J.J. Abrams on the 'unseen mystery' of films

By Bindu Nair. Posted on August 25, 2014

What drives people to become filmmakers? For J.J. Abrams, it was his need to explore the mystery in all the things that make up our lives, from the known to the unknown. Mystery is a common theme in his work, from 'Lost' (which he co-created) to 'Cloverfield' (which he produced). In this TED talk Abrams discusses how he tries to focus on not just the central mystery but also the human relations that are so essential to make them work.

He talks about how he started with a simple Super 8 camera and how far technology has come to make filmmaking accessible to everyone. He illustrates his point by showing a video shot by non-professionals with effects that even Hollywood had not caught up to at the time!

The central focus of the talk is a magic box Abrams bought as a child but never opened, and how nearly everything he's done since then is represented by that box.

So what is your 'magic box' that inspires you? Let us know in the comments below!

 


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