Here it is folks. This is the thread to discuss and dissect the varied use of models and miniatures throughout Episode One. One of the common complaints I hear thrown at the prequels is the overuse of CG. Fair enough. But to make their point, many critics point to shots that actually were miniatures. Episode One was full of miniature work. In fact, it used more models and miniatures than the first three Star Wars movies combined. This thread will break down and dissect scene by scene the models and miniatures used in the film. So let's get started: Scene One: The Jedi arrival at the blockade: The red republic frigate was a scaled model. The model team also built a hero(main use) federation command ship that is first revealed here. The blockade of several ships was interesting. They shot the model from various angles and then composited those shots into the scene. The main use of CG in the scene is the planet of Naboo, but the CG was the sphere that a matte painting was then placed over. The starfields were all CG. When the ship docks in the hangar bay we see the scaled republic model in a scaled model hangar set. The opposite hangar arm seen outside the bay was a photograph of the federation ship model composited into the shot. The droids and droid fighters were CG composited into the hangar model set. Naboo as seen out the conference room window was the matte painting of the planet placed over the CG geometry. Scene Two: Federation Ship Interior and Jedi Escape We meet the antagonists on the federation bridge. The front facing federation bridge was a scaled model populated with CG droids navigating the ship. The bridge behind the Neimoidians was also a scaled set. The physical set essentially consisted of the ramp portion the actors are standing on to the bridge blast doors and to the chairs where Tey How and the other Neimoys sit. So most of what we see on screen is a miniature set or two pieces extending the small live action set piece. The Jedi make their escape from the CG droids and the next model set we encounter is the ventilation shaft-hangar scene. The hangar was a large scale model with some model pieces combined with a CG droid army. The other view looking over the jedis shoulders at the army was cg droids with a model hangar shot. More forthcoming in the next few days... Also if you have any questions about what was a model or what wasn't, feel free to ask as I might be able to answer those.