J.J. Abrams: Breaking Down His Directorial Techniques
I’ve been a fan of J.J. Abrams since back in the days of Alias. As a director he always had a very unique style and voice. When I saw the Star Trek reboot a few years ago I was blown away.
I know a lot of the Trekkies didn’t like the film but I’m a HUGE fan of what he did with the material and mythos. He wasn’t even a fan of Star Trek and he made a kick ass film.
“Looking back on my childhood, I have a list of things that are massively important to me. Without question, Star Wars was on the list, and Star Trek was not.”
He also made his name in television with a number of TV drama series, including Felicity (co-creator, 1998–2002), Alias (creator, 2001–2006), Lost (co-creator, 2004–2010), and Fringe (co-creator, 2008–2013).
Then George Lucas sells the rights to Star Wars to Disney and all of us Star Wars geeks rejoiced. We are finally going to get a new Star Wars film but who will direct. Enter J.J. Abrams! I couldn’t be more excited!
I know, Star Wars with lens flares here we come. J.J. Abrams promises no lens flares so don’t worry.
His directorial feature film work includes the aforementioned Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Super 8 (2011) and of course directed and co-wrote the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
“As a boy, JJ Abrams was fascinated with magic. As a television writer, director, and producer, he has beguiled audiences with a masterful use of suspense, plot reversals, and special effects.” — Wired
There are a few ways to know that you are watching a J.J. Abrams film. There has to be a lot of lens flares,, the theme of secrecy and mystery, extensive character development and stories set in the future that deal with science fiction.
There is no doubt that J.J. Abrams is a talented producer, writer, director, and composer. Whether or not its a sci-fi movie, or an action packed thriller, with J.J. Abrams work and collaborations, you will be entertained.
I wanted to share with you the video below that breaks down J.J. Abrams’ directorial techniques as well as a series of videos and interviews with the man himself.
Get into the mind of the man who will bring Star Wars to a new generation. In the video below J.J. Abrams fills us in on balancing intimacy with hyperreality, why TV leaves room for surprises and the best advice he’s ever been given.
J.J. Abrams: On Filmmaking
“Directing’s the best part. Whenever I’ve directed something, there’s this feeling of demand and focus that I like. And secondly, it means that you’ve gotten through all the writing stuff, and the producing stuff, and casting, and prep, and all those stages that are seemingly endless.
So directing is sort of the reward for all the work you put in before. And then there’s the editing, which is another amazing stage of the process. It’s incredible the moments you can create.”
J.J. Abrams: TED Talk – The Mystery Box
J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows back to its magical beginnings.
He purchased a mystery box from a magic store when he was young. He never opened it. He uses the mystery of not knowing what is inside the box as inspiration for a lot of his products.
“The thing is, that it represents infinite possibility. It represents hope. It represents potential. And what I love about this box, and what I realize I sort of do in whatever it is that I do, is I find myself drawn to infinite possibility, that sense of potential. And I realize that mystery is the catalyst for imagination.”
Abrams’ enthusiasm — for the construction of Kleenex boxes, for the quiet moments between shark attacks in Jaws, for today’s filmmaking technologies, and above all for the potent mystery of an unopened package — is incredibly infectious.
Star Wars – The Force of Abrams
How’s the new Star Wars going to look with J.J. behind the camera? Beyond lens flares – what’s J.J. Abrams’ style? This video below breaks it down here in this video.
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