Right now, there are few bigger dreams for a movie nerd than to visit the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the upcoming revival of the “Star Wars” franchise courtesy of Disney and Lucasfilm. And one movie nerd got to actualize that very vision: Kevin Smith.
The “Clerks” and “Mallrats” director posted a photo of himself on the “Episode VII” set about a week ago, but at the time, he said there was nothing he was allowed to say about the visit.
“[All] I can share are this old Bantha-Tracks subscriber’s tears and snotty nose of joy,” he wrote about the experience. “The Force is WITH this movie.”
But during a recent appearance at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland (via THR) over the weekend, Smith was able to talk more about what he experienced on the “Star Wars” set — if not in exact details, then at least in broad enough strokes to hammer home some of the far-away galaxy’s cool new details.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
In short, Smith surmised that director 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.”
Sounds like our kind of party. The party opens for everyone when “Star Wars: Episode VII” hits theaters on December 18, 2015; the movie is currently in production, with a two-week hiatus in August designed to accommodate Harrison Ford’s leg injury.