“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” grossed around $2.057 billion globally and $900 million nationally after its December release.
J.J. Abrams, director of the Star Wars reboot, didn’t talk about the movie at South by Southwest.
All Abrams had to say was “BB-8 was a puppeteer character; he was in all of the scenes physically,” and “humanity” had to be added to the movie after it was filmed.
Other than that, Abrams discussed technology and how it has changed the movie business. Spoiler alert: technology is pretty great.
Abrams said smart phones are the “nightmare of every story teller” because filmmakers are afraid the movies they make will be watched on a tiny screen.
The biggest challenge of new technology is “hiding it” in different scenes, he said.
Abrams touched on diversity in Hollywood. Multiple actors and actresses, including Jada Pinkett Smith, decided to boycott the Oscars on account of there being few people of color nominated for any awards. Because of this, Abrams said he changed the hiring criteria at Bad Robot, his company.
When having an open call for auditions, Abrams said the candidates are representative of the country they are in.
He wanted to give “people who aren’t the usual suspects a chance.”