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Last Friday June 3rd, we had the honor to be selected by Paramount Pictures to be part of an exclusive roundtable among a few websites, with Super 8 director J.J Abrams. We were very flattered to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions about Super 8, so we focused on the music, influences and the viral campaign.

Here check out our exclusive interview with J.J. Abrams:

The music is very important in every single film. As Steven Spielberg has John Williams, you have Michael Giacchino. What role has the music in your projects and especially in Super 8?

Yes, I’m glad you brought on Michael. Obviously, the soundtrack to any film is critical and the obvious example is, if you watch Star Wars’ scroll at the beginning without the music is a very different experience, he laughs. There is something about the world that Michael Giacchino has done with the projects I’ve been involved in. He has always elevated everything, sometimes has created the mood entirely. He is someone who made super 8 films when we was a kid and working among him this movie, unlike the numerous TV shows  we’ve done together or movies, this one in particular had the kind of meaning for him as it did for me, because it was his childhood.

We work together throughout the editing process and pre-post. Defining, working on the score, what the music could it be and where… and he had to find a balance musically as I was working on finding a balance visually. There are tones, there were different themes. There is a family theme, there was the theme of mystery and this creature and there was the theme for Alice and our relationships, and finding a way to come along all that together is hard work, which I think he really did beautifully. I think this is one of his best scores. It was his childhood, the music was from his experiences back in this movie, and the reason what it touch me so much, is that it was so meaningful to him that I could hear it, I could feel it, I don’t need to understand it, he doesn’t need to explain it to me, I just can tell it was meaningful. I’m not saying he doesn’t write great scores when is not personal things, he just does… but is something about this score, that feels so profoundly emotional and it really does feel like it comes from a different place for him.

Super 8 has many iconic elements from many different movies like E.T, Close encounters, Cloverfield and It Comes From Outer Space from the 50’s. What would you say that it was the film that inspired you to come out with Super 8?

It really wasn’t anyone film. It was the experience of been one of those kids making movies in the late 70’s, and at this time of course, I was profoundly affected by the cinema of the time. So it was a combination of movies of Steven, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, John Carpenter, Cronenberg and Romero. It was just all this movies that made me love the idea of making movies, so going back to this time and writing the script and making the movie, it wasn’t ever about looking at Close encounters, E.T, Polstergeist, Goonies, Stand by me or any of this movies that I love.

Was really about, looking at that period of time and knowing of Steven’s involvement as a producer, that I was completely free to embrace the “Amblinness” of the movie, I didn’t feel self-conscious, it was like It’s an Amblin movie, I’m gonna make an Amblin movie!, that means if  the kids ride in their bicycles I shouldn’t feel guilty..I should celebrate.  If this spectacular thing happens on main street, that’s cool!

The great thing about Amblin it is that embrace heart, humanity, parent-child relationships, embrace first love and best friendship. Embrace confronting the things that scares you the most and finding your own voice and becoming a leader not a follower and learning that you can deal with tragedy and survival. There was all these things, that I love the potential about the movie that Amblin gave me license and Steven gave me license to truly embrace and dive into and suppose to try lightly and that was the biggest impact that clearly you can cite thousands of influences, like you can probably in anyone in movies. To me the Amblin umbrella aloud every journey I do coexist weather is successful or peaceful.

All your films and projects are very mysterious and your viral campaigns are amazing. Why do you think that those viral campaigns work for J.J. Abrams’ movies and don’t work for other films?

Well, they work for some movies and they don’t work sometimes.We have a very talented guy, that kind of overseen the viral stuff and even though the Super 8 app that he has developed and that stuff I think is exactly as the movie itself. They try to figure it out what we wanna do, play with or experience, have access to or solve if we are going to be involved in this project.

Is not about thinking what they will do, or what they’ll want. It’s about thinking, this is kind of a fun idea, let’s try this! …some works and some don’t like everything, but it’s an element of advertising that I’m sure ultimately doesn’t really make a big difference in the audience that want to see the film. Is one of those things I just think is a kind of goodwill. No one, is forced to play with, look at or get involved with that stuff, but is there if you want to.  Is just the kind of thing that keeps alive the spirit of the project and we are thinking in cool stuff to do in line to… I like that stuff!

So there you have, I hope you have enjoyed the interview as much as we did. And remember that “Super 8” opens in cinemas this week, and as we told you before this is one of the best movies we`ve seen in years, “a perfect job full of Abrams and Spielberg’s magic”, so don’t miss out!

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

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A new movie clip for “Super 8”, one of the best movies of the year, is now online.

SUPER 8, the feature film, is a Bad Robot/Amblin Entertainment production, directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script and produced by Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk.

The film stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

And don’t forget to check the movie review we did for the film here, totally free of spoilers…Definetly a must watch movie!

For more information, just check  Super 8’s official website here

Follow Super 8 on Twitter (#Super8Movie)

Like Super 8 Australia on Facebook

Thanks to Paramount Pictures, we watched J.J Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s secret film “Super 8” before it hits the cinemas. This is our own review (don’t worry, we won’t include any spoiler), but remember, we still recommend for you to go and watch the film, because there is no better critic than yourself!

