Speculation: The Star Wars: Episode 7 Filming Has Been Happening For Some Time Now?

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After the photo from the Star Wars: Episode 7 set in Abu Dhabi leaked yesterday many people assumed that the set is being build right now. But what if the filming has been happening for some time now on that very set…

I received some info from one of my sources who told me that filming on the Abu Dhabi set has been happening for some time now. And not only filming might be underway but also there are rumors for cast and crew members on set as well as J.J. Abrams himself. My source believes that the press release from the official site about the start of filming in mid May was a smokescreen. According to him they even showed some filmed scenes at Lucasfilm meeting yesterday!

While this is just a rumor I can definitely see it happening. J.J. Abrams is master of the diversion and the secrecy, and Star Wars: Episode 7 will probably be the most secretive movie to date. Even there are some rumors that he has six fake scripts floating around to distract the movie press. I guess if there were indeed fake scripts around we should have heard something but just keep that in mind.

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Now let’s have another look at yesterday’s photo from the set. It doesn’t look like it’s being build right now to me. Why build a set a full month in advance of filming when people could sneak and get photos of it? What if the photo was taken while they were putting away set pieces after a day of filming? Surely the tent doesn’t appear to be big enough to house a full set. 

Also don’t forget the hints from yesterday: the guy that knew about the Abu Dhabi filming “for ages”, Abrams being spotted in Dubai and the second assistant director speaking about working on Star Wars in past tense.

Actually I’ll go even further and say that I won’t be surprised if some filming took place at Pinewood as well.

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Image from TESB by Lucasfilm LTD

Remember the tweets by Hasbro design director Steve Evans from the Pinewood set back in Match? He said that Abrams, Kasdan and Kennedy were on set and he even met a cast member in the bathroom. Later he deleted his Twitter account…

So for me filming is much further along than most people think.
Of course this is just a speculation so please threat it that way. What’s your opinion on this?

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103 thoughts on “Speculation: The Star Wars: Episode 7 Filming Has Been Happening For Some Time Now?

  • April 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Wow. All this speculation sure is exciting! I’m just glad to have something interesting to read and discuss! πŸ˜€

    • April 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      After the conclusion of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim tomorrow,
      hopefully Lucasfilm and Disney will finally raise the veil of secrecy
      on Episode 7. By simply confirming these recent speculations
      made on the statis of the production. While also revealing the
      title of this new movie. With the billions of dollars we dedicated
      Star Wars fans worldwide spend of our hard earned money to
      support this entertaining and successful movie franchise,
      I think the time has finally come for J.J. Abrams &Company
      to finally throw us a bone of somekind. Especially now that
      the release of Episode 7 into movie theaters worldwide is less
      than two years away.I am getting tired of hearing about the
      rumors and the secrecy in regard to this movie. We all know
      that even old George Lucas,himself was not as secretive about
      the last five Star Wars movies compared to J.J. Abrams and
      his crew are with this movie. I am not including the original
      Star Wars movie in my count,since it didn’t start out to be
      a movie sequel. Furthermore,even though George may look
      like he is standing on sidelines with this new film,he will still
      be an active participant as a creative consultant in the overall
      production of this movie. Disney will definitely make sure that
      he is.We all had reservations when Lucasfilm was sold to Disney
      back in late 2012.But despite that I firmly believe we as fans
      will be greatly surprised with the final product in 2015.
      Wouldn’t it be a great plot twist if the new Lord of the Sith
      came from the Tarkin family and was also a distant cousin
      of Luke and Leia? It would be an good way in which to connect
      all nine movies firmly together. I know this leads us all to more
      speculation of the plot of the new movie. If I was either George
      Lucas or J.J. Abrams that is how I would write the script for
      Episode 7. It will be interesting to see how close my prediction
      is to the actual plot of the new movie when it hits theaters next year.

      May The Force Be You.

    • April 21, 2014 at 4:21 am

      You do realize that Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is next year in 2015? You listed it as ending it tomorrow. You are a year off.

