Film director and comic book enthusiast Kevin Smith received a tour of the Star Wars: Episode VII set in Abu Dhabi, via a personal invite from the film’s director, J.J. Abrams. Smith, able to visit the set under a non-disclosure agreement, didn’t spill any important beans but had a few comments on the actual filmmaking process.
“[Abrams] had sent me an email out of the blue while they were shooting in Abu Dhabi last month. So we go to the set and they’re actually shooting, and they’re shooting — and this is what I can’t tell you what they were shooting.
But what I saw I absolutely loved. It was tactile, it wasn’t a series of f—ing green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there it was happening.
I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real — I walked across the set, there were explosions — and it looked like a shot right out of an f–ing Star Wars movie.
[Abrams is] building a tactile world, a world you can touch . And he’s replicating it with all the love of somebody that has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures.”
On one of his featured podcasts, Fat Man on Batman, he once remarked to Mark Hamill that a touchstone of his childhood was the Kenner Star Wars action figures that launched Star Wars merchandise into the stratosphere. Clearly, Star Wars, not unlike Batman, means a lot to Smith, and it’s obvious that he is very excited to see the effort being put into the new movies under a new director. It is especially comforting to hear that Abrams is using more physical pieces during filming and less reliant on green screen techniques, similar to the original trilogy.
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Via [Next New Movies]