Gareth Edwards On His Star Wars Movie: "The Pressure Is On"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.13.2014
It's a dream job...
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."