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Beyond the OT Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)

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Since people really liked the YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds for Original Trilogy making-ofs, documentaries, promos, etc. & General Star Wars Documentaries (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds) threads and have been sharing lots of interesting videos there, I figured it made sense to start a similar thread dedicated to the Prequel Trilogy, Sequel Trilogy, Anthology films, and the various animated & live action TV series, etc.

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  • Shorter featurettes and other BTS material also qualifies for this thread. However, if you wish to post a large collection of shorter featurettes then please share it as a playlist or at least keep the links confined to a single post so as to not clutter up the thread.
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  • No mockumentaries or parodies please.
  • This thread is specifically for post-OT movies and/or series, so please don’t post anything primarily dealing with ANH, ESB or ROTJ even if it also covers elements from the later films or series. Some documentaries do of course cover several eras or aspects of Star Wars, so it’s fine if the OT is mentioned in the video provided the focus is on one or several of post-OT films or series.

For other Beyond the OT content there is also the The Beyond the OT Trailers/Promos Thread (YouTube/Vimeo, etc. finds) and the The Random YouTube, Vimeo etc. video finds thread for Beyond the OT

For a more in-depth list of where to find all Star Wars documentaries, making-ofs, etc. and where to find them there is Rodney-2187’s Guide to Star Wars Documentaries and Special Features thread.


An In-Progress Index…

1The Beginning: Making Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (scroll down)
2 to 4Episode I-III Webisodes & Featurettes (YT Playlists)
5 to 7Rogue One Celebration Reel, Creature Featurette & Blu-ray Bonus Clips
8Making of Holochess for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
9 to 14Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie & Season 1-5 Webisodes & Featurettes (YT Playlists)
15 to 17Star Wars: Rebels - Season 2-4 Featurettes (YT Playlists)
18ILM Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
19ILM Spotlight Featurettes from Solo: A Star Wars Story
20ILM Spotlight Featurettes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
21ILM Spotlight Featurettes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
22ILM: Behind the Magic of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens
23The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One
24The Force of Sound - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
25Solo: A Star Wars Story - Behind The Scenes featurettes + trailers & TV spots
26Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes Featurette
27Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Comic-Con 2015 Reel
28Star Wars: Clone Wars - Bridging the Saga (2004)
29Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray Bonus Clips
30Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III - 2005 Documentary
31Making the Prequel Trilogy - various featurettes from the 2007 “Saga” Blu-ray set
32Behind the Scenes of The Phantom Menace - 2000 UK Star Wars fan club VHS Exclusive (hosted by Steve Sansweet)
33Inside the Final Duel: Maul Vs. Ahsoka - Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Featurette
34Clone Wars Download - Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Featurettes
35Making the Ewok Adventures Part 1 - Caravan of Courage
36Making the Ewok Adventures Part 2 - Battle for Endor
37Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest
38How ILM Made The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest Motion-Controlled Miniature

^ The Index was added as the thread grew to help navigate through the various Documentaries, Making-Ofs, Promos, etc.
 

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I figured the appropriate place to start would be at the “beginning” as far as all things beyond the OT is concerned:

The Beginning: Making Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da8s9m4zEpo&list=PLYn2a0e2FVIKni_wHXR5CJYBnnnYH7mIB&index=141&t - from the official Star Wars YouTube channel (1 hour, 6 mins long).

The blurb:-
“The Beginning is a documentary on the making of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, originally produced for the film’s DVD release. It covers the entire production of The Phantom Menace, from preproduction to casting to visual effects, editing, and theatrical release.”

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^ This is honestly one of the most interesting and in-depth making-ofs I’ve ever seen, and regardless of what you may think of TPM as a movie, I’d still highly recommend watching this documentary.

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Episode I Webisodes & Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5E2EE8E10B45724 - Full playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel.

“A 12-part web documentary, which originally appeared on the official website. A wide variety of topics were covered, from Lucas’ very first day of writing the new script through production design, costumes, creatures, the casting of Anakin, problems with R2-D2 and other issues.”

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Episode II Webisodes & Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDC9DF0527A71C0C1 - Full playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel.

