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The Comparison and Contrast between Star Wars
Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in regards to progression of CGI Technology used in Filmmaking

Frederike Wittmann
1090-149
Riverview High School
Sarasota, FL, USA
Subject Area: Film Studies
Word Count: 3,722

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to answer the research question, were the creators of the six part Star Wars series able to create continuity between the antiquated and modern trilogies, specifically through the utilization of costumes, sets, and computer generated imagery as a filmmaking technique? This paper will explore the thesis, over the course of the Star Wars saga there is sufficient evidence to support the claim that the creators were able to create a sense of continuity between the first and second sets of trilogies.

The plan of investigation throughout the argument intendeds to make the point there is sufficient evidence to support the idea that continuity exists between the two Star Wars trilogies. The terms of measurement used to support this point are the utilization and technical progression of computer generated imagery used in set design and the physical creation of characters. The sources used in this essay include the films Star Wars: Episode V and Star Wars: Episode III. Additional primary sources used include interviews from bonus DVD documentaries with director George Lucas.

The thesis, over the course of the Star Wars saga there is sufficient evidence to support the claim that the creators were able to create a sense of continuity between the first and second sets of trilogies was not supported. The evidence provided by the sources used in the argument indicated that continuity was not achieved.

Word count: 233

Table of Contents

Introduction 4 Argument 7

Set Design 7
Characters 12
Conclusion 16
Bibliography 18

Introduction

The six part Star Wars series tells the story of intergalactic conflict between the forces of good and evil in the universe. The "force", a metaphysical power that exists within us all and is more prevalent in some, allows us to communicate with the world around us. In the prequel trilogy, Jedi knight Qui-gon Jin, a guardian of intergalactic peace, discovers Anikan Skywalker and believes he is the one prophesied to bring overall balance to the force. Anikan, his conscious clouded by fear, learned that by joining the "dark side" he could save those he loved from death. In joining the dark side Anikan took the name Darth Vader, became a sith lord which is the antithesis of a Jedi Knight, and lost everything and everyone he loved. During the original trilogy we meet young Luke Skywalker, who we later learn is Darth Vader's son. He defeats the sith lords not once, but twice, and realizes that he, not his father, is the "chosen one" who was predicted to bring balance to the force. After defeating his father, and the evil Emperor Palpatine, Luke ends the reign of the Sith lords and this allows for the return of the Jedi.

Due to the hiatus between the production of the original and prequel trilogy Lucas purposely chose to take, there is doubt whether continuity truly exists between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. The purpose of this paper is to examine how set design and the creation of characters compare when created with analog effects with those created by computer generated images to answer the research question: were the creators of the six part Star Wars series, specifically in Episode...
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