Wednesday, December 9, 2015

JJ Abrams Talks 3D, Only Directing One Star Wars Film, and More

By: Dominic Jones

The Associated Press sat down with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director to talk about the upcoming film.  Abrams spoke about seeing the film in 3D, working with the Lucasfilm Stroy Group's Pablo Hidalgo, and his decision to only direct the first film in the new trilogy.

On the subject of 3D, Abrams said,
"As someone who really hasn't been the most vocal advocate of 3-D, the strangest thing happened to me on this. When I was watching the reels in 3-D, there were a number of shots — and I know this sounds insane — that I hadn't understood in the three-dimensional space quite the way I did when I saw them in 3-D. I actually felt that there were things that were playing better in 3-D. I had never felt that before. And if people have access to a theater that has laser projection, it is shockingly better."

On working with Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo,
"He was not only unstumpable but he was immediate. I would send him an email at almost any hour asking some arcane question and I'd hit send and I'd hear "ding" and he'd already have responded with an answer. What you realize, by the way, in working on these movies is that even things that are canon, that are beloved and absolute to fans, are very much fluid and in flux. For example, the Millennium Falcon itself, the cockpit changed dramatically from the first to the second movie. It's much bigger in "The Empire Strikes Back." Even things that are even the most fundamental and beloved are changing before our eyes and we don't even notice it."

On his decision to only direct one Star Wars movie and not the whole trilogy, Abrams told the AP,
"It's a bittersweet choice. On one hand, I felt like if this movie works for people, then that's the way you want to go out. You don't want to necessarily have to top something that worked. And if it's a disaster, no one would want me to direct the next one anyway. It was only a win."

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