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Some more finessing and restructuring in the critical moment where the Starkiller’s shields go down:

https://vimeo.com/301125586
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There’s new music to match the implied peril, and hopefully make Phasma and the First Order more menacing.

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NeverarGreat said:

With the day off, I had some fun taking apart the Starkiller Infiltration and putting it back together (somewhat).

https://vimeo.com/300872367
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I intentionally didn’t spend a great deal of time finessing the scenes or transitions, so it’s a very rough idea. Kylo begins the interrogation the same place as in the Theatrical, but it then transitions to Hux and the Starkiller charging, then the Resistance briefing, and then finally back to the interrogation to imply that it has been going on for quite a while (it definitely needs an establishing shot though). I would like to have some indication in this scene that implies that Rey’s connection to Han is what defeats Kylo, which is what Snoke picks up on later.

Really liked your reworking of the interrogation scenes - you can really feel the ebb and flow of information, Rey’s resistance and then her own probing of Kylo when he more forcefully tries to exert the info he wants. Nice execution in amongst the Falcon’s approach, and Han & Co entering the base.


Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Thanks! It’s definitely a work in progress though.

Moving right to the end of the film, I have had the idea for a while that Rey alone is able to find Luke through the Force. There would be some vision when she touches the lightsaber of the completed map to Luke (along with the other visions), and this is what Kylo senses in her. When they fight over the lightsaber in the snow, it can now support the interpretation that Kylo wants the vision of the map that the saber first imparted to Rey.

Since Rey has this vision, there is no need for R2 to have the rest of the map. I tried making a version without the map scene, with mixed results:

https://vimeo.com/301427587
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I feel like it might work better if the scene of R2’s reveal happens in place of the one where he wakes up. We would see R2 again, but our hopes would be dashed when 3PO says that he’s in low power mode and probably doesn’t have the rest of the map. Move Chewie’s mourning to after this scene, and then this despondency implies that Rey must act on her vision and find Luke.

Another benefit of this change would be to save R2 waking up for TLJ, where we get a more powerful reunion.

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That’s a very interesting idea. I’d look forward to seeing that.

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I actually think that the brief scene of Rey and the doctor would work in such an ending, despite its weirdness.

In thinking about the end of the movie and Rey’s character, I keep coming back to the idea that she uses the Dark Side as much as the light, if not more. After all, using the Dark Side is the quickest way to gain power, and Rey gains it more quickly than anyone we’ve ever seen in the Star Wars universe. Maybe using some more Yoda dialogue in the vision scene, where he talks about how the Dark Side is easier and more seductive. If it were possible to make clear that Rey is using the Dark Side, it turns her greatest strength into a liability. Now instead of her being simply a stronger version of Luke, she is precariously balanced on the edge of a metaphysical cliff.

https://vimeo.com/301907627
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Imagine then if Kylo were more sympathetic…say that he wants to lead the First Order, but hates the Dark Side. He knows that the only way to rise to power is to play Snoke’s games, but to do so means sacrificing his own father. I would say that most of this message is already in the film, it’s just muddled by the idea that Kylo genuinely supports Snoke and the evil of the Dark Side instead of playing the long game in a quest to finish what Vader started and become the leader of a unified galaxy.

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^ I like that idea about Rey a lot–I think the saber-lock scene and the end of the duel definitely have more weight with your added audio.