Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

[Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox]

2002 Academy Award® Nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Director: George Lucas
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor: Dennis Muren, John Knoll, Pablo Helman, Ben Snow
ILM Animation Director: Rob Coleman
ILM Animation Supervisor: Hal Hickel
ILM Visual Effects Art Director: Alex Jaeger
ILM Visual Effects Producer: Gretchen Libby, Heather MacDonald, Jill Brooks
ILM Studios: San Francisco

Case Study

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Release Date: May 16, 2002

Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.

With this landmark film, ILM helped George Lucas realize his long-held dream of making the first all-digital movie.

As ILM had for Phantom Menace, the crew sent hundreds of CG characters and spaceships to galaxies far, far away, where planets fashioned from bits of real life, digital paintings and CG models provided Lucas’ digital stage. This time, though, Lucas captured the live action footage with digital cameras.

Among the technical evolutions in this film were techniques for simulating the dynamics of rigid bodies and cloth. Using the laws of physics, once set in motion, the digital replicas of real objects moved according to the same forces of gravity and friction that would have affected them in the real world.