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Something You Should Know Before Watching Star Wars: Episode VII

With the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode VII, I’d like to reflect on the previous installments and in particular, the often criticized Episodes I-III. While there was much to dislike about them (Jar Jar and over convoluted politics aside) there were a few eloquent and overlooked story threads that are worth considering. While many of these have been discussed in part in the past, some still chalk it up to simple “fan theory” as if to imply that George Lucas is somehow incapable of having any possible depth to the characters or story he created. We are, of course, talking about a franchise that has grossed over 27 billion and possibly counts it’s fans in the billions as well.

Let’s start with the concept of the midi-chlorians and the birth of Anakin. In Episode I, The Phantom Menace, when Shmi Skywalker was asked by Qui-Gon Jinn who the father was, she replied:

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There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him. I can’t explain what happened.”

I remember this idea of a “virgin birth” left a bad taste in many movie-goers mouths long after the film had left theaters, as the truth behind it was not revealed until Episode III when Palpatine tells Anakin the tale of Darth Plagueis:

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Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life…

In the scene, as Palpatine is telling Anakin of this, he slows and pauses for a beat, looking at Anakin as he says “create life” – emphasizing, for the audiences’ sake, that this is in reference to Anakin’s birth and actor Ian McDiarmid was no doubt directed to do so by the films director, aka, George Lucas. Repetition, a story telling tool, is used to bring the viewer’s mind back to the first time the term midi-chlorians was used waaaay back in Episode I with regards to Qui-Gon’s search for the origin of Anakin.

However, this key scene from Episode III does not stop with just explaining Anakin’s past – it also eludes to his future. Palpatine immediately follows with:

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He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

You can watch the entire scene here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLfGh2b_me0

This is where it begins to get really interesting. This was the impetus that ultimately drove Anakin to the dark side in order to try to save the life of Padmé. Near the end of Episode III, Anakin meets with Padmé only to discover that she is with Obi-Wan and no longer trusts the man Anakin has become. In his anger, Anakin does the first of many of his signature “force choke”. Padme falls and the fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan ensues, and by the end of which, Anakin is severely burned and left to die.

Palpatine shows up and brings Anakin to a medical facility where he is pieced back together in Frankenstein-like fashion in between scenes of Padmé dying on the ship of “unknown” causes. While some have theorized that this was the work of Palpatine taking the life force from Padmé and channeling it into Anakin, I believe it to be something far more tragic.

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What if Darth Vader’s “force choke” is not actually a choke, but a life-force siphon? If this is a power of the self-serving dark side, then would it not make sense that the only life it could ever truly save is that of the Sith using it? That would in turn mean that Anakin, in completely succumbing to the dark side, discovered how to save a life and in his rage used that discovery to draw the life out of the very person he had hoped to save.

Anakin siphons Padme's life force

And so, in almost typical tragic Shakespearean style, Anakin killed Padmé using the very method he hoped to use to save her.

Green Screen Tips & Tricks: Incorporating keyed footage

As a little break between green screen how-to’s, I thought I’d share a couple films I created that give you an idea of ways in which you can incorporate green screen footage. The first, Come Play With Me,  won a Silver Remi at the 2015 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.

The green screen footage was employed to allow the character to be shrunk on screen and be placed over a series of stop-motion stills. This entire film was written, shot and edited all within the course of a couple days, and almost entirely by myself. The green screening was accomplished in the same small living room that is pictured in the film. I point this out to show you what can be accomplished with limited time and resources. All it takes is a little know how and drive.

This second short film, A Perfect Circle, was created as part of the 2015 Zone Film Race. Teams are given a line of dialogue, a character and 7 days to creat a short sci-fi film. My entry, again created with just a few people, took 4th place overall and won Best Costumes and Best Visual FX.

This film uses almost entirely green screened footage. The composited backgrounds were all created in 3D during the 7 days of film making by myself and three other 3d artists. While creating your entire environment can be somewhat time consuming, it gives you the ability to match all your camera shots perfectly to your footage, as well as your lighting. Not to mention, it makes location scouting and set building a breeze!