Darth Editous said:
Every flipped face, every flipped R2, every major flipped asymmetrical object sticks out like a sore thumb and takes the viewer out of the moment, especially in the modern age of repeat viewing on DVD etc.
Doing it creates so much visual jarring that anything that was hoped to be gained by doing it in first place is lost.
Maybe it's just me, but those things don't jump out at me. I'm a big Star Wars fan, but I almost pride myself on not actually knowing which way around the tubey thing and the flashy thing go on Artoo's head.
Would you flip this if it was the wrong way around? (e.g. if Sam had the strap over the other shoulder, or Frodo had a restraining bolt on the wrong arm)
To be honest I'm not as familiar with Sam and Frodo as I am with Artoo and Carrie Fisher (1975ish until 1982ish).
It's a terrible comment on my social skills that I'm probably more familiar with them than most of my relatives and neighbours.
In my defense they have become major cultural artifacts and have been reproduced in so many different ways that personally I can spot a flipped Artoo in a fraction of a second, just as I could spot a flipped Mona Lisa.
I do however hope I'd notice if even a total stranger flipped into mirror image in the middle of a conversation and would be suitably weirded out by it (but I don't think that's happened yet....?)
George had no idea this would be a problem when he did the first film (he hoped it would be a hit but hardly anyone would have believed how successful it would become) and may have thought he could have got away with it all the way through making the OT because video tape ownership wasn't that common even in 1983 (most videos were rented and only seen a few times). If someone was going to see a film it may be once or twice and most usually (though to my embarrassment I did go to see Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom 17 times on it's first run.... to the point where it became a bit of a joke a the picture palace whenever I would turn up at the ticket office).
By the PT there should have been no excuse for flipping a shot, many of the elements were assembled digitally and if he wanted an element to point in a particular direction he could call upon a library of elements pointing in the direction he wanted without resorting to what was previously a money saving exercise. VHS ownership was pretty much universal and DVD was well on the rise, these things were bound to be noticed and effect the telling of the story.
The sad thing about flipping the Death Star 2 is that the model was so impressive and assembled with such care that it really should have been filmed many times to get a much out of the expense of building it.
Most of the time we see it it's pointing the same way (often it's not the model it's obviously a painting) and it's frequently obscured in thick uninteresting shadow, sometimes flipped and later came the stupid DVD tint.
It's easy to blame it on George's supposed "it'll do" attitude but the technique pops up in ESB too but to be honest it's generally not as noticeable.
Really love the latest SSWR video, great work as always.
I used this image for my Endor mockup:
which I assume Angel used for this one too: