Rian Johnson Talks “Star Wars” Practical Effects

Following that wave of spoilers yesterday regarding the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” things take a quieter turn today as we jump ahead with words from the man in charge of “Star Wars: Episode VIII”.

Filmmaker Rian Johnson is both penning and directing the middle chapter of the upcoming trilogy, and recently spoke with The Girls in Hoodies podcastabout his involvement in the TV series “Outlander”. During said interview talk did turn towards a galaxy far far away briefly, Johnson did speak about this new trilogy’s plans to use as many practical effects as possible:

“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome. They’re doing it all right, yeah … I think people are coming back around to [practical effects], yeah, it feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back towards it.

I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.

I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it, but the thing is, I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing that they love now so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be.”

Johnson recently visited J.J. Abrams on the UK set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” and talked about that experience:

“Right now they’re shooting in London, which is why actually I was in London, for reals … Yeah, I think I’m definitely gonna go back. Visiting a set that you’re not working on though, I always feel kind of uncomfortable, not because anyone makes you feel uncomfortable at all, but just like, if you don’t have a job on the set, the set is a really strange place to be on.”

Johnson was also asked about fan pressure and the intimidation of taking on such a high-profile project. He says even he’s surprised how not scary it is:

“The most surprising thing is just how not scary and how much fun … It’s boring to talk about because the only thing I can really say is I’m just happy. But I don’t have the terror that I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I’m sure I will at some point.

Like if there’d been no Star Wars movies since Return of the Jedi, there’d be a lot more pressure, but the fact we’ve had them, we’ve had the prequels, we’ve had the TV shows, we’ve had Angry Birds Star Wars … I play it all the time!”