Sunday, June 29, 2014

Report: Positive Vibe on Episode VII Set, Despite Ford Injury

By: Dominic Jones

The last few days have been a wash with rumors about potential delays and panic on the set of Episode VII, in face of Harrison Ford's leg injury.  While we still don't know when Harrison Ford will be back (reports range from 6-8 weeks, to 6 months), it seems the production crew is taking everything in stride.  The good folks over at Jedi News are hearing that the vibe is pretty positive and the crew is in high spirits in face of the setback.  According to their sources, production has been on hold for the past week (which likely why Gwendoline Christie was spotted at Wimbleton) while the heads of production figure out their plan B to deal with the situation.  The hiatus is expected to last for this upcoming week as well while everything is worked out.  

According to Jedi News' source,
"The production was effectively in shutdown last week with the majority of cast and crew on call, but not on set. The same applies to the coming week, or at least the first half of it."

"All the decision makers and big guns were on set and working hard to re-plan the full production, from when talent would be needed to priorities in set build, costume and effects. All department heads attended and held a number of meetings in order to put into effect a plan B to work around Ford's time off."

"The Star Wars crew seem in amazingly high and confident spirits and whilst there has been disruption there is no sense of panic whatsoever. In fact, I would go as far to say they seem supremely confident that they are working on and achieving great things and you would not think any setback had happened."

That sounds to me like the injury to Ford is a setback, but far from the doomsday situation some were predicting.  It sounds like the schedule will have to be completely redone, but the show will go on and the December 18th, 2015 release date will be met.

As for how they may work around the injury, Hollywood Elsewhere is hearing that CGI will be used to put Ford's face on a body double.  According to them,

"A director friend who knows people says he’s “hearing on pretty good authority they’ll be using CGI to put Harrison Ford’s face on a body double, probably his usual stunt double, so he’ll be able to complete his Star Wars, Episode VII role no matter what the state of his recovery will be."

That would be one solution to this problem and this technology does exist (it was used during the prequels to put the actors faces on their stunt doubles during some of the more extreme portions of the Lightsaber duels.  Check out the documentary Within a Minute on the Episode III DVD to see how it's done!)   That being said, I would think that would be a last resort for the crew and they are more likely working on get Harrison back on set as soon as he's ready.

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