J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars’: Role of The Force, BB8 and Lens Flares

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

The theme park on Monday launched its Season of the Force, which introduces temporary “Star Wars” rides, food and other attractions, to large crowds in Tomorrowland. For Matthew Green, the area, which has been temporarily transformed into a galaxy far, far away — to coincide with the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film and to excite fans for the future Star Wars Land at Disneyland — represented nostalgia. “My dad, siblings and I used to watch the movies and recite them,” said Green, who was 16 when the first “Star Wars” film came out in 1977. “Two of my three children are really into it.” The 53-year-old Fontana resident said the “Star Wars” saga — including two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) — was something that helped his family to bond. Green was one of the thousands of attendees who eagerly waited in line for more than two hours Monday to get into Launch Bay, an area on the first floor of the Innoventions building, where guests have the chance to view “Star Wars” memorabilia, like various Stormtrooper helmets and racers, and purchase exclusive merchandise.

Innoventions’ top floor is occupied by Super Hero Headquarters, where guests can meet Spider-Man and Thor, see props and costumes and play Marvel-related games. 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. At Launch Bay, visitors also have the opportunity to choose the light or dark side, where they can meet characters like Chewbacca and Darth Vader, depending on their choice of good or bad.

For Green, the answer was obvious when he used a derogatory word to describe Yoda, an old spiritual presence who helped the heroic Luke Skywalker on his journey. 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.

The coaster soars in the dark through stars, as it does in the traditional Space Mountain ride, but also, using projection technology, takes riders past the image of an X-wing Starfighter and through the middle of a combat zone. Waggoner had part of her head shaved into the Rebel Alliance symbol, which represents the people fighting the dictatorship led by an evil emperor. “It’s an amazing experience.

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