J.J. Abrams With A Message From The STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set

The director has sent out a video message from Tatooine (aka Abu Dhabi), offering a fan the chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII and to support UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs. There are some extras visible in the background, and a humorous first glimpse of one of the new aliens..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 5/21/2014

In a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announces the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with Bad Robot, dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF's Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefitting children in need. To support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, Disney has committed $1 million, and fans can now donate directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. By pledging as little as $10 through the Omaze fundraising platform, any eligible supporter will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th. The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes: • Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest • Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams • Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast • Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this new charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF's Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at omaze.com/starwars. Rules and Restrictions Apply. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Promotion begins 12:00:01 Pacific Standard Time May 21, 2014 and ends on 11:59:59 PM Pacific Standard Time July 18, 2014. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your domicile, to enter and a resident of Argentina, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, or the UK, and not a resident of Belgium, Italy, Malta, Singapore, or Thailand. Residents of Australia, Brazil, China and the Republic of Korea are not prohibited from participating, but local rules and laws may restrict or prohibit the award of certain prizes or impose additional restrictions on participation. Rewards are separate from sweepstakes prizes. Rewards are limited in quantity. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. For free entry: (i) send post card to Sponsor at PO Box 3190, 1217 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, California 90408 by applicable mail date; or (ii) visit www.Omaze.com/StarWars. Entrants may receive additional entries via Facebook. Maximum number of entries: 10,000 per Entrant. Travel and accommodations are at Sponsor's discretion and subject to availability and change. Winner and Guest may be required to pass a background screening or security check, to receive the prize and/or reward. Visa conditions may apply. All taxes are Winner's responsibility. Not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook®. Residents of certain territories may be required to successfully complete a trivia question to qualify. For full entry requirements, details, limitations and restrictions see Official rules at www.Omaze.com/StarWars. Sole Sponsor: Omaze, Inc., PO Box 3190, 1217 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90408.
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SuperCat - 5/21/2014, 5:40 AM
I want to be in this!

LewisD - 5/21/2014, 5:40 AM
Wow...super secretive JJ Abrams is letting his guard down. I hope we see more soon!
Nadj76 - 5/21/2014, 5:41 AM
Please do it right JJ....
blvdnoise - 5/21/2014, 5:41 AM
Its happening..
marvel72 - 5/21/2014, 5:42 AM
comic con is gonna be interesting,very interesting indeed.
charlie2094 - 5/21/2014, 5:45 AM
Cool stuff! Be pretty awesome to win that
TheRationalNerd - 5/21/2014, 5:46 AM
Lol!!! Its great to see they're still going the classic make-up route! Love it! Looking forward to it!
BatManiac - 5/21/2014, 5:46 AM
Tatooine!

venom0706 - 5/21/2014, 5:48 AM
That creature stole the scene from Abrams!
remembertheking - 5/21/2014, 5:50 AM
The force is strong with this one!
Supermandatory - 5/21/2014, 5:51 AM
2014 and 2015 comic con will be insane!
HavocPrime - 5/21/2014, 5:52 AM
Never thought I would see practical effects in Star Wars again, so beautiful.
DylansMyDog - 5/21/2014, 5:53 AM
Practical effects FTW!
samsupes - 5/21/2014, 5:59 AM
Filming on location as opposed to using green screen already makes this new trilogy 10x better than the prequels
Sumitsjc - 5/21/2014, 6:00 AM
BatManiac
double time hunh..
Triptheorist - 5/21/2014, 6:03 AM
Real set locations? Practical creature effects? Thumbs up, buddy!
ThePowerCosmic - 5/21/2014, 6:06 AM
New Star Wars films & Guardians of the Galaxy!!! My cosmic heart is in heaven.
ezio619 - 5/21/2014, 6:06 AM
the environment looks awesome and the creatures look awesome..... i just cant wait for this film!!!
ezio619 - 5/21/2014, 6:07 AM
yeah...practical effects are great..even gunn said he loves doing a mix of both practical and cg effects and thats what we get with guardians..i hope ,if guardians is good and successful and with this.. we get more space epic films
SaxoWolf - 5/21/2014, 6:08 AM
practical effects is a good sign indeed.
SuperCat - 5/21/2014, 6:08 AM
BatManiac - 5/21/2014, 6:09 AM
Episode 7 baby, YEAH!

MexicanSuperman - 5/21/2014, 6:10 AM
Practical effects were used in the prequels to.
Masamune - 5/21/2014, 6:11 AM
Holy Smokes! News of the day. I bet nerds already have a back story for that alien with its children on its back.
Tuuralihn - 5/21/2014, 6:16 AM
Wow, the background and creatures looks amazing! AND NOT A SINGLE BLUE/GREEN-SCREEN!
Vortigar - 5/21/2014, 6:17 AM
@Batmaniac:
Yeah, Tatooine, you know, that backwater planet they went to hide from Vader...

ARGH!
ndwwrestler2 - 5/21/2014, 6:18 AM
Awesome.


pepe - 5/21/2014, 6:23 AM
Lando?
OpticBlastWins - 5/21/2014, 6:23 AM
Anyone have 50000 dollars i can borrow... it might take me some time to pay you back
Brainiac13 - 5/21/2014, 6:27 AM
Give us some Pics just like Snyder did with Batman Suit!!

Then the Internet MAY go crazy again!
MrNiklander - 5/21/2014, 6:27 AM
Yeah Tattoine is back to give us new heroes!!
V8ER - 5/21/2014, 6:29 AM
AW YEAH! JJ is the bomb. Practical effects ftw! Cannot wait for this
AXE - 5/21/2014, 6:29 AM
lmao, is it just me or does that alien look mighty high xD
OpticBlastWins - 5/21/2014, 6:34 AM
How about 25000 dollars... you can be my plus one.
TheSarcasticMan - 5/21/2014, 6:36 AM
Of course we haven't seen enough of Tatooine yet
DylansMyDog - 5/21/2014, 6:41 AM
@TheMexicanSuperman That's true Episode 1 used a lot of practical effects, and the next two used progressively less. That's probably why Ep. 1 looks the best visually of the prequels. It's too bad the story was a mess and the characters were boring or worse (looking at you Jar Jar).
Starfox - 5/21/2014, 6:46 AM
Thought just came to me... Magneto is basically a Jedi without a lightsaber.
dutchman - 5/21/2014, 6:49 AM
Practical effects we we meet again
DarthOptimus - 5/21/2014, 6:49 AM
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Danbojohnj - 5/21/2014, 6:50 AM
Taking my dog out for a shit then I'm on it like a car bonnet!
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