Archive for the ‘TPM’ Category

TPM Art To Film Comparison Video

May 30, 2018

Naboo News posted a link to this new video comparing TPM’s concept art with the final product on film:

Is TPM The Key To Ep. IX?

May 6, 2018

If you love The Ring Theory, you’ll be interested in reading this epic analysis by MadMonk on Reddit.  If you’re interested in the ST and the prequels, you’ll enjoy this one.  In a nutshell, it’s saying that the cycle will circle back to its beginning and its themes (especially symbiosis).

 

Fan Site’s Love Letter To TPM

April 4, 2018

The fan blog Raising A Rebel posted “A Love Letter To The Phantom Menace.”  The author saw the film when he was seven.  Now an adult and a dad, he relates why he still loves the film almost 20 years later:

This was my first time seeing Star Wars up on the big screen and it was as much a transcendental experience for me in 1999 as it was for kids back in ‘77. I’d sustained myself with the original trilogy for years, and I can’t recall a time not being infatuated with the franchise. Despite needing a pee break during the Gungans’ battle with the droid army, I was utterly transfixed.

Star Wars finally felt like it belonged to me and not the preserve of my parents or the previous generation. It was fresh, exciting and mine.

As a bonus, guess who he named his daughter after.

Orchestrator Discusses “Duel of the Fates”

January 3, 2018

Naboo News found Le Monde’s video interview with Conrad Pope, the orchestrator who worked on TPM.  Here he discusses the “secrets” of “Duel of the Fates.”

(What does an orchestrator do, as opposed to the composer?  An orchestrator prepares music for performance by a full orchestra.  In this case he would’ve worked closely with John Williams to figure out how the London Symphony Orchestra was going to perform the music during recording sessions.)

The video is here.  Even though the site is in French the video itself is in English with French subtitles.

Ashley Eckstein Summarizes TPM

December 11, 2017

As part of the run-up to TLJ, Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein has been summarizing each SW film in 60 seconds. Here’s TPM:

Nick Gillard Talks To Vulture About TPM’s Lightsaber Fight

December 11, 2017

Vulture is doing a prequels week and while I dread what else they’re going to post, this interview with Nick Gillard is fantastic. Gillard gives the inside skinny on TPM’s climactic lightsaber battle as well as other tidbits.

Three thoughts: one, it’s hard not to smile thinking of how this is easily one of the saga’s greatest moment, two, involving Ray Park and Gillard was genius, and Gillard captures the poignancy of not having Lucas around anymore.

What Happened To Captain Panaka After TPM?

December 8, 2017

By Liam Bailey

During the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we discovered Captain Panaka, the security captain Queen Amidala’s forces. After the events of the film, Panaka was never seen again in the following films which left fans wondering what actually happened to him. Well, I have found the answers.

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“Your Highness, this is a battle I do not think that we can win.”―Quarsh Panaka, to Queen Padmé Amidala during the Battle of Naboo.

Quarsh Panaka was a native of the planet Naboo. He was a security forces captain who served the Royal House of Naboo during the final years of the Galactic Republic. When the Trade Federation invaded Naboo during the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Panaka fled the planet, alongside Queen Padmé Amidala to Tatooine and then Coruscant before ultimately returning to Naboo in order to liberate their homeworld from under the siege of Nute Gunray and his separatist army.

Panaka remained in Amidala’s service. When her two terms were over, Amidala became senator of Naboo, and Panaka stepped down from his functions as her personal bodyguard, making way for his nephew Gregar Typho. He did, however, continue his services as head of Security under Queen Jamillia. During the Clone Wars, a three-year conflict that pitted the Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Panaka met Viceroy Bail Organa of Alderaan several times.

“Panaka’s loyalty to Palpatine was great. Still, he was as good a man as anyone in the Emperor’s inner circle could ever be, and much better than most. Panaka was… an option I wish had been left open to us.”―Breha Organa

Immediately after the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine abolished the Republic and replaced it with the Galactic Empire, a government solely controlled by himself. Panaka remained loyal to the newly anointed Emperor and was made the Moff, or governor, of his native Chommell sector.

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In 3 BBY, Panaka met with both Queen Dolne of Naboo and Princess Leia or Alderaan. As the meeting progressed, Panaka became to suspect that Leia was, in fact, the long-lost daughter of Padme Amidala who he formerly served. It was intended that he was going to inform the emperor of his findings, but a bomb exploded in his chalet, destroying the building and subsequently killing him in the process. It was discovered that the bomb was planted by the infamous Saw Gerrera and his Partisans.

Source:  Wookieepedia

Check out Liam Bailey’s blog here.

 

Podme’s Second Episode

November 28, 2017

Podme is back with a new episode, this time focusing on TPM.

A Philosopher Reviews TPM

November 2, 2017

Joel forwarded a link to this fascinating and unapologetically positive review of TPM posted back in February, which I guess was originally written at the time the film came out.  The author is a philosopher, which means he has many interesting takes on the film and why some critics reacted to it the way they did.

Buzzfeed’s “21 Photos That Prove 1999 Was The Greatest Year For Star Wars Fans”

October 17, 2017

Not that I think much of Buzzfeed or the dim bulbs who hang around there, but somebody posted a whole bunch of photos from the spring and summer of 1999 depicting the mania surrounding TPM’s release.  Of course the comments are full of bashers, so feel free to add balance to the Force.

By the way, I was acquainted with a number of people who were involved with the Uptown Theater line up.

Update:  Buzzfeed changed the title of the story a day later.  Losers.