Blank Check with Griffin and David Wiki
Blank Check with Griffin and David Wiki

Digital Filmmaking is episode 20 and the eighth part of the Attack of the Podcast miniseries, about the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. Posted 24 August 2015.


Early in this miniseries Griffin laid the groundwork for this topic by noting that the skin coloring of the actors in this movie looked a little weird. Maybe it was because this was one of the very first major motion pictures to be shot entirely with digital cameras, and they hadn't figured out the lighting and makeup yet? What were the other unintended effects of going all-digital?

Joining Griffin and David this week is special guest J.D. Amato ("The Chris Gethard Show") to discuss the behind-the-scenes making of this film, including, a featurette entitled: “Star Wars State Of The Art: The Pre-Visualization Of Episode II” (found in the initial DVD release of Attack of the Clones.)

Together, they examine the process of pre-visualization, why the CGI technology of its time compared even with today’s still makes this film ambitious, the uncanny valley and reasons why most of the special effects didn’t enhance or contribute to the overall story.

Though George tried his best, why did Lucas put himself into a situation where no one could help him or this movie? Why did actors perform to no one in a blue room? Was there ever even a bigger picture or cohesive plan? Find out these answers and more!

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • Number of times J.D. Amato is introduced: three
  • J.D. Amato: "Have you ever seen the movie Cube?"
  • What about Cube 2: HyperCube?