very much a favourite of mine despite being disliked by a lot of Star Wars fans for various reasons. I try to focus on the good stuff that a GFFA can bring to people, not the negative.

And with that, here is our behind the scenes image:

From the official website:

The Jedi and Sith went through three hundred aluminium lightsaber blades while filming The Phantom Menace. Stunt coordinator Nick Gillard helped build the new lightsabers for the physically and mentally intensive duels.

Via Star Wars dot Com

Whenever I see the behind the scenes content it always keeps me in awe at how amazing the actors must be to bring their characters to life in front of blue and green screens! And not only that but in many situations, they are surrounded by blank walls and set props that do nothing to encourage them as actors. When I see blank walls and green screens I just think its amazing how these characters are brought to life and enjoyed by fans the world over.

One of my very favourite lightsaber duels of all-time is the Duel of the Fates and the incredible music that was written by John Williams that accompanies it is equally as amazing.

For anyone that is interested in the behind the scenes content from the prequels, here is a great video clip via Star Wars on Youtube:

Via YouTube

Do you have a favourite behind the scenes moment from the prequel trilogy? Let me know in the comments! I’m happy to feature any content on the blog that I haven’t yet found online so feel free to reach out.

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Star Wars is Poetry – Quote of the Day

There is a bit of a story behind this quote, and the actor voicing this line in the movie. When I found out it wasn’t the actor’s voice used in the delivery of this line, I was a little bummed out. Until I heard Ray Park talk for the first time. Not that there is anything wrong with Ray Park’s voice, but I can totally see why they opted to have a voice actor deliver one of only two lines he speaks in The Phantom Menace.

Darth Maul was a mystery from the beginning. And it was that “mystique” associated with the character that I really liked about him. He was elusive, and for the longest time, I thought the title of the film, The Phantom Menace, was referring to him – and it wasn’t. It was referring to Palpatine as the menace. I would still argue that Darth Maul posed a severe threat to the Jedi and that he took out one of the most important Jedi Master’s of that time is testament to the fact.

He was well and truly a “phantom” and a menace.

I hope you enjoy the graphic I made. Can you think of any other characters from The Phantom Menace who stood out for you? Let me know in the comments!

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The Skywalker Saga – Disk One The Phantom Menace

Have you ever watched a Star Wars movie and realised that you didn’t notice something even though you’ve watched it a dozen times or more? I know a lot of fans don’t like the Sequel Trilogy of movies, but I actually do and I never noticed so many things that I noticed rewatching this last night.

One scene in particular – on Tatooine when Qui-Gon Jin and Darth Maul duel, I never noticed the hilt of the lightsaber that Darth Maul is using. Have you ever noticed how big it is? So he isn’t using the double-bladed lightsaber, he’s using one part of it which technically, is a lightsaber. Some people like to refer to his weapon as a sabre staff but I prefer to say double-bladed lightsaber.

Anyway, on Wookiepedia, it states that when his lightsaber was broken after the duel of the fates with Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi, he used it as a single lightsaber. Which is odd because he used it before that fight in his duel with Qui-Gon Jin on Tatooine.

Can anyone clarify this for me? Because I am only using the references online for this. I have no idea why it says that he used it as a lightsaber after the events of The Phantom Menace when he was using it as a lightsaber way before then.

I haven’t looked at the other two disks yet but when I get around to them, I’ll post about any odd things I notice or experience while watching. I will also (excitedly) blog about the extra content, whatever that is. I am not looking it up online because I want to surprise myself!

Till my next post, be safe and happy and I’ll catch ya later!

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