“Super 8” has been a total mystery since the production started, with many internet rumors surrounding the production, and amazing online viral campaign which put even more questions on the table. Moreover, the expectations for the film were the highest in years for a movie because 2 great filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg worked together for the first time!

In a movie in which the plot apparently involved alien life forms, the kind of topic that these two both love, we can definitely say they did a perfect job because the movie exceeded all expectations as previously mentioned. Furthermore, just watching the opening credits with the logos of Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Abrams’s Bad Robot together showing up one after the other, is a dream come true.

“Super 8” takes place in a small town in Ohio in the summer of 1979. The main story is centered in a group of kids, played by new talented young actors such as Joel Courtney (as the main character Joe Lamb), Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso and Elle Fanning, working in a short-film using their Super 8 video camera.

While working on the film in a train station, they witnessed an intentional and catastrophic train crash, where the cargo looks different and is being protected by the US Air Force. After the accident, unusual and inexplicable events begin to take place in the town, with the army trying to cover the truth behind the accident. One group of kids discovered some extra footage after reviewing the film of the day of the incident, figuring out that the camera never stopped recording, capturing a big secret.

Abrams mentioned in a few interviews he did about the film, that he wanted a brand new cast and when he saw the kids in the auditions, he was impressed. He was right because the chemistry among this circle of friends works perfectly on the screen.

Each of them represents different personalities in the movie and they develop new relationships on the way, reminding you a bit of elements from films like “E.T” and “Stand by me”. Watching these new actors on the big screen will make movie watchers think that they are not just debuting in this big blockbuster film. Furthermore, there are scenes these actors played with so much emotions and intensity that will let you forget for awhile about the train crash and its cargo. The moviegoers will get carried away with the characters, taking you back in time when you first toyed with your dad`s home video camera.

To complete the main picture, more experienced actors like Kyle Chandler (as the Sheriff, who is also Joel’s dad), Ron Eldard and Noah Emmerich (as Nelec, the visible face of the US Air force operation), are there to complement an excellent choice criteria for the cast, playing important roles to create the atmosphere of action and suspense.

We recall Steven Spielberg saying once in a Q&A, that “The best way to know if a movie is good is watching it with no audio and if the pictures by itself leaves you something positive, means that you are in the right track”.  In this movie, that purpose was achieved because even without music or any sound effects, you will be drawn to it.

The filmography, art direction and the way the era of the 70’s were recreated was a result of lot of research with millions of tiny details, like old beer cans, the clothes, gas stations and the funny vintage “Star Wars” elements around (Abrams and Spielberg are big fans of the saga). However, the film obviously needed that “classic” anthem, that main iconic song from an experienced composer, like Abrams’ favorite Michael Giacchino. He is responsible for the soundtracks of Lost, Star Trek and Mission Impossible 3. Giacchino, with his unique style created soft and powerful melodies, with some small reminiscences to John William’s work for E.T and “Close Encounters of the third kind”, pushing the movie to the next level in a remarkable way.

The special effects are marvelous; the train crash sequence is so realistic with the help of prototypes and CGI technology, and the filters on the film in some scenes create the atmosphere of a movie of the old time. It was done in a meticulous way and the designs of the elements of “The cargo” of the train were innovative down to its minute details. These will make the public realized how massive the work the creator put behind the scenes to get a flawless final product.

The suspense, the tension and the scary moments were created in such a way that the entire time the audience will be focused on watching the movie with some dark elements in between, using non conventional ways to show elements of the film.

To just give you a small bite of what you will see at the end, the use of the sound effects as the core of the suspense scenes, supported by some “weird” elements and “floating” domestic things around, will remind you at some point of what Abrams did for his innovative film “Cloverfield”.

We could go on and on about Super 8 but this is just a teaser. People must go and watch this for themselves.  Moreover, the film could be a topic of study in a film school because it has so many elements of different movies, as we had mentioned before. After watching  the exclusive 20 min preview weeks ago,  the feeling of sensation of those few minutes was left to us recreating those moments when we watched “E.T”, “Stand by me” and “Cloverfield” all together and for the very first time.

Now, after seeing the entirety of the movie, we can also say that some elements from the movies of  Spielberg’s “Close encounter of the third kind” with a bit of “The war of the worlds”, 1953’s classic “It Came from Outer Space” and even with some elements of Abrams’ TV hit “Lost”, are there too. In short, Abrams and Spielberg had put the best things of all those classic films and as a result is one perfect final product: “Super 8”! For sure, this is one of the best movies of the year, a must watch film that many of you will be seeing more than once.

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

New movie clips for J.J Abrams new film “Super 8” are now online, and they look incredible.

SUPER 8, the feature film, is a Bad Robot/Amblin Entertainment production, directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script and produced by Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk.

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

The film stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.

