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J.J. Abrams’ TED talk
Abrams has managed the rare feat of finding success in the all-too-often mutually exclusive worlds of both film and television. It was at the age of eight that the wide-eyed youth first discovered his love of film while on a Hollywood studio tour with his grandfather, and when the pair returned home, Abrams convinced his father to let him try his hand at filmmaking with the family's Super-8 camera. During the following decade, the young auteur grew increasingly comfortable behind the camera, and he continued to turn out his impressive amateur films at an exhausting rate. Later attending New York's Sarah Lawrence College and teaming with a close friend to pen a feature-film treatment, Abrams got his first taste of success when the screenplay was eventually adapted into the James Belushi comedy Taking Care of Business. In the following years, Abrams' career continued to gain momentum as he penned screenplays for such features as Regarding Henry, Forever Young, and Gone Fishin', and it was during this period that the ambitious screenwriter also began to try his hand at producing. As Abrams subsequently began to branch out by producing features that he had no hand in writing, such as The Pallbearer and The Suburbans, he also continued to write by contributing to the screenplay for Michael Bay's Armageddon. Abrams next made his first foray into television as the writer and creator of the hit television series Felicity -- which also found the tireless Abrams stepping into the director's chair for the first time in his professional career. As the series progressed, he was publicly vocal about his frustrations regarding the limitations of the series, and after joking that the series would be more interesting if the titular character had a secret life as a spy, the seed was planted for his most popular effort to date.
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Jeffrey Jacob Abrams born June 27,  is an American filmmaker. He is known for his work in the genres of action , drama , and science fiction. Abrams has created numerous television series, including Felicity co-creator, — , Alias creator, — , Lost co-creator, — , and Fringe co-creator, — He also directed, produced and co-wrote The Force Awakens , the seventh episode of the Star Wars saga and the first film of the sequel trilogy. The film is his highest-grossing, as well as the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time not adjusted for inflation. He is the son of television producer Gerald W.
Abrams got his first job in the film industry at age 16, when he scored the low-budget science-fiction film Nightbeast While the movie was not a success, Abrams nevertheless had his foot in the filmmaking door, and he penned the script for the drama Regarding Henry for which he also received coproducer credit. In Abrams turned to television and cocreated the series Felicity — , which followed the trials and tribulations of a college student in New York City. In Abrams directed the film Star Trek , which explored the early years of the crew members of the 23rd-century starship USS Enterprise from the s science-fiction TV series of the same name. The then year-old director was credited with adding a youthful energy to a film franchise that many thought had run its course, and the movie became one of the biggest box-office hits of the year. He returned to helm the sequel Star Trek into Darkness Abrams also wrote and directed the supernatural thriller Super 8 The film was set in a small town in the late s and was inspired by his own early filmmaking experiences. As well, it was seen as an homage to the work of Steven Spielberg , who served as a producer. He took on another iconic sci-fi franchise with the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens , which he cowrote and directed.