    • April 21, 2014 at 4:25 am

      You do realize that Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is next year in 2015? You listed it as ending it tomorrow. You are a year off.

  • April 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Great idea. Thanks Viral. Hope we get actors name sooner than later.

  • April 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    So another piece of official news, that “filming will start in May” is now in question. When it comes down to it, we really know NOTHING about this movie.

    Secrecy breeds speculation and hype. The movie will not live up to fans’ imaginations. We’re looking at the next Phantom Menace.

    • April 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      You just said that we know nothing about this film as of right now, so how can you be so sure that it will not live up to fan expectations?

    • April 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Secrecy does build some overactive expectations, but the real problem with Phantom Menace was that it was just a stinker of a movie.

      No, Episode VII won’t live up to the loftiest fan expectations. But if it turns out to be a good, fun movie, that might not matter quite so much.

    • April 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I agree, DEKKA. It’s absolutly impossible for EpVII to satisfy all of the fans at this point. I do however have solid faith in the belief that this next installment will best the prequels in an extraordinary way. The facts we are 100% certain of already have provided enough reason to feul that faith. This installment will be entirely developed by devoted Star Wars fans in the industry as well as veterans from other Star Wars films. We can expect so much more from this movie than we did TPM for that reason alone.

    • April 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      If it is true that they are already filming WITH ACTORS, then I think it’s a good sign. It means that JJ and co. will have more time to sort things out between the time filming wraps and the time Star Wars VII hits theaters.

      I think it’s really cool if JJ and co. have slipped a fast one by the media. Be it casting/filming right now/multiple scripts.

      Rock on, JJ!

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      With as epic a project as Episode VII is, it is entirely possible that everything that has been leaked thus far has been a smokescreen: re-writing Arndt’s script, casting, etc. Wouldn’t be surprised if the original script was finalized and the cast has been set for a long time. For all we know, a lot more filming, even principal photography, could have been underway for some time and everything has just been under JJ’s cloud of secrecy, as confirmed in the Bad Robot linked below.

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      By what you are saying, even the release date is a smoke screen?

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Sure, why not. Whatever blows your hair back. This is the land of make-believe after all…

    • April 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      “We’re looking at the next Phantom Menace. ” A typical Fan Boy response, no matter how good the film is, people like you will find just about anything to complain about, same for just about every film, it was only good in the 80’s, every thing now sucks. Get a life Fan boy, if you don’t like star wars why are you here posting?

    • April 18, 2014 at 2:52 am

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  • April 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Interesting speculations, Viral, but I have a hard time believing they have commenced principal photography. The Lucasfilm website says a May start, and then they listed all the shooting start dates from the previous SW movies.

    Are they really never going to announce the start date of principal photography, never announce the cast? It’s hard to believe they have all these actors in place and they are shooting the movie right now. I think they are probably doing test shots and fillers.

    I really don’t think the trio of new leads has been cast yet. I think the old actors are good to go, they can start shooting, but the new leads are not yet chosen. Just my guess.

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    it wouldn’t surprise me if they started shooting early. This series is notorious for being secretive about filming. I think it is a good thing though, I want to not know to much,when I go see it in theaters. JJ seems to understand that Star Wars is a special movie, and it seems to me like the production staff is doing everything in their power to keep this film safe. If the writing and directing is as good as their secrecy this should be one hell of a film πŸ™‚

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Well, to be honest, GL didn’t do a very good job of keeping Phantom Menace a secret if Weird Al was able to write “The Sega Begins” before the film was released.

    • April 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I am sure he watched it before he wrote the song lol. The whole movie is on that song. But I was a kid so I wasn’t following the media as closely

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:30 am

      According to the story, Al wrote the song off of web sources and only had to change the lyrics slightly when the movie came out.

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Viral, I think you may be right. Unless all of your sources are dead wrong (and of course they might be) taken together they do tend to suggest that at least some kind of filming has already been done on this project. And if they want to be all secretive, that would be the best way to throw everyone off.

