Screen wipes are prevalent in all the other Star Wars films, but were they used in Rogue One?

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    No. That's why all the screens are dirty.
    – Valorum
    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:57
  • I vaguely remember seeing a circular wipe as the credits came in, which I think I noticed in part because I didn't remember seeing any others.
    – alexwlchan
    Dec 31, 2016 at 13:36
  • @alexwlchan - You're right. I've added it to my answer below.
    – Valorum
    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:26

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There is a single iris wipe at the end of the film as we move into the credits, however (see below) this isn't true for the rest of the film.

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Rogue One doesn't use any of the trademark "Star Wars Wipes" that you see in the other Star Wars films. It tends to make extensive use of audio J-Cuts to introduce minor scene transitions and visual Match-cuts to introduce major scene transitions in place of where the 'wipes' would usually go.

The yellow light on Jyn's face matches the colour and shape of the Rogue One logo
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The circular window in Saw Garrerra's apartment matching the shape of the planet
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The triangle formed by Tarkin's head and body matches the shape of the pyramid on Yavin
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The blue lighting on Mon Mothma's face matches the blue of hyperspace
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The interior lighting on Jyn's face matches the black/red of Mustafar
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This was a highly conscious choice by the film's director and producer to put a unique "stamp" onto the film as being separate and distinct from the main continuity films.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy was very supportive of Edwards’ desire to experiment and to give the film its own unique personality: “The Star Wars saga films have a responsibility to maintain a continuity of tone and stylistic device. Things like the crawl at the beginning, and the wipes. But with the standalone films we’re relaxing some of those rules so that we can try stylistic and tonal experiments that depart a bit from what we’ve seen and are exciting.”

Director Gareth Edwards puts own stamp to Star Wars with “Rogue One”

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    "Tarkin's head matching the shape of the pyramid on Yavin" - uh ... that requires a lot of fantasy to recignize. Dec 31, 2016 at 9:50
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    @O.R.Mapper - This might help - i.stack.imgur.com/24ODL.png
    – Valorum
    Dec 31, 2016 at 10:07
  • @Valorum I'm getting a certificate warning for your imgur link.
    – jcm
    Dec 31, 2016 at 10:58
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    @Valorum: Well, I guess that works for almost any two images that feature some contours ;) Dec 31, 2016 at 10:58
  • @O.R.Mapper -Indeed, and if it wasn't one example out of half a dozen, you could certainly argue that it was a coincidence.
    – Valorum
    Dec 31, 2016 at 11:02

Screen wipe happened once when introducing death star, it wasn't a wipe necessarily, but the immense shadow over a star destroyer

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    I think the point was that it wasn't a wipe. The director used shadow to make it look like a wipe was happening, then subverted it.
    – Valorum
    Jan 1, 2017 at 8:39

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