Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon reveals she started to piece the movie collectively on-set throughout manufacturing. The culminating chapter of the Skywalker saga hits theaters this December, hoping to finish the story on a excessive notice earlier than Lucasfilm appears to be like forward to a brand new period. As has grow to be par for the course for the franchise, a number of plot particulars are being saved firmly underneath wraps, however followers have already dissected each body of the teaser trailer from a couple months ago and lately made their approach by way of Vanity Fair’s mega cover story on the film.
Any movie is a large enterprise to supply, however a Star Wars film is an amazing enterprise. Due to the big-budget, spectacle-driven nature of those initiatives, post-production can take a very long time to finish, contemplating the sheer quantity of visible results photographs that should be rendered earlier than the ultimate image is locked. Episode IX has been on the right track for a Christmas 2019 premiere because the fall of 2017 (the movie was pushed again after J.J. Abrams took over as director), so the group had to determine how they have been going to get the whole lot executed on time. And they discovered a method to expedite the post-production course of.
While talking on the Script to Screen collection on the Carsey-Wolf Center earlier this month (hat tip ComingSoon), Brandon mentioned what she did on Star Wars 9. Since the schedule was shorter than what she labored with on The Force Awakens, she needed to get inventive making up for misplaced time:
“When we did The Force Awakens, we started in May and we finished shooting in October, and we were out [the following] Christmas. For this film, we didn’t start until August, so we weren’t done until February shooting – so we have four months less time, and it’s a very big film. So I convinced J.J. to let me cut on the set. He was like, ‘No, we never do that’.”
Compared to the opposite two installments within the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker had a tighter schedule. As Brandon notes, The Force Awakens wrapped in October 2014, and The Last Jedi concluded principal photography in July 2016 (almost a yr and a half earlier than the movie hit theaters). Nobody is saying that Star Wars 9 is rushed, however dropping 4 months on a film of this scope could make issues tough. Brandon was merely getting forward of a possible downside, permitting the group to primarily kill two birds with one stone. Editing on-set had its advantages; Brandon was in a position to see how the movie was coming collectively because it was being shot, so if she wanted any further materials for a scene, she might get it then and there. Ideally, it will assist make post-production run extra easily and reduce the necessity for reshoots (although there’ll probably nonetheless be a few of these, as there are on all tentpoles).
All in all, this reads as a logical and smart move on the a part of Brandon, particularly contemplating there’s nonetheless numerous work left to be executed on The Rise of Skywalker. It’s vital to remember the fact that Abrams did not lock ultimate image on Force Awakens till November 2015 – one month earlier than the film got here out in theaters (and that is with 4 extra months of post-production time). It would not be out of the query if one thing related occurred on Star Wars 9, so streamlining the enhancing course of will assist a fantastic deal.
Source: Script to Screen (through ComingSoon)
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) launch date: Dec 20, 2019