Abrams on the Star Wars: Episode VII Set Promotes Charity

Abrams on the Star Wars: Episode VII Set Promotes Charity

From the Star Wars: Episode VII set, J.J. Abrams gives you a chance to be in the film by donating to charity.

In a behind-the-scenes clip from the Star Wars: Episode VII set in Abu Dhabi, director Abrams kicked of a new charity drive while showing off a creature from Tatooine. In the video, Abrams explains that donors get the chance to fly out to the set, meet the cast, and be in the movie. In make-up and costume, you will get to be a character in a Star Wars film, assuming your footage makes it in the final cut.

A minimum $10 donation through the Omaze funding platform goes to UNICEF through the Star Wars: Force for a Change initiative and earns you an entry in the contest to visit the Star Wars set in London. Like most funding platforms, the greater the contribution, the greater the rewards are available, including posters, t-shirt, Lightsaber hilts, and private screenings of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Force for a Change is a new initiative that leverages the Star Wars brand to support UNICEF, a UN program that provides assistance to children and mothers in developing nations. Specifically, the funding will support UNICEF's Innovation Lab, which works to create solutions to unique challenges in places with limited resources, from concept to implementation. With the billions of dollars that moves through the film industry, taking advantage of the Star Wars name to encourage charitable contributions is exciting.

The clip itself is exciting as well. In what appears to be a Tatooine market, crew and costumed cast are working on the film, and the strange alien that awkwardly passes Abrams is reminiscent of the puppets from the classic trilogy. It looks like the new Star Wars trilogy may not depend on CGI as much as the prequel trilogy.

Source: Omaze

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I honestly have not idea what we are talking about in here, and its probably something nice since its related to charity but isnt this how things usually go in here with anything related to JJ Abrams?

Sigfodr:
The clip itself is exciting as well. In what appears to be a Tatooine market, crew and costumed cast are working on the film, and the strange alien that awkwardly passes Abrams is reminiscent of the puppets from the classic trilogy. It looks like the new Star Wars trilogy may not depend on CGI as much as the prequel trilogy.

That was the first thing I noticed, too. The way that the thing intentionally is placed center camera, as well as the zoom in, absolutely screams "TRUST US DEAR GOD PLEASE" to me.

The fact that they took the time to make puppets for characters that are seemingly nothing more than minor background characters makes me excited. Maybe it really is going to be less about CG effects and more anout the real deal :D.

As everyone before me has said...PUPPETS! NOT CGI! WOOOOOOOOOT!
I mean, by Episode 3 you could see that George Lucas had pretty much shown his hatred for all things real. I'm pretty sure that he would have replaced all the actors with CGI if he could.
So it's good to see that some things in this film will be real.

From the looks of it their going back to the original trilogy so it has that timeless and oh what's it called oh right good and quality feel about it. I also feel like JJ knows how much is on the line and that he'd better not cgi the hell out of it.

Perhaps this is a weird thing to worry about, but I hope they don't overdo it with the practical effects. I agree that practical effects work far better than CGI for most up close stuff, and the prequel trilogy was seriously lacking in that regard, but I don't really want all the aliens in Star Wars to look like puppets either (like the one in this clip) and I'm a little worried Abrams might steer too far in that direction to differentiate himself from the prequel trilogy and appeal to peoples' nostalgia.

Ideally you want a smart blend of the two like what Jackson did with Lord of the Rings.

My first reaction to seeing that thing was laughing and saying out loud wtf? That's a reaction none of the cg aliens in the prequels got out of me. There's something to be said about having something physically on set. Your eyes can almost always tell the difference. Sure you can always go crazier with cg but will it look tangible? I like this alot and it gives me more faith in the movie.

Please, stop going back to Tatooine. It's an entire galaxy of lush planets, and we keep going back to the same goddamn dustball.

Soviet Heavy:
It's an entire galaxy of lush planets, and we keep going back to the same goddamn dustball.

They should at least go meta and have someone say that exact same thing in the movie.

Yaay charity! I hope the person who get's to be in the movie have fun too.

But are we going to Tatooine yet again? Why is the dullest most uninteresting planet such a hotspot for this stuff.
Can't we go somewhere else? C'mon guys we have a whole gala- Whoa! Look at that guy, just strutting around. Hahaha! Yeah!

... People from Italy are expressly prohibited from entering. :'( I hate my country... And anyway, yes, there's the puppet, but you can apply CGI to puppets in post-productions, you know? Nothing stops him from using both at the same time, like Del Toro did in Pacific Rim. The inside of the Jaegers's heads were actually built.

 

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