Air-Gapped MacBook Air Helped Rian Johnson Avoid Leaks When Writing 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Writer/director Rian Johnson did an interview with The Wall Street Journal this week, discussing his favorite tech essentials that he uses both casually and professionally, including for the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In regards to the scripting process of The Last Jedi, Johnson said that he wrote the entire film on an air-gapped MacBook Air.

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    An air-gapped computer is never connected to the internet, ensuring that the device is completely isolated from other, potentially non-secure networks. Johnson explained that this prevented secrets within The Last Jedi's script from ever getting out, and he "used it for nothing except writing the script," although he didn't specify which model of Apple's MacBook Air he used.
    Johnson also mentioned playing iOS game Desert Golfing on his iPhone X, admitting he's played "more than 1,500 holes" in the game. Other tech discussed included a Leica M6 35mm film camera used on The Last Jedi, his Omega Speedmaster Pro wrist watch used to time out moments on the set, and "The History of Rome" podcast he listened to when writing the movie.

    Ahead of the release of The Last Jedi, Apple hosted free Star Wars-themed workshops at select Apple retail stores. The sessions taught participants how to make movie trailers and code droids in celebration of Force Friday II, the day that new Star Wars toys launched for characters, stories, and locations from The Last Jedi. Earlier in the summer, animator and illustrator Wahyu Ichwandardi shared an Apple/Star Wars project of his own when he recreated the entire first trailer for The Last Jedi on a vintage Apple IIc from 1984.

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  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    *Encrypt the disk, have a very strong login password and you're all set, oh wait, there's Intels cluster....Meltdown and Spectre.:rolleyes:

    *If he was outside.
  3. rayzorboriqua macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    That movie was so terrible seeing his name upsets me.
  4. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    This guy knows what's up! Desert Golfing! 1500 holes is child's play though ⛳️
  5. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    Shame it wasn't leaked beforehand so I wouldn't have had to pay money to this turd.

  6. Tijdelijk macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2017
    I think it was okay
  7. neuropsychguy, Jan 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018

    neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    I thought it was great. Better than ROTJ (which is good) and all the prequels. That's just my opinion though.

    I'm a Star Wars fan but not a rabid fan. I even like most of the special edition changes to the original trilogy. I grew up watching Star Wars on VHS for years before the special editions came out so I have a long history with the "pure" Star Wars experience. Even so, Lucas's changes were mostly positive. I understand why people get upset over the changes but I don't.

    I'm not a movie critic so I won't go in-depth why I liked the movie but I thought it very enjoyable.
  8. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
    If I had a Macbook Air, I'd smash it. Just because it's what he used. :mad:
    I would have pegged him as a Surface user.
    Hey Mac Rumors, please never speak of him or that thing he made...ever again.
  9. cb3 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Maybe if it had been leaked to would have been re-written and gotten better - just saying.
  10. Coffee50 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2015
    Lol, as soon as I saw the title of the thread, I started laughing. I was like.....this is such an easy door to walk through, lol.

    I saw it twice, & thought it was alright. I liked it better the second time (without the expectations)

    It's interesting, I know who people love it & people who despise. This certainly seems like the most divisive film in the franchise. It will be interesting to see how it ages.....

    I'm thinking JJ's upcoming film might be more accepted, from a general audience standpoint. He doesn't seem like he'd do anything too radical.
  11. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
  12. danielwsmithee macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2005
    This is sufficient for most of us. Those that are high value targets need to go to much more extreme measures. An Air Gaped machine or network is the right thing to do for IP that will generate $1.2B in revenue.
  13. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    Was about to say the same thing. This guy shouldn't have written this movie, mediocre at best.
  14. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Wait, there are people who don't like ROTJ?! :eek:
  15. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    You can work on a machine outside without it being online.
  16. shigzeo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2005
    The spark has gone out of the MacBook Air.
  17. urtules macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2010
    I am terrified, someone please tell him about local Time Machine backup. He could lost all work, that's very unprofessional.
  18. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    I don't think it would qualify as air-gapped unless opened it & ripped out the wifi chip.
  19. urtules macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2010
    Your lack of patience is your fault. You could wait a little and see did other people liked the movie before buying a ticket. I still haven't watched it because I am waiting for iTunes release.
  20. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2014
    I hope this will eventually be removed from the canon, along with Episode 7.

    - Bombs utilizing gravity to hit their targets in space
    - PC to the max
    - Luke Skywalker!?!?
    - etc.

    Oh our ships shield is so strong it can survive the onslaught from like 10 Star Destroyers and a super Star Destroyer (which was way too large and seemed like a parody) for 30 minutes...
  21. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Simple, remove extensions regarding Wifi (And wired networking) from he Extension Folder and restart, Wifi stops working, (network-RJ45- stops too).
  22. Strelok macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    United States
    Ignoring all the hate for the movie, this is actually really smart. If you really want your device to be secure and reduce the chances of leaking a script to almost 0%, then removing the device from the internet is the way to go. Maybe have a flash drive attached that automatically backs it up just in case the computer fails.
  23. dezeeb macrumors newbie


    Apr 22, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    The terrible screen resolution probably had a hand in making the film so crap.
  24. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    A lot of people like going into a movie blind without letting other’s opinions influence their own.
  25. smarch, Jan 12, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 12, 2018

    smarch macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    Think he did backup?
    --- Post Merged, Jan 12, 2018 ---
    Nah... was great

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