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I think that when they mention principal photography, they just mean the sets at Pinewood. Anything and everything else that can be started will already be in progress.

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Wasn’t there a rumor a while back saying they were already filming some early stuff like locations and what not? That’d mean filming was underway sort of wouldn’t it?

    Either way… I doubt any project this day and age can truly be secret.

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    ;incredibly exiting times (great reporting as always Viral);as you mentioned the photo with the AT-AT prop looks more like a storage place than a set (surely they wouldn`t go the trouble of building a set whilst on location shooting,as surely all the interior shooting will be at Pinewood?

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t think we will hear anything about the cast until they are almost finished shooting.
    IMO, there are many smokescreens about Star Wars 7 and it’s cast.
    Still not sold that cumberbatch is not in the film. Been wrong before. Lol

    • April 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      They already confirmed cumberbatch is NOT in the film, I wish people on this site could read other articles, especially these EU fanatics that every post thinks it’s about Mara Jade and Grand admiral Puke.

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    If they don’t want us to know it’s already filming, then why would Alan Horn confirm that it’s already begun filming ?? ..

  • April 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I would not be surprised if they have been filming, but it may not be “principal” filming. Meaning the primary actors may not be present. This could be 2nd unit or 3rd unit stuff and consist of background plates, pre-vis, etc. George Lucas would routinely have his developers and designers bring him ideas that he would pick and choose what he liked. I would not be surprised if Abrams is not doing the exact same thing.

    • April 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      haha bloody hell

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Nice write up, I’m sure the real one says something similar but much more lengthy.

    • April 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Its a fake. Just like Leo said in Catch Me If You Can…. there are no creases on that document… who takes a document home in perfect condition like that.

    • April 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I have to agree with Rebel Scum, its a nice try but not the real thing.
      First of all, they wouldn’t give you a half page memo (after you have started employment) telling you that you cannot disclose information, it would be a more lengthy Confidentiality Agreement that you would have had to sign prior to commencing your employment with BR.
      Secondly, JJ (or anyone else in his position who has high priced lawyers at their disposal) wouldn’t threaten legal action against you for releasing info, and then in the next sentence openly admit that they “will personally see to it” that your reputation be destroyed and that you’ll never work in the industry again. Seeing as they just gave you a memo and not a legal agreement, you are not legally bound to secrecy and any attempt to ‘blacklist’ you would result in a slander/libel lawsuit which you would easily win as soon as this memo is entered as an exhibit.
      Third, and this is just my opinion, but I highly doubt that if these memos were handed out to the entire staff of BR, JJ would not have signed each and every one of them by hand (as appears to be the case).

    • April 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      “who takes a document home in perfect condition like that.”
      huh I had no idea that the briefcase and folder industry has taken such a big hit

    • April 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Someone who is professional takes it home like that. It looks pretty real to me, congrats on whoever got it. I wish I could work for a good company…..I currently work at a really lame one

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Someone who is professional generally tends to work in a professional environment, and USUALLY, in a professional work environment, these types of letters are not just handed over as a simple sheet of paper, it’s usually folded and put into an envelope. Any welcome letter/letter of acceptance I’ve ever received has come in such a way, but maybe we do things differently here in Canada. The fact that there are no creases in the paper is not by itself proof that its a fake, but it certainly adds to the suspicion.

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Yeah I have never worked at any good places so I guess you are right.

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:30 am

      Careful what you put out into the Ether. It could come back to haunt you.

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

      I work for an educational institution and we an employee manual. My other job, which wasn’t in education, I had to sign a two page no compete clause….and this company consisted of SEVEN employees at the time. Honestly, Bad Robot would require a much more detailed letter/agreement.

  • April 17, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    That is totally legit. I work(ed) at BR, and every intern, actor, janitor, etc. got this message (along with a packet of other pretentious jargon)

    Glad someone had the balls to post that.

    • April 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Rendar4, if that were a real document, you have just opened yourself up to a lawsuit by ‘confirming’ its authenticity.
      Lucky for you that you’re just making it up!

