Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker went through plenty of changes throughout the production process, especially in post-production. There are plenty of scenes and sequences, including an expanded role for Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, that were left on the cutting room floor. But along with that, there were also a handful of scenes that were added in post-production thanks to a series of reshoots that took place over the summer, and thanks to The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon, we know a few of those late additions. Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV Spot

Now that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out in theaters, fans have either walked away satisfied with the finale that director J.J. Abrams delivered, or disappointed that certain story elements didn’t play out the way they’d hoped. In the latter category, we have fans who never got to see any kind of romance blossom between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron and the defected Stormtrooper he helped to escape the First Order, which he decided to call Finn. But that’s not for a lack of trying.

In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac revealed that he pushed for Poe Dameron and Finn to have a romantic arc, but apparently Disney wasn’t ready to make that a primary part of the new Star Wars trilogy, even if fans felt like there was a spark between them. Find out what he had to say about the Finn and Poe romance in Star Wars below. Read More »

star wars the rise of skywalker rey final shot

Another day, another Star Wars “controversy” that has been debunked. But of the many issues that comes from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this is decidedly not one of them. A few days ago, an eagle-eyed Star Wars fan pointed out that the final shot of Rey in silhouette in The Rise of Skywalker looked oddly similar to another silhouetted shot earlier in the film. The observation went viral, but editor Maryann Brandon, who worked with Stefan Grube on editing the movie, has confirmed that this is not true.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Editing

With J.J. Abrams back behind the camera for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, details on the final installment of the Skywalker saga are scarce. We still don’t have many details about the movie beyond the first teaser trailer and the recent influx of details from the extensive Vanity Fair cover story. But now we know that the film has taken J.J. Abrams out of his comfort zone a little bit by doing something he’s not accustomed to on the film’s set.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon recently revealed that she was cutting part of the movie on set while it was still being shot. This is something Abrams has never done before, but this time it was almost required due to the post-production time crunch caused by the film’s shooting schedule. Read More »

the force awakens flashback

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a generally straightforward film, riding high on charm and energy while recycling plot elements from previous films to give you a nostalgic high. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being gently lowered into a warm bath. It’s pleasant. It’s relaxing. It’s exactly what you want after a long dry spell.

Except for one scene. When Daisy Ridley’s Rey first touches the lightsaber that belonged to Luke Skywalker and his father before him, she is sucked into a surreal flashback full of quick cuts, tiny details, and vocal cameos from long-dead Star Wars characters. It has become one of the most dissected scenes of the entire saga, with fans going through the video and audio with a fine-tooth comb. Everything that can be found in the footage has been found. Except for, you know, the stuff that was cut out.

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rey's island

The big questions coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are who Rey’s parents are and where she comes from. Daisy Ridley‘s character even quips that its “a big mystery” early on in the film, and there are certainly a lot of theories going around to who it might be. One piece of evidence that many fans seem to be holding on to comes from John Williams‘ score from the film. We’ve posted about this in the past, but fans have analyzed Rey’s theme (the best song from the new movie) and have drawn some conclusions from that piece of music.

But did John Williams even know who Rey’s parents were when he wrote that piece or orchestration? If not, surely Oscar-nominated editor Maryann Brandon must have been told when she was helping J.J. Abrams shape the flow of the story in the editing room, right? The answer may surprise you — find out after the jump.

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