STAR WARS: EPISODE II
ATTACK OF THE CLONES
It takes many talented artists to interpret George Lucas' vision to bring a
new look to the epic Star Wars saga.
Working without benefit of a script — the
story was still developing at that stage — production designer Gavin Bocquet and concept design
supervisor Doug Chiang, and their team of designers went to work during the
early months of pre-production, establishing in broad strokes the style and look
of Attack of the Clones.
The film's new worlds were a top priority.
Kamino, a storm-shrouded
"vanished" planet beyond the galaxy's outer rim, is continually
buffeted by heavy rains and hard-driving winds. The advanced, highly technical
residents of this ultra-modem world, which is built on stilts over a churning
ocean, are involved in an ultra-secret project — the building of a clone army.
"I think Kamino is a really beautiful environment," notes Rick
McCallum. "It's a refreshing departure for George, because its high-tech,
classic sci-fi look is something we don't expect in a Star
Wars film. You usually see something gritty and
The red rock planet Geonosis, while perhaps more recognizable, still
impresses with its striking look: the planet is featureless, apart from buttes
and mesas that stand out dramatically on the arid world. As for its residents,
Lucas envisioned hard-working, industrious insect-like creatures — "they're like termites," says Doug Chiang
— uniquely suited to their task at hand: building
hundreds of thousands of droids, which threaten the very existence of the
A familiar world from EPISODE I is Coruscant, the center of the
Wars galaxy and a world-city where urban sprawl has
covered the entire planet in colossal skyscrapers. It is from here the Jedi make
their headquarters in the mighty Jedi Temple, and the Galactic Senate rules the
Republic. Adding a new dimension to the planet, Attack
of the Clones shows us a Coruscant we haven't seen,
taking us down into its streets, into its bars and alleys, and bringing alive
Lucas' futuristic ultra-noir look.
The vehicle designs for Attack of the Clones
the art nouveau, fluid forms from The Phantom Menace, to A New Hope's
engineered shapes. A new vehicle, yet at the same time disconcertingly familiar
to the Star Wars fan, is the
Jedi starfighter, a sleek one-man vehicle equipped with an astromech droid.
Piloted by Obi-Wan, the starship is reminiscent of the triangular-shaped Imperial
Star Destroyers that cast such an ominous presence in the original trilogy. The
link is more than visual. "The Star Destroyers grew out of the Jedi
starfighters," notes Gavin Bocquet, "so the symbolism is very powerful
— we begin to see how
everything begins to turn to the Dark Side."
Attack of the Clones' other vehicles run the
gamut from a bright yellow, convertible, hot rod speeder piloted by Anakin to a
rickshaw-like conveyance pulled through the streets of Tatooine by a wheeled
The film's costume designs also offer foreboding links to EPISODES IV-VI.
Costume designer Trisha Biggar (with the help of concept artists Iain McCaig and
Dermot Power) created the costumes for Anakin Skywalker, which echo that worn by
his later incarnation, Darth Vader. Biggar's initia
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