Here enjoy the new movie clips of the film below:


This is the official synopsis of the film:

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more

For more information, just check  Super 8’s official website here

Follow Super 8 on Twitter (#Super8Movie)

Like Super 8 Australia on Facebook

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

And don’t forget to check our review of the amazing 20 min of footage we saw of the film and about the visit of Abrams himself with his producer Bryan Burk to Australia next June to promote the film


– Users and Critics Give Super 8™ Five Stars as the “Best Movie Tie-in App”

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 19, 2011) – Super 8™, the new full-featured video recorder that emulates a vintage Super 8 camera, is getting rave reviews from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users around the world. The app’s creation is tied to the highly anticipated summer movie SUPER 8, which will be released by Paramount Pictures on June 10th.

Drawing a coveted five-star rating from users within hours of its release by Paramount Pictures, both fans and reviewers are calling the Super 8™ app the best movie tie-in app of all time.

The app, which is distributed by Paramount Digital Entertainment and was created by app-development newcomer QMx Interactive and Bad Robot Interactive, a division of Bad Robot Productions, allows users to create vintage movies on their Apple mobile devices. Super 8™ comes with seven photorealistic lenses sporting such effects as infrared, chromatic and x-ray. Users can overlay additional filter effects – like light leaks and vignettes – and “age” their film with a random scratch-and-dirt filter.  There’s even a frame-shake effect to top off the old-school feel of Super 8™-made movies.

Users can collect their shots and arrange or delete them to get that perfect narrative, and send their masterpiece off to be developed (no mailbox required: developing film happens entirely within the app). Once the movie is complete, users are transported to the Super 8™ projector room, where pulling down the screen and pressing “Play” on the projector will start their screening. Movies can be shared via e-mail or through social media sites via the iOS’s gallery.

Playing back your movies on the Super 8™ projector may reveal missing frames from the Super 8 Editing Room Film. Be the first to collect all the frames to unlock a new clip at S8editingroom.com!

Best of all, the Super 8™ app is free for a limited time.

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The app can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store.

SUPER 8, the feature film, is a Bad Robot/Amblin Entertainment production, directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script and produced by Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk.

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

The film stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills.

For more information, go to www.Super8-Movie.com

Follow Super 8 on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Super8Movie (#Super8Movie)

Like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Super8Movie

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

The Super 8™ App is TM and © 2011 by QMx Interactive. All rights reserved.


Lost, Cloverfield, Fringe and Star Trek fans are you ready to scream and smile!…Because we have amazing news for you: Director J.J Abrams and Producer Brian Burke will come back to Down Under next June 1 and 2 to promote their new film: “SUPER 8”.

Abrams and Burke were previously here for one of the biggest movie events ever: The Star Trek world premiere on April 7, 2009.  Moreover we had the honour to met J.J in Sydney at that time as a fans, the day of the premiere back in 2009.

The very early days of Spotlight Report @ the Star Trek premiere with the director JJ Abrams

But the good news are not only those ones, because some of the cast members of the film will also come to our country. Still we don’t have the official list of who will come and if they will do a Red Carpet or if they will come only for press, but as soon as we find out we will post it here.

The official synopsis of the film:
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more

And don’t forget to check our impressions about the 20 min of exclusive footage of the film here

“Super 8” will hit cinemas worldwide on June 9th 2011.

For more updates and images check Super 8’s official website here and stay tuned with us because all the breaking news regarding the visit of the Bad Robot team and their cast, as well as, all the information related with the film will be posted here! Super 8 definitely will be one of the films of the year, a must watch film!

Yesterday, thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia  we had the  honour of being one of the first few people (via our website)  around the world to watch 20 minutes of exclusive footage of  J.J. Abrams‘ new film “Super 8 which is also produced by Steven Spielberg.

The footage started with Abrams doing a small introduction, sharing some funny moments with Steven Spielberg. He recalls the first time he called Spielberg to ask him to join the film, and Spielberg said “yes let’s do it” and he hung up immediately after that.

Abrams, following his unique style didn’t want to show much of the film, so as to leave a lot of mystery that will leave the audience wanting to see more! He even joked saying “this is unfinished footage, so it’s better to not show it at all”. On the other hand, Abrams mentioned how hard the job was and how great was his cast, especially the amazing kids on the film, most of them new actors with  great future.

We don’t want to tell you much about the footage, we want to avoid any spoiler, but we must say that what we had seen was just incredible like the entire train crash sequence didn’t look like unfinished footage at all, because the effects make it look like so real. The lead actors (this group of kids doing “super 8″ movie) have such a nice chemistry between them that moviegoers will be reminded of the classic film “Stand by me”. Moreover, suspense scenes happen one after another that will lead the audience holding their breath while watching it.

Just for a teaser, the movie will make fans wonder about the mystery behind the cargo the train was carrying. The action packed footage even has some “Cloverfield” and “Lost” style elements as well.

One special scene, where there was an army with torches in the background arriving at the place of accident, personally brought back memories when we watched the beloved Spielberg’s “E.T” for the first time.

Definitely, Super 8 will be one of the biggest film of the year, one of the most secretive film projects of the last years and for sure a movie that will be a “must watch”, maybe more than one time in any cinema around the world.

This is the official synopsis of the film:
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more

For more updates and images check Super 8’s official website here and stay tuned with us, because soon we might have some more amazing news for all!