December 14, 2015

Get Up to Speed on All 6 'Star Wars' Movies in Just 3 Minutes

If you'd like to catch up on the previous films in the Star Wars universe before The Force Awakens comes out this week, this is about as fast as you can do it:

Though Eclectic Method's video may not seem all that relevant, the concept is directly related to what we're trying to do as filmmakers all the time. Quick cuts can be nauseating, and they did cheat a little by speeding it up in spots, but there is an unbelievable amount of information conveyed here, and it's all put together in a pretty coherent way considering it was cut down from six different movies. In a lot of ways, this is our job as storytellers when we make our films — we're taking tons of raw footage and sculpting it down into the shortest and most entertaining form possible for the audience (Generally speaking, of course, as films can serve all sorts of different purposes than just entertainment).

Apparently Topher Grace (yes, the actor) did some editing in his spare time and came up with a similar idea, but for his experiment he edited the three prequel movies into one 85-minute film:

And just for fun, we've also got a bunch of the trailers and footage for The Force Awakens collected in one. There are some videos that actually take as much footage as possible from different sources and edit them together chronologically, but to me that feels like it's giving a bit too much away. Either way, if you've been trying to avoid any spoilers, skip this video and go into the movie as fresh as possible. For everyone else, prepare to get excited:

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I love it how The Phantom Menace (which is considered the worst in the series) gets 28 seconds, and The Empire Strikes Back (which is considered the best in the series) gets 7 seconds. Is this proof that you don't need that much plot to make a good movie?

December 15, 2015 at 3:02PM, Edited December 15, 3:03PM

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Cosmin Gurau
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Haha. Good point. Maybe a CLEAR story/plot is all that's needed. The complicated just takes more time to explain (and maybe leaving less time to enjoy).

January 7, 2016 at 2:45PM

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Erik Stenbakken
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