Star Wars: 'Attack of the Clones' was filmed at Fox Studios Sydney, in 2000. I was fortunate to be one of the Creature Technicians 'wrangled' into the Episode II production by the Make Up department. I was fortunate to work on some of the key new characters including Shaak Ti and Kit Fisto and update older creatures designed by others from Episode I. I consider my experience on Star Wars: 'Attack of the Clones' as a milestone in my professional career.
Shaak Ti - 'Attack of the Clones' - Creature Design and Prosthetic Appliance
Shaak Ti's appearance was derived from concept artists Dermot Power and Ian McCaig, who designed her as a Jedi in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Working under Creature Department head Jason Baird, George Lucas approved my final paint design of the prosthetic which i modified to make more wild and striking. A full head and shoulders bodycast was taken of a very patient and talented Israeli model, Orli Shoshan, who was then encapsulated in a full foam latex prosthetic appliance - all but for her mouth, eyes and nose. This was a complex and difficult Prosthetic Appliance to create and wear, and Orli was very dedicated to it - even though Shaak Ti had no spoken lines. I was given a deadline of two weeks to sculpt / mould / fabricate all the tentacled appliances and we only had two days to test the make up appliance while filming! .... Promotional images for books and a full 3D bodyscan were taken of Orli wearing the prosthetic make up that were used in creating the Figurines and other Toys of Shaak Ti. The make up and performance were so well received that Orli was asked to reprise her background role as Shaak Ti during the filming of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, also filmed in Sydney a few years later. However the make up was recreated and applied by others this time around. In Episode III i was working on the 'Alderaan Cruiser Hallway' in the Construction Department. There can clearly be seen a distinct variation between the sculpt of the facial prosthetic and the softening of the entire make up design that had been previously approved in Episode II. It was unfortunate but all of her scenes were cut from Episode III ... Once again though, promotional images were taken with the clearly softer difference in her make-up, and used in guidebooks and on other products - confusing a lot of fans ... Shaak Ti did appear in Revenge of the Sith though, portrayed in hologram form by Maria Brill with prosthetics applied in the US by others. Aside from the movies, Shaak Ti has appeared in graphic novels, television animation series, and books.
Ask Aak : Malastare Senator - I was tasked to recast a foam latex skin from the original Ep 1 moulds, reapply the skin to the animatronic helmet and recreate the airbrush paint of the original look, with some silicone antenna for extra realism.
Passel Argente's Aide - a Koorivar who served as the aide to the Magistrate of the Corporate Alliance - I was the Appliance applicator and airbrush paint designer.
Behind the Scenes of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - Lucasfilm Productions