The process of how a Star Wars movie gets made is pretty fascinating to me, and recently The Rise of Skywalker‘s co-editor Maryann Brandon disclosed that the film was edited on the go during filming.
At a recent public appearance, she apparently said, “I was on the set the entire time, and [director J.J. Abrams] got so used to it that he was like, ‘You need to be less than 10 feet away from me at all times’—so if the camera would move 10 feet, I would move 10 feet. I watched what they were shooting, I was cutting what they were shooting the day before. … I had the DP right there to ask questions. If I needed a shot, or if J.J. decided we needed another shot, we would set up in a corner and get a green screen shot of something.”
In other words, she is saying that during filming she was on-set the whole time so that she could help with editing in real-time, often editing what had just been shot a day before. That’s a rather unique process, but it seemed that it was both helpful to J.J. Abrams and necessary to the film’s timeline. Because The Rise of Skywalker started filming about midway through last year and didn’t wrap until earlier this year, and because of how much goes into the editing process with CGI and other necessary components, they had to do some editing on the fly. I don’t think that means they’re done editing now, but rather that it’s just a testament to how the process went during filming.
It will definitely be interesting to see the finished product on-screen this December, and I can’t wait!