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JJ Abrams given Visual Effects Society award for his work on Star Wars

02.05.2015

We are 315 days away from the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and director J.J. Abrams is already being honored for the sequel to George Lucas' original films. The Visual Effects Society presented Abrams with their Visionary Award both due to his use of practical effects in the upcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS but also for everything he has pioneered with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, SUPER 8, and both STAR TREK films.

Being presented with the award by Zoe Saldana, who thanked him for giving Spock a girlfriend and giving her a job, Abrams was humble but appreciative.

“Spending the last two years in the world of light sabers and tie fighters has been absolutely challenging and a dream come true. [Being chosen for the VES Visionary Award] is clearly a clerical error. But mostly, I just work with a whole lot of incredible VFX artists. This is what made me want to get involved in movies.”

Abrams may be divisive as a filmmaker for many fans but the guy is truly a movie fan at heart. He has been making films since he was a kid and idolizes the greats like Steven Spielberg and Douglas Trumbull. He went on to thank his family for encouraging him to "blow shit up" but also for fostering his love of film.

I am sure we are all going to have our own reactions to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS once it opens in theaters but there is no doubt it looks very well made thus far. Even though Abrams is not returning for EPISODE VIII or IX, I think he is opening the floodgates for any number of directors to do what we have been waiting to see the franchise achieve for decades.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens on December 18, 2015.

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Source: Deadline

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6:08PM on 02/05/2015
So I guess the film will have good effects? That he's using practical effects is nice. I do think that it's nice to see him honored for his past work. He's demonstrated his ability to channel Steven Spielberg in terms of creating blockbusters. I feel very good about the new Star Wars films. I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but I have little reason to believe that Abrams can't create a successful new Star Wars film.
So I guess the film will have good effects? That he's using practical effects is nice. I do think that it's nice to see him honored for his past work. He's demonstrated his ability to channel Steven Spielberg in terms of creating blockbusters. I feel very good about the new Star Wars films. I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but I have little reason to believe that Abrams can't create a successful new Star Wars film.
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4:31PM on 02/05/2015

Awesome!

Practical effects...please make a comeback. ASAP.
Practical effects...please make a comeback. ASAP.
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3:59PM on 02/05/2015

HEY!

wait till the movie comes out before you go getting AWARDS already-- c'mon! :) It's like getting a Lifetime Achievement award in high school or something--yeesh! I have confidence that SW will rock out, but at least wait until it's been OUT and let the credits roll before you start handing out awards--
wait till the movie comes out before you go getting AWARDS already-- c'mon! :) It's like getting a Lifetime Achievement award in high school or something--yeesh! I have confidence that SW will rock out, but at least wait until it's been OUT and let the credits roll before you start handing out awards--
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5:02PM on 02/05/2015
It's like a peace nobel price for a president who just got elected.
It's like a peace nobel price for a president who just got elected.
3:39PM on 02/05/2015
When JJ gets an award for the next Star Wars movie already it must be really really good!!
When JJ gets an award for the next Star Wars movie already it must be really really good!!
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3:21PM on 02/05/2015
I'm hoping he comes back for ep. 9---it has not been confirmed that Johnson is doing 9, only writing a treatment for it. So, ep. 9 is open for Abrams, or Bird.
I'm hoping he comes back for ep. 9---it has not been confirmed that Johnson is doing 9, only writing a treatment for it. So, ep. 9 is open for Abrams, or Bird.
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4:24PM on 02/05/2015
Or if they can't get either Abrams or Bird, why not McQuarrie? Why not any of the other Mission: Impossible directors?
Or if they can't get either Abrams or Bird, why not McQuarrie? Why not any of the other Mission: Impossible directors?
6:03PM on 02/05/2015
"Thank you so much for not being as terrible as the last guy in charge."

Yes, the parallel's there. ;)
"Thank you so much for not being as terrible as the last guy in charge."

Yes, the parallel's there. ;)
6:03PM on 02/05/2015
"Thank you so much for not being as terrible as the last guy in charge."

Yes, the parallel's there. ;)
"Thank you so much for not being as terrible as the last guy in charge."

Yes, the parallel's there. ;)
3:19PM on 02/05/2015

The guy's getting an award for a movie that hasn't come out yet?

Okay . . . :P
I will say that I have a very good feeling about STAR WARS VII. Between Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt on the script, the original cast plus newcomers like John Boyega, and the fact that JJ is going with more practical effects this time around, means that December 18th can't come soon enough.
Okay . . . :P
I will say that I have a very good feeling about STAR WARS VII. Between Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt on the script, the original cast plus newcomers like John Boyega, and the fact that JJ is going with more practical effects this time around, means that December 18th can't come soon enough.
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