Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor shared why all the lines in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones had to be re-recorded.
Much like The Mandalorian‘s use of the StageCraft technology, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones also pushed the industry forward as the first major film to be shot using digital cameras. In Thursday’s virtual press conference for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor recalled the digital cameras as they were back in 2000:
“Those cameras were like dinosaurs. They were cutting edge technology, but compared to what we shoot on now, they had huge umbilical cords coming out the back of the cameras. They couldn’t change the lenses. Or they could change the lenses, but it would like half an hour. So, everything was just shot on a zoom lens. There are two digital cameras on two techno cranes, literally, they just move the cranes and they zoomed in and out. And that was the new setup and the umbilical’s led to this big tent in the corner of the stage that literally hummed.”
Ewan McGregor then revealed that because the cameras on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones were so noisy, they had to go back and redo the lines:
“In post-production, they realized at the end, that the noise they made was exactly in the frequency of the human voice. So we had to ADR every single line of Episode II. None of the original dialogue made it through because of that because the cameras were so new, and none of the bugs had been worked out yet. So, compared to what we’re doing now, it’s like night and day really.”
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming Star Wars series:
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere May 27, 2022 on Disney Plus with two episodes. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series as well as the future of the Star Wars franchise, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.