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

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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.

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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