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Video message from J.J. Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII

05.21.2014

Last week, J.J. Abrams wrote a letter to the cast and crew of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII that basically could be summed up as, "Let's try really hard not to screw this up" (okay, it was a little more heartfelt, but you get the idea). Now, Abrams has another message to give, but it's in video form and for the fans.  In it he says a few words and . . . what's that? Is that freaking alien that's not computer generated?!?!?

Take a look at what the alien's selling here:

Abrams seems like a classy guy, and a hell of a tease. I'm pretty sure he knows fans will be combing each inch of this video to see if there's anything else to spot in what looks like your run-of-the-mill Tatooine market. Star Wars is also a great way to get the word out there on the Force for Change movement that contributes to Unicef.

Here's some details on Force for Change:

Star Wars: Force for Change wants to create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families around the world. With your help and creativity we can develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. By acting as a Force for Change, your donation to support UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and other innovative work for children will fund dozens of life-changing projects like these in communities across the globe: • Portable, solar-powered learning kits being built in China, Uganda, and Burundi to ensure every child in the world has access to relevant, quality learning. • Mobile phone application developed in South Sudan and Uganda, and used in the Philippines, that helps reunite children with their families after an emergency. • A text messaging solution in Zambia that helps families receive infant medical test results from clinics, in half the time, through mobile phones. Join us! Help create a brighter tomorrow for thousands of kids and families. Be a force for change.

If this looks like something you'd like to contribute to, you can check out some more information here. One lucky person will actually get to take part in a scene from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and be a VIP guest with Mr. Abrams on the set in London. Sounds like a good time to me!

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will force its way into theaters December 18, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: So what's that alien's story?
Source: Omaze

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4:54PM on 05/21/2014
I hope there is the same amount of cgi as there was in this film. Not literally, but if its 80% puppets and real effects with 20% CGI wars and battles, then I will cream up something fierce. It's not lik
I hope there is the same amount of cgi as there was in this film. Not literally, but if its 80% puppets and real effects with 20% CGI wars and battles, then I will cream up something fierce. It's not lik
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3:04PM on 05/21/2014
want to know that aliens story? he's a racist stereotype. that's his story.
want to know that aliens story? he's a racist stereotype. that's his story.
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3:21PM on 05/21/2014
Your comments are fucking weak. Say something interesting or funny or GTFO.
Your comments are fucking weak. Say something interesting or funny or GTFO.
6:33PM on 05/21/2014
u can't kick me outta here. i'm just giving my opinion bro. i'm pretty sure that's allowed.
u can't kick me outta here. i'm just giving my opinion bro. i'm pretty sure that's allowed.
7:56PM on 05/21/2014
@ Calculon--Your opinions have no point, you just randomly throw words at people. "Your like a child that walks into the middle of a movie and wants to know whats going on." My opinion of you, your a moron.
@ Calculon--Your opinions have no point, you just randomly throw words at people. "Your like a child that walks into the middle of a movie and wants to know whats going on." My opinion of you, your a moron.
8:37PM on 05/21/2014
I agree! Gfys
I agree! Gfys
3:00PM on 05/21/2014
cool
cool
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2:31PM on 05/21/2014
I just want to point out to everyone that they also had built very similar sets on The Phantom Menace and incorporated some non-CGI aliens. But everybody seems to just remember what they want to remember. Say what you will about the prequels, but don't try and claim that they were all 100% CGI movies. There are a lot of people who worked extremely hard on those movies to construct sets, props and characters. I'm sure they wouldn't appreciate seeing comments claiming otherwise.
I just want to point out to everyone that they also had built very similar sets on The Phantom Menace and incorporated some non-CGI aliens. But everybody seems to just remember what they want to remember. Say what you will about the prequels, but don't try and claim that they were all 100% CGI movies. There are a lot of people who worked extremely hard on those movies to construct sets, props and characters. I'm sure they wouldn't appreciate seeing comments claiming otherwise.
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3:01PM on 05/21/2014
who cares if some wankers worked on it. it sucked! u r stupid.
who cares if some wankers worked on it. it sucked! u r stupid.
6:39PM on 05/21/2014
Look, man. I'm just saying that whether you like the prequels or not, we should just remember that real, living, creative human beings worked on them and we shouldn't just toss aside that work or pretend that it didn't happen. Watch the making of Episode 1 documentary and you will appreciate what went into it.
Look, man. I'm just saying that whether you like the prequels or not, we should just remember that real, living, creative human beings worked on them and we shouldn't just toss aside that work or pretend that it didn't happen. Watch the making of Episode 1 documentary and you will appreciate what went into it.
7:04PM on 05/21/2014
@Calculon, what is your deal and how old are you? You come on this site not only to give your opinion but to call people names and belittle them. It seems more like you just want to attack people rather than give us a heart felt opinion about the topic at hand. I understand sharing your opinions, but if you have nothing constructional to add then do not waste everyone else's time.

@RogerGarage--I agree with you wholeheartedly.
@Calculon, what is your deal and how old are you? You come on this site not only to give your opinion but to call people names and belittle them. It seems more like you just want to attack people rather than give us a heart felt opinion about the topic at hand. I understand sharing your opinions, but if you have nothing constructional to add then do not waste everyone else's time.

