JJ Abrams discusses ‘old school’ approach to making ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Abrams' 'Star Wars' film is set for release on December 18 this year

Director JJ Abrams has spoken about making this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, revealing that he and his production team often took an “old school” approach to the film’s visuals.

Speaking to Collider, the director acknowledged that his Star Wars film obviously has “an enormous amount of CG (computer-generated) effects”, but insisted that he tried to use real-life sets wherever possible.

“It was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, sort of authentic quality [so] that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space with real sunlight,” he explained.


Discussing the use of computer-generated visuals in the film, the director added: “I feel like the beauty of this age of filmmaking is that there are more tools at your disposal, but it doesn’t mean that any of these new tools are automatically the right tools. And there are a lot of situations where we went very much old school and in fact used CG more to remove things than to add things.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set for release on December 18 this year, takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. Plot details leaked online in August suggest the film will follow the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, Abrams has also cast Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.