Everybody’s flying an X-wing in new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ TV spot

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

J.J. Abrams says he has ‘six little things left’ to finish Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

At a charity event hosted by Stephen Colbert last night, the director said that early on Saturday, “at 2:30 in the morning, we finished the mix of the movie.” That means the sound, one of the last pieces to fall into place during production, is completely signed off, and the film is essentially finished. Abrams noted, however: “I left with six very small, but important things that (still) need to be done.” The event was held as an annual fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, in New Jersey. Abrams, of course, didn’t let loose any new details about the film — Disney is being very careful to keep spoilers under wraps until release — but he did talk a bit about production. Colbert, a proud nerd, teased Abrams about the director’s signature (and over-the-top) lens flares, prompting this response: “As you’ll see, I’ve allowed lens flares to take a backseat.” He added that any time he felt compelled to add in gratuitous lens flares, Roger Guyett, of visual effects firm Industrial Light & Magic, would reign him in. “Every time there could be a flare, Roger would tell me, ‘These are not the flares you are looking for.'” That said, the film won’t be entirely devoid of the visual flourish — even Colbert noted that you can make out a few in some of the trailers.

Abrams has previously apologized for his overuse of the effect; back in 2013, he said, “admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.” The perfectionist director also provided this lengthy (and telling) response to a fan’s question asking if he was glad to be finished with the high-stakes project: The truth is working on this movie for nearly three years, it has been like living with the greatest roommate in history for too long.

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