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Gareth Edwards On His Star Wars Movie: "The Pressure Is On"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.13.2014

While speaking to film students at the Beijing Film Academy (via The Hollywood Reporter), director Gareth Edwards spoke about getting the opportunity to direct a Star Wars movie. Here are highlights:

On directing a Star Wars movie: "I am very, very lucky, living in a dream job at the moment. I'm not allowed to talk about it, it's all very secretive, but it's a dream come true. Star Wars is the reason I got into filmmaking, so to be given this opportunity is like a dream. Now the pressure is on."

On balancing story and special effects: "People could be innovative with computer graphics in the early '90s, but I think where we are right now is, we've reached that plateau where you can kind of do anything, and we have kind of done everything. So now, I hope, we are going to see people embracing strong stories, strong characters, as well as the spectacle. The honeymoon is over and it's much more about storytelling, and I think we'll create better films, hopefully. We were trying to do a very realistic Godzilla, but I also wanted to do a very adult take on the story. If it really happened, it would be a very dramatic and moving experience, and we wanted to give it that weight. We needed to balance the emotion and the suspense.

On his advice to future filmmakers: "You don't have to have lots of money or live in a particular country, you just have to have some talent and a lot of perseverance. With the tools we have today, you can make a film from home or from film school, so the most important thing is not how little you get knocked down, but how often you get back up."


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