Abrams drops Star Wars 7 teasers
JJ Abrams has revealed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature a combination of computer-generated effects as well as live action.
The filmmaker, who is directing the seventh instalment of the sci-fi franchise, said he intends to use traditional techniques in the film's set pieces at the Visual Effects Society Awards, where he was given the Visionary Award, reported Collider.
"I feel like the beauty of this age of film-making is that there are more tools at your disposal, but it doesn't mean that any of these new tools are automatically the right tools," he said. "And there are a lot of situations where we went very much old school and in fact used CG more to remove things than to add things."
He added: "There are obviously an enormous amount of CG effects in the film, and I can't wait for you to see the combination.
"But it was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, sort of authentic quality that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space with real sunlight, if it was an exterior scene, or if we could build a big portion of a scene and not have anything be blue screen, do it where we could. It was a very important piece of work."
JJ also admitted he has been amused by all the debate about the new lightsaber, which featured in the film's teaser trailer.
"I will say that what's been funny is, since the lightsaber's come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics..." he said.
"I've gotten things that are nuts, and I've gotten people who've shown how it'll kill you and how it doesn't make any sense. It's been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing."
The director continued: "It was a number of conversations [that led to the design]. It was a sketch that became a whole thing and, you know, this was not done without a lot of conversation and it's fun to see people have the conversation that we had, but in reverse."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on December 18.