J.J. Abrams

  • Aired:  06/14/11
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J.J. Abrams couldn't believe the connections TV viewers made that he never knew existed. (6:47)

>> Jon: TONIGHT, A PRODUCER,

DIRECTOR, WRITER OF A FILM

CALLED "SUPER 8."

>> OH, MY GOD!

>> Jon: I'LL TELL YOU, AMTRAK

HAS IMPROVED BUT...

(LAUGHTER)

PLEASE WELCOME J.J. ABRAMS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS, THE

NUMBER ONE FILM NOT JUST IN THIS

GREAT NATION OF OURS BUT IN THE

ENTIRE OF THE AMERICAS AS WELL

AS... I'M GOING TOO GO WITH

INDONESIA.

(LAUGHTER)

AND PARTS OF BRAZIL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IT'S....

>> Jon: VERY EXCITING.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

>> Jon: IS IT DIFFICULT?

WE DO THIS SHOW EVERYDAY AND

SOME DAYS IT CAN SUCK.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT WHEN IT DOES, WE COME BACK

IN THE NEXT DAY AND WE DO IT

AGAIN.

A FILM YOU INVESTED... HOW MUCH

TIME DID YOU PUT INTO MAKING

JUST THIS FILM "SUPER 8"?

>> THE MOVIE TOOK ABOUT A YEAR

OR SO FROM THE IDEA TO ACTUALLY

START SHOOTING AND THEN WE

STARTED SHOOTING LAST SEPTEMBER

SO IT WAS A VERY QUICK....

>> Jon: FOR FILM MAKING THAT'S

AWFULLY QUICK.

>> IT WAS A QUICK PRODUCTION AND

POST-PRODUCTION SCHEDULE.

INSANELY TIGHT POST-PRODUCTION

SCHEDULE.

>> Jon: EVEN WITHIN THAT, HOW

DIFFICULT IS IT FOR-TO-LAY

SOMETHING LIKE THAT OUT AND WAIT

FOR THAT ONE WEEKEND.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON THAT ONE

WEEKEND WHEN ALL THIS EFFORT AND

ENERGY AND WRITING GOES INTO THE

OPENING?

>> YOU'RE A NERVOUS WRECK

BECAUSE THE IDEA THAT IT'S

THROUGHOUT... IT'S A WEIRD

THING.

POST-PRODUCTION IS LIKE EIGHT

PEOPLE.

THE EDITORS, THE ASSISTANCE

EDITORS.

YOU'RE ALL JUST WORKING TOGETHER

FOR MONTHS IN THIS CAVE AND THEN

IN AN INSTANT IT'S JUST OUT

THERE AND YOU'RE MEETING

STRANGERS AND YOU'RE LIKE "YOU

KNOW THAT SCENE LIKE HOW DO YOU

KNOW..." SUDDEN IT'S NOT JUST

THE EIGHT OF YOU.

>> Jon: HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT

NOT BEING IN A CAVE?

(LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE... AND, AGAIN, I DON'T

KNOW...

(LAUGHTER)

I DON'T KNOW HOLLYWOOD AND I

DON'T KNOW HOW THINGS WORK OUT

THERE, BUT A MAN OF YOUR... YOU

COULD DO THIS FROM A GROTTO.

(LAUGHTER)

>> NEXT TIME I'LL TRY NOT

EDITING IN THE CAVE.

>> Jon: DO PEOPLE FEEL THAT THEY

CAN SPEAK TO YOU LIKE THAT?

PEOPLE JUST COME UP ON THE

STREET AND THEY'RE LIKE "THAT

ONE SCENE.

I DIDN'T CARE FOR IT."

LIKE THAT KIND OF?

>> NO, I THINK WHAT HAPPENS....

>> Jon:

>> YOU TOO, NEW YEAH.

>> NO, I THINK THAT... I

THINK... MY DAD LIKED THE MOVIE.

I THINK IT'S HARD SOMETIMES

BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST DON'T TELL

YOU THE TRUTH AND THEY'LL, OF

COURSE, SAY THINGS, OH, THAT WAS

GREAT AND YOU KIND OF SEE THE

SHALLOWNESS LIKE, UM... SO THE

KEY IS FINDING PEOPLE LIKE, I

DON'T KNOW, MY WIFE, WHO WILL

JUST KICK YOUR ASS IF SOMETHING

ISN'T RIGHT AND JUST BE TOTALLY

HONEST WITH YOU BECAUSE THEN

WHEN THEY LOVE IT AND THEY SAY

"I LOVE IT" YOU KNOW IT'S REAL.

>> Jon: AND IT MEANS SOMETHING.

>> IT MEANS SOMETHING.

>> Jon: CAN I HAVE YOUR WIFE?

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE...

>> NO, MY WIFE IS CRITICAL.

>> Jon: YOU TRUST THEIR OPINION

BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO

SAY TO YOU WOW, THAT WAS

TERRIBLE.

