Working under extreme pressure and holed up in a studio far far away, it’s not surprising that we haven’t seen or heard much from J.J. Abrams of late. Tinkering meticulously with infinite shots in the editing suite that go beyond stratospheric comprehension (well, you get the idea), it was nice to see the co-writer and director of the most anticipated films of 2015, turned up for the National Board of Review awards earlier this week. Furthermore, Abrams took some time out to talk about managing expectations during tropospheric production stages, the editing process, and how he feels now that the mesospheric marketing juggernaut has finally been set in motion for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams was also asked about when we can expect to see some more footage. Find out what he had to say in the interview below.
MTV managed to extract some information from Abrams regarding his tactile battle plan for the upcoming (and bound to be hectic) year ahead, with the build-up just beginning until the release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is what the lens flare enthusiast had to say:
It is, without question, an intense and terrifying prospect. The opportunity, I think, is greater than the fear, greater than the risk. I’m more excited about the work that everyone has done in the movie and this incredible cast.
He then spoke about the amazing experience that everyone had whilst filming the movie:
It was an amazing experience making this movie. For everyone. There was a weird buzz in the air when we were making this movie. But we were all just aware how hard we had to work to make it something worthy of people’s time.
However, as the questions turned to when to expect to see more footage from the film, Abrams remained silent and refused to give an answer as to when to expect anything more. This isn’t surprising, given that if it were up to the director himself, we wouldn’t have seen the teaser footage that was released in December. There have been predictions that more footage will be made available in late April at Star Wars Celebration, which could then lead in nicely to a second trailer attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, J.J. Abrams remained tight-lipped on all the speculation, and this is just testament to how all information on the Star Wars film is going to remain hermetically sealed in a black box of mystery for the time being.
Personally, I reckon if J.J. Abrams had carte blanche on the whole project including the marketing campaign, he would rather go with the old adage that “less is more,” as trailers for blockbusters tend to give far too much away these days. However, Disney has a job to do in marketing and selling the movie (not that it will take much to get butts in seats come December). The main thing to take away here, is the positivity that is exuding from the director, and the fact he was willing to take time out during the post-production stage to talk about The Force Awakening.
Here is the video featuring the MTV interview with J.J. Abrams:
Abrams obviously knows what is at stake here, and to hear him talk about the fans expectations is pretty awesome.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18.