Gareth Edwards’ is the latest director to enter the Star Wars Universe, which is no small task. He also had the additional challenge of being the first director to take on a Star Wars anthology film, which leads directly into A New Hope. While appearing on the 1138 podcast, visual and creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan talked about what Edwards brought to Rogue One and how this is a very different type of Star Wars movie.
“The biggest challenge on Rogue One was to give Gareth, Gareth’s vision for the film. In many ways that is the biggest thing because a director always has his unique way of seeing the world, and I think Gareth has an incredibly unique way, and I think you’ll see that in the film, I think it’ll come through. His whole style of filmmaking is different from people we’ve worked with. You have to get to know him, and get to know his creative – what would Gareth like and what doesn’t Gareth like? What would work for Gareth and what would work for his film?”
Scanlan added that when working on Rogue One, it was important to focus on how this movie had to end and that the characters had to feel more grounded and real.
“..Understand not where you are now, but where the film needs to be at the end, and where [Edwards] wants to be at the end…I think you’ll see that the characters in this, in Rogue One, are, I daresay, more realistic. They’re more up close and personal.
Gareth’s world is a much more intimate world. When we came to do the creatures for him it was the same thing. I think in many films we make characters that are all about the world around us, whereas for Gareth it’s about people, it’s about their faces, their expressions, it’s about the things they’re doing not in the broad scale, but the intimate scale.”
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Jonathan Aris.
Fans will soon be able to decide what their thoughts on the film are when Rogue One arrives in theaters on December 16th.
Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters come together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule.