J.J. Abrams while attending the Visual Effects Society Awards in which he was given the Visionary Award took a bit of time before the ceremony and talked to the folks over at Collider about a liitle movie he directed, Star Wars and a little about Star Trek.
For much of 2015 J.J. Abrams will be one of Hollywood’s most talked to if not most interviewed director just because he’s currently putting together one of 2015’s most highly anticipated movies that just happens to take place a long, long time ago.
One of the things Abrams talked about is the very unique lightsaber that the whole world was given a glimpse of in “The Force Awakens” teaser trailer back in November.
“I will say that what’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics…I’ve gotten things that are nuts, and I’ve gotten people who’ve shown how it’ll kill you and how it doesn’t make any sense. It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing.”
Abrams continued by saying.
“It was a number of conversations [that led to the design]. It was a sketch that became a whole thing and, you know, this was not done without a lot of conversation and it’s fun to see people have the conversation that we had, but in reverse.”
Abrams has generated a lot of talk when he took the director chair for “The Force Awakens” when said he would use practical effects where ever possible in order to bring Star Wars back to more an original trilogy feel and look. This in my opinion is not a bad thing either.
Abrams talked about his use of practical effects and CG for Episode VII.
“I feel like the beauty of this age of filmmaking is that there are more tools at your disposal, but it doesn’t mean that any of these new tools are automatically the right tools. And there are a lot of situations where we went very much old school and in fact used CG more to remove things than to add things.”
“There are obviously an enormous amount of CG effects in the film, and I can’t wait for you to see the combination. But it was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, sort of authentic quality that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space with real sunlight, if it was an exterior scene, or if we could build a big portion of a scene and not have anything be blue screen, do it where we could. It was a very important piece of work.”
Abrams also confirmed that he will be an executive producer for Episode VIII and Episode IX as the Star Wars franchise moves forward.
Of course when you talk to Abrams you can’t help but ask about that other sci-fi franchise that he helped reboot in 2009, Star Trek. If you follow the rebooted Trek franchise then your aware of the fact that Simon Pegg has signed on to co-write the next Star Trek movie. When asked about his thoughts on Pegg, Abrams had this to say.
“Simon and I had talked quite a bit about story, he had a lot of wonderful ideas. It just sort of felt obvious that he would be a wonderful person to work on the story and help craft the story, so he’s working on it.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
The next Star Trek movie is scheduled for a July 2016 release, Abrams producing.