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Last Updated: February 6th, 2005

Please note, the info in this section contains spoilers.

Aayla Secura
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EU Character
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Palpatine
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Timeline
Color & Theme
Plot Points
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Scenes
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Scenes

  • "There are a few scenes you will go nuts over." - GB
  • The last 3 pages of the script gave Rob Coleman goosebumps.
  • There is a sequence in Ep3 that makes Rob Coleman think "this is what I always wanted to see in the prequels".
  • Page 7, word twelve of the script is "trench". - JK
  • "Magnetiiiize!" is a random line of dialogue in the film. -PH
  • One scene will have an event that will cause glass to be shattered and scattered on the floor. - OS
  • We will hear classic camp Star Wars dialogue, similar to classic lines such as "foul stench" or "we meet again...". - OS
  • The Coruscant theater scene with Palpatine will not be intercut with other sequences. -PH
  • The theater scene is less than 8 minutes in length. -PH
  • Scenes in a stretch of a Trade Federation starship corridor which includes steam, smoke, and shadows which will evoke the air of menace - at least in the final frames of the scene (or film). - OS
  • During the Anakin vs Obi-Wan duel there will be heavy winds in at least one setting. - OS
  • There will be a few tender moments of romance in the film. -PH
  • About 1/3 of the action sequences in the film will occur on the new planets where will we also see the most visually spectacular sequences. -RC
  • The reason the space battle in Ep3 will be bigger and more challenging than the ROTJ space battle is because this new space battle will be a journey and not a single event. -DG
  • The film will open with a thrilling space battle that pits the forces of the Republic against the battleships of the Separatists. -OS
  • The space battle that starts Episode III is long enough and complicated enough to be subdivided into four scenes for organizational purposes. -OS
  • The space battle covers the first 20 minutes of the film. -RB
  • The Trade Federation cruiser bridge will be the only bridge we see of all the Confederacy ships in the opening space battle. -PH
  • The hero starfighters come into the space battle near the middle of it, we follow them through some action, but we don't get really close to them until the end. -PH
  • In terms of scale and scope, the opening space battle of Ep3 is bigger than anything we have seen before. -DG
  • The length of the opening shot, after the crawl has finished, to the first cut, will be around 3,768 frames in length. This works out at 157 seconds or 2 minutes 37 seconds long. It's purpose is to draw you into the action. -Homing Beacon / PH
  • The first 20 minutes is not all space battle. But the battle does kick off the first 20 minutes before moving into further action-packed territory. -PH
  • The opening space battle sequence includes starfighter trajectories, swarm of ships and aerobatic maneuvers. After the opening crawl of text the camera will move towards the warships, and its clear we're joining a battle already in progress. Geometry plays a vital role in determining allegiances in this space battle. As the camera dives between capital ships, it's easy to become disoriented. The Republic craft are the rectilinear wedge ships of the original trilogy. The Separatist vessels are more ovoid in shape, with smoother lines and reclined angles. The most familiar vessels amid the Separatist flotilla are the Trade Federation battleships, or the "donut ships" as they are affectionately called. Returning spacecraft, like the donut ships and vulture fighters, are getting a paintjob makeover, with colors and insignia further differentiating them from the Republic craft. We will see a missile with a specialized payload fly across the screen with flapping or fluttering wings. There will also be a different, new kind of missile shoot out from one of the Republic cruiser launch bays.
  • The Ep III space battle is definitely more dynamic, intense, and adrenaline-charged than the EP VI one, and has a more complicated design, more challenging shots, and benefits from having clear characters to follow as it progresses. I don't think those who are itching for a big space battle in Episode III will be disappointed. -PH
  • There's more variety of different types of ships in the Ep III space battle, but I'm not sure about the final numbers. The Episode VI battle will always have a certain greater dramatic impact, since it *is* the final battle of the series. -PH
  • The subsequent action scenes after the opening space battle, at any scale, are ground-based, but there is air support, so there's still aerial action, even if it's not in the cold of space. -PH
  • There are only two Jedi pilots in the opening space battle and they will speak with the allied clone pilots. -PH
  • We will not see in the inside of the Republic cruisers in the space battle. -PH
  • The leaders of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS) will gather into a grimy and shopworn control room. -OS
  • One shot shows Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi lit by the slotted blinds of Yoda's quarters. This shot will last 8 seconds.
  • There were no multiple endings shot during principal photography. Everything pretty much went as to script, with variations in timing and performance. If something is decided to be changed it will happen during re-shoots. -PH
  • There may be some things that would be potentially controversial and some people may find offensive. -PH
  • There are no cantinas in Ep3. The most social scenes like that were in Ep2. Ep3 does have a bit of that, but nothing like a cantina. -PH
  • There are definitely scenes of large, elaborate scale in this movie, but the intriguing curveball of Episode III in this era of epic battle scenes is that the most impactful fight scene (to me anyway) involves just two combatants. -PH
  • If the Raider slaughter bothered you, then prepare for worse. -PH
  • "1138" is spoken in the script. -PH
  • There will be three shots that establish the upscale entertainment venue wherein Palpatine catches a show in the posh Coruscant theater, filled to capacity with the high society of the capital planet. The theater is in the upper strata of the "entertainment district," the glassy neon-filled expanse that Obi-Wan and Anakin tore through in Episode II. The exterior of the building has an immense spot lit globe that presumably contains the auditorium. With a laser pointer, George points out possible places for limo traffic and droid valets to congregate. Palpatine's will be seated in one of several balconies. There will be many rows of stadium seating. But what draws the eye in certain camera angle is a bizarre zero gravity performance art of alien design which will be accompanied by unique alien music. While the show will demand attention, there is also important dialogue to be heard in the scene. -OS
  • Will we not see a lightsaber work underwater. -PH
