An example of artistic symmetry in Star Wars: The Force Awakens using the two hexagon structure shapes on the Millennium Falcon

If you draw a line from the right corner of the larger, outer hexagon to the right edge of screen, the length given fits exactly between the left corner of the smaller hexagon to the left edge of screen. The same goes for the bottom of the inner hexagon to the bottom of screen length equals the bottom of larger one to top of screen.

Also, the horizontal X line length equals the vertical Y length line multiplied by two.

Of course, I know that it could be that I just coincidentally paused it there on that specific frame. I just wanted a good shot of the hexagons.

Indiana Jones is a Taoist hero

In all the movies, the character represents someone who embodies some Tao (or Dao) qualities. It’s an Eastern world manner of thinking where, very simply put, it’s better to be in sync with the flow of life. Tao means way as in the way to be is in harmony with the unnamable natural process of things. Indiana continually adjusts or adapts himself to whatever the situation calls for. He never has a true long term plan.

A concept of this is wu-wei. This can be interpreted as action through non-action or to effortlessly react, and in effect appropriately react, to anything. This would be the opposite of taking a contradictory approach to things. Think of an athlete who’s so in tune with what they’re doing, that their actions are effortless. They’re not thinking anymore. Indiana has this quality where he has an immediate, or near immediate, response to anything. Again, he has no plan.

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, he actually says, “I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go,” when he answers Sallah’s question as to what to do next.

I wonder if George Lucas used these ideas when creating the film / character. It’s something of a consensus that he did use some Eastern philosophy in Star Wars.

A theory as to what makes a good story structure for a movie overall – a ‘conspiracy surrounded by a conspiracy’

All good or great movies are structured wherein there’s basically a “core” conspiracy surrounded by a secondary, connected “shell” conspiracy. This may be what makes a story so attractive and appealing as a drama.

It would seem that most of the time, the general population of the film’s universe remains completely unaware of anything that’s ever happening.

Just some examples of the core followed by the shell:

Excalibur (the tale of King Arthur in general) – The previous king has an unknown son. This heir to the throne is hidden, living simply as a squire.

The Star Wars original trilogy – One of the two most powerful, reigning Force users has two unknown children. One of them (the main protagonist) is hidden on a wayward inconsequential planet and is being guarded by one of the last of a now gone religious order, the Jedi.

The sequel trilogy – The Emperor still exists and is manipulating major events from secrecy. He has a granddaughter living nearly invisibly as a scavenger on a little regarded planet.

Blade Runner – There are Replicants (manufactured amalgam persons) that think that they’re human, the two in question have gone as fugitives and are living their lives somewhere. (This demonstrates that this shell doesn’t have to be a the beginning of a movie, it can be shown at the end.)

The Matrix – Reality is an ultra high level virtual reality simulation. There’s single person who has the ability to free everyone.

The Breakfast Club – A group of teenagers from different social strata form a deep connection and become friends, something considered taboo at that time. The janitor knows about it (his acting at the end as he’s watching them walk off).

John Carpenter’s The Thing – Two research stations in Antarctica have a conflict with an alien microscopic organism. One of the two survivors of the encounter may be infected.

The Ghost in the Shell feature film – An AI has achieved the state of life. There’s a violent conflict at an abandoned waterfront location involving this and is publicly announced as a terrorist incident.

(TV) The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Robotech) – A publicly known gigantic alien empty spaceship has for years been studied and restored. What’s unknown is that it’s apparent that it was created by a race of giant humanoids. It’s also top-secret that the new fighter jet based on the ship’s technology is actually a transformable variable mecha that can turn into a robot to combat this alien race, should they ever arrive.

(TV) Westworld – Life-like robots, hosts, considered to be an entertainment marvel are actually being developed to be individual, sentient beings. One of the chief technological designers himself is a host.

I actually realized this when I was looking at my video collection of which half is anime. One by one I noticed this to be the case, and then I saw that this idea extended to all the movies as well.

An unusual relationship between Nikola Tesla’s 3, 6, 9 and 1.618 of phi, or the Golden Ratio

If the number 3 is multiplied by 1.618, the the result is 4.854. The digits of 4.854 added together as single numbers give a sum of 21. If added together, again, as single digits, 2 and 1 equal 3. If you repeat this process each time beginning with 6 and 9, the final numbers will be 6 and 9 just as 3 was. It’s very interesting that these three numbers result in themselves using this formula.

