According to a report from the official Star
Wars website, Steven Spielberg worked with Lucas on multiple occasions
to help provide some input into Star
Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Lucas and Spielberg- BFF
Spielberg does Sith Animatics
StarWars.Com reports that Lucas handed a few scenes
over to his long time buddy Steven Spielberg to work out the animatics for
the shots. If you have never heard of, or don't know what animatics are,
check out this snippet:
More than half of the final footage
of Revenge will be computer effects and animatics. First of all, what is
the difference between the two? And second, is this reliance on technology
making actors superfluous?
Animatics are not present in the final film. The are really digital storyboards that are key in the making of the film, as they're created by Lucas and the animatics team -- but then ILM actually makes the final version of the shots. The same is true for concept art. Both the art and the animatics come first, but the computer effects, or the visual effects, are actually what's on the screen.
Actors will never be superfluous. Without them no performance would be complete. Even the voice-over actors are key. Lucas has in fact always been disappointed by the fact that Frank Oz has never been nominated for an Oscar, as he feels, and rightly so, that Oz's performance is as important to the film as any actor who is actually on the set. And of course there are things that actors do that can never be replaced by technology.
Even though Spielberg did have a sizeable role for the animatics portion,
according to StarWars.Com, the animatics will be completely cut apart and
changed during the editing process. Snippet below:
Steven Spielberg was involved in some
of the animatic sequences in the film. Can you tell us about that?
As George explains in the book, he gave Spielberg a few scenes to play with at the animatics stage: a bit of the Mustafar duel, and Yoda's duel with the Emperor, along with a couple of others. How much of Spielberg's contribution made it to the final film, only Lucas or Spielberg could say, particularly as George revised and reinvented every scene in the film so extensively in editorial.
So, what type of force will Spielberg be in ROTS?
We will have to wait and find out. For the full report, head over to the
For Revenge of the Sith trailers, movie stills, clips, and synopsis, go
to the Star Wars Revenge
of the Sith Movie Page