  • For the scenes of Anakin and Palpatine in the Chancellor's office, George brought down the warmer values that were on stage, making everything a bit cooler, a bit more blue. It occurs during midday and he wants to provide a greater contrast to the warmer scenes that occur when Padmé and a group of concerned Senators meet with the Chancellor at dusk. -OS
  • We will not see many Jedi in the same shot together. The Jedi have got their clones now, so they don't need their numbers to fight en masse. Episode II will keep the distinction of having the most Jedi fighting in one place. -PH
  • There are currently no "droid-factory" type sequences written for pick-up shooting. The only new sequences added so far (after production) are small bridging materials to more quickly convey information from longer scenes that have been cut. -PH
  • George [Lucas] has written some very powerful scenes between Yoda and the other characters. - RC
  • The Kashyyyk scenes take place in bright daylight. - JB
  • Shot number CJC535: "Act on this, we must..." - RC
  • The theater sequence will involve CGI performers. Rob says he'll never forget the day that George told him there'd be a Mon Calamari ballet called "Squid Lake." - RC
  • Mas Amedda is a bystander and/or participant in an action sequence. Sly Moore is not. Dar Wac gets an eyeful. - PH
  • About Mas Amedda's action sequence, Pablo says he faces danger exactly as you think a bureaucrat would. - PH
  • The Kashyyyk sequence looks to be one of the film's most memorable and breathtaking action sequences. - OS
  • There will likely be a Sy Myrth or two attending the ballet. - PH
  • One of Sly Moore's shots has been extended. - PH
  • The "Scene That Explains It All" has more to do with a character who has been left out of the loop being informed about some disturbing developments, and then springing into action. - PH
  • There is a hull breech early on in the film. - PH
  • There are no dining scenes in Episode III, although refreshments are served in a couple of scenes. - PH
  • During the Episode II production, some establishing shots and background plates were taken in Tunisia for use in Episode III. - PH
  • There were scenes filmed of Anakin and Padmé in her bedroom. More of the room will be seen than in Episode II. They occur before and after the "Sleepless Knight" BTH image. - PH
  • There is a scene where Palpatine, Mas Amedda, and 4 Royal Guards depart a ship on a landing platform, later in the movie. - PH
  • "During Episode III, on Artoo's last scene, there is a switch that controls Artoo's head. For some reason, on my radio, the beep wasn't disabled. When it would reverse direction, it would beep. It's a real subtle beep but it was close enough to make one of the actors aware of it, which caused him some distraction. So I ended up operating Artoo for that shot from the monitors far away from him so that he wasn't distracted during the scene." - DB
  • "Natalie and I [Nikki Gooley] played homage to Carrie Fisher with some 70's lip gloss in the bedroom scene. She wakes up looking very glossy." - NG
  • The theater sequence consists of a ballet, held at the opera house, where Palpatine discusses an old play. - OS
  • The entire elevator sequence aboard the Trade Federation cruiser had to be re-edited so that the door is no longer sliced through by a lightsaber. Instead, Obi-Wan and Anakin now emerge from a normal sliding elevator door. - OS
  • In one sequence, the Jedi Council is seen as a miniature revolving hologram in a distant war room. - OS
  • A new sequence has been added to the script, an exchange between Anakin and Mace. This scene was originally set in the Jedi Council, but was transplanted to a new environment, the never-before-seen gunship hangar bay of the Jedi Temple. - OS
  • There is a new sequence of Anakin running to his Jedi speeder, lowering the canopy, and blazing across the sky to his destination. Upon arrival, he springs out of the cockpit and continues his dash. - OS
  • Scene 99, inside the Chancellor's office, is a little too much for webcam debut. - OS
  • Bail Organa is stopped by security after having touched down the Tantive IV at the Senate landing platform. This scene has been altered to include Obi-Wan Kenobi in the shot. In this scene, angles of light spill from the Tantive's lift, and a corridor that exits the hangar. - OS
  • Five Jedi extras fill out a scene with Obi-Wan and Yoda. In this scene, Yoda says, "The time for attack has come, Commander." - OS
  • In one scene, Anakin sits in Yoda's quarters, talking about matters pressing heavily upon his shoulders. Yoda's advice is very similar to his original speech to young Anakin in Episode I. Yoda speaks to him about attachment, possession, premonition and mortality. Anakin sits on a big circular chair. Shadows are cast on their faces from the blinds. - OS
  • The Jedi younglings filmed a scene in the Jedi Council chambers. - OS
  • "The animatics team showed Lucas a rough cut of a very powerful sequence that will take place in the latter half of Episode III. After watching the 5-10 minute segment, Lucas asked to view certain shots again and made very specific recommendations to the animatics team for fine-tuning the sequence. This included discussion about how certain Jedi would react in the given situation, and how much time should pass between each significant moment in the scene. There was also talk about what kinds of vehicles should be used in the scene - a decision that is not as simple as Lucas' telling his team "I want to put this vehicle here". Instead, Lucas, along with the art and animatics staff, talked at length about what vehicle would work best in the scene's environment - if it would move fast enough for the action required, or if it would be maneuverable in the terrain being considered for the scene. Once Lucas decided what he would like to see in the scene, the team talked about how certain features of the selected vehicle might operate - something that they really do figure out as they go along." - UK Magazine
  • With the prequel trilogy lacking in elaborate musical numbers, Aaron McBride and the rest of the Art Department were given the task to create visuals for a new spectacular in Episode III. - OS
  • "There's a new scene between Anakin and Padmé, which has to do with their relationship, their love." - RM
  • "...there is a scene between Anakin and Yoda, wherein Yoda again tells him about how a Jedi shouldn't have personal attachments, such as love." - RM
  • In scene 113, Bail Organa lands on the landing platform extending from the Jedi Temple's spires to find a disturbing turn of events. Clone Commander Appo reports to him a surprising development within the ranks of the Jedi order. - OS
  • Mustafar is the setting for one of the most dramatic scenes in the entire saga. - Insider #80
  • [Kashyyyk] is a great little sequence. - RM
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan say their goodbyes in Scene 72, which takes place on a Clone Landing Platform. The background is filled out with a massive staging area and an immense Republic Star Destroyer. - OS
  • In one scene, Obi-Wan and Yoda discover the devastation brought about by Darth Vader, the newest Dark Lord of the Sith. - Homing Beacon #127



