JJ Abrams and Lawrence KAsdan

Earlier this week, director/writer J.J. Abrams and his co-writer Lawrence Kasdan appeared at the Director’s Guild Of America for a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some of the quotes from JJ and Kasdan talking have come out of the 32 minute question and answer session that followed this screening. And thanks to the DGA, the entire half hour long Q&A is now online for everyone to watch.

The conversation between Kasdan and Abrams is mostly geared towards people working within the film industry, talking about the development and directing process (after all, it is for the union members of the DGA), but there are quote a few Force Awakens bits and stories relayed here. Watch the Force Awakens DGA conversation now after the jump.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens DGA Question and Answer Session

Here is a breakdown with timecodes for those who don’t want to watch the whole thing:

  • 0:00 Abrams talks about the discovery process and trying to discover “the better idea”.
  • 5:00 Kasdan on trusting the audience
  • 7:30 Abrams on how a shot from Force Awakens that came out of spontaneity
  •  9:45 What haunts JJ Abrams about production
  • 11:00 JJ Abrams on the importance of the clarity of story
  • 12:30 Why JJ Abrams shouldn’t take 13 takes to film some scenes
  • 14:00 Abrams on the influence of Star Wars on his life and how directing a Star Wars movie was different than his previous films and tv shows
  • 19:00 The excitement of a strong woman at the center of a Star Wars movie
  • 20:30 Abrams on the three shot sequence at Maz’s Castle
  • 22:00 The magic of the creature department
  • 22:40 How you film costumed creatures in 122 degree heat
  • 23:25 Abrams Praising the effects George Lucas pioneered
  • 25:20 Abrams dream jobs vs. paying work and the struggles of saying “yes” and “no”
  • 27:00 The story of an HBO Pilot Abrams directed that didn’t go forward
  • 28:00 Abrams on the importance of setting the moral compass at the beginning of production
  • 30:00 Working on the forest scenes for the film
  • 31:40 How Harrison Ford set the tone for the new actors

 

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