Star Wars: Editor Chronicles The Rushed Production Process Of The Rise Of Skywalker

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I don’t envy a lot of filmmakers. The bigger the budget gets, the more likely it seems that you’ll be rushing to get the darn thing out into theaters, and this especially seemed to be the case for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was released under an incredible amount of scrutiny.

Speaking on the Rough Cut podcast, the film’s editor Maryann Brandon discussed the process in which the film was cut, and it doesn’t sound like it was a walk in the park.

“We were definitely still trying to figure out a lot of stuff,” Brandon said about the editing process for the Star Wars flick. “It’s a struggle. It affected everything. About a third of the way through, [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] was like, ‘JJ has got to spend more time in the cutting room.’ And I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Not with the schedule that we were on. Not with what he was dealing with on a daily basis…he was just exhausted at the end of the day.”

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So, given that they had three months less time to work on The Rise of Skywalker than they did for The Force Awakens, they had to find a way to save time.

“I suggested I cut on the set,” Brandon continued. “…we had two tented rooms…so I just went wherever JJ was, usually 10 feet away from the camera, wherever the camera was. And I just mobile-y cut. And in between takes, [J.J.] could sit down with me and we could go over things.”

Sounds like a total blast. And then at the end of the day, you have nobodies like me breaking down and criticizing every aspect of the film. Certainly sounds like a thankless job…

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