How Star Wars was saved in the edit

  • Published on: Monday, December 11, 2017
  • A video essay exploring how Star Wars' editors recut and rearranged Star Wars: A New Hope to create the cinematic classic it became.

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    Written by David Welch (@watsonwelch)
    Narrated and Edited by Joey Scoma (@joey2meals)

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  • RocketJump Film School

    RocketJump Film School

     2 years ago +691

    We put this video up last week on the RocketJump channel, but we want to share it with you guys too! Enjoy!

  • Adven4U1


     9 hours ago

    Didn't that happen with Empire strikes back as well.

  • Mateus Figueiredo

    Mateus Figueiredo

     16 hours ago

    16:10 what's that about restoring the theatrical version? Is it about editing the order of scenes, or just quality of the image?

  • Daniel Raiter

    Daniel Raiter

     1 days ago

    Nice work man!

  • asafabraham


     1 days ago +1

    The fact remains that George made 2 amazing trilogies. People need to cut him down because he's better than we deserve.

  • kelly dunn

    kelly dunn

     4 days ago

    Lol they thought this would be a shit movie

  • Mortus Evil

    Mortus Evil

     6 days ago

    What a difference not having yes men makes.

  • Mortus Evil

    Mortus Evil

     6 days ago

    Jar Jar is the KEY to all this

  • Mortus Evil

    Mortus Evil

     6 days ago

    I T R H Y M E S

  • Simon Barr

    Simon Barr

     6 days ago

    Its a shame that this same process didnt occur for Episode 1, another victim of Lucas' bloat......

  • Conservative Capitalist

    Conservative Capitalist

     1 weeks ago

    I didnt know that tatooine was originally utapau, you can see in the script displaying the original text crawl

  • David Plummer

    David Plummer

     1 weeks ago

    So basically there were too many storylines. I think they forgot about that in the new movies... and look what happened

  • Ciaran Smith

    Ciaran Smith

     1 weeks ago

    The Prequels show what happen when a strong vision has no proper collaboration of talent.
    the Sequels show what happen when a strong collaboration of talent has no proper vision.

  • johnny marlin

    johnny marlin

     1 weeks ago

    But nothing could save Disney star wars.

  • Daniel López

    Daniel López

     1 weeks ago

    The celebration scene with Han and Luke being awarded still makes me cringe.

  • Dávid Kertész

    Dávid Kertész

     1 weeks ago +1

    So the editors job is to fix the stuff that the rest of the crew fucked up.

  • RockeroNato


     1 weeks ago +1

    So the unedited movie was just like movies are edited today, filled with flow and tension cuts and useless shit that doesnt add to the story

  • noelsterSF


     1 weeks ago +1

    Too bad Marcia wasn't around for the prequels

  • Maxwell Moller

    Maxwell Moller

     1 weeks ago

    I thought it said, "Saved national debt," and couldn't imagine.

  • DerpyWaffle


     1 weeks ago

    Yet nothing can save the new trilogy