As an aspiring screenwriter it's safe to say that I'm more of a realist and therefore what I expect from the medium that is cinema that I venerate so much is to be able to analyze, realistically, what cinema presents. Nothing is set in stone, though, as views of the mind tends to change itself throughout the years for some and I'm no different than you or my neighbor. Who knows I might find myself as a formalist, full-time perhaps later in my life? Imagination is vast, it has no limits of its own, for when I think of imagination I think of the deep space and incessant journey of the mind. As a writer, and also just as the director, a film-maker as some say, his or her imagination must, no matter what, tackle whatever imagination presents, but most importantly with a sense of realism as formalism, which is also as essential as realism, provides an opportunity to be just a creative individual.
George Lucas, as an innovator, writer, director and producer of the films, is one of the most famous film-makers in history of cinema. An entrepreneur, prosperous. Yet, I have not seen any of his films. And, trust me, to many of my friends, this is quiet shocking. George Lucas has revolutionized the industry, which is true. And, for that I have nothing in my heart for the man, but enormous amount of respect. But, why the concept of Lucas' oeuvre, especially Stars Wars didn't at all entice my imagination? - True that it's important to see the films and analyze them. That's an absolute way of diving deep into the mind of the creator behind the product. Now, what I find essential is, at all times, instead of studying the film or films of the creator, it is the creator behind the films that must be studied. I'm, by no means, an expert. And, I'm not at all here to criticize Mr. Lucas. I grew up watching the work of Martin Scorsese, and what introduced me to my own personality as a writer is the films of artists like Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, and later as I dived deep to truly understand the purpose of cinema, I picked up the work of men like Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, M.Night Shyamalan, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson. And, I'm currently studying the work and thoughts of Elia Kazan.
Now, what one should expect from Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently being made in London by one of my favorite film-makers, J.J. Abrams?
Mr. Abrams is a modern day film-maker, who has seen, as an individual, like many of us, many things that the world has to offer. There is no need to go in detail here when it comes to the world. What I'm pointing at is that Mr. Abrams must tackle what he has seen like many of us what the world is offering. That's the only way I will find myself purchasing a ticket to watch Stars Wars: Episode VII. What's crucial actually more than just buying the ticket is that if the film is worth the precious time and money, and it being a film worth to enshrine forever. I don't want to see Mr. Abrams making a film just as a businessman hired to do the job. And, don't get me wrong, I'm, not at all, judging Mr. Abrams' abilities as a film-maker. I think he is a fine director. Super 8 is one my favorite films of his. But, Mr. Abrams' oeuvrea so far is quite similar to Mr. Spielberg's. There is nothing wrong with that, we're all in many ways students of our favorite film-makers. But, can Mr. Abrams give the Star Wars fans and non-fans of the franchise like myself a unique look at something that's already been done before from a different, but original angle?
I expect to see not at all a cheesy, but more thought-provoking, virtuous, mind-testing with true elements of the true world kind of a film. I'm not so much worried about it being an entertaining picture, for it will be for sure. Mr. Abrams has millions of dollars given to him to spend on Stars Wars: Episode VII, therefore he has every single equipment there is to make a great movie. We're at that point, where we're not yet fully introduced by Mr. Abrams to Mr. Abrams' mind. May be, via the Stars Wars: Episode VII, we'll get to or I'll get to truly understand him.
The video below, shot on the set of Episode VII in London, features Mr. Abrams making his last appeal to fans to sign up for the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, which also gives one a chance to be part of Star Wars: Episode VII.