Another stylistic device that was used extensively by Lucas in the previous Star Wars
films were wipes. Those enable filmmakers to lead the viewers’ eyes
more precisely to certain parts of the frame. In the scene above, Lucas’
wipe cut is going up, leading our eyes to the vastness of the sky,
which nicely underlines Cliegg Lars’ “I know wherever you are ….” – heaven? Also consider that Lars finishes with “….it’s become a better place [than here].” just at the moment when the mourners become visible.
Aesthetic precision is the word to say.
will be interesting to see how JJ Abrams manages to combine his vivid
but somehow sloppy cinematography with the editing technique of wipes
(assuming he will stay true to the Saga’s origins in this case).