“A 12-part web documentary, which originally appeared on the official website. Covering a wide variety of topics from the pioneering use of digital photography to locations, to various technical challenges, etc.”

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Episode III Webisodes & Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0918EFDB5FB29B49 - Full playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel.

“A 15-part web documentary, which originally appeared on the official website. It covers running the production simultaneously from California and Australia in the early days, linking Revenge of the Sith to Star Wars, “old-fashioned” special effects, creating General Grievous, weapon design and construction, pick-ups and re-shoots, McGregor’s take on Obi-Wan, McDiarmid’s performance, etc.”

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A few select webisodes (that I personally think stand out or are particularly fascinating):
Thousands Of Things (Doug Chiang designs the Naboo Starfighter)
Bad Droid Karma (building R2-D2 for ep. I)
A Twinkle Beyond Pluto (about the Ep. II extras)
A Jigsaw Puzzle (about the Ep. II miniatures)
Creating General Grievous (from brainstorming to concept art)
Becoming Obi-Wan (McGregor talks about his performance and emulating Alec Guiness)
The Creatures of Episode III (about make-up effects and animatronics)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Celebration Reel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUb_zpdyDpU - from the official Star Wars YouTube channel (3 mins long)

Originally shown at Star Wars Celebration July 2016.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Creature Featurette"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2N0Mn4i4Dw - from the official Star Wars YouTube channel (1:20 mins long)

“Director Gareth Edwards and Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan offer a behind-the-scenes peek at the creatures of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

ROGUE ONE Blu-ray BONUS CLIPS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT24bd2XPxQ&list=PLYn2a0e2FVIKni_wHXR5CJYBnnnYH7mIB&index=15&t - from the Flicks And The City Clips YouTube channel (13 mins long)

Index:
Vader (0:00)
Death Troopers (1:14)
Mads Mikelsen (2:11)
Saw’s Origins (3:36)
Casting Diego (4:35)
K-2SO: The Droid (6:04)
Cardboard K-2SO Head (7:15)
Walking on Stilts (8:18)
Riz’s Auditions (9:23)
Trainng (10:41)
Connections (11:52)

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Making of Holochess for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sexd06I8mzg - from the Adam Savage’s Tested YouTube channel.

The blurb:-
“One of the many surprises in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that delighted fans was the appearance of the Dejarik holochess game on the Millennium Falcon. Adam Savage went behind-the-scenes at Tippett Studio to watch Phil Tippett and his team create the stop-motion animation sequence, and learns a secret about how this cameo connects to the original Star Wars!”

Behind-the-Scenes: Making the Stop-Motion Puppets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0kac3ZFkkw&t - from the Adam Savage’s Tested YouTube channel.

The blurb:-
“The Holochess animation Easter egg in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was truly a labor of love, and the team who made it used a variety of interesting technologies to create it. This week, we return to Tippett Studio to chat with this sequence’s art director, visual effects supervisor, armaturist, and head puppet fabricator (our very own Frank Ippolito!) about the fabrication of these stop-motion puppets!”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie - Webisodes & Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG83wVkwpQyjE5GQF7iWLiiof - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (12 videos).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season One Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG802hqakmcm5XvrctJh0cTQP - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (29 videos).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season Two Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG82uBf-bbGpCBhJCJD6uEdS- - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (34 videos).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season Three Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG83mHtKEJ-RFk2HX4a4v4b1a - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (28 videos).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season Four Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG810xv8y-J_LlAuwJYjAhUZ3 - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (11 videos).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season Five Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG80yajKm0o3uP10CCsjHiZ9F - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (22 videos).

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Star Wars: Rebels - Season Two Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG83JYy6t5c30u94L7qISFSM9 - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (2 videos).

Star Wars: Rebels - Season Three Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG83OGvytdZuIEGD8w1daYzFR - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (5 videos).

Star Wars: Rebels - Season Four Featurettes
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYpCQhK-tG804zClyfRgPcAfxV6K796AL - Playlist from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (3 videos).

