“This isn’t reminiscent of another creature or something we feel like we’ve seen in these films before.”
You worked on both The Force Awakens and Rogue One prior to this. What was significantly different this time around, either with workload or aesthetic?
Rian as a director was very, very clear. He had the whole story in his head. So, when we first started to meet with Rian he could tell us the story. And he could tell us moments, in almost incredible detail. And that was great because we had a really good starting point. And I think he really pushed us very hard in areas where we had to start taking a slightly more independent step forward. We often refer back to the original films or take Ralph McQuarrie’s work or Joe Johnston’s work. But, as a filmmaker Rian was taking those first new steps to where we need to be in the future. And so, it was important for us to think along those terms. We understand the world of Star Wars, but what had to be done here was to say this isn’t reminiscent of another creature or something we feel like we’ve seen in these films before and let’s try something new and hope it will fit in that world.
The Last Jedi is out in wide release now.