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  1. Vicu

    Vicu Jedi Youngling star 1

    Aug 21, 2004
    Does anyone have Hyperspace access? If you do then you can tell us what happened to Shaak Ti in ep 3.
  2. liannb

    liannb Jedi Knight star 5

    Jun 30, 2002
    they filmed two seperate deaths for her, one of her dying at the beginning of the movie, General grevious stabs her through the back with a light sabre on the ship before anakin and obi wan get there, and the other death scene she is in her apartment in the jedi temple meditating on one of those cushions and anakin comes in and kills her :)
  3. redeyekho

    redeyekho Jedi Youngling star 2

    Oct 1, 2003
    The Cruel Fate of Shaak Ti
    June 20, 2005

    Just by virtue of being Force-wielding guardians of peace and justice, every Jedi character in the prequel trilogy has a fan following of some sort. This makes Order 66 a bitter pill for some, as their cherished heroes get roasted by blaster-fire from their once-loyal clone troopers. But there's a greater indignity than getting shot in the back by your lieutenant; it's getting cut from the film altogether.

    So, looking back at some of the earliest Set Diaries, there's an unasked question lingering over the reports of Barriss Offee, Luminara Unduli, Bultar Swan and Shaak Ti undergoing makeup tests: "What Happened?!" A thing to keep in mind about the diaries published before the start of principal photography: much of the crew in Sydney was working off an approximation of the shooting script.

    It wasn't working in the dark, exactly, but the picture of what Episode III would finally be was definitely murky. As the shooting script was coming together, Heads of Department were kept apprised of the storyline as it affected them. They had already set up shop in Sydney, and the pressure was on to produce with their staff and assets -- they couldn't just sit around, after all. So, all manner of tests -- makeup tests, camera tests, costume tests, etc. -- were well underway in May 2003 to be as prepared as possible for when actual production began.

    A printed chart of headshots labeled "EPISODE III JEDI" could be found tacked to the walls of the Hair and Makeup Department and the Creature Shop as I covered each of these test sessions. Sixteen Jedi were featured on the chart, not all of which made the final cut.

    [ The Cruel Fate of Shaak Ti ]
    Shaak Ti has the dubious distinction of being cut from the film twice. Originally, she would have been referenced in a line of dialogue during the opening space battle, a rarity when you think about it. No screen Jedi outside of Qui-Gon, Yoda, Mace, Obi-Wan and Anakin has been identified by name in the prequels.

    ANAKIN: The last message we had from Master Shaak Ti, she was still with the Chancellor.

    OBI-WAN: She's the most cunning of Jedi. She's even shown me a few tricks. They won't catch her.

    ANAKIN: Artoo, trace Shaak Ti's homing signal!

    Artoo's scan produces the command ship on Anakin's scopes, the one "crawling with vulture droids," and then the film weaves into now-familiar territory. But in the script and during production, Shaak Ti continued to be referenced in place of the Chancellor, until Obi-Wan and Anakin discover her in an abandoned corridor, sitting strangely despondent on the floor.

    That was shot on Tuesday, August 19th, 2003, the 37th day of shooting. Stage 1 housed the "wide hallway" set for the Trade Federation cruiser, the same set doubled as the stretch of corridor where Anakin, Obi-Wan and Palpatine get caught in Grievous' ray shields (which was shot the same day).

    [ The Cruel Fate of Shaak Ti ]
    It was easy enough to feel bad for Shaak Ti that day. She was so passive and broken, sitting on that grimy floor, with General Grievous towering behind her in our imaginations. Making her all the more sympathetic were the huge black contacts that actress Orli Shoshan had to wear while filming to complete her alien look. Orli had a hard time refraining from tearing and blinking while wearing them, something that George Lucas and John Knoll felt confident they could reduce in post if necessary.

    Duncan Young, the off-screen dialogue reader, stood in as Grievous, standing atop an apple box behind the seated Shoshan. He read Grievous' dialogue with a snarl, coached by Lucas to approximate actor Lionel Stander's vocal qualities. "Shaak Ti," says Grievous, "your lightsaber seems a little battle-worn. It will need considerable cleaning, but it will do the job."

    There's a sharp intake of air from Shaak Ti as she arches her back. Grievous has stabbed her through the heart. Her body slumps and Anakin and Obi-Wan turn grim.

    [ The Cruel Fate of Shaak Ti ]
    "It was something I thought was
  4. echosevin

    echosevin Jedi Master star 4

    Mar 7, 2005
    It would've been a nice nod to Shaak Ti to have included her fate, but I guess George was right in cutting it out. Having read the explanation, it made sense not to include it.

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