Beautiful work from digital painter Andy Fairhurst
Based on the assumption that the speeder itself is approximately 4 meters long, WIRED’s Rhett Allain offers up a detailed analysis concluding that the speeder is traveling at around 167 mph during that opening pan from the second Force Awakens trailer.
For those of you keeping track, this means that it should be able to traverse the entire length of that Imperial-class star destroyer wreckage in 21.4 seconds.
Possibly even more interesting, Allain also makes an attempt to quantify the artificial “shake” that’s visible in a shot that most likely never involved an actual physical camera.
His results are largely inconclusive, but he has published the complete data set for the camera motion over time if anyone wants to dig in deeper.
So with Star Wars Celebration Anaheim well underway and May the 4th soon to be with us, I thought it would be a good time to take a minute and go over the Force Awakens footage that has been released so far.
Warning: the following post contains known facts, vicious rumors (some of which are baseless and others which are suspiciously well-sourced) and wild, untamed speculation. The potential for movie spoilers is significant. You have been warned.