Return on a romantic sequence between Anakin and Padmé which made scream some fans of Star Wars, but which was also the most complicated to achieve in “Attack of the Clones”.
A pretty blue sky flecked with clouds. A majestic waterfall. Some strange creatures with gigantic posterior. Anakin and Padmé rolling around in the green grass of Naboo.
This streak, which takes place in the middle of Attack of the Clones – and in which a true romance between the young Jedi and the Senator begins to emerge – has at times been the subject of sarcasm and mockery from some fans, who often found it ridiculous and out of step with the rest of the film.
The scene in question, as we learn in the audio commentary of episode II, was nevertheless part of the requirements of George Lucas on the set, and also represented a real technical challenge for the special effects teams. .
“I think that the most difficult in this sequence, apart from the two shots with the falls which are superb, was to integrate these animals that we call shaaks and that we had never seen before”, explains the director of visual effects Pablo Helman, before specifying that we had actually seen these species of giant sheep in episode I, just before the final battle with the Gungans.
According to animation director Rob Coleman, the most complicated for his team was not only to animate the famous animals in a realistic way, but especially to associate Anakin with them:
“George really wanted Anakin to ride a shaak”, he says. “The day we filmed it in Sydney, I knew it was going to be one of the toughest shots. I didn’t know it was going to be probably the most difficult of all to make believable in terms of animation. “
This very short rodeo sequence where the young Jedi has fun riding on the back of a shaak therefore represented, by the technical teams’ own admission, one of the major challenges of the film.
But then, why persist in creating this scene, rather anecdotal in the plot of the feature film, and not very popular with fans? Quite simply because George Lucas wanted it. It was indeed for the director of Star Wars to somehow prepare the ground for the future romance between the two characters:
“I wanted to do a funny little scene where they roll around in the grass, which allows them to get closer physically without any romantic involvement. There is an underlying love stream but it’s more of two friends getting together. innocently amuse “, he explains, while also specifying that he absolutely wanted an outdoor scene, in order to get some fresh air:
“We spent our time at the studios. We know there are a lot of falls on Naboo. I wanted to create a great falls scene, something really beautiful outside.”
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