Take a Behind the Scenes Look at the VFX of Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Wired got an inside look at ILM’s incredible creation process and shared their findings in this video hosted by Mike Seymour, of an incredible behind-the-scenes look at the amazing VFX of Star Wars: The Force Awakens…

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Mike Seymour from Wired.com, got an exclusive one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the visual effects that earned Star Wars: The Force Awakens an Oscar nomination. In this video, you can see how Industrial Light & Magic crafted those amazingly complex action sequences, detailed environments, and realistic characters — both CGI and puppets —  with the help of advanced motion-capture technology and performances from actors like Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis, and the guidance of Neal Scanlan and J.J. Abrams. Check it out:

As you can see, there is a ton of digital work that goes into making the perfect characters, once J.J. Abrams and his team decided to go with a CGI character, the process from ILM began. The incredible detail and advances the industry has made — especially with ILM itself — in the past ten years since Revenge of the Sith, is really quite remarkable.

If you have the time, and you’re looking for a more in depth video on the Oscar nominated VFX of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Art of FX produced their own video detailing the process, only compared to Wired’s it stands at a staggering 48 minutes. Here’s that:

Either video is a great look behind the curtain at one of the greatest films of our time, and certainly the greatest films in the last ten years. Tell what you think of the videos, share your thoughts with us in the comments, and on social media.