THANK YOU.

HOW DO YOU WORK?

DO YOU WORK BACKWARDS?

DO YOU KNOW... YOUR MOVIES AND

YOUR TELEVISION SHOWS ARE SO

LAYERED AND THERE'S SO MUCH

GOING ON.

DO YOU START WITH THE

DESTINATION AND WORK YOUR WAY

BACK OR...

>> IT ALL DEPENDS.

OBVIOUSLY T.V. IS LINEAR

NARRATIVE DRAMA SHOWS ARE VERY

DIFFERENT AND DOING A MOVIE

BECAUSE IT'S BEGINNING, MIDDLE,

AND END OF A MOVIE (A T.V. SHOW

IT'S ALWAYS A LEAP OF FAITH.

ALWAYS.

YOU HAVE BIG IDEAS, YOU GO "I

THINK I KNOW WHERE THIS IS

GOING."

SO WHEN I WROTE THE PILOT FOR

"LOST" WE LAD A TON OF BIG IDEAS

BUT THERE WERE FUNDAMENTAL

CHARACTERS.

LIKE IF EVERYONE KNOW IT IS SHOW

VEN, BLINDNESS WASN'T IN THE

PILOT.

AND DAMON AND CARLSON WHO RAN

"LOST", THOSE GUYS CAME UP WITH

EVERYTHING.

I WENT OFF AND DID A MOVIE.

THOSE GUYS WERE BUSTING THEIR

ASS ON THAT SHOW FOR SIX YEARS.

SO MY POINT IS THAT YOU CAN HAVE

IDEAS BUT IT'S LIKE DRIVING IN

THE FOG.

YOU SORT OF... THE CLOSER YOU

GET TO THE DESTINATION THE MORE

DETAIL YOU SEE, THE WHO ARE M

YOU REALIZE LET'S TAKE THIS

ROAD.

SO IT EVOLVES AS YOU GO.

>> Jon: SO IN THAT FOG AS YOU'RE

PULLING UP CLOSER AND THE FOG

CLEARS AND YOU GO "OH, MY GOD,

KERI RUSSELL CUT HER HAIR!"

(LAUGHTER)

>> UNBELIEVABLE, HUH?

>> Jon: THE CREATIVE SYNERGY OF

THAT, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO

TRUST THAT COLLABORATIVE

PROCESS.

TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT COMPLEX

HAND IT OVER AND SAY "I TRUST

THAT YOU WILL TAKE THIS."

ESPECIALLY WITH SCIENCE FICTION

WHICH HAS SO MANY BOUNDARIES AND

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT THAT OCCUR

WITHIN THE UNIVERSES THAT YOU

CREATE.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT BUT THE THING

IS....

>> Jon: SO YES ON THE SHOW I

SAID THE THAT JEWISH PUBIC HAIR

WAS SIMILAR TO THE PLANET ENDOR.

AND I GOT A LETTER SAYING

ENDOR'S A MOON, YOU KNOW?

OH, DID I SAY PLANET?

SORRY.

PEOPLE ARE GOING PORE OVER IT.

>> BUT IN TELEVISION WHAT'S

INTERESTING ABOUT IT IS PEOPLE

START TO FIND CONNECTIONS THAT

YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW EXISTED.

SO IT'S A WEIRD THING.

YOU'LL START TO HAVE AN IDEA AND

YOU'LL START TO DO SOMETHING.

FOR ME IT WAS "ALIENS."

... "ALIAS."

IT WAS UNBELIEVEIBLE THE

CONNECTIONS PEOPLE WERE MAKING

TO THINGS WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW

THERE WERE CONNECTIONS TO.

SO WE WOULD DECIDE SOMETIMES TO

FOLLOW SOMETHING AND PEOPLE

WOULD SAY "OH, I READ THAT

ONLINE."

WHAT?

AND THEY WOULD SHOW ME THIS

THING WHERE SOMEONE HAD ALREADY

MADE A CONNECTION.

SO IT'S THIS WEIRD THING WHERE

WHEN YOU'RE DOING A SHOW YOU

HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT AS MUCH AS

IT LISTENS TO YOU.

BUT THE VIEWERS SO SMART AND

SOME HAVE A LOT OF TIME.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THELT LITERALLY EXTRAPOLATE

BASED ON WHERE YOU ARE "OH, THEY

MUST BE RELATED."

SO YOU'RE IN THE WRITERS ROOM

AND THEY'RE LIKE "WHAT IF IT'S

HER FATHER?"

AND SOMEONE ELSE IS LIKE "YOU

MEAN LIKE ALIAS FAN 7 WROTE?"

>> Jon: AND YOU HOPE THEY'RE

BRILLIANT.

>> THANK YOU ALIAS FAN 7:.

>> Jon: WELL SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

SO NICE TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW.

GREAT WORK.

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