Re: What's with all the Union Jacks in the trailer?
It's amazing how much money is spent doing things in CG which could be done in a much simpler way.
The simpler way is much more expensive.
That's really what it comes down to.
Abrams favors using practical sets and practical effects wherever and whenever possible
, but he's also known for spending his time and available budget as efficiently as he can; if CGI is more cost-effective for a particular scene, then CGI is what will be used. While there certainly is a systemic problem in the industry with ruinous demands being made upon effects companies, I don't think Bad Robot are on anyone's list of abusers; Abrams runs tightly-scheduled productions which come in on time and under budget, and the contractors get paid for work performed.
"There were long green couches on the first floor that smelled like failure and
skin flakes, and no one would nap on them for fear of catching salmonella."