Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey is a documentary that debuted on March 14, 2016 at the South by Southwest Film Festival,[1] and is featured on the home video releases of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. It features exclusive interviews with the cast and crew about the making of the film.[2]

Publisher's summary[]

"For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary."


Filming for the behind-the-scenes documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey began during pre-production on the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Various filmmakers and cast members involved in the movie were filmed and interviewed throughout the film's production.[3]


Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey had its world premiere on March 14, 2016 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.[1] It was subsequently included on the home video releases of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in April 2016.[2]


A review in The Hollywood Reporter of the documentary's film festival premiere expressed puzzlement that a home video featurette was screened in that venue as a publicity move, and regarded the title's "secrets" as dishonest about the "rote making-of" content.[4] A staff writer at The Atlantic offered a more favorable impression, particularly of the alternate designs showcased.[3]


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Cast Crew Uncredited



  • Director — Laurent Bouzereau
  • Producers — David Jessen and Brian Kwan
  • Editor — Jeff Pickett
  • Directors of photography — Ian Bucknole, Ian Liggett, John J. Moers, Steven Wacks, and Robert Wynn
  • Camera operator — James Codeglia, David Codeglia, Trevor Cohen, Hamish Doyne-Ditmas, Graeme Dunn, and Ron McClaine
  • On-set footage and interviews — Robert Wynn, James Codeglia, and David Codeglia
  • Sound — Noah Alexander, Brad Bergbom, Robert Bourke, Nick Kitinski, and Paul Wustrack
  • Production manager Nedland Media, Inc. — Markus Keith
  • Production coordinators — Shon Gale, Jill Woods, and André London
  • Production coordinator (UK) Passion Pictures — George Chignell
  • Camera assist (UK) — Craig Porter
  • Gaffer (UK) — Mark Gibbon
  • Electrician (UK) — Steven Cortie
  • Hair and makeup — Chip Adams, Sallie Adams, Jeffrey Amos, Creighton Bowman, Gio Campora, Mara Capozzi, Philippa Gregory, Amy Komorowski, and Christopher Miles
  • Digital imaging technicians — Marcos Alonso, Westley Gathright, Mathew Scarsbrook, and Josh Tousey
  • Utilities — Elliot Barnes, Marq Massengale, Michael B. Moers, and Ariel Osborne
  • Additional Blu-ray documentaries editors — Ian Bucknole, Robb Hanson, Jason T. Morrow, Jeff Pickett, Jeremy Stuart, and Kevin Yost
  • Post production Lucasfilm, Ltd. — Trisha Brunner, Vince de Mira, Amira Hosseinzediah, Bruce Marchant, Kevin Parker, Leandre Thomas, and Cody Vandenberg
  • Colorist — Sean Wells
  • Deluxe Media — Daniel Gonzalez and Ashley L. Reese
  • Online — Gregg Bennett, KT Isabelle Weber, and Keith Mahoney
  • Colorist — Kelly Reese
  • Sound mixers — Wade Chamberlain and Fernando Romay
  • Sound editorial — Greg Ortiz and Karin Hoyt
  • Graphics design by 2Hemispheres — Alan Douglas and Evan Acosta
  • Special thanks — Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Michelle Rejwan, Ben Rosenblatt, Bryan Burk, Tommy Harper, Lynne Hale, Brian Miller, Greg Grusby, Stephen Kenneally, David Kite, Morgan Dameron, Samara Koffler, Amir Mojarradi, Andrew Scott, Vanessa Davies, James Richardson, and Chris Coxall; The Julliard School — Gloria Gottschalk and Cynthia Baker; and the entire cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens


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