J. J. Abrams Talks Steven Spielberg’s Contribution To ‘The Force Awakens’

J. J. Abrams did a phenomenal job directing the last installment to the Star Wars franchise, and it turns out that he had help from another fantastic director, Steven Spielberg. There were two scenes in the film where Spielberg’s input was utilized, and in the director’s commentary on the soon-to-be-released Collector’s Edition for The Force Awakens, Abrams opened up about these scenes.

The first scene is where the TIE Fighter ship being piloted by Poe and Finn crashes on Jakku, begins to sink into the sand after Finn’s departure, and explodes.

“While this is a CG effect of the swallowing, this explosion was Steven Spielberg’s idea. He loved the idea that the thing get sucked into the sand and then… that!”

The second comes in the scene of the final showdown between Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren.

“When I showed the first cut of this scene to Steven Spielberg … he suggested ‘What if trees were falling while they were fighting?’ And I said ‘That’s cool, but we’ve shot the scene already.’ And then I said to [visual effects supervisor] Roger Guyett, ‘Is there any way we could have trees falling?’ And he said, ‘If you want to pay for it.’ So we did.”


Though both scenes were very intense, it doesn’t seem as though Spielberg’s input was crucial to either.

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Source: Heroic Hollywood