This Is Why You Never Feel the Full Runtime of ‘Dune: Part Two’


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  • Joe Walker is happy with the sandworm sequence & highlights the significance of steadiness in enhancing.
  • Memes associated to
    Dune: Half Two
    have been well-received and present the movie’s cultural impression.
  • Sustaining the momentum and rhythm of the practically three-hour movie was a key aim for Walker as an editor.


Dune: Part Two marks a landmark achievement within the sci-fi style and what large-scale epics may be. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Half Two follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his ascension to energy as he seeks revenge towards Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård) for the destruction of Home Atreides. The movie options an all-star solid that features Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Rebecca Ferguson.


Bringing the world of Arrakis to life is not any small feat. Fortunately, the editor of each Dune and its sequel, Joe Walker, was greater than as much as the duty. After successful his first Oscar for enhancing Dune: Half One, Walker reteamed with Villeneuve to assemble the story of Paul’s infiltration of the Fremen. Walker beforehand labored with Villeneuve because the editor on Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049.

Throughout this interview with Collider, Joe Walker explains why he’s most happy with how the sandworm sequence got here out, in addition to the scenes between Paul and Stilgar (Bardem). Plus, he reveals how a lot he enjoys the memes which have come from the film. Walker additionally explains how the movie was in a position to hold transferring ahead regardless of its practically three-hour runtime.


You may watch the total interview within the video above, or you possibly can learn the transcript beneath.

Dune: Part Two

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen whereas in search of revenge towards the conspirators who destroyed his household.


Joe Walker Loves Seeing ‘Dune: Half Two’ Memes

Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) faces off with Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (Austin Butler) in 'Dune: Part Two'
Picture through Warner Brothers

COLLIDER: So Joe, how has it been for you seeing all of the reward for Dune: Half Two?

WALKER: It is wild, is not it? It is wild. Not in your wildest goals would you be getting this type of response. I like the truth that it was somewhat bit like that on Arrival when there have been lots of memes with Amy Adams standing there with the whiteboard the place folks had been, you realize, placing “covfefe” or one thing on it. It was like while you see it seep into the tradition. I’ve seen lots of references to it not too long ago. I form of at all times really feel like that is notably joyous that you just really feel such as you’re a part of the cultural alternate. I like that.


Talking of which, with Challengers that simply got here out, there have been cuts of Dune with the Challengers rating on high of it. Have you ever seen that?

WALKER: I have not. I’ve obtained to take a look at that now. You may need to ship me a hyperlink.

Oh my gosh, I should ship you a hyperlink as a result of it’s glorious.

WALKER: I like it. I like folks enjoying and fascinating with it, however what’s extraordinary is, I’ve met individuals who’ve seen it over 20 instances. Are you able to consider that? And it is like, that is spectacular. Deeply spectacular. Folks simply appear to wish to hold going again and delving. They do not need that world to cease, which is absolutely mission achieved. I imply, for an editor, that is what you are aiming for is to undergo a considerable story with an viewers however form of depart them wanting some extra. So it appears like we obtained that proper. However getting there, that is what it is all about for me. But it surely’s so gratifying. I am unable to let you know.


Joe Walker Explains How He Stored the Momentum Going For ‘Dune: Half Two’s Runtime

Nicely, really, what you do is so essential as a result of it is by means of the edit that we get the visuals, the script, the world of Dune to return alive. You simply talked about that you have heard some folks have seen it over 20 instances. This film is 2 hours and 46 minutes, nevertheless it actually does go by so rapidly. For you, while you had been enhancing this, how did you keep that sort of momentum as you introduced this collectively?

WALKER: Generally they’re alternative ways. The edit is the final form of script cross, should you like. You begin with a script, after which it turns into storyboards and idea artwork, after which it turns into flesh and blood. Truly there is a step the place he’ll return, Denis [Villeneuve] will return to the script and adapt it to suit. The storyboards are an actual conceptual exercise of the entire movie and the idea artwork. They develop how the world works. How do the arms of the harvester transfer with the intention to then place Paul and Chani [Zendaya] in peril within the shadows of that arm or the leg? So all of that is been occurring, then your flesh and blood, and you have these wonderful sorts of performances to play with.


