Rogue One - Princess Leia

We’ve heard that they used a line from Carrie Fisher for her CG appearance in the film.  

Matthew: Yes. I found the original tapes in a box in the archives at Lucasfilm, the original recording of her hologram from New Hope. Her “help me,Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” scene. And I transferred all those. I found a scene that could work and transferred those into our editing systems that we thought represented her part there and so that’s actually Carrie Fisher from 1977 saying “hope” on top of John Knoll‘s incredible visual work there. And I’m told by John that Carrie had seen it and approved of it.

Did you ever consider bringing Carrie in to record the line? Or was that always the intention to find a clip of her?

Matthew: I think it was, we knew that she, we wanted, it was just a happy accident, the fact that she was gonna say hope. We wanted the film to end literally on a note of hope. So that happened and we could have got a soundalike I’m sure, but the fact that we had Carrie Fisher saying the word hope and we had about 25 different outtakes of her saying hope in different ways. That really, we went with that instead of a soundalike.

Rogue One - Darth Vader Shadow and Director Krennic

Is there any challenge of matching up James Earl Jones’ voice as Darth Vader nowadays to match A New Hope?

Matthew: Yeah, sure. I mean, we had Angus MacInnes who played Gold Leader, one of the leaders in the X-Wings. You know, James Earl Jones and Angus were both matching into a performance from 40 years ago. So certainly there’s a challenge there. But both of them did it and, you know, Vader had some processing we had to do to enhance so that is kind of a great equalizer when we process the voice to make it sound similar to what he’d done before. And he was thrilled to come back and as, you know, all the directors and myself included, the producers. Working with him again was just a dream.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story - U-Wing Fighter

Did you go back and do some old school Foley techniques for Rogue One? Like recording real sounds from different environments? Or is it all done in the computer nowadays?

Christopher: We’re still recording stuff, yeah. Part of the U-Wing sound is these racing drones that actually my son had showed me a clip of something on YouTube. And I tracked down the guy. He’s from the Bay Area. And had him come out and we did some recordings of these racing drones. They were pilots that raced these things. And they do a bunch of tricks and crazy flying.  They did like five different drones. So those became an element of the U-Wing. Yeah, we recorded a door motor for a handicap access door for K-2SO’s motors. So yeah, we’re out recording all the time. We’re always looking for new sounds, fresh sounds. Found sounds, whatever.

That’s always been one of my favorite parts of the special features, is seeing how guys create some of these sounds. Can we expect any of that on like upcoming Blu-ray or DVD?

Mathew: Yeah, I mean, I’m certain. They shot a lot of footage. We don’t even know where a lot of that ends up. It’s kind of Star Wars has such a big following, a lot of these guys are, you know, they document everything. But we don’t, we’re not privy to where it ends up. But I’m sure there is footage that has been taken.

Well, thank you, guys, I am a fan of both your work.  

Christopher: Thank you.

Matthew: Thank you very much.

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