Copenhagen - George Lucas has broken box office records and set
new standards for special effects with his Star Wars films, but with
Episode III, he plans to achieve something which has eluded the previous
movies - critical acclaim.
While summering in Denmark Lucas was introduced
to the avant garde Dogme 95 and the Vow
of Chastity, which strips away the superficialities of movie
making and forbids any use of staged violence or special effects.
This moves the focus towards the actors, story and the truth.
Portman and Christensen shown in their
new Amidala and Anakin wardrobes
"The time I spent in Denmark was very illuminating," explained
Lucas, "The technique really appealed to me. The inner conflict
of Anakin plays a big part in Episode III, and now we'll really be
able to explore that more fully without the special effects getting
in the way."
The actors expressed great joy to Lucas for the new direction he is taking. "Both
Hayden and Natalie are delighted," said Lucas, "because this will
allow them to show their full potentials as actors. No longer will their performances
be overshadowed by technical delusions."
Lucas also feels a new found sense of freedom. "Now that the crutch of
CGI is gone, I'll be forced to use more imagination and creativity in developing
the story," Lucas declared.
The Vow of Chastity will have a great effect on the entire story.
Instead of the original focus on the external battles between good
and evil, the cameras will focus on the war inside Anakin. Fans should
expect Anakin to have more romantic interaction with Padmé and
lengthy philosophical debates with the Jedi council and the Sith
No props can be used that are not found on location so that means
there won't be any lengthy light saber battles in Episode III, but
Lucas assured the movie won't be entirely filled with soul-searching. "Anakin
and Obi-Wan will meet up in an abandoned lumberyard and fight it
out with some scrap lumber they find," he joyfully added.
The role of Jar-Jar will also have to be revamped. The digitally
created Gungan crowdpleaser is sure to play a major part, though
the vow requires that he is played by an actor. It still is not certain
who will play this difficult part, but at the moment the most likely
candidate is Polish street actor Stanislav Chermineski, whom Lucas
discovered while roaming the streets of Krakow.
The Dogme 95 rules have spawned blockbusters such as The
Celebration and The
Story to a Friend