Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our Director

If you only read one article about director J.J. Abrams and his approach to creating a brand new "Star Trek" film, read this one. Here are some choice excerpts:

LATimes: You know that no matter what you do, you'll get an earful from hardcore fans.

Abrams: The key is to appreciate that there are purists and fans of "Star Trek" who are going to be very vocal if they see things that aren't what what they want. But I can't make this movie for readers of Nacelles Monthly who are only concerned with what the ship's engines look like. They're going to find something they hate no matter what I do. And yet, the movie at its core is not only inspired by what has come before, it's deeply true to what's come before. The bottom line is we have different actors playing these parts and from that point on it's literally not what they've seen before. It will be evident when people see this movie that it is true to what Roddenberry created and what those amazing actors did in the 1960s. At the same time, I think, it's going to blow people's minds because its a completely different experience than what they expect. felt to me that the key to "Star Trek" was to go from the inside-out: Be as true to the characters as possible, be as real and as emotional and as exciting as possible and not be distracted by the specter of all that the "Star Wars" film accomplished.

"Star Trek," directed by J.J. Abrams, featuring visual effects by Industrial Light and Magic, hits theaters on May 8. Watch HD trailers for "Star Trek" at

Los Angeles Times Interview with J.J. Abrams, part 1 and part 2.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on an amazing job Todd and everyone at ILM. Hope this film has the success it deserves.

Congrats on the lens flare programe also Todd. You really do have a mastery of the field of anamorphic photography.

salsa said...

Just found this cover image of "Nacelles Monthly" and... LOL!

Daniel Broadway said...


Todd said...

Check out this different issue of Nacelles Monthly.

Ben said...

congrats todd, you've been getting some nice pub on star trek lately.

TylerMirage said...

My predictions:

I'm calling it right now, "Star Trek" is nominated for the 'Best Achievement in Visual Effects' Academy Award at the 82nd Oscars. (Other nominees are "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Avatar".)

I'm not a big "Star Trek" fan, but I am excited for this film! :D