    • April 17, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      A lawsuit for what? It is a welcome letter for a company, those are typically made so you can show people lol

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      How many ‘welcome letters’ contain direct threats in them. Especially if the point of the letter (as you claim) is to take it home and show your friends and family, as well as potentially millions of people on the internet?

      And lets assume for a minute that the letter is real and that the person posting the link to the image and/or Rendar4 really do work for Bad Robot and are bound by confidentiality. What are they doing viewing and contributing/posting to a website that is based around people speculating upon the upcoming ST of which they could potentially have knowledge of and make available on the site? If JJ and co. are so worried about info possibly getting out (to the point that he feels the need to make that threat in the letter), and finds out that some of his own employees are coming to this site and posting, its only logical that he would assume the worst and take legal action before anything gets out.

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      I should also add:

      That’s not to say that Rendar4 or the Anon have actually disclosed any confidential info, and unless they actually have, the lawsuit would not be successful. However, in order to fully investigate the matter, a lawsuit would most likely be filed as a part of the process, and therefore, both have potentially opened themselves up to legal action.

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      I don’t think the legal action is referring to the letter. I think it is saying not to leak any work or unreleased movie material. Still it could be fake you can never really tell.

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Also when I worked at Walmart there welcome letter seemed similar “we are glad your here but do as we say or we will destroy you” lol

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:22 am

      The letter itself would not be a breach of confidentiality, but as someone posted earlier, I’m sure Bad Robot (as well as other production companies) have employees who’s specific job is to look at sites like this to see if there are any insiders letting secrets out. Someone from BR seeing the letter online would certainly trigger an investigation into the possibility of info being leaked by certain employees.

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      so we have bunch of lawyers around here talking a bunch of nonsensical BS… [yawn] most of who know very little about how this stuff works… ok back to work… and by the way “some” filming has started but you will just have to wait and see

  • April 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    It would also be the ideal to be filming in secret. Fast and Furious 7 is currently shooting in downtown Abu Dhabi, and all the local press are all over that. Except a good friend of mine who happened to be in the desert with his photographer figuring there might be a better story out there…

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      *the ideal TIME to be filming in secret!

  • April 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s a neat little guy, but he may be taking things a bit too far. I think there’s an assumption that JJ has complete authority over this thing when in fact the real control lies with Disney/Lucasfilm, the latter traditionally more transparent by nature. I can imagine his ego has been checked repeatedly over the past year, with friction between his ‘philosophy’ on secrecy and his employers who have different ideas about how the production should be handled. (After all. Kathleen did say we would be surprised by the ‘lack’ of secrecy during production)

    On a scarier note, if a movie studio can keep such a big secret from millions of people, how much more can governments or other powers that be?

    As for the supposed desert set shots, for all we know JJ’s plants leaked those to the local media. I think the more important question is, why haven any photos been taken of the sets in general? If they’re building practical sets (which they’ve confirmed) they would most assuredly be up already, since they’re literally shooting in a matter of weeks. Especially if they’re filming street scenes. That’s an entire town that can’t just be thrown up right before filming.

    That being said, the thought of a fully built Millennium Falcon sitting in some sound stage as we speak is beyond awesome.

    You know the guy’s gotta be shtting himself daily though. This is a huge opportunity for him personally as well as for fans.

    • April 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I actually think it’s all a team effort. I don’t believe JJ’s fighting Disney over secrecy. Disney knows what is involved in a production such as this…and so does Kathleen Kennedy.

      As far as the Gov is concerned, I do think there’s a lot more than you know about going on. Some of it, you don’t want to know.

      The MF is built somewhere and it’s being guarded by a shroud of secrecy so thick you wouldn’t be able to see it if you were right up on it.

    • April 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Breaching the falcon set. That in itself would make a bad ass video game level.

      Though there is that adage/ The best way to eep something secret is to not hide at all

    • April 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Breaching the falcon set reminds me of Fan Boys.

