When the player chooses their character and enters the game for the first time, the first impression means everything. The first cinematic sets up the mood which the player then walks out into the world.
In this particular sequence. The bounty hunter player has just arrived as a contestant to "The Great Hunt".. a contest amonst bounty hunters for ultimate glory and rights to charge the most extravagant fees.
These cinematic sequences were scripted using a static stage and same system as the quests were scripted. Instead of a screen with text, Star Wars game uses complete voice-over and scripted acting. If the user so wishes, they may quickly skip thru the dialog lines and get ritht to the action.