Friday, April 06, 2007

The Ex-Admiral

Looking for more sound design ideas from watching film commentaries. Watching 'The Empire Strikes Back' with a commentary from director Irvin Kershner is like watching it with an elderly relative. There's little doubt that it's probably the best of the Star Wars films to date, but he clearly took the idea of "commentary" too literally and tells you exactly what you are seeing on the screen, spelling out the jokes and plot.

My favourite example of this (and I admit I didn't watch it all) was the beginning of DVD chapter 32 (about 1 hour 10 minutes into the film). Dramatic music and menacing Imperial spaceships set the scene. Cut to an interior where a man in uniform drops to his knees and collapses. Kershner utters the immortal words "This guy's had it. He's the ex-Admiral. He's just been killed by Darth Vader."

I Googled to see if this had made other people laugh but mostly found a lot of thumbs up for his obvious "enthusiasm" and pondering about why George Lucas didn't have him direct the more recent trilogy.

All sorts to make a world, etc.

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