Nightline Spotlights The Groundbreaking CGI Used in ‘Rogue One’

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(SPOILERS FOR ROGUE ONE AHEAD)

Rumors swirled around the internet for almost a year before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the film would include a digital resurrection of Peter Cushing’s character Grand Moff Tarkin from original Star Wars. Given the film’s plot, the involvement of his character was essential to not only for Rogue One to make sense but also for it to seamlessly connect to A New Hope.

Last night, Nightline debuted a short special which spotlighted Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and what the team went through in order to include not only Tarkin but also Princess Leia in the film. The special gives us a look at both Guy Henry and Ingvild Deila, the actor, and actress who were used on set to perform the motion capture for the characters. If you’ve seen the film, you know just how incredible of a job ILM did even if the resurrections fell into the uncanny valley for you. For me personally, I thought Tarkin looked absolutely incredible. Not only did I find his likeness to be impeccable, I was tremendously impressed by the performance that came through for Peter Cushing.

The special also includes a few glimpses at the incredible use of projection screens Gareth Edwards opted to use instead of green screens for the filming of pilots in cockpits for the climactic space battle on and over Scariff.

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SOURCE: ABC NEWS

JJ Abrams Reveals CG in ‘Star Wars’ You Never Noticed

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is getting ramping up to its 3D blu-ray collectors edition which will feature several deleted scenes as well as a commentary track with director JJ Abrams providing new insight into the production of the incredible film.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is getting ramping up to its 3D blu-ray collectors edition which will feature several deleted scenes as well as a commentary track with director JJ Abrams providing new insight into the production of the incredible film.

The Force Awakens struck a perfect balance between visual and practical effects to the point that it was able to trick your eye into believing a visual effect was actually practical and vice versa. Plenty of scenes featured visual effects that you would have never guessed were CGI and this morning it has been brought to our attention thanks to io9 (h/t CBR) just exactly what one of those scenes were.

In a clip, which you can view over at io9, Abrams discusses how Kylo Ren’s face was to first be revealed in the scene that introduced Supreme Leader Snoke, however. It was later decided to add Ren’s mask back onto Adam Driver in post production. This marks the second scene where Ren’s face was going to be revealed instead of when he removed his mask to show Rey he was not a monster, but a human underneath what was simply an intimidation device. The shot when he slammed his mask down into what I believe were the ashes of Darth Vader, was actually shot for the scene when Ren spoke to Vader’s mask in his chamber. The shot was lifted and then placed back into the interrogation scene later in the film. This has me wondering what other scenes Ren’s mask could have been a visual effect in but I don’t think when he spoke to Vader’s mask was one of them. I believe they actually shot that scene twice, once with Ren’s mask on and once with it off as they were still trying to figure out when the right time for the reveal was going to be. Hopefully, the 3D blu-ray will shed more light on this.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 3D blu-ray collectors edition hits shelves November 15th.

SOURCE: io9 (via CBR)