I just saw Rogue One and have a question about a possible reference, if it is one.

The Death Star is used twice in RO, just as in A New Hope (it is destroyed before firing the second time in ANH).

In ANH, they used the same footage for the preparation of the blast. In RO I think that I noticed that they also use the same footage (not the footage from ANH but from RO) twice.

Might this be a reference or is it just my imagination?

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    Technically it's a callback not an Easter Egg but...potayto/potahto.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 22:41
  • When you say "material", do you mean they used the same shots/footage/film segment?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 23:38
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    Yes that is what I meant. Sorry for the wrong use of vocabulary, I'm totally new to movies.stackechange :) Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 23:56
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    I don't think that the shots were CGI, they did Tarkin in CGI though. But the "preparation" shots for the Death Star blast were (mostly, I'm not entirely sure about everything) non-CGI imo. Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 2:10
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    They do use some of the original footage in the shots of the technicians that do that actual button pressing.
    – sirjonsnow
    Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 17:07

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Based on the similarities between the shots of the firing sequence, it is surely a tribute to A New Hope.

But the shots are not exactly the same. There are slight differences.

There's a cool side-by-side video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvrCjfnS5SM

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