Lucasfilm has released a 10 minute VFX video, featuring footage from Star Wars Episode 7. The video allows us to witness scenes without special effects and observe the ways in which Episode 7 was altered in post-production. We all know it was a huge project, but the VFX video shows just how many effects were put into the rebirth of the franchise.
Have a look below. It's actually pretty damn good and surprisingly impressive.
As you can see above, many scenes from Star Wars Episode 7 were shot on location with limited special effects, whereas others required severe editing in order to create a strong sense of realism. For example, if you look below you can see a shot from within the Millennium Falcon, with and without special effects.
We've all seen the spectacular final result, but it's fascinating to see behind the scenes of the production. It really helps create a sense of what it must have been like around the models and costumes within the incredibly-designed sets.
You also have to admire the skill of the actors who often had to react emotively in the presence of nothing other than a green screen. Of course, we always knew that this happened, but most of us just get to see the final product!
Moments we can witness in the video include Rey's opening seen on Jakku and Finn escaping from the Imperial Star Destroyer. In both cases, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac were on set with a green screen in place.
However, there are other scenes, such as the Tie fighter crash on Jakku and Poe's opening battle, in which it turns out very little CGI was used; elements such as this contributed to the intense realism of Star Wars: Episode 7.
Serious credit should be given to the Star Wars: Episode 7 cast and crew, who made the seventh rendition of the franchise into a resounding success. We don't have long to wait for Episode VIII, which is out May 26, 2017!