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What Abrams learned from Trek (that should make Star Wars better)

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May 22, 2013

As the man behind two of the biggest sci-fi franchises in history, J.J. Abrams has a lot of weight on his geek-god shoulders. So what did he learn after making two Star Trek movies that could help make Star Wars VII the movie we all want to see?

Mostly he learned that these movies are supposed to be really big, so you have to embrace the scale and just go all-out with it. He opened up to Trek Movie about making giant space-set sci-fi projects, and said that’s the biggest lesson that stands out to him as he prepares to revamp George Lucas’ beloved playground:

“The experience of doing Star Trek was such an education. I am still realizing what I have learned from it and will continue to. I certainly feel like the scope and scale of something like Star Trek which is so epic, so huge, that you realize in terms of scale that establishing shots can’t be a building or a town or a continent, it has to be a planet.

It’s almost like being in Las Vegas and you say "I’m just going to walk over to that hotel" and half an hour later you are still walking towards it ‘I’m not getting any closer, it is still far away!’ There is a weird thing that happens with the scale of a movie like this. But I will tell you working with the actors, the crew, the visual effects people–I learned countless lessons and hope to take all of those into the next project.”

With fan opinion mixed on Star Trek Into Darkness, some fans might be hoping he’s learned a lot more than that along the way. But regardless of how it turns out, one thing's for sure — Abrams will definitely be going big.

Here’s hoping that’s a good thing.

(Via Trek Movie)

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