Admittedly, Star Wars has had POV shots during space battles before, most famously in A New Hope‘s Death Star trench run. However, it sounds like Rogue One will be taking things to the next level by offering moviegoers a full, 180-degree panoramic view of the action. Edwards’ camera will be free-flowing, almost a documentary style, as opposed to the stationary cinematography in the earlier films. That should prove to be very exciting for fans to see up on the big screen, especially since Rogue One will be playing in IMAX 3D locations. Star Wars is always a must-see in theaters do to its status as blockbuster entertainment, but it sounds like this particular sequence will be enhanced with the premium format.
Edwards also discussed what it was like to be behind-the-camera for these scenes, implying that they will rank amongst the most immersive in the whole franchise:
“The second it was over, I got so transported to a galaxy far, far away that I had forgotten I was in Pinewood [Studios], you know? I had forgotten that I was just Gareth with a camera. I mean, I thought I was in this space battle.”
Rogue One‘s journey to completion was quite difficult, as the cast and crew had to reassemble over the summer for extensive reshoots, but it’s nice to hear that Edwards was able to have fun while working on what is unquestionably his most pressure-packed film to date. Many of the people working on the new Star Wars movies in the Disney era grew up with the original trilogy and are longtime fans of the galaxy far, far away, so getting the opportunity to lend their talents to the beloved franchise is a special one indeed. If Rogue One‘s space battle is even half as thrilling to watch as it was for Edwards to shoot, audiences will be in for a tremendous treat.