J.J. Abrams Talks Apollo 11 Moon Landing from the Star Wars: Episode 7 Set at Pinewood.

J.J. Abrams

In a video posted on July 17, 2014 J.J. Abrams shares his memories of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969. It appears that the video was shot on Stage H at Pinewood Studios during the Episode VII filming…


H Stage (previously Large Process Stage) at Pinewood Studios is connected to E Stage via a set of elephant doors. This allows E Stage and H Stage to form a large stage with an area of 23,050 sq. ft.



Aside from the stage, keen listeners will recognize the music playing in the video and they should. It is Gustov Holst’s “Planets Suite – Mars.” You may or may not know, but George Lucas listened to Holst repeatedly while he was writing Star Wars. In fact, Lucas was originally going to use classical music for his film:

Lucas originally intended to use classical music for the soundtrack, as Kubrick had done with 2001; A Space Odyssey. He assembled a “temp score” from his favorite orchestral pieces. John Williams convinced Lucas to allow him to compose original music, preserving the feel of the temp tracks while also creating an overall musical cohesion and unique musical identity for the film.


No doubt John Williams borrows heavily from “Mars” throughout A New Hope. For further reading on the evolution of the Star Wars score we suggest you visit Wookieepedia. Anyway, nothing too revealing, but I don’t remember anyone else posting this.


Thanks to ThunderMau5 for the heads-up.


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62 thoughts on “J.J. Abrams Talks Apollo 11 Moon Landing from the Star Wars: Episode 7 Set at Pinewood.

    • August 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      That gorgeous bastard better be in VII, preferably not as an Ewok. xD

    • August 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Man that would be so cool if Lucas Arts made a new Jedi Knight game with the rift technology / X-wing/ Tie Fighter games as well. The rift can’t come out fast enough, I’m getting very impatient waiting for it! haha.

    • August 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      That might be the sexiest thing I see today.

    • August 31, 2014 at 5:44 am

      Didn’t know they reissued a third AT-AT in lego form. Thanks for this… because of you I now own one =D

    • August 30, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Old news, but good news.

  • August 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry guys, with all respect, but Dou you still believe in the 1969 moon landing? Cause where i live nobody believes in one of the biggest lies of all history…

    • August 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      In which general area do you live?

    • August 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      So where do you live? The asylum?

    • August 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      do people hang confederate flags on there trailers where you live?

      • August 31, 2014 at 12:16 am

        I live in down South and I believe in the moon landing. Just saying 🙂

    • August 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Someone is trolling.

      • August 29, 2014 at 11:42 pm

        I’m not trolling.
        I’m from south-west Europe. (in response the other guy).
        I just give my opinion (A Star Wars fan just like you) and i just wanted to know your thoughts.
        I really don’t believe in it.
        In the middle of Cold War the first to arrive on the moon the first in control most imporant markets (economics) until today.
        Russia was in front but after that USA wouldn’t be the same, URSS wouldn’t be the same. (sorry for my poor gramar and fluency to express my opinion)

        • August 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm

          The Astronauts on Apollo 11, 14 & 15 left retro-reflectors on the lunar surface which measure the distance between the Earth and Moon to incredible accuracy by bouncing powerful laser pulses off of them and detecting the few 532 nm photons of light that return in 20 Hz cycles. There are observatories and laser ranging facilities all over the world that can perform this experiment, such as the Nice Observatory in Southern France.


          • August 31, 2014 at 5:55 pm

            A Probe could drop the Mirrors too.

      • August 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

        The boy is right.
        It’s a hoax. Kubrick shot it in a studio. Spielberg told me.

        You cinemagoers and nerds should know it better than anyone else. The footage is full of incongruences. The dudes are clearly hunging in cables, and come on it’s pretty Kubrick. Very personal eye, like if it was done today it would be me who films it, and you’d get a bunch of flares in every single shot.

          • August 29, 2014 at 7:54 pm

            How was it plagerized from a 1978 film when the landing supposedly took place in the 1960’s?

          • August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

            When did the literature for the conspiracy first appear?

