On the 24th of November 2014, JJ Abrams posted a photo of a sheet of paper with the announcement of the trailer, on the Bad Robot Twitter page. There was, however, confusion as to how the teasers for the latest instalment of Star Wars, was be released. Lucasfilms Ltd. announced the release of the apparently 88 second long trailer for the 28th of November 2014 on iTunes. This move was an interesting development given the earlier announcement of a 30 theatre release of the trailer in the US. What caused this added release format is still unknown, but some suggest, it was in response to fans lamenting over the restricted showing. The teaser was shown over December 2014, worldwide. On the same day Abrams tweeted, a one minute, fifty second video was uploaded to youtube which thought to be the actual trailer to the new film. Turns out it was fan-made, but I got a chance to watch the video below and I was like a little child. It was really well done. Good job you fooled me.
My experience with Star Wars began in 2014. I heard news that JJ was filming in the south west of Ireland. I was interested enough at that moment to find out more about Star Wars. Yes, at 25 I watched the entire Star Wars films chronologically from the prequels to the sequels (or original trilogy) in the Summer of 2014. I often wondered why I’d not watched them earlier. The answer to that question is: I had a rather interesting childhood. After watching the films, I wanted to find out more about how the story was developed.
Most of the themes in the Star Wars franchise can be found the “Hero Of A Thousand Faces” (1949) by Joseph Campbell, a mythology scholar. He passed away in 1987, some years previous to being invited by George Lucas to the Skywalker Ranch to discuss his work, including myriad aspects of mythology and legends in a diversity of cultures throughout the world. I bought and read the book, which laid out how very similar myths are in form, yet all originate from distant parts of the world. It demonstrates the power of story to teach morality. It is an amazing book and I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone.
Being Irish, I was more than excited to realise that Ireland or more specifically, the Skellig Micheal, 11 kilometres off the west coast of Co. Kerry. It is an uninhabited island that has UNESCO status and is maintained by the Office Of Public Works (OPW), the group in charge of all archaeological tourist sites in the republic of Ireland. The site is famous for the monastic settlement that was established there, 1400 years ago by Saint Fionán (stress the last ‘a’) and was inhabited until about 700 years ago. The island remained the property of the Order of Saint Augustine, until A.D. 1578. These monks subsisted on what they could grow in the thin soil of the rocky slopes. They would have spent a great deal of their lives in contemplation. Honing their skills in the Force, if you will. Only in this case the Force is Christ.
Once on the island, you can climb the steps to the 200 metre high monastic settlement, comprising eight stone buildings, two oratories and six beehive cells. The way the buildings were built, harks back to the prehistory of Neolithic Ireland, specifically the incremental slab-on-slab form of roofing for passage tombs. Once there you can, on a good day, have your breath taken away with the panoramic view. And it is this view that will make its inclusion in the new Star Wars movie ‘other-worldly’. In fact, as you probably seen, it is included in the teaser above and it just looks spectacular.