Visual effects have played a major part in bringing the vision of the Star Wars series to life and with today’s technological advances, The Force Awakens had no shortage in opportunity or talent. The geniuses at Industrial Light & Magic released this visual effects reel, showing the detail and skills that went into authenticating the sets and characters.

The Force Awakens gave us the opportunity to once again push the boundaries of what is possible in character animation and visual effects while combining cutting edge practical effects and physical sets.

Watch the full behind-the-scenes video below.

As cool as this all is I always find myself stunned by what isn’t real. I think it goes back to remembering that many of the visual effects such as both Star Destroyer sets were created by computers in The Force Awakens but were 100% actual sets in the original trilogy. Sometimes I think that all of this technology we have at our disposal hinders us and over-complicates matters. Effects that could be dealt with more practically and not just with references or 10% of the sets outlined for reference. I don’t care how good of an actor you are – having tangible reference points in front of you helps your performance feel, well, real.

But seriously, the folks at ILM may as well be damned wizards. I can’t even begin to think of the hours that went into these effects. As much as I have concerns about modern visual effects I must admit that I believed a lot of the effects that weren’t practically done actually were. So hats off to the wizardry.

Amy Casaletto

Amy Casaletto

She’s a Jill-of-all-trades, Potterhead, Whovian & baker extraordinaire. Mother of fur babies, obsessed with pumpkin spice & a total candy addict.

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