Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer (2014)

Shot-by-Shot Description

  1. A stir of trilling violins and a vast expanse of desert sand. A deep, brooding voiceover: “Have you felt it?”
  2. A stormtrooper, sans helmet, leaps up into frame. He’s not a Jango Fett clone. He’s panicked, sweating. He turns to look behind him as the sound of an Imperial probe droid looms in the distance. Smash to black.
  3. A small droid that resembles an R2 unit balancing on a soccer ball, rapidly turning. It is speeding along the ground on front of what might be a Mos Eisley-like desert spaceport. Behind it, it is towing via magnetic cable a hovering cargo box. The box is labeled “Wildstone.” Smash to black.
  4. A troop transport, lined with stormtroopers in some kind of black mesh armor. A cloaked figure stalks the narrow space between rows. He barks: “Cortosis up.” Each trooper touches a control on their gauntlets, and the black mesh hums and turns a matte gray. Voiceover: “They have no idea what’s coming.” Smash to black.
  5. The rolling droid rolls up a metal ramp, dragging the cargo box behind it, and the camera pans ahead of it to show a large desert outpost gate opening. Bustling beyond are rebels and civilians, making preparations. The sign above the gate reads “Wildstone Solo Enterprises.” Smash to black.
  6. A huge, darkened hangar. Lights above turning on in rows, illuminating mech suit after mech suit — resembling desert-camo versions of General Grevious. A woman in flight suit steps into one of them and takes hold of two armatures as it appears to power up. Smash to black.
  7. Voiceover on black screen: “The Sith…”
  8. Fade up on a close low shot of black boots, walking on a metal pathway. Ominous horns bray uneasily as the camera pans up, revealing that the pair of boots have no one in them — they are confidently striding forward by themselves. They stop. The camera pulls away from them to reveal a larger room, with tense and confused civilians staring at the boots. Smash to black.
  9. Voiceover on black screen: “… have evolved.”
  10. Smash to the same shot. The purr and ignition sound of a lightsaber, but much lower than any we’ve ever heard: two red saberbeams erupt from the black boots, but join as they jolt upward, instantly forming a glowing lightsaber-red blade man. A man made of lightsaber light. Smash to black.
  11. Voiceover on black screen: “Now, where is your son… Mister Solo?”
  12. Fade up on Harrison Ford, lit from beneath. He’s strapped to some kind of rack, bent over a glowing torture panel reminiscent of the one from The Empire Strikes Back. He’s dirty and tired, but his eyes sparkle unnaturally. Ford looks directly into the camera, and intones: “Call me Han. And the Sith aren’t the only ones who’ve evolved.”
  13. Han Solo’s eyes erupt forth into green beams of light — not beams, but lightsabers — destroying the torture machine. He turns his head to glance at his left hand, swiveling the eye-saber directly onto the restraint, which explodes in a shower of sparks. Smash to black.
  14. The familiar blare of horns that is the main Star Wars theme! Quick cut: The lid of the “Wildstone” box opening. A mechanical hand connected to a saber-energy arm reaches in and retrieves Han Solo’s old blaster.
  15. Quick cut: Four B-Wings join cockpits, becoming an X-Wing with four pilots.
  16. Quick cut: A platoon of Desert Grieftroopers, running head-on into a battle on the sands. One carries a telescoping standard, which extends and unfurls a flag with a “W” logo, and beneath that: “Wildstone.”
  17. Quick cut: A space battle in orbit above a lush green planet. A star destroyer’s tip begins to blossom open into four pieces. It may be an X-Wing.
  18. Quick cut: The mechanical hand from before raises the blaster to a teen’s face. He has a bright pink undercut, and John Lennon-esque shades which darken, Transitions-style, as the bright saber-arm light reflects off of them. He dons a shit-eating grin. This is Wildstone Solo, Han’s son.
  19. Quick cut: Camera angle from an extreme low angle. Grieftroopers run forward at the edges of the screen. Wildstone runs in and stops in frame. A hero shot. He whistles and says “Falcon, on my target.” A moment of silence… then the nostalgic roar of the Millennium Falcon‘s engines as the beloved Corellian freighter glides forward on Wildstone’s command. The freighter is Wildstone’s pet to command.
  20. The camera turns on multiple axes, keeping the speeding Falcon in frame as the blue skies above the desert erupt into laser fire. The Falcon’s target? A Death Star-shaped dropship… releasing thousands of bright-red Sabersith onto the battlefield. Smash to black.
  21. The score soars to its crescendo. The logo on a starfield: Star Wars. The words “Star” and “Wars” separate to reveal the subtitle between them: The Force Awakens.
  22. Beneath Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears the words “Episode VII: The Rise of Wildstone.”
  23. Smash to black. “Coming December 2015. Awaken the Force in you at”