The Torture Droid Scene

Looks like i need to clarify my comment where i mentioned that the torture droid shot being removed. No, it has nothing to do with droids not being able to feel pain… The reason that i want to alter this section is down to one thing: the cartoonish slapstick type of thing that started in ROTJ and really plagues the PT. This is a Gonk droid being tortured, so why the hell does it sound like some childish cartoon character? It turns a torture scene into a joke. Same type of thing happens throughout the film. Boba’s cartoonish scream as he flies through the air and into the sarlaac, followed by it burping, the Endor battle is littered with this stuff. A battle that is supposed to be the rebels last big fight loses any sense of tension or dread when slapstick is added by the ewoks. Humour is fine but the way it was added in ROTJ for the most part was tonally mismatching with the scenes happening.

Now we know that droids can feel pain. This is evident when R2 is re-attatching 3P0’s leg in ESB and he zaps him. So there is no problem with droids being tortured. Like i said, it’s the cartoonish nature that i’ve always hated about that scene ever since i first saw it in 1983.

The torture scene will be still there but i’m hoping to alter the audio side of things. One to make it sound more like a Gonk Droid and Two, to remove the cartoonish nature of the scene. As it stands now it sounds more like an old fashioned Disney cartoon character having a wet fish stuck down it’s pants 😉

Anyway, onto other things. Over the next coming weeks i’ll be taking scenes that i plan to alter and go a bit more in-depth on my reasoning as to why i will be altering them.

Also, i’m going to be having a clear out of a few items to help raise cash for the next stage of ROTJ. ( The endor live shoot and the materials needed for models/ miniature sets amongst other things needed to complete the edit.) This will be followed ( once i know how much funds were raised so i will know a total to set the donation drive at). I’ll post some pictures of some of the stuff that will be up for grabs at the weekend and then stick them up for sale in the week.

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