Friday, October 24, 2014

Cinematographer Greig Fraser is Working on Gareth Edwards Directed Stand Alone Film

By: Dominic Jones

Outside of the director (Gareth Edwards), the writer (Gary Whitta), and the release date (December 16, 2016), very little is known about the first stand alone Star Wars film.  As we expected, more details are making their way out as we get closer to the production of the film.  One new detail was revealed this week when cinematographer Greig Fraser spoke with Hitfix and revealed he is working with Edwards on the new film.  He had a very funny exchange with Hitfix about this job, which you can read below,

And you're doing a "Star Wars" movie!

And then I'm doing a f**king "Star Wars" movie, which is like – I don't know about you but "Star Wars" is like my first film love, do you know what I mean?

For a lot of people, yeah.

Princess Leia was the first woman that I kind of went, "Yeah, she's all right, that one."

Which one is Gareth doing?

Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it's obviously something I've signed my kidneys away for.

So you can't even tell me what it is, if it's the Han Solo movie or if it's the Boba Fett movie or what.

No. I can't tell you what it's about. I think I signed my left kidney to Disney and my right kidney to George Lucas. So I'd hate to be talking to you next time when I'm on dialysis.

[Laughs.] Well I liked "Godzilla" quite a bit, actually. So I'm pretty excited you're collaborating with him.

Did you see "Monsters?"

I did, yeah.

That's the thing that made me a fan of Gareth because, you know, filmmaking's hard. Like it's so hard and that guy took a camera down to Mexico and shot, directed — he took an editor and a sound guy and that was it and two actors. And he basically made a film. And he wasn't bound by the handcuffs that most filmmakers are bound by, which is, "We don't have a tank going across the road so we can't shoot that shot." He just went, "Well, there's a truck. I'll just shoot the truck and then turn the truck into a tank." He wasn't bound by the same mental brain space that handcuffs directors into not doing things or doing things when they've got permission. I was really impressed by the size of the guy's cojones because he went out and made a film that was totally anti-establishment and it was good. I hadn't seen "Godzilla" when I took "Star Wars." I haven't seen movies in ages because of the kids but I sat down and I watched it with him and we talked about all the pros and all the cons. And we basically just talked about what we loved about each of the ["Star Wars"] films and what we hated about each of the films.

Does it have a title?

It does have a working title but I don't know if it's up to me to tell you what that is.

Alright, alright.

Sorry, dude. I'm terrified, man! You know, after "Zero Dark Thirty," I was so terrified that someone was going to trip me up on something or the CIA was gonna, like, knock at my door and go, "You shouldn't have said that."

I hear you. But it's awesome. It was just five years ago that we were sitting at a table in a restaurant talking about "Bright Star." Now you're doing "Star Wars."

Yeah. And the thing is, it's never been my goal to do "big" films because a big film in itself is not very interesting to me. I don't love big films for the sake of big films. It's not been a career drive to get to that point. But it's really exciting purely just because it's such a big part of my childhood. And also, too, dude, if I f**k it up then I f**k up my childhood. So, you know, the pressure's on!

It's great to hear that another life long fan has been brought on board to work on the new films!  And on behalf of everyone here at the SWU, I would just like to say Welcome to the Star Wars family Greig.

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