Here as math,

3 x 1.618 = 4.854, 4 + 8 + 5 + 4 = 21, 2 + 1 = 3

6 x 1.618 = 9.708, 9 + 7 + 0 + 8 = 24, 2 + 4 = 6

9 x 1.618 = 14.562, 1 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 2 = 18, 1 + 8 = 9

As a final interesting thing, if 4.854, 9.708, 14.562 are added together a sum of 29.124 is given. As single digits added together this number yields 18. 18 is the first number that 3, 6, and 9 all factor into.

Aside from this, there’s another pattern that emerges from 3, 6, 9.

If beginning with 9 you add 3 and continuously add 3 to every result, a consistent 3, 6, 9 appears. The numbers 12, 15, 18, each added as single digits, equal 3, 6, 9. This will repeat in 21, 24, 27 and after. Occasionally, a larger number sum will result. 39, 48, and 57 will give 12, but all that’s needed is another adding step (12 gives 3) for the series to continue steadily. The numbers 69 and 78 give 15, which then gives 6. This might be infinite even though I just went up to 108.

I find this to be pretty incredible.

 

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

What a fantastic super cinematic movie! They made great pacing choices, and they didn’t cut any corners—right to the grit of it. The day after seeing it, it really settled in as an epic film (more so). I think that this film has a real ‘belongs up their with what are considered classics in film history’ lately. It has a real ‘sweeping epic’ type of feel, no disrespect to other Star Wars films which are fantastic.

It may also be that there’s of an overall story dynamic for the entire sequel trilogy: The Last Jedi was mostly a character driven story (a focus on character development), The Rise of Skywalker was a plot driven story (a focus on the story action), and that The Force Awakens was a 50/50 balance of the two. It kind of makes for a nice flow or structure.

To think, we now live in a time where we can watch the entire sequel trilogy the way that the original trilogy was seen after knowing that Darth Vader is Luke’s father. We can now watch the new three movies knowing Rey is Palpatine’s granddaughter the whole time. Makes for a new watch. Fun rules.

There’s a story mirroring detail between the original and sequel trilogies (one of many) that I particularly enjoyed too. In the final films of both, a Jedi Master Force ghost admits to being wrong about something they did in life. Obi-Wan Kenobi admits to being wrong in thinking that he was be able to train Anakin as well as Yoda had trained him, and Luke admits to being wrong about doubting his faith/the Jedi Order.

The character Rose Tico was used in an interesting way. I got the impression that she represented or was combined with the rest of The Resistance as a whole or singular character. That’s why she was so intense whenever we saw her. They kind of used her as an embodiment of the attitude of it as the other characters had their stories. I think she was balanced fine in that way and wasn’t underused as others have stated.

A couple of other interesting items:

  • I was watching The Force Awakens recently and remembered realizing that when Rey runs, it resembles how the Emperor walks. They both have their arms slightly raised out to the sides and bent at the elbows, hands forward. It could be thought that they have a slightly similar nose too (no disrespect to Daisy Ridley—she’s a cute one).
  • There’s a big plot point cleverly given. They told us Finn was Force sensitive in the final trailer. His voice-over dialogue has him saying ‘instinct’ and ‘feeling’, and Obi-Wan basically tells Luke the same thing while training him on the Millennium Falcon in A New Hope. I know it’s heavily implied in the trailer, but it’s still a nice touch. They went deep on the detail in this movie.

 

Star Wars – Energy dynamics and regulation in relation to the Skywalkers and the Force

It may be that Anakin had to be Darth Vader for a portion of his life. He, as the Chosen One to bring balance to the Force, couldn’t only be good.

Being that Anakin is the regulating factor that will bring the Force (the out of balance energy field) into balance, he’d have to be or embody both good and bad.

It’s very much like an up and then down wave cycle. Beginning at it’s starting point, it went up (positive, good, Anakin) then went down (bad, negative, Darth Vader) before returning to it’s starting point at which time the Emperor is destroyed bringing balance to the Force. (I don’t think that the protagonist in a story has to be both good and bad, but it’s certainly interesting that it’s in Star Wars.)

I think it may help to picture it as two intersecting planes. Anakin’s life is one, and the other is the Force out of and then in balance. Where they intersect is at Anakin’s redemption or return and the other is at the point of the demise of the Emperor.

Basically, Anakin Skywalker’s entire life is a one hertz wave cycle.

In the sequel trilogy, the Force awakens. The energy is expanded and to bring it into harmony the regulating factor is a dyad, or a dyad “inside” the energy field.

Darth Vader knew what he was talking about when he said, “The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

I wonder if the concepts energy dynamics and energy regulating factors or catalysts* were ever a part of the creative processes for both trilogies. George Lucas is a smart guy, and maybe Lucasfilm continued this.

*I know I’m most likely using the wrong terminology here.

 

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