  • April 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    And speaking of plants, dont forget for a second that the handful of SW7 news sites out there aren continuously imbedded with them. That is, people hired by and connected to those invoked in Thr actual production.

  • April 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I like this kind of secrecy.
    If they are already filming and no one knows nothing at the release date i will take off my hat

  • April 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    This definitely wasn’t a plant. They were seriously pissed off when the paper put it online the night before the paper came out as they were going back the next morning to try and get more shots. When they did the whole site had been cleared.

  • April 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    or could this be an early movie trailer? Made to get in theaters real early

  • April 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    The Phantom Menace was good, do not assume that just because a bunch of internet nerds and film critics who are trying to be cool do not like it that the majority of people in the world agree, some people are too stupid to know a good movie when it is in front of their face

    • April 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      I like The Phantom Menace. I’m an OT fan from the beginning, and I will admit that when I first saw it is was disappointed by it, but on multiple viewings it grew on me.

    • April 17, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      *The Phantom Menace was bad, do not assume that just because a bunch of internet nerds who are trying to be cool do like it that the majority of people in the world agree, some people are too stupid to know a bad movie when it is in front of their face


    • April 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      haha thank you

    • April 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      As a run of the mill sci fi movie, no it wasn’t “bad”. As the first Star Wars movie after 16 years, yes it was bad, but not the worst.

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I still enjoy Phantom, quite a bit actually. I’m an OT fan, I grew up with the OT, but still enjoy the PT. I would not say they are bad, they have bad moments and a few poor choices but they still have a place with me… saying that I a really looking forward to Star Wars E VII and beyond to be amazing in their own merit… and they will be awesome!!!

    • April 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      I enjoy the prequels to some degree because I’m a fan of the star wars universe. But objectively speaking they were bad films. They were poorly written and directed and to argue against that it just stupid. Heck I can enjoy listening to some cheap pop song on the radio but I can fully understand that technically speaking it’s a load of dumb rubbish.

  • April 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Viral Hide, you really need to get rid of the anonymous option. These guys are getting out of hand.

    • April 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      How is anything posted here out of hand?!? One anonymous poster posted something in favor of TPM and one posted the opposite to illustrate the counter opinion. Nothing to see here. Quit complaining about minor conflicts. First its the perception of OT vs. PT fans, and now its the registered Blogger users vs. the “Anonymous Clones.” Everybody needs to just chill out. This is a forum to discuss and debate. No big deal.

    • April 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Let’s eliminate what we don’t like!!!

    • April 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I agree if you care enough to post you should be known. the more anonymous someone is, the more ballsy they become. I mean is it really that hard to set up a google or blogger account?

    • April 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      If people want to hide behind the Anonymous thing, that’s up to them. Personally, I don’t like it mainly because it makes it tough to have a decent exchange when I’ve no idea whether I’m chatting with a regular poster, a drive-by, or what.

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Dekka129 is right, its hard to have a good exchange (or even follow exchanges between others) when you don’t know if you are dealing with 2 or 3 or more Anons. Power to them if they wish to remain anonymous, it would just be nice to be able to distinguish between them.

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

      Yeah exactly so when the new article comes out we know what to expect in a conversation. Otherwise it’s not as fun

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:10 am

      But the thing is even though we have names we’re still anonymous. So, i don’t see why they can’t do the same.

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Yes, we may have names and still be anonymous, but at least we have some sort of handle. We can follow conversations better and develop a community together. It’s about sharing the love, man!

    • April 18, 2014 at 7:35 am

      I might be wrong but I think the Anonymous function really gives something unique to the blog and still I don’t think the situation is out of hand. Of course I don’t want to turn away the regular registered posters here so I’m in the process of making a message board. If someone wants to be anonymous they can post in the comments section and if you register you can discuss the topic on the message board. I just hope a new message board doesn’t kill the comments section. What do you guys think about that?

