That same month, Harrison Ford fractured his leg while filming at Pinewood after a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon set fell on him, and was taken to a hospital. According to Abrams, Ford's ankle "went to a degree angle". Storyboard artists Simon Duric said, "The security on the film was a challenge.
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That script was locked in a safe. Most of the time on a film you can sit at your desk with a copy of the script next to you. On this, you couldn't. That's fine but it was tricky in places. We had people flying drones over Pinewood studios trying to take photographs. It was nuts. If a prop was being moved we had to have them covered in a big black sheet. We were told in an email to be [wary] of drones. Cinematographer Daniel Mindel said The Force Awakens would use real locations and scale models over computer-generated imagery to make it aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogy.
It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward 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. ILM's Vancouver branch also worked on the special effects for the film. Abrams supervised post-production and editing of the film at Bad Robot Productions' headquarters in Santa Monica. In July , John Williams was confirmed to compose the score. There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way.
Williams said the recording process was "very luxurious", with 12 sessions scattered over a five-month period between June and November. The score was recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony , a freelance orchestra, with sessions continuing on and off over that five-month period. The piece orchestra recorded minutes of music, although nearly an hour of that was discarded, modified, or rerecorded as Abrams reedited the film. Williams's theme for Snoke was recorded by a voice men's chorus.
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Gustavo Dudamel conducted the opening and end title music for the film at Williams's behest. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Abrams contributed music to the film's cantina scene. Abrams met Miranda at a performance of his Broadway musical Hamilton , where Miranda jokingly offered to compose cantina music, should it be needed. Unknown to Miranda, Williams had previously told Abrams that he did not want to compose the music for that scene, wanting to focus on the orchestral score.
Abrams then contacted Miranda, and the two collaborated on the music for the scene over a period of two months. South Korean boy band EXO released their song " Lightsaber " in collaboration with the film for its release in their home country on November In North America, it had the widest release of December across 4, theaters of which 3, were 3D locations, a record IMAX screens 13 of which were 70mm , premium large format screens, D-Box locations,   as well as releasing in the Dolby Vision format High dynamic range , Rec.
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tyttiemedemon.tk It's not just an opening-weekend phenomenon. The film is the first live-action Star Wars film not to be released theatrically by 20th Century Fox ; accordingly the film is not introduced with either that company's logo, or its signature fanfare composed by Alfred Newman. Disney backed The Force Awakens with extensive marketing campaigns. It was screened in selected cinemas across the United States and Canada and in theaters worldwide in December It was also released on YouTube and the iTunes Store ,  generating a record The Hollywood Reporter called the trailer "perfectly potent nostalgia", praising its mix of old and new.
On December 11, , Abrams and Kennedy released a series of eight mock Topps trading cards revealing the names of several characters.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the reaction to the trailer was "staggering… the entire room of almost eight thousand people just leapt to their feet and roared, I mean I can't think of anything I've ever been to — other than a rock concert — that felt quite like that". The trailer shows many of the new characters and the first footage of Chewbacca and Han Solo. The Huffington Post ' s Graham Milne wrote that the trailer "was an affirmation of something that we'd long been told was never going to happen.
This was a gift. This was faith rewarded.
About damn time. Vanity Fair was the first magazine to release an exclusive cover issue devoted to The Force Awakens. The magazine, released on May 7, , featured exclusive interviews and photos of the cast photographed by Annie Leibovitz. It was positively received, with Nigel M. Smith of The Guardian writing: "The featurette's angle is a strong one and connects with fans of the original trilogy in an incredibly poignant way.
It also does a sly job of teasing Fisher's new look as Leia and Simon Pegg's mysterious involvement as a rumored alien in the movie, without actually showing the actors in action. Additionally, Disney teamed up with Verizon to create a virtual-reality experience for Google Cardboard. Attendees received a special lanyard featuring exclusive marathon art. Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm announced a series of at least 20 books and comics, " Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens ", with releases from multiple publishers starting in late , prior to the film's premiere.
All titles under the program are canonical to the Star Wars universe. Disney Consumer Products and Lucasfilm announced that September 4, would be deemed "Force Friday" and would be the official launch of all the merchandise for The Force Awakens. The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film to not have a direct tie-in game to accompany it.
In January , it was confirmed that Starz would hold the U. A Blu-ray 3D "collector's edition" of the film was released on November 15, , including all the features of the original home releases, as well as several new bonus features, including new deleted scenes and audio commentary by Abrams. The package includes a Blu-ray 3D, regular Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy of the film, as well as an additional Blu-ray disc for the bonus features. Internationally, the film was released in over 30, screens.
The film had the biggest opening of all time in 18 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Russia and Sweden. Revenues in the film's second weekend decreased by only They believed that The Force Awakens would have the widest release ever, across 4, theaters in North America. Analysts said that the box office receipts of the film, when compared to predecessors, must be adjusted for inflation, and that the first Star Wars film made more when this adjustment is made.
He commented that The Force Awakens could catch Avatar as the top-grossing film of all time, but only if it managed to avoid major week-to-week declines in ticket sales.
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Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline. Films do not play in overseas theaters as long as they did back when Avatar was released. Star Wars: The Force Awakens received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. The website's critical consensus reads, "Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy. Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph gave The Force Awakens five stars out of five and wrote that it "sets out to shake Star Wars from its slumber, and reconnect the series with its much-pined-for past.
That it achieves this both immediately and joyously is perhaps the single greatest relief of the movie-going year. Despite the overwhelmingly positive reception for the picture, certain critics found The Force Awakens derivative of the original Star Wars trilogy,  some expressing their opinion that the film was essentially a remake of A New Hope. Abrams' undeniable skill as a visual storyteller that the Mad Libs narrative doesn't outright destroy the picture". In an interview with journalist Charlie Rose that aired on December 24, , Lucas likened his decision to sell Lucasfilm to Disney to a "divorce" and outlined the creative differences between him and the producers of The Force Awakens.
Lucas described the previous Star Wars films as his "children" and criticized the "retro feel" of The Force Awakens , saying: "I worked very hard to make [my films] completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships — you know, to make it new. Several awards held their nominations before the December release of The Force Awakens , making the film ineligible for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and some other awards ceremonies.