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ILM Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9d1bkRC0Hs&t=1s

“Take a look behind the scenes of ILM’s visual effects work on STAR WARS : THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in this all-new breakdown video. The featured work was created by our visual effects crews in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney.”

YouTubers!
Attack of the Clones | Alternate Timeline Edit
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SSWRs-Attack-of-the-Clones-Alternate-Timeline-Edit/id/66888
My OLD Return of the Jedi thread. Be gentle.
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/ROTJ-Fan-O-Matic-3-new-clips/id/7919

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SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

ILM Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9d1bkRC0Hs&t=1s

“Take a look behind the scenes of ILM’s visual effects work on STAR WARS : THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in this all-new breakdown video. The featured work was created by our visual effects crews in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney.”

Really cool to see how they blended CG with a puppet Maz for TROS, and the forced perspective sandcrawler at the end was a really neat “old school” trick. As much as I enjoy these vfx breakdowns I wish these official YT channels would do more videos like this that’s more focused on the practical stuff, though I’m glad to see that they’re starting to mention it instead of brushing past it like they often do in videos like this.

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ILM Spotlight Featurettes from Solo: A Star Wars Story

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Speeder Chase in Solo: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGebheN-DWw - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (1 min long)

Blurb:
“A glimpse at the opening sequence of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the visual effects used to create Corellia.”

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Train Heist in Solo: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzwl8iQE4ZQ - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (40 sec long)

Blurb:
“A glimpse behind the magic of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the visual effects of The Train Heist.”

ILM Spotlight: Creating Lando’s Millennium Falcon for Solo: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Y5MjxXJsY - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (3 mins long)

Blurb:
“A look at the creation of Lando’s Falcon for Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

ILM Spotlight: Creating L3-37 for Solo: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkaQQISSMFA - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (2:35 mins long)

Blurb:
“A look at the creation of L3-37 for Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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ILM Spotlight Featurettes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

ILM: Behind the Magic of Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Ld3phO1V0 - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (1:40 mins long)

Blurb:
“Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we get a closer look at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis and the incredible work by ILM Artists to bring Snoke to life.”

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Battle of Crait in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TolPxaXrCfU - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (1 min long)

Blurb:
“Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we follow the rebels to Crait for a showdown with the First Order.”

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Mega Star Destroyer’s Hangar Bay in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ2R0Sr-xes - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (30 sec long)

Blurb:
“Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we get a closer look at whats involved in creating the massive hangar set.”

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Dreadnought Bomber Run in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6FXNz-eYv0 - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (1:20 mins long)

Blurb:
“Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we see what kind of damage a single member of the Resistance can inflict on the First Order.”

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ILM Spotlight Featurettes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

ILM: Behind the Magic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBvi8opWTiQ - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (3 mins long)

Blurb:
“This full-length reel represents a sample of the work created for over 1750 shots by hundreds of artists, scientists, and engineers around the world.”

ILM: Behind the Magic of Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlSn50_BePU - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (40 sec long)

Blurb:
“A look at the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the recreation of Wilhuff Tarkin for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUjhNSDmb9I - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (1 min long)

Blurb:
“A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects and virtual camera work behind the space battle above Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUnxzVOs3rk - from the ILMVFX YouTube channel (4:40 mins long)

The blurb:
“A behind the scenes look at the groundbreaking virtual production technology used on The Mandalorian, Season One. Over 50 percent of The Mandalorian Season 1 was filmed using this ground-breaking new methodology, eliminating the need for location shoots entirely. Instead, actors in The Mandalorian performed in an immersive and massive 20’ high by 270-degree semicircular LED video wall and ceiling with a 75’-diameter performance space, where the practical set pieces were combined with digital extensions on the screens.”

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I’ve been waiting for this!

Man, the BTS footage is…confusing to look at!
I hope that, in the future, they’ll release another video breaking down a single scene or shot and how they achieve it.

YouTubers!
Attack of the Clones | Alternate Timeline Edit
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SSWRs-Attack-of-the-Clones-Alternate-Timeline-Edit/id/66888
My OLD Return of the Jedi thread. Be gentle.
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/ROTJ-Fan-O-Matic-3-new-clips/id/7919

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SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

I’ve been waiting for this!

