Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awaken

Who owns LucasFilm?
LucasFilm is owned by Disney which the largest film production company in the world. it was founded October 16th 1923 in Los Angeles California, United States. The founders of the company are Roy O. Disney and Walt Disney.

Who formed LucasFilm?
George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of LucasFilm and Industrial Light & Magic.

What year was LucasFilm formed?
LucasFilm was founded in 1971 in San Rafael, California. Most of the companies operations were moved to San Francisco in 2005.

Who is the president of LucasFilm?
Kathleen Kennedy is president of LucasFilm. she became president on October 30th 2012.

What other major films have they worked on?
Other Major films that LucasFilm has worked on out the Indiana Jones films,

How much was LucasFilm sold for?
LucasFilm was sold for $4.05billion. George Lucas said that he would donate most of the money to his education funds.

Who wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Lawrence Kasdan, JJ Abrams and Michael Arndt

Who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
JJ Abrams directed the last Star Wars Film who is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and composer.

What other major films is the director responsible for?
Other films that JJ Abrams has directed are mission impossible 3 2006, Star Trek 2009, Super 8 2011 and Star Trek into Darkness 2013.

How many Star Wars films have there been so far (list them)?
There has been 7 Star Wars films so far.
IV- A New Hope, May 25th 1977
V- The Empire Strikes back,May 21st 1980
VI- Return of the Jedi, May 25th 1983
I- The Phantom Menace, May 19th 1999
II- Attack of the Clones, May 16th 2002
III- Revenge of the sith, May 19th 2005
VII- The Force Awakens, December 18th 2015

How much money have they all made at the global box office?
IV- A New Hope, May 25th 1977. $786,598,007
V- The Empire Strikes back,May 21st 1980. $534,171,960

VI- Return of the Jedi, May 25th 1983. $572,705,079
I- The Phantom Menace, May 19th 1999. $1,027,044,677
II- Attack of the Clones, May 16th 2002. $656,695,615
III- Revenge of the sith, May 19th 2005. $848,998,877
VII- The Force Awakens, December 18th 2015. $2,058,662,225

When was the first Star Wars film released?
IV- A New Hope, May 25th 1977

What does ILM stand for and what does it do?
Industrial lights and magic is an American motion picture visual effects company that was founded in May 1975. It is a division of the film production company, LucasFilm, which Lucas founded, and was created when Lucas began production of the film Star Wars. ILM was considered the leading industry standard production house for computer graphics in film; many studios other than Lucasfilm sent scenes to the studio for CG. It is also the original founder company of the animation studio Pixar. Lucas wanted his 1977 film Star Wars to include visual effects that had never been seen on film before. Lucas named the group Industrial Light and Magic, which became the Special Visual Effects department on Star Wars.

What do casting directors do?
Casting directors find and audition the actors for the characters.

Where were the first scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens filmed?
Filming for "The Force Awakens" took place at Pinewood Studios, located near London, but the cast and crew traveled to several locations around the world to film scenes for different fictional planets. The galaxy of Jakku was filmed in the desert Rub' al Khali desert, Abu Dhabi. Other places that were filmed in were the Forest of Dean, Berkshire and the Lake District.

What format was Star Wars: The Force Awakens shot on?
the new star wars film was shot on Kodak film

What types of camera were used to film Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Panavision creates a new set of lenses for the film as JJ Abrams wanted to preserve the original look of the film. Panavision started with C and B series cylinders, and developed a hybrid version that used some T Series technology. Some desert exteriors and effects plates were shot with 15-perf IMAX. On those shots, the lenses included T-2 80mm and T-2.8 50mm models refitted with Panavision mechanics and Panavision proprietary glass. They filmed it on film instead of digital to make me it look more like the first three films. 

What studio was used to film a large portion of the film?
Pinewood Studios

Where is the studio?Pinewood Studios is a British film studio and television studio located in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of central London and 7 miles from Windsor.

What major franchise is famously filmed at this studio?
the James Bond films

How does said franchise link to Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
the James Bond Films were being filmed at the Pinewood studios at the time. Daniel Craig happened to walk onto the Star wars set and was given a Camio in the film as a storm trooper.

