More Practical In “Jurassic 5,” “Star Wars 8”

Computer generated effects may be everywhere these days, but there’s still no real substitute for practical ones – something master filmmakers are trying to reincorporate into their productions as much as possible.

Rian Johnson’s upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is expected to have a lot of CG, but one element previous realised in CG in the previous film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” may be going the practical route for the follow-up.

A new report from Making Star Wars claims that Supreme Leader Snoke, the shadowy villain mastermind only seen as a giant hologram on ‘Force’, will be portrayed practically in Johnson’s film with a massive puppet that stands between seven and eight feet tall.

The report reveals that it takes “several people to operate” this practical version of Snoke who will have scenes “next to real flesh and blood humans” like Kylo Ren. How large of a role Snoke will have in the film is not clear.

Director J.A. Bayona is also planning to go more practical with decidedly more animatronic effects in the follow-up to last year’s “Jurassic World”. Bayona tells THR that those kind of effects “add more heart to a film”:

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs – sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs – but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible. It’s complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they’re sometimes reluctant toward animatronics.

But at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” opens late next year, “Jurassic World 2” is targeting a Summer 2018 release.