The South-by-Southwest Film Festival is currently in full swing, and the lineup of events, panels, and screenings for the week-long celebration of movies is impressive, to say the least. Recently, the festival hosted some of the top behind-the-scenes brass from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to chat about the making of the film in advance of the movie’s home-video release.
On Tuesday (March 15), The Paramount Theater featured as host to director JJ Abrams, VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett, Supervising Sound Editor Matthew Wood, and Co-Producer Michelle Rejwan for an in-depth discussion about the newest entry into the Star Wars cinematic franchise. The quartet of humans were even joined on-stage by special guest R2-D2l one can only assume that his copious amounts of bleeps and bloops added some much-needed depth to the conversation.
Much of the discussion seemed focused around the special features and extras that will be included in the home-video release of The Force Awakens, which heads to consumers very soon. The crown jewel of the “extras” seems to be the feature-length documentary all about the making of the film, which includes lots of behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen interviews with both cast and crew. Here’s a short clip:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for purchase via Digital HD on April 1, with the Blu-Ray and DVD release coming on April 5.
Here are some images from the panel, for your visual enjoyment!