Maryann Brandon, a long-time editing collaborator of director J.J. Abrams, spoke with Express recently and revealed that due to a production time crunch, the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” had to get around to the editing stage during filming in order to stay on schedule.
Brandon tells the outlet she spent her time on set effectively never more than ten feet away from Abrams, the pair cutting the film as they shot. This allowed them to get the kinds of shots during the main shoot that meant they could cut down on the number of reshoots needed later.
“When we did The Force Awakens, we started in May and we finished shooting in October, and we were out [the following] Christmas. For this film, we didn’t start until August, so we weren’t done until February shooting – so we have four months less time, and it’s a very big film. So I convinced J.J. to let me cut on the set.
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. Getting to know the cast and having them be comfortable with me, it was a really great way to understand what they were going through.”
In addition to directing, Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio. Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams are producing the film which remains scheduled for release on December 20th.