Man, the BTS footage is…confusing to look at!
I hope that, in the future, they’ll release another video breaking down a single scene or shot and how they achieve it.

Hopefully, as other shows and movies start using it, they’ll probably have to go into more details for the “general” public, especially when they’ll have to start teaching film students about it, etc.

They do illustrate fairly well at 0:33 how it works. From what I’ve gathered the camera is in contact with the computer(s) rendering the game-engine so that it can move around without revealing a 2D image (which happend with a lot of backdrops in old movies), but what I’m still unsure about is how the camera knows where it is located on the real set. I would assume this tech (for now at least) only works with certain digital cameras.

I’ve seen videos where they had one screen doing this, but when you wrap it around a whole set then it becomes complicated. I honestly had never in guessed that they’d used this technology for interiors, I assumed it was only for shots like the one with Mando and the child with the sunset in the background mentioned in the video, or f.ex. in ep. 1 when Mando and Quiil leans down on a ridge and sees the camp down in the valley. It’s really strange to see Herzog’s office just vanish and turn into a white wall (gave me a TNG holodeck vibe).

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I honestly had never in guessed that they’d used this technology for interiors, I assumed it was only for shots like the one with Mando and the child with the sunset in the background mentioned in the video…

Yeah same here. It makes sense though…I would assume it is great to have available for pickups as well!

YouTubers!
Attack of the Clones | Alternate Timeline Edit
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SSWRs-Attack-of-the-Clones-Alternate-Timeline-Edit/id/66888
My OLD Return of the Jedi thread. Be gentle.
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/ROTJ-Fan-O-Matic-3-new-clips/id/7919

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SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

I honestly had never in guessed that they’d used this technology for interiors, I assumed it was only for shots like the one with Mando and the child with the sunset in the background mentioned in the video…

Yeah same here. It makes sense though…I would assume it is great to have available for pickups as well!

Yeah, and although I hope people don’t become too dependent on this technology in the future, I can definitely see the benefit of a “10 hour sunset”, not to mention that they’ll never/rarely have to add fake light interaction between actors/props and fake environments something which has plagued CG-filled films (the PT being a solid example of this), or even pre-CG VFX-filled films for that matter.

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Originally posted up by Dom in the ‘Original Trilogy Documentaries’ thread, and now moved into here…
 

’The Force of Sound’ - at the ABC News youtube channel. (2018, 26 mins long)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0-8v4Ppb4
 

The blurb:-

“Writer-Director Rian Johnson and the Oscar-nominated sound team of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” reveal the secrets used to give life to droids and creatures.”
 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Comic-Con 2015 Reel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTNJ51ghzdY - from the official Star Wars YouTube channel (3:40 mins long).

The blurb:
“Fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special look behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by director J.J. Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan.”

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - All Release Bonus Features [Blu-Ray/DVD 2018]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kzF6YQIDFQ - from the FilmIsNow Movie Bloopers & Extras YouTube channel (21 mins long)

Index:
The Director and the Jedi trailer (0:00)
Blooper Reel (1:07)
Phasma Squealed as a Whoop Hog (3:45)
Snoke and Mirrors (5:06)
Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle (6:55)
Balance of the Force (9:06)
Showdown on Crait (10:19)
Crystal Foxes (14:14)
The Director and the Jedi clip: General Leia (15:09)
The Director and the Jedi clip: Puppet Yoda (20:59)
Promo for the score-only version of TLJ (17:21)
Blu-ray Promo (19:04)

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Star Wars Within A Minute: The Making Of Episode III 2005 Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgS3pt0yMvs - from the mranderson00001 YouTube channel (1 hour, 7 mins long)

The blurb:
“The various departments of Lucasfilm build the Mustafar duel scene.”

IMDB link

This documentary from the Revenge of the Sith DVD is technically linked to in the second post alongside the webisodes, but it doesn’t really fit that category as it’s a full documentary so I figured I’d link to it directly.