ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Good news, everybody!

Y'know how you, me, and pretty much everyone we know feels about the CGI George Lucas added to the Original Star Wars Trilogy?

  Yup. Like that.
Yup. Like that.

Well, it turns out Rian Johnson - set to direct the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII - feels more or less the same way. Speaking on a recent Girls in Hoodies podcast, he spoke at length about practical effects, and how downright awesome they are:

“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome...I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”

And you know what that means, Star Wars fans!

Episode VIII is going to feature a whole lot less of this:

  Because no.
Because no.

  And double no.
And double no.

And a whole lot more of this:

Real AT-AT's, everywhere:

Because where else should AT-AT's be?

Along with Real Ships:



As well as Real(ish) Creatures:

As proven by Mr J.J. Abrams himself:

And Droids, too:

As once again proven by J.J....

Because lets be honest - I think we all agree that Johnson's worrying about nothing when he says:

“I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it...I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and [CGI's] the thing that they love now, so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be.”

Because sometimes, the old ways really are the best:

Especially if we get to hang out in this room...

So. Much. Happy.

We'll hopefully see Abrams and Johnson proven right in [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) and [Star Wars: Episode VIII](movie:711868) - the first of which arrives December 18, 2015.


What do you guys think? What's better - the original practical effects, or CGI?

via THR


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