Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Who owns Lucasfilm?

The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Studios

Who formed Lucasfilm?

George Lucas

What year was Lucasfilm formed?


Who is the president of Lucasfilm?

Kathleen Kennedy

What other major films have they worked on?

Indiana Jones and all of the other Star Wars films

How much was Lucasfilm sold for?

$4.05 billion

Who wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Lawrence Kasdan, J.J Abrams and Michael Arndt

Who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

J.J. Abrams

What other major films is the director responsible for?

Star Trek

How many Star Wars films have there been so far (list them)?

There have been seven Star Wars films so far.
Original Trilogy
  • IV - A New Hope
  • V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • VI - Return of the Jedi
Prequel Trilogy
  • I - The Phantom Menace
  • II - Attack of the Clones
  • III - Revenge of the Sith
Sequel Trilogy
  • VII - The Force Awakens

How much money have they all made at the global box office?


When was the first Star Wars film released?


What does ILM stand for?

Industrial Light and Magic

What do ILM do?

Create computer graphics for film. They are sent scenes from studios for CG.

Who created ILM?

George Lucas

Why did they create ILM?

Lucas created it when production began on the first Star Wars film. He wanted the film to have visual effects that had never been seen before so he created a company that could do that for him.

What do casting directors do?

Casting Directors organise and select the cast for a film. They will host interviews and auditions with actors narrowing down the numbers as they go along and issuing call-backs to people that stand out until they find the people perfect for the roles. After this they will negotiate money and contracts with the actors they have chosen.

Where were the first scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens filmed?

Abu Dhabi

What format was Star Wars: The Force Awakens shot on?


What types of camera were used to film Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

35mm standard stock and 65mm IMAX cameras

What studio was used to film a large portion of the film?

Pinewood Studios

Where is the studio?

Buckinghamshire, England

What major franchise is famously filmed at this studio?

James Bond

How does said franchise link to Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Both of them are a series of films that have been around for years and years developing a huge fan base. As a result of this they both have certain qualities that they have to live up to in order to keep fans interested. Both films also switch out characters and actors however unlike James Bond, the Star Wars franchise always keep the original actors in the in their previous roles only adding new actors to new roles. In the same way that boys wanted to be Luke Skywalker or Han Solo and now they possibly want to be Finn or girls that wanted to be Princess Leia now want to be Rey, boys want to be like James Bond. Both franchises have managed to create characters that the audience look up to and want to be like, they continue watching the films because they have grown up with the characters and the storyline and want to see what will happen next. They are both the same in the fact that even if you have never seen a James Bond film or a Star Wars film you have heard of it, just proving how successful both of the franchises are. Daniel Craig also had a cameo in The Force Awakens as one of the storm troopers.

Who was the inspiration for the character Maz Kanata?

J.J. Abrams High School English teacher Rose Gilbert.

What technology was used to create Maz Kanata?

They decided to go for a CG (Computer Graphics) approach for the character as a way of allowing Lupita Nyong'o's performance and small facial expressions and gestures to come through in her character. For her character they used the Medusa facial capture rig capturing facial details and movements in really intricate detail. This allowed them to also capture the facial movement she made when moving into a certain expression, tracking movement of individual pores and wrinkles in the skin. Nyong'o had to have tracking dots all over her face and had a lightweight four-camera head rig as a way of fully capturing her performance on set.

Who played Maz Kanata & what other roles is she famous for?

Lupita Nyong'o. Possibly her most famous role was in '12 Years a Slave' as Patsey winning an Academy Award for her acting. She has also been in 'The Jungle Book' as Raksha and in the action film 'Non-Stop' alongside Liam Neeson playing the character Gwen.

Who played General Snoke?

Andy Serkis

What is he renowned for in the movie business?

He has acted in 'The Lord of the Rings', 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', 'The Jungle Book', 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'.

Where was the final scene filmed?

Filmed at Skellig Michel, an island located off the coast of Ireland.

Who composed the film score?

John Williams

How many Star wars films has he composed the music for?

All of the seven films and is set to do the same for the next two films in the sequel trilogy.

What other famous films has he created the music for?

Spiderman, Harry Potter, ET, Indiana Jones, Jaws

How many times did John Boyega audition for the film (according to JJ Abrams)?


Over what period of time did these auditions occur?

7 months

How many people operated B-B8?

One person operated him when using the puppetry technique but two people when controlling him with a remote.

What type of technology was the main version of B-B8?

The body of BB-8 is a sphere with a wheeled mechanism inside it . The floating head is achieved using magnets, some of them repel and some of them attract. The magnetic attraction keeps the head and the body close together while the repulsion prevents the head from being in direct contact with the body.In the terms of controlling him they used puppetry for some of the scenes and remote controls for others. 

What colour suit did the B-B8 operator wear?


What did he have to wear such a suit?

To create the same effect that a green screen would have, it would be easier to edit him out and to project the background image on to where he was to make it appear as though the droid was operating by itself.

What type of special effects (SFX) were employed on Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Abrams wanted to stay authentic to the original Star Wars trilogy as he thought the prequels were flawed as a result of their over-usage of CG. He shot as much of the film as possible in camera, building extensive set and large models to minimise the use of CG. They used matte paintings instead of green screen technology and created flat force perspective paintings to make corridors and hallways appear longer. They were practical and physical whenever possible meaning that not an extensive amount of special effects were used in the film, especially compared to the prequels. There is still a lot of CGI used as it is impossible to avoid because of the setting and genre of the film, with the visual effects supervisor confirming that about 2,100 f the 2,500 shots contained some form of CGI. These were either used for explosions, droids, space battles, characters or the galaxy itself. 

How many people were behind the monitor watching the scene when Han and Chewie returned to the Millennium Falcon?

About 200

Why was Simon Pegg thanked in the credits for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

He played the part of Unkar Plutt, the junk dealer in Jakku. However, he was in costume so his face is never seen in the film. 

J.J. Abrams shot part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX. What is IMAX?

A technique of cinematography which produces an image that is about ten
times bigger than standard 35mm film.

How many IMAX screens was the film available on?


What was the age rating of the film in the UK?


How much money did the UK government contribute to the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

They covered 15% of all production costs, contributing about £31.6 million. 

How much was Harrison Ford paid to reprise his role of Han Solo?

$20 million 

How much were Daisy Ridley and John Boyega paid?

Between $100,000 -$300,000

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