Kevin Smith’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Set Visit: Director Explains What He Saw

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J.J. Abrams is “building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he’s replicating it with all the love of somebody that has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures,” the “Clerks” director gushed.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Despite a blurry, leaked image of the Millennium Falcon, there’s been few tangible details released from J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII set.

Smith — a dedicated Star Warsfan who earlier wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter detailing his dream for the new film — quickly dashed hopes by noting that he had signed a non-disclosure agreement. But he liked what he saw: “all I can share are this old Bantha-Tracks subscriber’s tears and snotty nose of joy. The Force is WITH this movie.”

The Instagram post left plenty of unanswered questions. And the director has addressed a few of them, speaking at length during an appearance at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland on Saturday.

“[Abrams] had sent me an email out of the blue while they were shooting in Abu Dhabi last month,” Smith said, explaining the Star Wars invite.

“So we go to the set and they’re actually shooting, and they’re shooting — and this is what I can’t tell you what they were shooting — But what I saw I absolutely loved,” he said. “It was tactile, it wasn’t a series of f—ing green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there it was happening.”

“I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real — I walked across the set, there were explosions — and it looked like a shot right out of an f–ing Star Wars movie,” he said. Smith also got a tour of “Stage M,” where he he saw the full scale Millennium Falcon and stepped inside to walk around.

Abrams is “building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he’s replicating it with all the love of somebody that has the world’s greatest collection of Star Wars figures,” Smith gushed.

Smith was a guest of honor at the Swiss film festival, which runs from July 4-12. Video of the event is here (NSFW language included), via Slashfilm. The Star Wars discussion begins after the 35 minute mark.

by: Kevin Smith

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