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Kevin Smith elaborates on what he saw during his Star Wars set visit

Jul. 7, 2014by: Sean Wist

Last week, the much talked about man who does much of the talking, Kevin Smith, was lucky enough to drop by the set of J.J. Abrams STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and was apparently moved by what he saw, as his Instagram picture of a man in tears made circulations faster than a group of Ewoks could set up a trap for an AT-ST (seriously though, how the hell did they build that???). Smith was very clear that he signed a non-disclosure agreement, but that didn't stop him from dropping a few juicy bits of information at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland. You can check out the entire video below (the STAR WARS goodness begins at the 35-minute mark), but I've included the highlights further down.

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Regarding his initial reactions on set:

What I saw, I absolutely loved. It was tactile — it was real. It wasn't a series of f*cking green screens and blue screens in which later a bunch of digital characters would be added. It was there, it was happening. I saw old friends who I haven't seen since my childhood, who aren't really friends, but I love them more than some of my f*cking relatives. I saw uniforms, I saw artillery I haven't seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that was real. I walked across the set, there were explosions and it looked like a shot right out of a Star Wars movie.

Describing his experience boarding the Millennium Falcon:

As I walked up that ramp I realized that the something that was missing from those other movies, and it's now in these movies. He (Abrams) is building a tactile world, a world you can touch, and he's replicating with all the love of someone who has the world's greatest collection of Star Wars figures. It's like the field of dreams, the Kevin Costner movie, and if J.J. builds it, we're all going to come hard, because it's amazing. It looks fantastic. So anyone out there wondering if he's going to pull it off, he's pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy. And I'm sure as I was crying and hugging on him that he was thinking, ‘time is money’ because they're making a movie. But he got it. He was very flattered and I was like, "Honestly dude, you're doing it. You're making my childhood again. You're doing our Star Wars." What I saw blew me away.

It's hard to judge the final product of a film just by a set visit, but you can't deny that there's something magical about having the full-sized Millennium Falcon there to actually board and explore. Tears might seem like a bit of an extreme, but I admittedly recall watching STAR WARS for the first time in years when it hit DVD (about a decade ago) and I got misty-eyed by a big, ole nostalgia sucker punch. It's a thing! It happens! Here's hoping those "real-time" sets add up to some better Star Wars films.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, will show off it's practical effects on December 18, 2015.

Source: The Wrap

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2:29AM on 07/08/2014
I would probably tear up too at the sight of stuff actually being there
I would probably tear up too at the sight of stuff actually being there
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9:12PM on 07/07/2014
There should be "Be Kevin Smith for a day" sweepstakes. The winner gets a free hockey jersey, a tour of the Millennium Falcon and gets to spoon Ben Affleck.
There should be "Be Kevin Smith for a day" sweepstakes. The winner gets a free hockey jersey, a tour of the Millennium Falcon and gets to spoon Ben Affleck.
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7:32PM on 07/07/2014
Okay, Kevin, we get the point.
Okay, Kevin, we get the point.
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5:18PM on 07/07/2014
I for one really enjoy jj's films. I'm looking forward to this!
I for one really enjoy jj's films. I'm looking forward to this!
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5:17PM on 07/07/2014

If I got to board the Millennium Falcon...

I would seriously lose my goddamn mind. I'd be like, "okay, you can take me now, God." Freaking awesome.
I would seriously lose my goddamn mind. I'd be like, "okay, you can take me now, God." Freaking awesome.
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4:34PM on 07/07/2014

Kevin Smith be quiet!

I'm tired of Kevin Smith feeling the need to inform the public on highly anticipated films. I think he just enjoys being able to be the one everyone has to come to for inside knowledge.
I'm tired of Kevin Smith feeling the need to inform the public on highly anticipated films. I think he just enjoys being able to be the one everyone has to come to for inside knowledge.
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3:45PM on 07/07/2014
NO FUCKING LENS FLARES!!!!
NO FUCKING LENS FLARES!!!!
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2:31PM on 07/07/2014
dick joke
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2:24PM on 07/07/2014
To echo what j-man just said, JJ is perfectly capable of creating visually spectacular movies...that I have no doubt of. So when Kevin Smith pontificates on how well-built the sets are, how there's minimal green screen, how the actors actually have something to interact with to make it feel more real....those things are good qualities, obviously, but it'snot the the end-all, be-all in a movie. I was never worried about how the Star Wars films would look under JJ Abrams. I'm worried about the
To echo what j-man just said, JJ is perfectly capable of creating visually spectacular movies...that I have no doubt of. So when Kevin Smith pontificates on how well-built the sets are, how there's minimal green screen, how the actors actually have something to interact with to make it feel more real....those things are good qualities, obviously, but it'snot the the end-all, be-all in a movie. I was never worried about how the Star Wars films would look under JJ Abrams. I'm worried about the actual plot. I'm worried about the script. I'm worried that the entire movie will just be a series of winks and nods at the original Star Wars, playing on the audience's nostalgia in order to just get by and skimp on the story. I'd rather hear more details about that than a grown man reliving his childhood on a movie set.
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2:49PM on 07/07/2014
YES!!!!
You have said it better than me.

He seems to rely on nostalgia a lot as opposed to making something new.
YES!!!!
You have said it better than me.

He seems to rely on nostalgia a lot as opposed to making something new.
3:48PM on 07/07/2014
He really does. Heck, Star Trek Into Darkness is exhibit A. I'm no Trekkie, but I can appreciate why they found Into Darkness so repulsive. They based the entire movie around reliving and retreading Wrath of Khan...which isn't what most people wanted to see. They already got that movie, and Abrams even had the perfect set-up after the first Star Trek movie: a blank slate to explore the universe and tell whatever story he could think of. Like you said, he did nothing new, and he did it worse
He really does. Heck, Star Trek Into Darkness is exhibit A. I'm no Trekkie, but I can appreciate why they found Into Darkness so repulsive. They based the entire movie around reliving and retreading Wrath of Khan...which isn't what most people wanted to see. They already got that movie, and Abrams even had the perfect set-up after the first Star Trek movie: a blank slate to explore the universe and tell whatever story he could think of. Like you said, he did nothing new, and he did it worse than the original. THAT is what makes me nervous about him. Because I could definitely see him doing the same exact thing with Star Wars.
3:58PM on 07/07/2014
when JJ took trek over I thought - oh man we are gonna get something new - nope - prequel again - I want new characters and new adventures.

oh well I do want a good star wars movie so I will be seeing it first day and all. I just hope its good!
when JJ took trek over I thought - oh man we are gonna get something new - nope - prequel again - I want new characters and new adventures.

oh well I do want a good star wars movie so I will be seeing it first day and all. I just hope its good!
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2:02PM on 07/07/2014
All of JJ's movies look good and I am sure star wars will be amazing - to look at. So far JJ has yet to impress me with any of his films.
He seems to have his mind in the right place with his films, but they just don't work for me. It's nothing against him or anything, but I just cant see how people love them so much.
Star Trek 2 was his best film I guess, but even that was missing the essence of what star trek is - if he takes that approach with star wars I think a lot of people will be
All of JJ's movies look good and I am sure star wars will be amazing - to look at. So far JJ has yet to impress me with any of his films.
He seems to have his mind in the right place with his films, but they just don't work for me. It's nothing against him or anything, but I just cant see how people love them so much.
Star Trek 2 was his best film I guess, but even that was missing the essence of what star trek is - if he takes that approach with star wars I think a lot of people will be turned off.
I do hope its good though as I love star wars - even after all this time - it still amazes.
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