I come from a music background, so it is at all times like the massive plus is working with efficiency, and these wonderful performances and adjudicating these little moments. For instance, Stilgar [Bardem] and Paul speaking about centipedes. It is form of like, you possibly can see that Paul could be very preoccupied; but in addition [Bardem] simply offers me these incredible reactions to play with that makes Stilgar extraordinarily humorous at instances, which is one thing you actually need after you’ve got simply seen a girl practically kill herself from taking a poison. It is kind of like a reduction, nevertheless it’s additionally deeply rooted in character. So that you’re enjoying with all these components within the edit. I believe the reality is, you realize, me and Denis have labored collectively quite a few instances now, and it is at all times attempting to form of seek for that final reduce, the one the place issues click on into place. I am not essentially going to say that every thing is ideal in that, nevertheless it appears like if we modify it way more, it is not going to have one thing that it is obtained, which is that momentum and the sense of the thread, the rope is pulled sturdy. Generally that is to do with rebalancing scenes.


For instance, I believe in Dune: Half Two, one of many greater adjustments was to do with in the midst of the movie, feeling such as you permit Paul to climb all the way in which as much as chief. From outsider to insider. Then you definitely go to Feyd [Austin Butler], and also you see the rise of Feyd. It felt just like the kind of balancing of that was proper, the way in which that we ended up doing it, and that advanced that method. In Dune: Half One, generally it is shaping scenes to intercut them extra reasonably than stringing them collectively extra and feeling an extended large wave. Within the case of Paul’s, you possibly can obtain that in numerous methods. With Paul discovering the ring within the tent is a very good instance the place they had been sequential scenes, and we ended up form of melting them in order that Paul discovers the dying similtaneously we do. So it is form of a simultaneity of emotional resonance. God, hey, the cinema could be happy with me for that sentence. However you realize what I imply? That is within the wheelhouse of the editor to attempt to form of discover the optimum passage by means of these greater story beats.


Generally it is about simply being selective and giving the perfect place for one thing and discovering a rhythm for issues. However Half Two was very a lot leaning into the action-adventure. Loads of it was simply actually having fun with enjoying with the large recreation that was in entrance of me.

Joe Walker’s Favourite Scenes From ‘Dune: Half Two’ Embody the Sandworm Trip and Paul’s Battle With Feyd-Rautha

Even trying again in your time enhancing this in put up, is there a personality you would like that you just had extra response photographs of that you just wish to reduce away throughout a scene? You talked about Stilgar bringing some levity within the midst of some actually darkish, dramatic stuff that was occurring.


WALKER: They’re all incredible characters. Let’s simply reduce to the fast. You could possibly get a very large impression from reducing to Woman Jessica [Ferguson], for instance, for little moments the place she’s kind of preventing with Chani. The battle with Feyd and Paul, which is principally a kind of duel to the dying and an especially form of visceral battle, was very rigorously shot over, I believe, 4 or 5 days. However really, simply placing in these little reactions. There’s an unbelievable considered one of Jessica standing when she thinks that Paul’s lifeless and gonna die. You see the entire world of hope collapse on Stilgar’s face and Josh [Brolin], Gurney’s character, additionally, his enamel have by no means been extra gritted. These, they’re very brief, nevertheless it’s at all times about character. It is at all times about character. It is at all times pushed by that. I do not know, it is a form of pleasure. I did not really feel the necessity for any greater than they gave me, which is simply beautiful.

Of the ultimate product, what had been your favourite scenes or sequences that you just had been in a position to piece collectively and edit?


WALKER: Look, everyone’s gonna say the worm experience was most likely probably the most sophisticated shoot. It was a 44-day shoot and immensely troublesome for them to seize and get as a lot of it finished virtually. I beloved reducing the Paul-Feyd battle on the finish. I like these little moments the place, for instance, you narrow — you do not need the factor to be an awesome noise. You need little shapes and breaths to interrupt issues up. For instance, the second the place the ornithopter falls from the sky behind Chani, it is just a bit second the place you in the reduction of; you do not hear something. You simply hear Chani go [heavy breathing] after which bang! After which Hans [Zimmer] is available in as large.

I do not know, I loved all of these, however I like the truth that it embraces these large set items, however additionally they have these tiny little intimate scenes. I actually beloved the Stilgar and Paul scenes, particularly, to chop. I am actually, actually pleased with the way in which that that reduce collectively — Paul’s wonderful reactions. And Paul and Chani had been at all times form of a little bit of a dream. There was such nice chemistry there. So I do not know. I am unable to slim it down to at least one factor. There have been simply many. It was simply filled with items, actually.


You sound like a really proud dad or mum of all the photographs that you just obtained. Joe, thanks a lot for chatting with me, and once more, congratulations.

WALKER: Thanks, Meredith. Thanks for the beautiful questions.

Dune: Half Two is obtainable to buy on digital now and on 4K UHD on Could 14.

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