Thursday, 29 September 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens research

Production companies
  • Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • Bad Robot Productions
  • J. J. Abrams
Screen writers
  • Lawrence Kasdan
  • J. J. Abrams
  • Michael Arndt
Actors & actresses
  • Harrison Ford - Han Solo
  • Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
  • Carrie Fisher - General Leia Organa
  • Adam Driver - Kylo Ren
  • Daisy Ridley - Rey
  • John Boyega - FN-2187 / Finn
  • Gross - $306 Million
  • Net - $245 Million
  • Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England
  • Iceland - Landscape shots
  • The U.A.E emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland
  • The Lake District in the north west of England - Landscape shots for the planet Takodana
  • Former RAF Greenham Common military base in Berkshire
  • Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean
Greenlight date
  • October 30th 2012 - The is the date that The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm for $4 Billion; therefore giving them the rights to make a new Star Wars film.
Screens shown on
  • Opening weekend - 3900 Screens
  • Peak figure - Over 4000 screens
  • Weeks at cinema - 8 Weeks
Critical reaction
  • Rotten Tomatoes - 92%
  • Metacritic - 81%
These are two very strong ratings from the critics; they tell the potential audience that the film is great, therefore increasing the amount of people that will watch the it.
Box office figures
  • North America - $936.7 Million
  • China - $124.1 Million
  • UK - $163.6 Million
  • Worldwide - $2.068 Billion
  • Score composer - John Williams, the composer of most of the music used in the original Star Wars films.
  • Soundtrack - "Main Title and the Attack on the Jakku Village"
  • Two teaser-length trailers were released that let 'old school' fans know that the film will be similar to the originals by consisting mainly of symbols and references.
  • A 2.5 minute trailer was then released on ABC during half time of a football game; this created a large amount of anticipation as it was seen by thousands of people. This trailer was then massively shared and talked about on social media all across the world.
  • Merchandise and toys were released 15 weeks prior to the film's release; these included t-shirts, hats, Lego models and action figures, all from popular brands. Disney paid popular YouTube stars to open the merchandise via webcam in front of millions and millions of people.
  • Some of the key members of the Star Wars production process attended a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, an incredibly popular comic-related convention, to share sneak-peaks and information to thousands of people. This convention was also streamed live on the internet in front of millions of people.
  • Official posters were released that present important characters and aspects of the film.

Teaser Trailer #1

Teaser Trailer #2

Official Trailer

                                                China Poster                                                   US/UK Poster

Tie-in products
  • At least 20 books and comics titled 'Journey to Start Wars: The Force Awakens'
  • Remote controlled BB-8 droid developed by Sphero
  • Action figures - Basic toys for children and expensive, more advanced models for collectors
  • Voice changer masks worn by characters in the film
  • Lightsaber replicas
  • Plushees and soft toys of characters from the film
  • Lego models and sets of space ships and buildings from the film
  • Clothing
  • Stationary
  • Phone cases
  • Posters and printed pictures
  • Video Games
Special effects / CGI
  • A massive amount of computer generated imagery (CGI) was used throughout the entirety of the film to create extremely realistic characters, spaceships, explosions and lasers, scenery and much more. This CGI was used to present the settings, characters and the general world of Star Wars in an immersive, lifelike and natural way.
Production process issues
  • Production was suspended for two weeks after Harrison Ford fractured his leg when a part of the Millennium Falcon fell on him.
  • Daisy Ridley was extremely ill for one of the days that the crew was filming at Skellig Michael; this caused her to struggle to act to her full ability in the dramatic ending scene of the film.