J.J. Abrams Interview with AOL BUILD!

JJJ.J. Abrams and Ricky Camilleri discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens at AOL studios in New York. Definitely worth checking out!



In this interview you get a great overview of the whole production. It starts with some interesting insights about the trailer and who made it.


I recommend you to watch the whole interview but here are some interesting topics:


  • introduction: trailer reactions and how he handled the excitement to work with Kasdan
  • 3:00 min: the hurdles and how to work on the story with Kasdan
  • 4:10 min: the difficulties to work under Disney and the corporate approach
  • 8:10 min: the reason to cast “unknowns” and the challenging work in the desert
  • 12:00 min: influences and preparation for the movie
  • 16:00 min: the retro approach and “going simpler”, BB8 hologram sequence confirmed!
  • 18:10min: the lightsaber battles
  • 19:45min: how to embrace the inherited Star Wars moments and bring something new at the same time
  • 21:00min: the original cast was already on board when JJ took over and Q+A





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20 thoughts on “J.J. Abrams Interview with AOL BUILD!

  • December 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    What a guy

  • December 4, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    The last question asked addresses what some fans were concerned about which is lens flares..JJ answers it beautifully.

  • December 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    It seems like all these interviewers are treading the same ground…. Why are they not asking about working with Ben Burtr and the continuity with the sound design across the saga that could tie it together?

  • December 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I love right before the end when he talks about lens flares. Awesome!

    • December 4, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      No shining flashlights into the lens..thank goodness !

  • December 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I don’t understand why so much noise about the lens flare, everyone seems to be repeating a pattern of dislike for that, I mean people say “I hope there are no lens flare in this movie” only because they heard of it from someone else but what’s the big deal about it? It’s his style or you’re gonna tell David Fincher not to leave movies with an ambiguous ending or Christopher Nolan? Or you will tell Denis Villeneuve not to mess with our heads? You can’t deny that Star Trek: Into Darkness was beautifully shot and that it has a great looking

    • December 4, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      No they were overdone to a crazy excess..I said it as soon as I saw his Star Trek Movie

    • December 5, 2015 at 1:25 am

      Sorry dude, there are people out there that just seem to not like the lens flare, me included. It distracts me from the movie itself..

  • December 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Uhm… Let’s just hope that BB-8’s hologram is not about a female in distress…

    • December 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      could be luke

    • December 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      “Help me, Jar Jar Binks, you’re my only hope.”
      – No One, Ever

      • December 5, 2015 at 1:46 am

        – amidala in episode I (yup, she says it!)

        • December 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

          I have a bad feeling about this

        • December 8, 2015 at 2:35 am

          So, no one, ever.

          • December 8, 2015 at 10:21 am

            If the prequels dont exist to you, you shouldn’t have been replying to the first comment talking about an unexisting character.

  • December 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, what he said about the lightsabre battle has got me excited. That’s EXACTLY what I want. The over-choreographed stuff from the prequels got ridiculous by the end. Empire was simple, epic, brutal, hell even ROTJ featured just raw emotion. The prequels, and especially episode 3, just felt like some crazy capoeira ballet or something. Had no emotion or gravitas to it, no power.

    I’m VERY happy with what JJ said here, I hope his ideas for what makes Star Wars so good gets passed along to the next two director’s. I trust Rian Johnson, I hope the Jurassic World guy doesn’t let the last film down..

    • December 5, 2015 at 1:08 am

      Totally true. The only think I would say to JJ when he was wondering what happened after Return of the Jedi, there is one person who may know it better then Kasdan….

      • December 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

        You know why KK asked that question? Because she was already working with GL on the ST, but at the time GL got bought out, KK suddenly became the proprietor of this knowledge, but she still knows George’s original idea.

  • December 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Opening crawl confirmed

    • December 5, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      I hope we get wipes

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