Acronym Key:

GL = George Lucas (Director)
OS = Official Site (starwars.com)
RM = Rick McCallum (Producer)
CF = Colin Fletcher (First Assistant Director)
NP = Natalie Portman (Actress)
HC = Hayden Christensen
RB = Roger Barton (Film Editor)
IM = Ian McDiarmid (Actor)
GT = Genndy Tartakovsky (Clone Wars Animated Series Creator)
C2 = Celebration II
BB = Ben Burtt (Sound Editor)
JEJ = James Earl Jones (Voice Actor)
JK = John Knoll (Visual Effects/ILM)
PE = Paul Ens (Official Site)
GB = Gavin Bocquet (Production Designer)
JE = Joel Edgerton (Actor)
PM = Peter Mayhew (Actor)
RC = Rob Coleman (Visual Effects/ILM Supervisor)
AA = Amy Allen (Actress)
BS = Bruce Spence (Actor)
BL = Bai Ling (Actress)
CSC = Caroline de Souza Correa (Actress)
NG = Nikki Gooley (Makeup Supervisor)
JB = Jon Berg (Modelmaker)
EL = Euisung Lee (Animatics Artist)
LP = Lorne Peterson (Modelmaker)
DW = David Weitzberg (Visual Effects Artist)
MR = Master Replicas (Prop Replica Company)
DE = Dave Elsey (Creature Shop Creative Supervisor)
AD = Anthony Daniels (Actor)
MW = Matthew Wood (Supervising Sound Editor/Voice Actor)
TB = Trisha Biggar (Costume Designer)
SLJ = Samuel L. Jackson (Actor)
PH = Pablo Hidalgo (Official Site, Webcam)
RC = Ryan Church (Concept Artist)
DG = Dan Gregoire (Pre-Visualization Effects Supervisor)
DB = Don Bies (Droid Unit Supervisor)
NG = Nick Gillard (Stunt Coordinator/Swordmaster)
THC = Topps Heritage Card
AFCB = Action Figure Card Back
MK = Michael Kingma (Actor)
CL = Christopher Lee (Actor)
JL = James Luceno (Writer)
BG = Brian Gernand (Model Supervisor)


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