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J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

Birthday: 27 June 1966, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
Height: 170 cm

J.J. Abrams was born on June 27, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Jeffrey Jacob Abrams. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Lost (2004) and ...Show more

J.J. Abrams
I love movies with spectacle but spectacle can be a performance, it doesn't have to be a creature. I love movies with spectacle but spectacle can be a performance, it doesn't have to be a creature.
What I'm still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, ha Show more What I'm still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, having come from television. Hide
As a director/writer/producer, all you ever want is to work with actors who make you look better, wh Show more As a director/writer/producer, all you ever want is to work with actors who make you look better, who make the work you do seem as good as it can be and even better than it is. Hide
Star Trek (1966) was always a little bit closed emotionally. I never connected to the characters. Star Trek (1966) was always a little bit closed emotionally. I never connected to the characters.
I hope to make movies that are so small they don't need to make anything to be profitable. I hope to make movies that are so small they don't need to make anything to be profitable.
I've always liked working on stories that combine people who are relatable with something insane. Th Show more I've always liked working on stories that combine people who are relatable with something insane. The most exciting thing for me is crossing that bridge between something we know is real and something that is extraordinary. The thing for me has always been how you cross that bridge. Hide
Obviously with the Internet and increased access to other means of watching shows, the audience has Show more Obviously with the Internet and increased access to other means of watching shows, the audience has dispersed and is all over the place and that is a challenge. Hide
I think you have a passion and an obsession for something when it's not necessarily ubiquitous. I think you have a passion and an obsession for something when it's not necessarily ubiquitous.
Directing's the best part. Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focu Show more Directing's the best part. Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focus that I like. And secondly, it means that you've gotten through all the writing stuff, and the producing stuff, and casting, and prep, and all those stages that are seemingly endless. So directing is sort of the reward for all the work you put in before. And then there's the editing, which is another amazing stage of the process. It's incredible the moments you can create. Hide
I've never done Twitter. I've never done Twitter.
The goal is always to do B material in an A fashion. The goal is always to do B material in an A fashion.
When I was a little kid - and even still - I loved magic tricks. When I saw how movies got made - at Show more When I was a little kid - and even still - I loved magic tricks. When I saw how movies got made - at least had a glimpse when I went on the Universal Studios tour with my grandfather, I remember feeling like this was another means by which I could do magic. Hide
When you go to commercial, you want something to call the viewers back, and if you don't have a dece Show more When you go to commercial, you want something to call the viewers back, and if you don't have a decent act out, the audience probably won't be there in the numbers you want when the show returns. Hide
I feel like obviously the standard for what television looks like changes all the time. I feel like obviously the standard for what television looks like changes all the time.
I'm literally open to any medium that will have me. I'm literally open to any medium that will have me.
[on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)] The thing that the great genre filmmaking has always done is tak Show more [on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)] The thing that the great genre filmmaking has always done is taken issues of now and told them through allegory and made them palatable for larger audiences. But, you know, there are themes in the movie that were important to us: the idea of questioning authority, the idea that when the task you're given is morally questionable, what do you do? When protecting others, especially family, means making the ultimate sacrifice, what do you do? When you feel that desperate need for revenge and blood lust, what do you do? Hide
I don't try and write strong female characters or strong male characters, I just try and write, hope Show more I don't try and write strong female characters or strong male characters, I just try and write, hopefully, strong characters and sometimes they happen to be female. Hide
What's a bigger mystery box than a movie theatre? You go to the theatre, you're just so excited to s Show more What's a bigger mystery box than a movie theatre? You go to the theatre, you're just so excited to see anything - the moment the lights go down is often the best part. Hide
I've had the same friends since I was in kindergarten. I've had the same friends since I was in kindergarten.
We live in an age of instant knowledge. And there's almost a sense of entitlement to that. We live in an age of instant knowledge. And there's almost a sense of entitlement to that.
To me the interesting main character is never the one without flaws. To me the interesting main character is never the one without flaws.
I mean, my dad's a television producer, and I knew I could get a job as an assistant or a reader wit Show more I mean, my dad's a television producer, and I knew I could get a job as an assistant or a reader with one of his friends, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted to do. Hide
You never want to have that ticking clock and know that you had all this time and didn't use it. You never want to have that ticking clock and know that you had all this time and didn't use it.
