Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rian Johnson Talks About Filming the Force Connection Scenes Between Rey and Kylo Ren

By: Dominic Jones

One of the most talked about aspects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the character dynamics between Rey and Kylo Ren.  The two characters spent much of the film in communication with one another, even though most of the time the characters were not in the same place.  Rather they were communicating through the Force in a way that had not previously been seen (at least not to this extent) in a Star Wars film.  The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson spoke about filming those scenes during a recent interview with People Magazine, explaining how the effect was achieved.

Johnsons said,

"Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera. Even to the point where Adam flew to Ireland just to be off camera for Daisy’s stuff, which was essential because they’re such intimate conversations. And that also meant we had to shoot each of those scenes twice basically, which meant the rehearsal time was really important. And my editor Bob Ducsay did an amazing job then of making it feel kind of seamless after the fact."

Adam Driver was spotted arriving in Ireland in May 2016, alongside Johnson, Mark Hamill, and Daisy Ridley.  At the time, speculation was that Driver's presence meant that we would be seeing Kylo Ren traveling to Ach-To to confront Luke Skywalker and Rey.  It just goes to show that things aren't always what they seem.

Johnson also spoke about how approached writing the scenes, telling People,

"For those force connections, I needed them to talk. And I thought that the hardest thing that Rey could possibly be faced with is being forced to talk to this person that she completely despises. And also the audience, we hate him coming into it. She had to be our proxy and so that’s why in those first few conversations, she is just spitting in his face." 

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