One advantage I held over Williams’ original score is in regards to the placement of the music, which I was able to accomplish without the commercial concerns of a studio. It must be noted that Williams himself was not solely responsible for placing his music in the film. Any film has directors, producers, and editors who can override the composer and have the final say in the matter. This filmmaking hierarchy is glaringly obvious in Star Wars when it is evaluated from a musical standpoint.
Several key scenes in the film feature no music, such as lightsaber battles and scene changes. The lack of music in these instances can make for an awkward visual experience in certain instances. In addition to the scenes in the film in which there is no music being played, there are many moments in which the wrong theme is played during crucial moments of the film (such as Leia’s theme playing during Obi-Wan’s death). Below I have outlined a few of these instances and compared them to my own musical choices in scoring the film.