Star Wars Episode VII Focusing on Character and Story First, Special Effects Second


Star_Wars_Logo.svgA lot of the news around the production of Star Wars: Episode VII has centered on director J.J. Abrams, but there’s another creative mind attached to the film that deserves much more attention: Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Kennedy has been attached to some of fandom’s most successful films, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, Gremlins and many, many others. Clearly, Episode VII is in capable hands.

IGN reported that Kennedy updated fans on the status of the film at Star Wars Celebration Europe, telling attendees that character and story development are the focus of the film’s creators, and that special effects will support storytelling rather than the other way around. Kennedy added that the production team is looking at using real set locations rather than digitally created ones:

IGN quoted Kennedy as saying, “It’s using model makers; it’s using real droids; it’s taking advantage of artwork that you actually can touch and feel. And we want to do that in combination with CG effects. We figure that’s what will make it real.”

I’m very excited about the new production, but I want to know what you think, readers. Let me know in the comment section!

  • Courtney M.

    Good plan. The CGI effects actually take away from the prequels I feel.

  • Sam H.

    I’m glad that they want to use real locations in the filming, just like the original trilogy. Guatemala for Yavin 4, Tunisia for Tatooine, Norway for Hoth, etc. While I like some of the fantastic landscapes in the prequels (Felucia, Utapau, Naboo, and Coruscant) none of them could be created using real, outdoor Earth locations. I hope we see a return to the original trilogy simplicity.

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