One obvious large difference between the original “Star Wars” trilogy and the prequels was the latter’s use of computer generated visual effects. It wasn’t just a case of different technology though as George Lucas used so much CG throughout the prequels that they took on a quite different look and feel to the original trilogy.
Consequently it’s hoped that J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be doing as many practical effects as possible and that seems to be the case according to a new report at MakingStarWars.net.
We know that Abrams and co. went to great lengths to retain the feel of the original trilogy, and so as a result there’ll only be a few scenes in the film that don’t have some kind of practical effect in them. Today it has been revealed that only 28 shots in total in the movie will be comprised completely of CGI.
One of the film’s 357 scenes that will sport a few all CG shots will be the scene glimpsed in the trailers with the Millennium Falcon being chased by TIE fighters. The site claims most of the scenes in the film that are 100% CGI are spaceship and space shots – namely TIE fighters and Star Destroyers. Oddly enough the film’s opening shot is also said to be all CG.
These are only the ALL CG shots and don’t include things like wire removals, set extensions, plate shots and so forth. The site says there are 23 plate shots which establish settings and will almost certainly get some CG enhancement. The number also doesn’t include real scenes with motion-capture characters such as the roles being played by Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in cinemas worldwide on December 18th.