@RogerGarage--I agree with you wholeheartedly.
1:54PM on 05/21/2014
That was kinda fake looking, shoulda used CGI....

...NOT. Thank god for JJ Abrams, who I'm pretty sure was cloned from Spielberg's DNA.
That was kinda fake looking, shoulda used CGI....

...NOT. Thank god for JJ Abrams, who I'm pretty sure was cloned from Spielberg's DNA.
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2:32PM on 05/21/2014
If he was a Spielberg clone, he would probably be a better director than what he is.
If he was a Spielberg clone, he would probably be a better director than what he is.
3:03PM on 05/21/2014
shut up rogergaragge. u r stupid and no body wants to listen to you. every body knows that felicity was the best show ever.
shut up rogergaragge. u r stupid and no body wants to listen to you. every body knows that felicity was the best show ever.
3:23PM on 05/21/2014
Probably not a modern day Spielberg clone, what with movies like Munich and Catch Me if You Can. But a young one is a good comparison.
Probably not a modern day Spielberg clone, what with movies like Munich and Catch Me if You Can. But a young one is a good comparison.
3:28PM on 05/21/2014
@themoderntimeskid, I'm not sure how one would go about cloning someone from a specific time period in their life.
@themoderntimeskid, I'm not sure how one would go about cloning someone from a specific time period in their life.
3:38PM on 05/21/2014
Touche'
Touche'
1:03PM on 05/21/2014
That real-life puppet inclusion was brilliant, it shows that Abrams wants to bring that magic back to this film.
That real-life puppet inclusion was brilliant, it shows that Abrams wants to bring that magic back to this film.
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12:23PM on 05/21/2014

reach for the stars abrams!!!

reach for those stars
reach for those stars
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12:08PM on 05/21/2014

When sucess is "it's better than the last trilogy"

He's in the best possible position. After the last 3 flicks, expectations are so freaking low that if they gave Gallagher a light saber and a room full of fruits and vegetables, it would make a billion dollars.
He's in the best possible position. After the last 3 flicks, expectations are so freaking low that if they gave Gallagher a light saber and a room full of fruits and vegetables, it would make a billion dollars.
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12:04PM on 05/21/2014

Everyone bitched, but I always knew Abrams would know which direction to take directing Star Wars in

I love CGI and remember being blown away by CGI effects in the 90s. Now it's all a little too familiar. Time to be re-blown away by old school effects (models, costumes, puppets) again!
Abrams has that Spielberg nerdy side which makes him right for the job.
I love CGI and remember being blown away by CGI effects in the 90s. Now it's all a little too familiar. Time to be re-blown away by old school effects (models, costumes, puppets) again!
Abrams has that Spielberg nerdy side which makes him right for the job.
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12:02PM on 05/21/2014

Live Effects!

Thank God he is using some live effects, I mean CGI is a must for this but there is no reason to use if for everything!
Oh and for Easter Egg hunters did you see Finn at 1:06, wonder where Jake is. And is there going to be an Adventure Time spin off movie! ROFL
Thank God he is using some live effects, I mean CGI is a must for this but there is no reason to use if for everything!
Oh and for Easter Egg hunters did you see Finn at 1:06, wonder where Jake is. And is there going to be an Adventure Time spin off movie! ROFL
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12:01PM on 05/21/2014
Yup, this guy was absolutely the right choice for this movie.
Yup, this guy was absolutely the right choice for this movie.
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11:39AM on 05/21/2014

WHEN THE MAN IS A CAMEL

YOUR LUKE WILL BE HAMILL
YOUR LUKE WILL BE HAMILL
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11:22AM on 05/21/2014
I'm just glad that alien wasn't CGI
I'm just glad that alien wasn't CGI
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11:18AM on 05/21/2014
Wow that alien looks like its straight out of Jim Henson's workshop in its heyday!
Wow that alien looks like its straight out of Jim Henson's workshop in its heyday!
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11:12AM on 05/21/2014

He even talks a little like Spielberg

Or is it just me?!
Or is it just me?!
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11:07AM on 05/21/2014
I'm liking the looks of those background characters and what little of the set that might have been. And that alien, well, it definitely looks like it could have fit in well with the original Mos Eisley Cantina crowd.
I'm liking the looks of those background characters and what little of the set that might have been. And that alien, well, it definitely looks like it could have fit in well with the original Mos Eisley Cantina crowd.
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11:00AM on 05/21/2014
I don't envy the position he's in but I do think he's a talented filmmaker and that he does want to do as well by the fans as possible. The Force For Change movement reminds me of what DC did with We Can Be Heroes to combat hunger in the Horn of Africa and Spider-Man's endorsement of Earth Hour. Recognisable pop culture ambassadors for charitable organisations are a good idea and it's certainly a trend that doesn't seem harmful.
I don't envy the position he's in but I do think he's a talented filmmaker and that he does want to do as well by the fans as possible. The Force For Change movement reminds me of what DC did with We Can Be Heroes to combat hunger in the Horn of Africa and Spider-Man's endorsement of Earth Hour. Recognisable pop culture ambassadors for charitable organisations are a good idea and it's certainly a trend that doesn't seem harmful.
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