With Star Wars: The Force Awakens mere days away from its …
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, me and a friend had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s announcement—what to do if they’re sold out, what to do if for some reason we picked a movie that had no trailer in front of it (Plan B: sneak into the beginning of a different movie after ours ended)—all in the name of the purity of experiencing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer as it was meant to be experienced. As a spectacle, as a special event, as a collective moment of excitement and anticipation.
The camera in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness often operates as though it were a satellite in space – at times orbiting actors, but not as tightly bound to the laws of gravity. In the first shot, the camera is entering a colorful planet’s atmosphere, slowing down as it catches wind resistance and using its zoom to call attention to some ruckus happening on the ground – a very literal approach to dropping the audience into the middle of the action.