Bookmark Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey Editor’s Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey talk about the immense pressures and joys in working with J.J. Abrams on the box office hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Force Awakens is the 7th installment of the Star Wars film series. The film takes place 30 years after the death of Darth Vader and the defeat of the Empire. The Force Awakens stars characters Rey and a defiant Stormtrooper who join forces to find Luke Skywalker. Brandon and Markey illustrate the meticulous nature of editing such a large-scale fan favorite.