Star Wars: The Force Awakens research
JJ Abrams was named director in 2013 along with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. everal directors were considered including David Fincher, Brad Bird, Ben Affleck and Guillermol Del Toro.
Michael Arndt worked on the scripts for 8 months, however said that he needed 18 more which was more time then Abram or Disney could give him. Kasdan and Abrams took over script duties. the first draft was completely. he said that he wanted the film to return to the roots of the original films and was based more on emotion rather than explanation. in January 2014, Abram confirmed that the script was complete.
Daisy Ridley- Rey
John Boyega- Finn
Harrison Ford- Han Solo
Oscar Isaac- Poe Dameron
Carrie Fisher- Princess Leia
Adam Driver- Kylo Ren
Gwendoline Christie- Captain Phasma
Mark Hamil- Luke Skywalker
Peter Mayhew- Chewbacca
Anthony Daniels- C- P30
Kenny Baker- R2-D2
Paul Warren- Varmik
the production budget the film was $306,000,000 yet George Osborne committed 25 million of public money to the film, saying that it was a boost for British culture and the British film industry.
Screens shown onthe most popular screen that the film was shown on was the 375 to 400 IMAX cinema screens. It was shown 78 times in the first 24 hours in a Vue Cinema in London. the film was pretty much shown on cinema screens worldwide where It was most popular in the US, China, and the UK
Box office figures: worldwide, US, China
The Force Awakens grossed $936.7 million in North America and $1.132 billion in other territories for a worldwide total of $2.068 billion. the film is the highest grossing film of 2015. It was the 24th film in cinematic history to gross $1 billion worldwide, standing as the fastest film to surpass the mark, doing so in 12 days
Music (composer of score/ soundtrack)
I July 2013, John Williams to confirmed to be composing the score. the music from the first two trailer were a rework from previous John William pieces. Recording sessions for The Force Awakens began in June 2015 at the Sony Pictures Studios'.Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage in in Culver City, with William Ross conducting most of the music. The first day of recording was June 1, 2015. William continued to conduct the rest of the records. The score was recorded by a freelance orchestra. The 90-piece orchestra recorded 175 minutes of music, although nearly an hour of that was discarded, modified, or rerecorded as Abrams re-edited the film. Williams's theme for Snoke was recorded by a 24-voice men's chorus. The film's soundtrack was released by walt Disney records on December 18, 2015.
Marketing (teaser trailers, trailers, posters, websites etc)
domestic DVD sales- $26,930,021
domestic Blu-ray sales- $128,520,899
total domestic video sales- $155,450,920
on November 28th 2014, Lucasfilms released a teaser trailer to advertise the film. it generated 58.2 million views on youtube in the first week. on December 11th 2014, Abrams and Kennedy released 8 mock Topps trading cards giving names of some of the characters. On April 2016, a second trailer was released. it received 88 million views within the first 24 hours.
Disney publishing worldwide announced a series of 20 books and comics titled 'Journey to star wars: the force awakens'. Disney consumer producers announced that on September 4th 2015 would be named 'force Friday' where all merchandise would be sold. this began at 12:01am where fans could buy toys, books, clothing and various other merchandise at Disney stores and other retailors. Among these products were a remote-controlled BB-8 developed by sphero.
SFX (special effects - technology used)
As far as visual effects go, they shot as much in-camera as they possibly could. This meant building extensive sets, big models, and using matte paintings instead of relying on the green screen technology that was so prevalent in the prequels. They also used flat forced perspective paintings to do things like make a hallway or corridor appear longer than they actually are, and basically went practical and physical whenever they could.
Originally Walt Disney discarded the star wars story lines as they were not that keen. Lucas said that that he would cause trouble because he know that Disney would want to change his ideas and set up for the film. Disney was never keen on George Lucas being part of the film.