Saw It For You: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer (2014)


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”
  • Connor_Rosine

    Leaked Episode VIII Title: "Hey, what are Luke and Leia up to?"

  • Lou

    Wildstone Solo takes aim and pulls the trigger on his father's blaster – time slows and we zoom in to see that each projectile fired from the blaster is actually a tiny lightsaber…

  • JLC

    24. The credits are slashed aside by a red lightsaber. A fakeout; The teaser has not ended. The letters fall to the ground, revealing a man in a pitch-black cloak. He moves aside the hood, unveiling the weathered face of Lando Calrissian. He has shaved his mustache, replacing it with two blood-red lightsaber blades growing on his upper lip.
    25. "Darth Killrissian. Come to me," comes a booming voice. He approaches the dark throne of his Sith master.
    26. The camera pans up to reveal Boba Fett, now Darth Hunter, yellow eyes glowing behind his helmet with dark side power. Both of his arms have been replaced with lightsabers, and both of his legs. His jetpack is now just several lightsabers attached together strapped to his back. His trademark gun remains the same, except now it shoots lightsabers. Smash to black.
    27. Fade in: We're now in Wildstone's bedroom. He's speaking to his sweetheart, Wedgia Antilles, and telling her that they cannot be together because his father does not approve. Wedgia mentions Wildstone's best friend, young Jimmy Ackbar, and we get the sense there's a bit of a love triangle going on between these young companions. The orchestra reaches a crescendo as they look out on the beauty of a Tatooine morning, holding each other one last time before Wildstone must leave. Wedgia does her best to manage this around Wildstone's saber-arm.
    28. Quick cut: Wildstone and his good friend, Monny Mothma Jr., are taking a joy-fly in a few borrowed X-wings. Suddenly, an explosion. They have been ambushed by Grieftroopers. Wildstone's ship goes down.
    29. Quick cut: Wildstone's body has been found by some old hermit and is being patched up in his cave. "Who are you?" Wildstone asks of his savior. The hermit removes his hood.
    30. The final shot is Luke Skywalker's scarred and lined face. One of his eyes has been lost, the remnant of some forgotten battle, and it has been replaced with a lightsaber. He says, apropos of nothing, "But the battle has just begun." Smash to black.
    31. The letters that appear onscreen are made entirely from lightsaber blades. "THE FORCE AWAKENS in December 2015." The lightsabers disappear again, and the last noise is of Darth Hunter's haunting laugh. (Voice for Darth Hunter performed by Tom Kenny)

    • krisstraub

      ok — the saberstache got me

      • JackLovesComics

        Thank you Mr. Straub

        I have responded to your positive reinforcement by making an intensedebate account for this site

        I thank you and good day to you sir

        • Wort

          And he never got upvoted again…

  • Kyle_Douglas

    I was so happy to see B-Wings in the trailer. Those ships have never gotten enough credit in the fandom. I literally can't wait to buy a toy of the new B-X-Wing combination!

    And I do mean literally. I just blew $300 ordering four B-Wing toys and duct tape from Amazon.

  • _Lou_

    Wildstone Solo takes aim and pulls the trigger of his father's blaster – time slows down and we zoom in to see that each projectile fired from the blaster is actually a miniature lightsaber.

  • Hagrok

    I'm just excited to see RoboGoofers on the big screen again!

  • Frank De Raedt

    They really let the ball drop though. Websites not even registered yet. They should do that before releasing teasers..

  • olivejuice

    plz read in upcoming podcast 😛

  • kingklash

    Well, I think…… *smash to black*

  • MySaberBody

    Damn, I got yellow

  • re: mysaberbody

    Lightsabers don't even come in brown!

    • dagfooyo

      They do… if you join the back side of the force. Yes, feel the power of the back side. Let the brown flow through you…