          • August 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

            1973 the first book was published by a bloke who worked for lockhead or something , he left in 1963 and had little to do with the space program while he was there anyway . but theres been some form of “they didnt really do it” all the way back to sputnik , but it all really exploded with multiple theorists climbing out of the woodwork after capricorn 1 came out

          • August 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm

            I know this Movie, but maybe the Moon landing was a hoax too, who knows for sure.
            I never trusted your Goverment, full of storytellers and liars. Best Examples – Iraq War, War on Terror, 9/11 and the list goes on…

          • August 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

            Someone is indeed trolling.

          • August 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

            JFK, Vietnam War, Roswell, Pearl Harbor, VHI, US elections (Since John Adams man!),………………

    • August 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

      youyube stories and people with axes to grind for some reason are a lot easier to understand than really really very hard maths and seemingly bizarre and bewildering science , thus some people believe what they understand and dismiss what they dont.

  • August 29, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    LMFAO !!! the moon landing was real.. Geeze are you peeps that stupid ? Seems some of you have seen too many dam zombie movies really thinking there will be a zombie apocolypse.. 2012 end of da world ring a bell u dummies ? Quit watching the dam Kardashians and Jersey Shore reruns.

    • August 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Haha man you’re amazing. You talk about Zombie Apocalypse, but believe me i’ve seen serie B movies better than this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqyTOZsWtyg

      If this is not a dude hanging from a wire, moon has a really weird gravity!

    • August 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      Probably you have seen too many pro-american shows/movie/news and you believe in all your country is telling to you (in fact, no one has to believe anything from their own country)
      And you really have no idea (of nothing)comparing people who likes SW (probably most of this web)with people who watch stupid programs for stupid people.
      I’m wondering why dou you know the name of this programs…

  • August 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Hey to any of the people that run this site. Do you know anything about a certain Latino Review rumor dealing with Ruin? Just read it on there sight. Anything to it?

    • August 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Yes we do. LR have a great record about Marvel scoops. They are yet to prove themselves on the Star Wars front. Most of thier latest SW scoops are just taken from less popular sites and stated as rumors. We’ve heard about Ruin. Stay tuned for a really big rumors article on Monday or Tuesday. It’s really BIG…

      • August 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

        That’s good Viral.
        we are boring without rumors…;)

      • August 30, 2014 at 2:05 am

        Well I am about to wish my weekend away waiting for the news. Thanks for the info man.

        • August 30, 2014 at 4:45 am

          I wonder if this upcoming news story has anything to do with the rumor that Darth Ruin is using Luke to power the Sith Homeworld as part of a secret weapon and that Gleeson is NOT Luke’s son but Luke himself in a flashback.

        • August 30, 2014 at 8:26 am

          On the downside, I had to rewrite the article. On the upside, not only is it done, but it’s even better than it was before! I will tell you – *some* of what L-R talked about on there matches up with what we’ve heard, but a lot of what they brought up, well, does not. But there’s still a lot that they haven’t reported on, and that’s where the article will really kick in.

          • August 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

            Sounds awesome. I like the idea that the sith homeworld is a beautiful place rather than some lava or desert planet filled with tombs. Its a lot less cliché and brings more mystery to the Sith Order. So I want that particular part to be true.

  • August 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Latrino review gets it wrong much of the time.

  • August 30, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Holst, McQuarrie, can these guys just STOP with the pre-1977 inspiration and do something 2014 for a change?

    • August 30, 2014 at 5:55 am

      I am a fan of McQuarrie because of his intimate knowledge of aeronautics, aerodynamics, and space flight engineering that made his designs so believable.

      But I agree they need something new for the ST.

      That’s not to say they need to throw out McQuarrie entirely. After all, we still see 57 Chevy’s rolling down the street once in a while.

      But they ought to hire a new designer with similar space flight and aircraft knowledge, rather than just a general comic book artist.

      I’d like to see the designs resemble 80s era military craft, just as the OT resembled 40s era military craft.

      • August 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

        Yeah. No, thanks.

        There’s already too many things in this franchise that don’t look or feel like classic Star Wars. Let’s at least start the new movies off with visuals that are inspired by McQuarrie’s body of work before deciding what to do next.

        • August 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

          I have to disagree.

          As I said, McQuarrie designs should still be in there somewhere, but there should be new designs as well, since I highly doubt the Star Wars galaxy would be a static one. Designs would evolve over time just as they do in the real world.

