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The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey premiered at South by Southwest yesterday, and is officially the only thing that has made me sad that I'm not at SXSW. I didn't know this was possible, but I'm actually more excited for this documentary about the making of The Force Awakens than I was about the movie itself (and I was very excited about the movie).
If you haven't watched the trailer yet, here you go (Is it just me or is the way Abrams greets Gwendoline Christie super adorable?):
Director J.J. Abrams introduced the doc to a packed crowd of fanboys and girls who didn't know he was going to be there and, after everyone in attendance had gotten a hold of themselves, waxed semi-poetic about his Star Wars family:
What’s so cool about this is that it shows and highlights people who put their heart and soul into making The Force Awakens. They were the greatest group of filmmakers, artists, and storytellers. To get to see the people behind the scenes was fun, frankly, even for me, and I was there.
While the special feature will of course be of interest to fans of the franchise, it also offers a behind the scenes look of what it takes to make such a huge blockbuster, and is interesting from a filmmaking perspective.
I'm the type of person who really enjoys the mundane details of other people's lives, so "making of" documentaries like this delight me to no end. I don't know if these count as "spoilers" (can you "spoil" a documentary?), but some of my favorite tidbits (as reported by Entertainment Weekly) so far are:
- Adam Driver's costume was so annoying to put on that he didn't even have to "act" angry and that donning the heavy garb made him “so pissed by the time we were ready to start shooting I felt totally ready."
- Captain Phasma was named after the floating, spiky ball in the movie "Phantasm."
- Everyone's favorite couple, Poe and Finn, sitting next to each other at the table reading.
- A lot of the crew either worked on the original trilogy, or had parents who did.
- Harrison Ford's earring (I'm sure his earring exists outside of this documentary, but seeing it is always fun.)
I'm sure I'll enjoy all of the cast interviews, but I mostly hope that there is just a ton of Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher talking is one of my favorite things in this world, and I'd actually be fine if every single interview in this things was with her.
The documentary will be available as a special feature on the upcoming Digital HD (available April 1) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (available April 5) releases. Another special feature you will get but not necessarily need is the entire first table reading, which is basically the movie without any effects.
That one doesn't pique my interest as much, mainly due to the lack of BB-8, but it's nice to know it's there as a sort of time capsule of the first time the entire cast, old and new, was all in one place.