The Athletic Nerd: J.J Abrams Tribute

June 10, 2011 at 11:44 pm

The Rundown Ep. 25 | J.J Abrams Tribute | 2011 Super 8 Coverage

I’ve decided to dedicate this special 25th edition of The Rundown to J.J Abrams and continued coverage of the amazing Super 8.

J.J Abrams has yet to be involved in a project that I didn’t absolutely adore.  The man is one of the most gifted pure storytellers on the planet.  He’s been handed the keys to several huge franchises like Mission: Impossible and Star Trek and he exceeded expectations every time.

But it’s his original projects that make him great.  He has given us amazing feature films like Cloverfield and unbelievable television projects like Lost, Fringe and Alias.

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Now, the director has teamed up with Steven Spielberg and created one of my favorite movies of all time.  Super 8.

READ MY FULL SUPER 8 REVIEW HERE.

I remember thinking that the film could crack my top 10 of all time about 30 minutes into the film.  There was no monster yet.  There was only a group of kids dealing with very real and very relatable issues.

In an interview over at /Film, Peter Scirreta made a comment that was spot on:

“Most action movies these days you don’t care much about the characters.  This movie, I could have seen a whole movie in an alternative reality where the train never crashes and it’s just a Stand By Me-style drama following the kids and I would have still loved it.”

J.J Abrams’ response was fascinating to me:

“I love that you said that.  Thank you so much for that.”

The Rundown Ep. 25 | A Tribute To J.J Abrams | 2011 Super 8 Coverage

His intention was to make a movie that could stand on it’s own without the monster becoming a crutch as the story moved along.  Super 8 is more about the kids than the monster yet it’s still packed with action and thrills.

The full interview is a great read with J.J commenting on everything from working with Spielberg, to Lost’s infamous smoke monster.

CHECK IT OUT THE FULL INTERVIEW AT /FILM HERE

J.J ABRAMS’ ON WORKING WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG
Courtesy of Time

A lot of the talk surrounding Super 8 was the power house team up of Spielberg and Abrams and their quest to bring back the magic of films like E.T.  They definitely succeeded.

The Rundown Ep. 25 | A Tribute To J.J Abrams | 2011 Super 8 Coverage

Many young filmmakers started out much like the characters in this story.  Much like Abrams and Spielberg.  I grew up making movies myself.

Super 8 was definitely made for me.  For us.

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The story behind Super 8 is just as intriguing as the movie itself.  Abrams describes how the story came to be in an interview posted on Flicks and Bits.

“Super 8 came out of two separate ideas. One was an idea of doing a film about kids making super 8 movies in the late 70’s, early 80’s. And the other one was an idea of a monster movie that I’d had. One was a group of characters I had loved, but without a story that I thought would compel people to go and see it. And the other was a compelling premise but with no original characters. So I kind of combined the two and found that they serviced each other in a cool way.”

From a screenwriting perspective, the idea of combining two completely separate ideas is both inspiring and terrifying.  You’ll never know what happen if you take the best elements of two ideas and combine them.

Why not try it?

CHECK OUT A 3 PART VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR HERE
Courtesy of Trailer Addict & SciFi Mafia

For more great interviews click here and here.

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The Rundown Ep. 25 | A Tribute To J.J Abrams | 2011 Super 8 Coverage

Super 8 definitely inspired me.  As I stated in my review, it’s easily my favorite film of 2011 thus far and could very well crack my top 10 all time.

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I’m already looking forward to what will surely be an amazing Blu Ray release.

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#5 PERSON OF INTEREST
TV Series | Producer

Teaming up with Jonah Nolan!? I’m there.

#4 CLOVERFIELD 2
Feature Film | Producer

Will we find out more about the creature’s origins?  Will it be a prequel or sequel?  Will it even happen?  Director Matt Reeves has stated it will.  I can’t wait.

#3 ALCATRAZ
TV Series | Producer

This series tops my most anticipated list.

#2 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL
Feature Film | Producer

I can’t wait to see what Brad Bird does with the Mission: Impossible series. Especially with Abrams involved after the stellar third installment he directed.

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#1 STAR TREK 2
Feature Film | Producer/Director

Still waiting on official word that this movie is happening but I loved the first and I’ve never been a Star Trek guy.