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      if you get rid of the anon…. how could we post anymore, you would be able to figure out who we are…. and what is the fun in that???

      yes… we are watching πŸ˜‰

    • April 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      As an Anon, I rather like things the way they are, Viral.


  • April 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    The fact is that set construction typically happens months before preliminary shooting begins and camera and wardrobe tests can as well. Because a camera is rolling on set does not mean that a scene from episode 7 is officially filming. Also, sets are usually being built and taken down and rebuilt throughout a production of this magnitude. So anything could be happening here. Doubtful it is principal photography.

  • April 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Oh come on now! Really? Anon’s getting out of hand. I have read more constructive writings from Anon’s on here than anyone else lol suffice to say, a fancy tag and made up name, makes you just as Anon as we are, just saying. Have seen more people bashing with immature condemnation of ideas from the .hash tags.
    My name is Todd Fellowes from New Zealand, i am 49. (real name) i will and from now, on sign off all my entries with my name. This makes me more transparent then anyone on here period. No longer a Anon. WhooooooHaaaaaaaaa Whooo Whooo Haaaaaa

    • April 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      That’s an interesting point.

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Pleasure to meet you Todd. Thomas, Canada, 35. That has to be the most sensible post I’ve read here in the past couple of weeks. Good on ya!

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:06 am

      My Name is Frank Davis 27 Colorado USA. but you would know that if you bothered to click on my name and check my Google account lol. It’s just good to know what conversations your having so you can build towards less arguments and have constructive conversations. On a lighter note Flight of the Concords is awesome woooooo

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:11 am

      I don’t think its so much the Anons getting out of hand. Unfortunately, there are a handful of posters here who have their particular views and for some reason, feel entitled that their opinions are worth more than others. They are relentless at trashing others (usually Anons) for their views if they differ from their own views. And should someone put up a good argument against their thought or interpretation of facts, they then feel the need to start nitpicking at any little issue (such as the fact that they are posting as Anons) they can to feel as though they have won.

    • April 18, 2014 at 12:33 am

      That red letter menace review is rather Epic

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:03 am

      FWIW – I don’t think the Anons are nitpicking or complaining about being anonymous. Thirty-five year old Canadian Thomas, there are are plenty of people relentlessly trashing others (calling them”OT fanboys,” “PT idiots,” or otherwise) whether they are logged-in posters or not.

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:40 am

      However, Tod, anyone could simply assume your identity by posting your name. They could totally misrepresent you just by typing your name you just gave out. So, if I see your name on an anonymous post then how do I really know it is you and not some Anonymous Agent Clone?

    • April 18, 2014 at 5:48 am

      AnonymousApril 18, 2014 at 2:03 AM, I wasn’t saying that the Anons are the ones nitpicking, what I meant was that certain people with handles are the ones that start to complain/nitpick when someone else makes a good counter argument to their point. It’s when those certain people have no argument left that they start to nitpick about irrelevant things such as the fact that the person countering their argument is an Anon, as if they are somehow discrediting them personally to win the point. Guess I could have written that a little more clearly in my post.

      You’re absolutely correct about the trashing between OT fans and PT fans. Way too much going on seeing as we are all here due to a mutual love for Star Wars in general. Fanboys and Trekkies don’t even bash each other this much!

  • April 18, 2014 at 12:18 am

    It’s one of the oldest psychology tricks in the book. Give the people a lot and they get bored. / Give them a little and they soon begin to project their own assumptions upon things (even if those that are withholding the information never meet said projections….aka Hype)

  • April 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Viral, I agree about the filming. I think some elements have been shot much more than plate shots or stuff for generating CGI backgrounds or environments. Keep in mind JJ uses film and that is still a very expensive process so whatever they are filming it isn’t simple 2nd unit stuff, especially with JJ on hand.

    Regarding the tent: I was never under the impression a set was in there. That’s just a storage tent. There’s no reason to set up a tent in the desert and then film inside it. If that were the case they would have filmed on a backlot or inside a soundstage with blue/green screen. I agree they are taking the pieces to the set which is probably beyond the dunes and out of sight.

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