Community's bottle episode was fantastic, and a great way to have that kind of episode while showing off a few tricks.
Counterpoint: I kinda get this. It's still a horrid scene, but I think what he was trying to do here is to like...have some of that banter that Han and Chewy had, arguing about little things in the midst of big things. Like when Han is repairing the Falcon and the tools fall on his head? Or anytime C3PO is saying something silly while on Chewy's back in Cloud City - those are fairly silly moments but they totally work because C3PO is meant to be comic relief, and Han is meant to be a bit rogueish and everymannish.
This doesn't work because the Jedi are supposed to be the straight characters and the jokes are supposed to be left to the normal people. Which is why it works decently well with Finn in the new trilogy, or even Rey before she is revealed to be a talented Jedi person.
There is a place for this kind of comedy in Star Wars, and I understand Lucas wanting to put some of that into his prequels, but this....does not work.
What about the part where he made Uma Thurman do a life-threatening stunt that caused her serious injury and sidelined her career? Was that part of his "spirit on set?"
Next time you should ask him about the long hours, crunch time, and underpaid labor most reality TV editors go through. Unlike their unionized brethren in scripted TV, most reality TV editors are at the whim of their production companies and labor abuse is rampant (much like gaming design). It's unconscionable that unscripted editors and post workers are basically second class citizens compared to the people doing the same job for a scripted show. With all the money these productions make for their producers, they should unionize their workforces and give them the working conditions and hours that the rest of the industry gets.
It's great that they're so good at what they do and that they want to share their work, but we should also know that there's a price for that work. How much overtime do they get? Is it paid? What is their rate compared to union scale? What are the health benefits of a show and how do they compare to the MPIPHP that is the standard across the rest of the industry?
The other great book about this sort of stuff is Judith Weston's "Directing Actors," which is full of really great quick fixes if you're already in a scene and it isn't working. Great article!
I saw this film at SXSW and thought it was lovely, and the cinematography was particularly strong. Thanks for this feature!