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Watch Star Wars & The Dark Knight Evolve in Real Time

Watch Star Wars & The Dark Knight Evolve in Real Time

Obviously, it takes countless creative steps to go from words on paper to frames of film. Plenty of movie crews have made their screenplays, storyboards, concept art, and other preparatory material available for fans to dive into, of course. However, even the most savvy cinephile can have a tough time trying to connect the dots and track how exactly a scene in a script becomes an iconic moment on screen.

An editor with the alias “Glass Distortion” has gone ahead and made that all a bit easier for everybody, digging through the archives of flicks like The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back to show the ideas for scenes evolving… in real time, basically. A split-screen compares the final film on the left with storyboards on the right. Above all that, excerpts from the screenplay fly by as they correspond to plot beats. Sluglines, scene descriptions, dialog–everything. It’s a cool and tidy way to re-experience some of our favorite scenes and get a concentrated dose of information about how they came to be.

Remember Luke’s first (hallucinatory) duel with Darth Vader in the swamps of Dagobah? This clip goes a bit further, actually retrofitting Ivor Beddoes’ boards into animatics to show how “pre-viz” might’ve worked before the digital era.

Another “duel” between a hero and villain: Batman’s high-speed stand-off with a truck-driving Joker on the streets of Gotham. Gabriel Hardman’s boards are bit more technical, with plenty of arrows signifying movement. The speed at which the screen descriptions fly by also puts to the test that old rule-of-thumb about how one page of script equals one minute of screen time.

Considering how faithfully Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake trailer recreates shots, it’s probably not too hard to see the animated original as a feature-length animatic, now. Glass Distortion had such a thought as she edited together a different kind of split-screen comparison, juxtaposing Emma Watson and her cohorts with their toon analogs.

Have you ever gotten a surprise when seeing the scripts or storyboards for your favorite movies? Share your revelations in the talkback.

Featured Image Credit: Glass Distortion

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