Colin Trevorrow spoke more about his direction for Episode 9. Director Colin Trevorrow mentioned he will make Episode 9 authentic by shooting on film instead of going totally digital. But he’s planning even more ways to achieve visual sophistication. By the time Episode 9 comes into theaters in 2019, four new Star Wars films, including The Force Awakens, will have came and gone, and Colin’s handling of the last movie of the main Star Wars storyline will likely determine what’s next for future space opera pageantry.
According to Vulture, Trevorrow mentioned that he wants to take the movie into space. He wants to film this movie up above the clouds, and give it a realism that few could match. Star Wars has always been about space, but this is the first time a Star Wars director is exploring the feasibility of actually making the movie up there. True scenes of space, rather than computer generated worlds, are going to mean totally new things for a production crew and a cast. It could mean totally new things for cinema. If science fiction movies go in this direction, then they will all need to rely on equipment certified by NASA.
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Colin has only directed two hit movies. Of that small list, he had one huge, gigantic hit with Jurassic World, 2015’s second highest-grossing film. And he had one small, independent film, 2012’s Sundance Film Festival award winner, Safety Not Guaranteed. Even before Jurassic World‘s successful release, rumors abounded that Colin would be attached to a Star Wars movie, though his involvement was not confirmed until late last summer.
Star Wars: Episode 9 fans already had doubt in Trevorrow’s abilities, and started a petition to get George Lucas to come back and replace him as director. Trevorrow expressed his commitment to the franchise, and has shown renewed confidence in his directorial skills. He has stated he is working closely with Episode 8 director Rian Johnson to strategize a unified approach to the next two Star Wars film in the main storyline.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Trevorrow wasn’t phased by the petition to give him the boot. Colin kept his tone optimistic, and spoke more of his plans and ideals for the movie.
“When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. When you try to pitch what that movie’s about — if you’ve never heard of Star Wars before, you say, ‘Here’s a character. His father’s part robot, but he can also do magic. And there’s a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He’s got a dog for a friend!’ — it sounds insane. But it’s the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”
Keeping the Star Wars movies in the analog film realm keeps that old fashioned look of past movies, while steering clear of unnecessarily digitizing everything possible, which plagued the prequel trilogy. Of course, there are other reasons all these new Star Wars films will have an authentic look. Two other major factors are the decisions to keep much of the special effects practical, as opposed to digital, and bringing back original cast members. The recycled storyline in The Force Awakens also helps, but Trevorrow and Johnson’s films can’t take that approach.
— Vulture (@vulture) January 30, 2016
It’s good Trevorrow wants to see such a big budget movie shot on film. Despite all the digital technology at the disposal of movie studios today, film has some unnameable quality which keeps it relevant to today’s people. Trevorrow knows that it’s less convenient and more expensive than a lot of the digital movie making methods out there, but it gives movies a visual quality worth the extra expense and processing it takes. Colin Trevorrow can use all these new and old school tools to craft and care for this massive undertaking.
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