I feel like in telling stories, there are the things the audience thinks are important, and then the Show more I feel like in telling stories, there are the things the audience thinks are important, and then there are the things that are actually important. Hide
Stories in which the destruction of society occurs are explorations of social fears and issues that Show more Stories in which the destruction of society occurs are explorations of social fears and issues that filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, painters have been examining for a long time. Hide
There's something about looking at Super 8 films that is so evocative. You could argue it's the reso Show more There's something about looking at Super 8 films that is so evocative. You could argue it's the resolution of the film somehow because they aren't crystal clear and perfect, so there is a kind of gauzy layer between you and what you see. You could argue it's the silence of them. You could say it's the sound of the projector that creates a moodiness. But there's something about looking at analog movies that's infinitely more powerful than digital. Hide
I love working with the right actor, and if the right actor happens to be unknown, that should be al Show more I love working with the right actor, and if the right actor happens to be unknown, that should be allowed, too, I think. Hide
[on Harrison Ford getting injured during the filming of Star Wars VII] When I was on the set of the Show more [on Harrison Ford getting injured during the filming of Star Wars VII] When I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn't work at all," "It was much more contentious. I didn't direct it right. It was set up all wrong, and when Harrison Ford got injured - which was a very scary day - we ended up having a few weeks off, and it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rewrite quite a bit of that relationship. So when we came back to work again, we actually just reshot from the ground up, those scenes. It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be. Hide
I find that it's hard to fully examine one's life and not have faith be part of the discussion. I find that it's hard to fully examine one's life and not have faith be part of the discussion.
I love the idea of anthropomorphizing machines. I love the idea of taking technology and giving it a Show more I love the idea of anthropomorphizing machines. I love the idea of taking technology and giving it a personality. Hide
I try to work on shows that I would want to watch. I try to work on shows that I would want to watch.
When I was a kid and saw Star Wars (1977) for the first time, it blew my mind and around the same ti Show more When I was a kid and saw Star Wars (1977) for the first time, it blew my mind and around the same time, I had friends who were huge fans of Star Trek and I don't know if I was smart enough to get it, or patient enough. What I loved about Star Wars was the visceral energy of it, the clarity of it, the kind of innocence and big heart of it. Star Trek always felt a little bit more sophisticated and philosophical, debating moral dilemmas and things that were theoretically interesting, but for some reason I couldn't get on board. It really took working with all these guys and actually working on Star Trek for me to fall in love with that. Hide
When you work on something that combines both the spectacular and the relatable, the hyperreal and t Show more When you work on something that combines both the spectacular and the relatable, the hyperreal and the real, it suddenly can become supernatural. The hypothetical and the theoretical can become literal. Hide
You know, we've got to this place, where you go to a movie for one particular surgical fix. So it's Show more You know, we've got to this place, where you go to a movie for one particular surgical fix. So it's like, I want the pulse-pounding action, or the insane falling-off-my-seat comedy, or the devastating, heartbreaking drama. Hide
One of my favourite things about Star Trek (1966) wasn't just the overt banter but the humour in tha Show more One of my favourite things about Star Trek (1966) wasn't just the overt banter but the humour in that show about the relationships between the main characters and their reactions to the situations they would face; there was a lot of comedy in that show without ever breaking its reality. Hide
I'd love to do a movie where the monster is human, where the issue is not otherworldly, or horror or Show more I'd love to do a movie where the monster is human, where the issue is not otherworldly, or horror or science fiction. Hide
All I know is that I've made some big screw-ups, and I've done some things that have done all right. Show more All I know is that I've made some big screw-ups, and I've done some things that have done all right. I just keep trying to learn from the mistakes I've made. Hide
I actually had to use Industrial Light & Magic to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, Show more I actually had to use Industrial Light & Magic to remove lens flare in a couple of shots, which is, I know, moronic. But I think admitting you're an addict is the first step towards recovery. Hide
When I was a kid, among the other embarrassing things I would do, and there's a list of stupid thing Show more When I was a kid, among the other embarrassing things I would do, and there's a list of stupid things, but I would make these dumb comedy tapes. I would often make prank phone calls, but I would also do it with friends. Hide
I hate to look at the stuff I've written and consider what it means or why I do it. I hate to look at the stuff I've written and consider what it means or why I do it.
I love recording music. I love recording music.
When I was a kid going into the movies, you weren't force-fed information everywhere you looked abou Show more When I was a kid going into the movies, you weren't force-fed information everywhere you looked about what the movie was going to be. Hide
I was never really a comic-book fanatic. I was never really a comic-book fanatic.
When there's an authentic mystery, as opposed to just a question being asked, that's what makes you Show more When there's an authentic mystery, as opposed to just a question being asked, that's what makes you lean forward. Hide
My mother is the coolest, most amazing person I know. My mother is the coolest, most amazing person I know.
Pitching is always a weird, difficult thing. Pitching is always a weird, difficult thing.
