By now, you’ve seen the video of the behind-the-scenes from Star Wars VII, which was pumped into the eyes of lucky attendees at San Diego Comic Con this previous week. If you haven’t, we have here a chance for you to get your life in order:
Let us bask in it. Let us swim in the juices.
The video acts as a trailer without having to present anything new. It’s people laughing, crew members figuring out how to spin gold from straw, actors looking sweet on Star Wars setpieces, and unattached shots, telling us nothing about the movie or the plot. Science-fantasy goodness from start to finish.
The video not only has the flashy images for the everyman, but a good amount of affirming shots for the big fan, in a hope-giving way. Molded alien heads, real-life sets, remote-controlled robotic friends, and more – including a shot of Lupita Nyong’o providing her digitized mug for the camera. All of this speaks to J.J. Abrams statement to focus on practical effects – real world happenings using makeup magic and camera trickery – as opposed to special effects, as witnessed heavily in the prequels. While Ms. Nyong’o is being CGI-ed, her character may become more than just a differently-colored skin. She could be something very inhuman, necessitating special effects.
But wait – there’s more! When the video ended at Comic Con, attendees were treated to panels from the cast and crew, featuring original members like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, as well as newbies like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver. After the panel ended, people got to hear a special Star Wars concert as well as a special message from John Williams, and everyone got their very own lightsaber!
We’re not actually sure if that last thing’s a joke or not!
Finally, while not related to SDCC, it was announced Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and lead of the terrific Ip Man films, will be acting as a Jedi in Star Wars VIII. This is very exciting.
Thanks for reading about all the cool stuff we got to enjoy at San Diego Comic Con. Come back next week for more fun fan information!