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The Force Awakens a New Hope (or Our Obligatory, Spoiler-Free Star Wars Episode) : Cmd+Edit 027

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The Editors behind Star Wars A New Hope Episode 27 of Command Edit Podcast


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There's some kind of sci-fi movie coming out this week that's got everybody's attention. So we figured we should probably do something about Star Wars ourselves.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches this week, the long-awaited sequel to one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. And also one of the biggest underdog filmmaker stories ever.

The one that started it all, Star Wars: A New Hope, was an instant classic that solidified itself in cinema history. It's no surprise then that there are endless great stories about the production that continue to be told today.

Three of those wonderfully creative people were the original Star Wars editors: Paul Hirsch, Richard Chew and Marcia Lucas (does that last name sound familiar?). Yes, Marcia was also George Lucas' wife at the time of production. That Director-Editor relationship sounds eerily similar to another popular movie we discussed recently.

This is a fun, quick episode for you to digest where we discuss our first experiences with the Star Wars films growing up, our predictions for what Episode VII has in store (will Han Solo die??) as well as some fun facts about the original editors that you probably didn't know.

Let's face it, you probably didn't even know their names, right? But they've definitely been working on some movies very recently that you've seen. Find out which ones.

And may the force be with you!


  • The Japanese international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars Deleted Magic: This supercut of lost footage from Star Wars: A New Hope offers a glimpse into a lot of stuff off of the cutting room floor, behind-the-scenes footage and editor's notes on why some decisions were made during production. It's very cool to see what could have been for some landmark scenes. Marcia Lucas should be credited for many of the changes that made this film go from mediocre to legendary, including the big finale trench run scene on the Death Star which she practically saved
  • 2015 Movie Trailer Mashup: Sleepy Skunk has cut together an epic mashup of movie trailers from 2015. In fact, he's done one for each year for the past 5 years. Check out this one and then check out the rest on his channel.
  • Tarantino's Hateful Eight vs Disney: Tarantino got furious at Disney because they allegedly are pushing his upcoming 70mm movie The Hateful Eight out of the Cinerama Dome to extend the holiday run of Star Wars Episode VII. He went off on the Howard Stern Radio Show about it.