Collider caught up with JJ Abrams during the recent Visual Effects Society Awards where he accepted a Visionary Award. The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens talked about the creative process and that lightsaber...
“I will say that what’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics… I've gotten things that are nuts, and I've gotten people who've shown how it'll kill you and how it doesn't make any sense. It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing.”
Abrams goes on to describe the judicious use of filmmaking tools.
“I feel like the beauty of this age of filmmaking is that there are more tools at your disposal, but it doesn’t mean that any of these new tools are automatically the right tools. And there are a lot of situations where we went very much old school and in fact used CG more to remove things than to add things.”
You can watch the full interview below.