|Cloverfield Producer Talk about Star Wars
||[Jan. 25th, 2008|05:03 pm]
Star Wars Pop Culture References
Producer Bryan Burk talks about the making of Cloverfield and how his early love for Star Wars and filmmaking as a whole influenced himself and his friends -- producer J.J Abrams and director Matt Reeves -- to make a monster movie full of surprises.
How did seeing Star Wars as a kid influence you later when making Cloverfield and your other projects like "Lost?"
This must happen for everyone but there are certain moments in your life where you remember every tiny detail. When I first saw Star Wars as a kid, I vividly remember where in the theater I sat. As I was watching the film, I didn't understand all of it but it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I was lost in another world.
It was interesting because people might think Cloverfield ended with a lot of unanswered questions, but in actuality it's just one piece of a much larger puzzle. In the same way that if Episode IV: A New Hope were the only film, there would be numerous things they mention but the audience would never know about --- like Jabba the Hutt. And yet, even with those missing pieces, it's still a very complete film.
The idea that Star Wars went onto an entire series of films and that you were able to expand on all those different worlds, we hope to do and we've been fortunate enough to do with "Lost." You want to tell as much of a focused story as you can. Star Wars did it so ingeniously and continues to pull back the layers of the onion to tell the complete story.
Early on when I saw Star Wars I wanted to know more and more about that universe. It was such a fulfilling experience that it left me wanting to immerse myself in not only that movie, but in making movies. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg heavily influenced my childhood. Movies like Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and The Empire Strikes Back defined the movies I loved and wanted to make.
One of the reasons it was exciting for me that we released the Cloverfield teaser trailer with so much secrecy, was the idea of going to the movies and not knowing anything about a movie -- which is pretty rare nowadays. So many things leak online and are written about on blogs -- and I say that being one of those first people who go looking for that stuff online. Yet there's such a cool sensation of not knowing anything, and being surprised in the theater. Just imagine if George Lucas, without anyone's knowledge was making another Star Wars film, and then you go to the theater for whatever movie you're there to see and all of a sudden you see the Lucasfilm logo and a trailer. You would literally lose your mind.
When I was a kid, right after Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, I remember going to the theater and all of a sudden the guy I know as Han Solo and Indiana Jones appeared on screen wearing a duster overcoat with flying cars around him and he's carrying this really cool gun. The movie was called Blade Runner. And all of a sudden I'm awe struck again. So to create that kind of excitement is really what we were trying to do with Cloverfield. It was the Star Wars world that made me think anything was possible. All you have to do is surround yourself with brilliant, crazy people and go do it.
Read my full interview here:
A Monster Hit: Bryan Burk Talks Cloverfield