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How Rick Carter’s Artists Effected The Force Awakens Scriptwriting

Lawrence Kasdan talked to Disney Insider about the process of writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens with director JJ Abrams:

He was recording everything on a cell phone and we would have it transcribed, by [co-producer and Abrams’ former assistant] Michelle Rejwan. She was transcribing it because no one was allowed to see what was being done. And Michelle has been integral to this whole process—she’s an incredible woman with a brilliant mind about these things. She’s the real go-to person. So she was transcribing them and we were remembering and talking about it. Eventually, we had to go to an office and work on it.

He also talks about how production designer Rick Carter (who he describes as “sort of hippie, Zen master) contributed to the writing process:

They were turning out paintings by the dozens while we were just getting started. Anything you’d tell them, they’d turn back 50 drawings. It’s great. It would sometimes influence us. But it was great when we’d go, “We actually are going to do something like this,” and they would come up with stuff actually directed at something.

I can’t wait to see some of the used and abandoned designs whenever Lucasfilm and Disney decide to open that stuff up to the public.

Alamo Draft House Cinema Offers Star Wars Themed Meals Listed on a Millennium Falcon Menu

Alamo Draft House Cinema Offers Star Wars Themed Meals Listed on a Millennium Falcon Menu

The Alamo Draft House Cinema is currently offering a Star Wars-themed meals and drinks that are featured on an cool  Millennium Falcon-shaped menu:

To celebrate STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, we created an out-of-this-world STAR WARS-themed menu that will hopefully send you into hyperdrive. Food choices include Nerf Strips, Trash Compactor Pizza, Jabba Critter Fritters, Yoda Soba Salad, and Wookie Wasaka Berry Crepes. You can also pair your food with drinks such as the Tatooine Sunset or the Gold Membrosia, created by Alamo Drafthouse bartenders Christian Gutierrez and Matt Tanksley. The STAR WARS-themed drinks were created as part of a company wide competition, with the winning cocktails chosen at this year’s Fantastic Fest.

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Nearly An Hour Of John Williams Force Awakens Score Was Discarded, Modified Or Rerecorded

Variety talked to composer John Williams about his latest work, scoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The score for Force Awakens was recorded over 12 sessions in Los Angeles scattered over a five-month period between June and November. This is the first Star Wars film scored in Los Angeles, because recording the score in London would “not have worked in this case, because J.J. (Abrams)’s editing process is very different.”

The composer began work last December and basically continued all year, completing the recording in mid-November. His 90-piece orchestra recorded 175 minutes of music, he says, although nearly an hour of that was discarded, modified or rerecorded as Abrams re-edited the film. Snoke’s theme was recorded by a 24-voice men’s chorus.

There are “a few short references” to themes from earlier Star Wars films, but “nearly all of the two-hour-plus score is new.” Williams has written a handful of themes for characters including Rey, Kylo Ren and Poe,  along with “a major march piece” for the Resistance and “a choral motif for Snoke (Andy Serkis) based on a Kipling poem translated into Sanskrit.”

Oscar Issac Was Given Blueprints Of Every Button That Was Ever Been Used On Screen In An X-Wing

How do you prepare for an acting role that requires flying a fictional spacecraft? Oscar Issac, who plays X-wing fighter Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, told Good Morning America he was presented with in-depth research:

“I saw a blueprint on my desk, on the table, and it listed every button that had been used in the previous six films in an X-Wing. So I new what did what and which were free for me to imagine anything with. So its an incredible amount of detail that goes into this universe.”

Isaac says that Harrison Ford told him to just make it up but he was then presented with the blueprint. Watch the video embedded above to find out about his first time filming in the X-Wing.

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