Watch ILM work their special effects magic on Star Wars: The Force Awakens


While producer Kathleen Kennedy has stressed the importance of practical effects and location shooting in this new batch of Star Wars films, CG still has a major role to play in bringing these movies to life. SFX innovators ILM released a reel of some of their visual effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which shows a combination of blue screen/green screen work, location photography, and CG in varying degrees.

Check out the reel below.

ILM: Behind the Magic of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens

These SFX reels ought to be interesting for subsequent Star Wars movies just to see how each director approaches epic-scale sci-fi. While there are bound to be some similarities between the VFX needs of J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson, and Colin Trevorrow, I wonder if some of the filmmakers may be more in-camera than others, if that distinction makes sense.

If anything, the post-Lucas era of Star Wars feels a lot more tangible, and that’s a good thing.

[via /Film]

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