Rian Johnson explains The Holdo Maneuver from THE LAST JEDI

Rian Johnson talks one of the most breathtaking moments from THE LAST JEDI!

In an interview with The Filmcast, director Rian Johnson explains how he came up with the idea for the the awe-striking collision of the Holdo Maneuver.




“The early idea I had was – and I storyboarded it all out – I had the silence thing as an idea from very early on. The notion of ‘how do you communicate the bigness of this, and the idea that this was all happening in a nanosecond?’ The notion that this event is out of time in a weird way, and communicate the bigness beyond being just a big explosion.So I had the silence thing and I boarded it out, and had the idea that it was going to be silent when we’re up close seeing all the destruction, and then we’ll cut back to the massive wide shot and only then would the sound catch up with you and you hear the big ‘boom.’ But the whole thing honestly didn’t click until our amazing wizards at ILM came upon the idea of that exposure shift. We had versions of it before that with just regularly lit ships, with streaks of white going through them, and it was nowhere near as impactful. It was when they showed this version of it to me that had this exposure shift, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that makes it all kind of click.’ … You can see when it happens. It’s almost like the lights turn off on all the Star Destroyers. The Star Destroyers are silhouette black against the blinding light of the streaks where the debris has gone through the ships.”

And what is this maneuver’s impact in the greater military Star Wars universe?

“It’s a spur of the moment thing. It’s this idea that she gets and she sits down and … does, and it obviously takes everybody completely by surprise. It takes Hux by surprise. The fact that Hux doesn’t see it coming means it’s probably not a standard military maneuver. I think it was something that Holdo (laughs) pulled out of her butt in the moment.”

What do you think of Rian’s explanation? We think it’s super interesting – and you can catch more on the full episode of The Filmcast!


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