Visual effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens was no mean feat, and in their latest in-depth episode, FXGuide peel back the curtain to reveal the movie magic that fired J.J. Abrams’ film to box office glory.
Disney and Lucasfilm may have pulled down a premature VFX breakdown late last week, though today’s documentary is a much more official play-by-play breakdown, featuring interviews with regular Abrams cohort Roger Guyett and many of the creative team at Industrial Light and Magic.
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Whether it’s the engineering that allowed BB-8 to leap from the concept art in all of his spherical glory or the meticulous design that helped bring The Force Awakens‘ environments to life, it’s all on display here.
Perhaps what’s more interesting than all of that, though, is the ways in which Abrams, Guyett and the VFX team married practical effects and computer-generated images. Indeed, that’s a creative process that will go on to become a fixture of Disney’s rejuvenated Star Wars franchise going forward, starting with Johnson’s Episode VIII in 2017.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now in theatres everywhere, and in related news, it turns out we’ll be waiting that little while longer before experiencing the next chapter in Rey, Finn and Poe’s story, after it was confirmed that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 15, 2017 from its prime summer slot.