Robotics are beginning to cross that line from absolutely primitive motion to motion that resembles Show more Robotics are beginning to cross that line from absolutely primitive motion to motion that resembles animal or human behaviour. Hide
Ratings have changed, viewer habits have changed and the options for the audience have grown enormou Show more Ratings have changed, viewer habits have changed and the options for the audience have grown enormously, but I don't think how you tell a story is fundamentally different. Hide
I'm an impatient guy and tend not to like to stay with one thing for a long time. I'll never be able Show more I'm an impatient guy and tend not to like to stay with one thing for a long time. I'll never be able to write as many scripts as I did for Felicity (1998) or Alias (2001) ever again. I'm just too impatient these days. I want to get on to the next project. Hide
[on producing both Star Trek (2009) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)] There is Show more [on producing both Star Trek (2009) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)] There is no meta strategy to this, no Machiavellian plan. It was simply two opportunities to get involved in two disparate film series that are bigger than all of us. I don't feel any kind of Coke vs. Pepsi thing about it. It seems there is enough bandwidth for both of these very different stories to coexist. I feel incredibly lucky to be involved in either of them. Hide
I have nothing against 3-D in theory. But I've also never run to the movies because something's in 3 Show more I have nothing against 3-D in theory. But I've also never run to the movies because something's in 3-D. Hide
Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down. Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down.
[on missing writing Felicity (1998)] I miss writing for a show that doesn't have any sort of odd, al Show more [on missing writing Felicity (1998)] I miss writing for a show that doesn't have any sort of odd, almost sci-fi bend to it. It was just sort of pure romantic, sweet characters who had crushes on one another and were dealing with which party to go to and if they had a part-time job or not--stuff that was kind of fun to write about. Hide
The Internet now provides an immediate and very clear consensus of what it is that the audience is e Show more The Internet now provides an immediate and very clear consensus of what it is that the audience is experiencing. It's something that you should never let lead you, and yet at the same time, you should never ignore it. Hide
There's nothing wrong with doing sequels, they're just easier to sell. There's nothing wrong with doing sequels, they're just easier to sell.
I don't think I have a signature. I don't think I have a signature.
Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focus that I like. Whenever I've directed something, there's this feeling of demand and focus that I like.
I think when you're 10 years old, it's too much to see something with the threat of death in every e Show more I think when you're 10 years old, it's too much to see something with the threat of death in every episode. Kids are better left naive about certain things. Hide
You can never guess or assume what anyone is going to think. You can never guess or assume what anyone is going to think.
With three kids you are just trying to survive. You can't be fastidious. With three kids you are just trying to survive. You can't be fastidious.
My work isn't any more important than anything else in the family. My work isn't any more important than anything else in the family.
All the times I've been lucky enough to be a part of a show that's actually gotten on the air, it's Show more All the times I've been lucky enough to be a part of a show that's actually gotten on the air, it's always that same mixture of excitement and utter fear. Hide
I'm not trying to be coy or manipulative or Machiavellian, I want to spark people's imaginations. I'm not trying to be coy or manipulative or Machiavellian, I want to spark people's imaginations.
I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end Show more I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening. Hide
I have no style. There are certain people who just have a visual sense that defines their work. You Show more I have no style. There are certain people who just have a visual sense that defines their work. You could probably watch 30 seconds of anything they do and you'll know exactly who directed it. I don't have that skill. Hide
The ability of a television series to make adjustments is something you've got to take advantage of. The ability of a television series to make adjustments is something you've got to take advantage of.
Making movies was more a reaction to not being chosen for sports. Other kids were out there playing Show more Making movies was more a reaction to not being chosen for sports. Other kids were out there playing at whatever; I was off making something blow up and filming it, or making a mould of my sister's head using alginating plaster. Hide
[on Kodak's new Super 8 camera] While any technology that allows for visual storytelling must be emb Show more [on Kodak's new Super 8 camera] While any technology that allows for visual storytelling must be embraced, nothing beats film ... The fact that Kodak is building a brand new Super 8 camera is a dream come true. [2016] Hide
I'm a fast writer. I'm a fast writer.
Star Wars (1977) is probably the most influential film of my generation. It's the personification of Show more Star Wars (1977) is probably the most influential film of my generation. It's the personification of good and evil and the way it opened up the world to space adventure, the way westerns had to our parents' generations, left an indelible imprint. So, in a way, everything that any of us does is somehow directly or indirectly affected by the experience of seeing those first three films. Hide
I think that even if you're wondering if two characters are ever going to kiss, drawing out the inev Show more I think that even if you're wondering if two characters are ever going to kiss, drawing out the inevitability is part of the fun. Whatever the genre happens to be. Hide
It's a leap of faith doing any serialised storytelling. It's a leap of faith doing any serialised storytelling.
Looking back on my childhood, I have a list of things that are massively important to me. Without qu Show more Looking back on my childhood, I have a list of things that are massively important to me. Without question, Star Wars was on the list, and Star Trek was not. Hide
I believe in anything that will engage the audience and make the story more effective. I believe in anything that will engage the audience and make the story more effective.
We're living at a time where if you do a Google search for a "show, review and network", you'll get Show more We're living at a time where if you do a Google search for a "show, review and network", you'll get the New York Times and Pete Billingsley from a town you've never heard of on the same results page. It's kind of democratizing the process so that everyone has access to a distribution system to express themselves. Hide
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