Storyteller : JJ Abrams

Ultimately, with every film I create, I would like to tell compelling story. The best way to tell great story is to submerge myself in great story. So, over the next few days I will be writing a series of posts that share my favorite story tellers. 

JJ Abrams

writer/director/producer

writer/director/producer

Why I like JJ

JJ Abrams has been one of my favorites for quite some time (l liked his work before I even knew it was his work!). He has the ability to create genuine character driven (Felicity) as well as compelling plot driven (LOST) story that keeps you wanting more (in both cases). JJ usually incorporates some sort of supernatural element to his stories - which I love! My wife and I joke that if there weren't some sort of supernatural twist, it wouldn’t be a JJ product! 

What to Watch

ALIAS (TV, 2001-2006)

ALIAS (TV, 2001-2006)

ALIAS

This is the story of Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner [whom I have a huge crush on... don’t tell my wife]) who works for a covert branch of the CIA known SD-6. She quickly finds out, that the organization that she works for is in fact the bad guy. Throw in an estranged father, a guy-she-loves-but-can’t-be-with, friends she has to lie to, and a creepy old bad guy - this show has the perfect mix of a fantastic spy drama!

I can genuinely say that this was the show that really got me into TV shows. I remember clearing my schedule in college on Sunday nights so that I could watch Sydney Bristow do her spy thing! 

LOST (TV, 2004-2010)

LOST (TV, 2004-2010)

LOST

This. is. my. favorite. show. of. all. time. 

This is the story of a bunch of survivors of a plain crash somewhere between LA and Sydney, Australia. One thing that I really enjoyed about this show is that you never knew exactly what was going on... and in this storytellers opinion, that is a great thing! With each episode the show focused on a different character and would ‘flashback’ to a time in their life before the plane crash. While this show is very plot driven, there is also a lot of character driven stories that cause people to get emotionally attached to the people on the island. 

Each week I would have LOST ‘watch parties’ where a lot of friends would come over. For quite a while, 20ish people would head to my place and we would watch this show together. 

STAR TREK

STAR TREK (Film, 2009)

STAR TREK (Film, 2009)

This is a coming of age story of James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). Since the 1960‘s when it first hit TV, Star Trek has always has a very specific audience - the nerdy and geeky (this is probably why my dad, brother, and I have liked it so much). JJ, when he took on this project, said that he wanted to create a film that ‘non-trekkies’ and ‘trekkies’ will both like. In order to accomplish this - he created an alternate timeline, so that he could make his own universe.

If I were to be completely honest with you, I would say that this is one of my top 3 favorite films (along with Jurassic Park and The Dark Knight). I have kept a running total of how many times I have watched this and I’m up to 29. 


I could go on and list other films and shows that JJ has been a part of, but then this post would be ridiculously long. Here are a few other projects JJ has been involved in over the past few years: Felicity (my wife LOVES this show), Super 8, Mission Impossible III, and Revolution.

Check back in a few days to find out who is the next storyteller on my list!

Enjoy, Nick!