Maryann Brandon is the resident editor on the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and after working on 2015’s The Force Awakens, she and J.J. Abrams had a new challenge in this film that caused them to make a bit of an adjustment that ended up being a welcomed change for everyone.
In a recent report from the British site Express, Brandon spoke about the process of editing the film on a shorter schedule. It was revealed that they actually edited the film while the film was being shot in the set! Here’s what she had to say:
“I did this thing on cutting Rise of Skywalker – and we have a very short schedule,” she said.
“When we did The Force Awakens we started in May and we finished shooting in October, and we were out [the following] Christmas.
“For this film, we didn’t start until August, so we weren’t done until February shooting – so we have four months less time, and it’s a very big film.
“So I convinced JJ to let me cut on the set. He was like, ‘no, we never do that’.”
“I was like, ‘just try it, so I can start turning over shots’.
“So I was on the set the entire time, and he got so used to it that he was like, ‘you need to be less than ten feet away from me at all times’ – so if the camera would move 10 feet, I would move 10 feet.
“I was everywhere! Outside, in a water tank…”
What a crazy experience! It’s so cool that she actually got to be out in in the middle of it though. The editors are such a pivotal and intrinsic part to the making of a movie, it really seems like they should be involved in the whole process. Brandon went on to add:
“On this film I got to know the cast really well, I was literally part of the crew. It was really great for me.”
It sounds like the shorter schedule was no problem for these pros. I am so excited for the final film in this saga. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters December 20th, 2019. Are you excited?