Anatomy Of A Scene

Somehow I forgot to post a link to Adam’s essay from 4/18, Anatomy Of A Scene: Grievous Challenges Kenobi. In it he explains in great detail why the scene was set up the way it was (I never had any problems with it and in context of The Clone Wars, people shouldn’t have any problems with it at all).

First off, Kenobi is a Jedi trained to not let his emotions get the better of him. When he moves, he moves deliberately and without letting fear take him. Any Jedi worth his salt would do the same, as Grievous wears in his cloak proof of what happens when you don’t. And as for a non-Jedi character who would be scared pantsless? They’d be deer-in-headlights frozen for at least a moment before screaming to the hills.

And it reminds me of when Hayden was once asked to consult on the ROTS video game. He told the game designers that Anakin would never walk around all tense with a lightsaber in his hand because he’s always ready. Jedi are kinda like that, you know ;).

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3 Responses to “Anatomy Of A Scene”

  1. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    Well I wouldn’t be so offended if you hadn’t spoiled me by linking to all my articles when I first started. 😉

  2. Stefan Kraft Says:

    Hmmm… Maybe the criticism of the scene is more common than I thought. It was also (briefly) mentioned in a German computer magazine where they said that the scene would have been better if McGregor had gotten some feedback by instant previsualisation (a technique discussed in the article – it may also be possible that the author quoted someone in it).

    Anyway, I like the scene, too. The only thing that seems a bit strange to me: should Grievous not be alarmed that danger (aka the Clone troopers) are on their way if Kenobi is on Mustafar and instead of attacking Obi-Wan directly flee with his army? Well, it would not have changed the story much (GL could then have the Clone troopers arrive earlier or something like that; he preferred to include this clear Western duel reference).

  3. Keith Palmer Says:

    Acting being criticised in terms of “they don’t have anything to act against” seems to crop up often enough that I can wonder a bit about it just being a matter of everything being viewed from a negative attitude. Still, when the topic comes up I do think back to watching one of the bonus discs from the Star Wars Blu-Ray set, where, in the TV special from 1980 with Mark Hamill discussing the special effects of The Empire Strikes Back, he specifically mentions the risk of the actors having to react to something not there. (For that matter, I’ve also heard that while the puppet Yoda was present on the Dagobah set, Hamill couldn’t hear Frank Oz’s voice…) That does seem to make it a little more unlikely the whole thing was somehow missed by “those inept filmmakers.”

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