Pietro Scalia interview

Pietro Scalia‘s fingerprints are all over many, many great films. The Academy-award winning editor’s work on JFK is nothing short of masterful, and the same goes for his several collaborations with Ridley Scott. Throughout his career, Scalia has shown a wide range – he has cut together epic period pieces, documentaries, comic book movies, and dramas like Good Will Hunting. Most recently, he brought his talents to director Ron Howard‘s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which features a train robbery sequence that never loses momentum.

The action scene ranks amongst some of the franchise’s most thrilling action set pieces. Over 10 minutes, Scalia and the filmmakers keep cranking up the energy and suspense with the characters at the forefront of a sequence mammoth in scope.

Scalia recently spoke with us about editing the scene, the movie’s surprise cameo, and how one dramatic scene evolved through reshoots.

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Solo Projection problems

Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the best-looking Star Wars films to date. But most people are having a hard time realizing that, thanks to lousy theater projection that’s turning Bradford Young‘s incredible cinematography into a murky mess. Read More »

Solo Behind the Scenes Video

Solo: A Star Wars Story is almost upon us. The buzz is good, the anticipation is high, and a cool new video has arrived to highlight the unique look of the film. Thanks to cinematographer Bradford YoungSolo looks different than most Star Wars films. Watch the Solo behind the scenes video below.

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han solo spin-off

It’s becoming increasingly easy to feel good about a Star Wars spin-off movie centered on the adventures of a young Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich is inspired casting for the suave smuggler himself. Donald Glover is a perfect choice for Lando Calrissian. Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan have that Star Wars pedigree. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have managed to transform even the shallowest concepts into smart, sweet, and brilliant motion pictures. The addition of Selma, and A Most Violent Year cinematographer Bradford Young really sealed the deal – strip Star Wars out of the equation and you’re left with a group of people I’d love to see collaborate on just about anything.

And if you’re wondering why Young took on something like a Star Wars movie after building his reputation on critical darlings, he has an answer: Lord and Miller brought up the right movies.

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han solo

We know that Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Han Solo movie will tell the origin story our favorite smuggler from a galaxy far far away. We’ll likely see Solo meet his co-pilot Chewbacca for the first time, win the Millenium Falcon from Lando (played by Donald Glover), and maybe even fall in love. But we really have no idea what this Star Wars Story anthology movie will look like. But cinematographer Bradford Young does, and he suggests that it will be a very different Star Wars movie than we’ve seen before.
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