J.J. Abrams went 'old school' on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 February 2015
J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams has confessed there were times when he went "old school" during the production of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

J.J. Abrams went "old school" when making 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The 48-year-old director claims that although he had top of the range software and effects available to him when making the highly-anticipated film, he admits there were times when he reverted to "old school" methods.

He shared: "I feel like the beauty of this age of filmmaking is that there are more tools at your disposal but it doesn't meant 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."

The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' filmmaker - who claims he's not yet seen a first cut of the movie as it's still being edited - insists that while there are obviously a lot of visual effects involved, he tried to limit them where he could.

Abrams added to Collider: "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."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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