Reshoots and additional photography are a thing. They’ve been a regular part of the filmmaking process for years now, and when we find out about a film’s upcoming reshoots, we almost never freak out as much as we used to. In fact, we almost never even really care what was added in reshoots these days — barring instances where the reshoots were reported to be extensive in nature.
But, with that in mind, it’s hard not to at least read up on what was added when presented with the information. So, let’s talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. What scenes did they add in reshoots?
“The scene on the island with Luke, when Luke sees Rey,” editor Maryann Brandon told The Art of the Cut podcast. “The film kind of informed us, after it was together, what it needed to say so we went back and got that dialogue. There was like a funny moment between Poe and Rey when he lands the Falcon and it’s on fire, we wanted to have a more humorous exchange between them. Nothing major, no.”
Another scene they did involved one of the earliest in the film.
“We shot Rey’s introduction when she’s up in the air and the rocks are spinning around her, because we wanted to introduce Leia and her,” Brandon continued. “I had to go back and find good shots of Leia that we hadn’t used in [The Force Awakens], and we had those and it kind of made us think, ‘Oh we could have this really fun scene to introduce Leia and Rey.’ So the film kind of informs you of things it might need.”
I tell you what, though, the term “reshoots” really does take on a whole different meaning when part of the process involves going back and looking at years-old footage from a different movie, and I’m sure that was a challenge.
All in all, it doesn’t seem like a whole lot was added apart from some extra bits here and there, and given that it took a couple of weeks, that’s no real surprise. I personally am happy that added that funny beat between Rey and Poe, but did any of the changes work for you?
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