Taking a behind-the-scenes look at The Phantom Menace, it's easy to see what a momentous achievement in filmmaking it was. For its time, The Phantom Menace was an incredibly risky production, and its completion was a technological marvel.
For starters, this film was George Lucas's first time directing a feature since the original Star Wars in 1977. Though he'd worked on several films in the intervening years, he hadn't personally directed a film in over two decades. To come back to a blockbuster of this scale was no easy feat, as the movie used techniques that weren't yet invented when filming began.
Of course, not everyone was won over; some reviewers criticized the final product for emphasizing technical wizardry over a solid narrative. However, story issues aside, the film was a huge endeavor that required the hard work and dedication of many, many cast and crewmembers. Here's what was going on with The Phantom Menace behind the scenes.