Who was the inspiration for the character Maz Kanata?
Maz Kanata is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she is a CGI character voiced and performed by  Lupita Nyong'o. Maz, a former pirate and smuggler, is over 1000 years old and manages an interstellar tavern in a castle on the fictional planet, Takodana.  The character was originally based on High school English teacher Rose Gilbert. She taught both JJ Abrams and Rick Carter. She died in 2013.

What technology was used to create Maz Kanata?
Motion capture was used for the creation of Maz Kanata. the character was originally going to be a puppet. Motion capture (Mo-cap for short) is the process of recording the movement of objects or people. It is used in military, entertainment, sports, medical applications, and for validation of computer vision and robotics.

Who played Maz Kanata & what other roles is she famous for?Lupita Nyong'o played Maz Kanata and Arti Shah played her double. Maz Kanata was also voiced by Lupita Nyong'o. She stared in other films such as 12 slaves a slave (2013), The Jungle book (2016), Non-Stop (2014) and Queen of Katwe (2016)

Who played General Snoke?Andrew clement "Andy" Serkis is an English film actor, director and author. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for computer-generated characters as  Gollum in The Lords of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), the eponymous King Kong in the 2005 film Caesar in Rise (2011) and Dawn of the planet of the apes (2014)

What is he renowned for in the movie business? he is renowned for his experience with motion capture technology as he has played many roles in films that have used a lot of the motion capture technology.

Where was the final scene filmed?
The final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed at Skellig Michael, an island located 7.2 miles west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.

Who composed the film score?
John Williams

How many Star wars films has he composed the music for?
he composed music for all the star wars films apart from Star Wars: The Clone Wars who was composed  by Kevin Kiner.

What other famous films has he created the music for?
he has composed music for the world highest grossing films including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,  the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films.

How mant times did John Boyega audition for the film (according to JJ Abrams)?
he auditioned 9 times

Over what period of time did these auditions occur?
these auditions could place over 7 months

How many people operated B-B8?
2 people operated B-B8

What type of technology was the main version of B-B8?
The voice of BB-8 was given by comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz both credited as"BB-8 vocal consultants" in the film. The voice was created by Abrams manipulating their voices through a talkbox, attached to an iPad running a sound effects app. Dave Chapman and Brian Herring controlled BB-8 in the film by wearing green suits that allowed them to be taken out after filming.

What colour suit did the B-B8 operator wear?
the operator wore  green suit

Why did he have to wear such a suit?
A green man suit is the same color as a green screen backdrop, making it easy to delete the people wearing them later during post-production. The green screen suit comes in a variety of sizes and covers the wearer from head to toe. They are completely chroma-key green to match green screen backdrops. The suits are usually close-fitting so that there will be few wrinkles or shadows; this will allow a person to be practically invisible in a shot when filmed against a green screen backdrop.

What type of special effects (SFX) were employed on Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Abrams wanted the film to look as much like the original films as possible so he used a lot of CGI, other technology that he used are:
  • industrial light and magic
  • green screens and green suits
  • motion capture technology
How many people were behind the monitor watching the scene when Han and Chewie returned to the Millenium Falcon?

Why was Simon Pegg thanked in the credits for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
He was credited as he played a role in the film and he came up with numerous ideas for the film and also him and Abram are friends and he helped Abrams out by playing a role in this film.

JJ Abrams shot part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX. What is IMAX?
IMAX is a  widescreen cinematography technique which produces an image 10 times larger than a standard film would be able too

How many IMAX screens was The film available on?
The film was available on 1000 IMAX screens.

What was the age rating of the film in the UK?

How much money did the UK government contribute to the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? (Express this figure as a percentage of the total cost and as a figure in pounds).
The UK Government provided the film with £31.6 million to this particular film. This figure was 13% of the whole cost of the film.

How much was Harrison Ford paid to reprise his role of Han Solo?
Harrison Ford was paid £20 million for his role in this Star Wars as it was a come back for his character.

How much were Daisy Ridley and John Boyega paid?
They earned between $100,000 ad $300,000 for their roles in this film.

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