Video Essay – Death Vader Death Scene

This week we learned how great or not so great a film can turn out based on final editing. The concept of editing and film making that stood to me the most is timing. I learned that to cutting away to soon maybe not give you the full concept of the emotion or worse maybe make the emotion unbelieveable.

For my essay, I chose to look at the Darth Vader Death Scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The scene is mostly a dialogue between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader shot in Shot/Reverse Shot in long lense (I believe). One of the things that stood out to me was the lighting on each of the actors. Luke has more light on him, and Darth Vader’s side in more dark (the Dark Side). However, when you Luke removes him helmet there is dark and half light. To me this represented Vader’s struggle between the light and dark side.

Here is my final video essay.

The video below is about how editing saved Star Wars. Check it out. It’s pretty interesting.