          Also, in the real world certain designs evoke certain periods. For instance Art Deco evokes the 1930s, and Art Nuveau evokes the 1920s.

          In the same way, McQuarrie designs evoke the OT period. Which is why I think it’s a good idea to go back to them for the REBELS show that focuses on that period. But for a new era, new designs should be implemented to characterize the new era.

          • August 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm

            Just because that’s the way things work in the real world doesn’t automatically mean it has to work the same way in Star Wars. My concern with the artistic designs and overall visuals is if you move too far away from them, it doesn’t really look like Star Wars anymore.

            It got so bad with the PT that those movies felt like they belonged in another galaxy.

          • August 31, 2014 at 1:11 am

            I disagree.

            While debates can be had over the screenplays and acting, I think the designs of the PT were pretty rock solid. They looked for all practical purposes like the 30-40 year predecessors to the designs we would see in the OT.

            While it’s true that things don’t have to work exactly in Star Wars as they do in the real world, if you are wanting to craft a believable fictional world, or galaxy, then you look to model that world after things in the real world.

            Fashions, designs, trends, all change over time. To suggest that the fictional denizens in the Star Wars universe wouldn’t create new designs over time is I think foolish.

            If we take your argument into account, then we could also say that the Model T doesn’t even look like a modern car, that it looks like something that belonged on a different planet. Clearly that’s not the case.

          • August 31, 2014 at 8:09 am

            We’re going to have to agree to disagree then.

            I get where you’re coming from and I agree to an extent, but I just have a different philosophy on Star Wars’ overall artistic design. While I’m at least mostly fine with the films demonstrating a progression in the advancement of technology, as well as variation and even some degree of departure from design, in want the overall look of Star Wars’ galaxy to be fashioned after McQuarrie’s concept art.

            In my view, McQuarrie IS Star Wars just as Williams IS Star Wars.

            Designs aside, what did you think of the PT’s cartoony- or video game-like visuals? The sky on Geonosis, the clonetroopers, etc.

          • August 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

            There were other designers for the OT aside from McQuarrie though. Boba Fett for instance, was designed by the director Joe Johnston.

            In regards to the PT, initially I was put off a bit by the cartoony or CG look to it all. But upon repeat viewings, I’ve come to appreciate it on a certain level.

            I think its somehow appropriate for the PT’s time period, in that it gives the PT a kind of fairy tale quality. Its a kind of storybook depiction of a Golden Age so to speak. I think this is the kind of tone you want the Old Republic of the PT to have, so that when you get to the grittiness of the OT, there’s a definite contrast between the two eras, which gives the oppression of the Empire more weight I think.

            In the same way, I’m hoping that the ST has it’s own unique flavor and style.

  • August 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This website isn’t keeping up anymore.

    • August 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      If you mean the regular LR speculative articles, yes we don’t.

      • August 31, 2014 at 4:23 am

        A little speculation can’t hurt. It’s all in good fun!

  • August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    “Anyway, nothing too revealing, but I don’t remember anyone else posting this.”

    Yeah, you guys must have been too bogged down prepping another Rebels article to notice this.

    • August 30, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      You do realize that Rebels is closer to release so therefore there is more info coming down the pipe for it. Episode 7 is still very far out and thus less info is available. Nobody likes a troll bro.

    • August 31, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Watch as I write a Rebels article for Monday just to spite you.

      [Laughs fiendishly]

      • August 31, 2014 at 4:14 am

        So the BIG news is dropping Monday then? I am going to keep bitching till you put it out 🙂

        • August 31, 2014 at 5:18 am

          It should be coming out this Monday. If not that, then Tuesday (but most likely Monday; VH has a schedule that he likes to stick to).

        • August 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

          It’s not big news. Just several new and old unconfirmed rumors. Oh, and a Rebels article update is coming later today. 🙂

          • August 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

            “Stay tuned for a really big rumors article on Monday or Tuesday. It’s really BIG…”

            You teasing me bro sounds pretty big to me! Any news is good news at this point though. As long as we keep getting Rebels articles my life will have purpose. I live to read about Rebels 🙂

    • August 31, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Up yours buddy

  • August 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    If you people need to hear news every day why don’t you go back over to latrino review where much of it turns out to be incorrect.

  • September 1, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I’ve noticed that all directors talk with their hands…

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