An interesting article from Leeshausoftherisingsun on chaos theory in relation to narrative film. Cause and effect is probably a better term for it, as narrative is usually quite tightly controlled, still giving the impression of chaos and the butterfly effect, but not actually recreating the phenomenon. In any case, the alternate narrative threads imaginable without the actions of the minor characters mentioned in this post are mind blowing.


“Well. Hmmhmmhmm. Because, if the gunner had shot the pod that C-3P0 and R2 were in, they wouldn’t have got to Tatooine, they wouldn’t have met Luke, Luke wouldn’t have met Ben, they wouldn’t have met Han and Chewie, they wouldn’t have rescued Princess Leia. None of it would have happened.”

That of course was Tims (from the brilliant TV series Spaced) rather simple yet utterly genius matching of chaos theory and Star Wars, obviously a popular pairing. Films are clearly driven by their main characters, but it’s interesting to see those small actions made by apparently unimportant characters make all the difference. It’s about time these unnamed, mute and unknown cast members are given their due.

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