Here’s the best thing about it – how many times they reinforce the notion that the effects are done at the service of story. You get the feeling this is the second part of the behind-the-scenes story that Lucasfilm was telling at SDCC last year, with all the talk about real sets and practical effects. This time, it’s all about the “restraint” in terms of the special effects, and doing just enough to fill any holes in the story.
Is that a pure, in-and-of-itself thing? Or is this another conscious nod to the Original Trilogy fans who weren’t so happy with the Prequels? Hmmm…
Meanwhile, among a wealth of amazing things you get to see in the video, one of them is the build in progress of Supreme Leader Snoke. I always thought he was pretty hard to see, comparatively, in the movie, so I’ve got a screenshot here for you from the behind-the-scenes video.
As they cycle through the various stages of Snoke’s integration into the screen story, this screenshot shows the last version before the actual screen version, which gives you a better look at his robes and head wound.
In the podcast, you’ll also get to hear a mini-soap-box riff on movie studios learning the wrong lessons from the success of movies like Deadpool, or going to crazy with the technology just because they can.
What do YOU think? Do you think The Force Awakens stayed on the right side of the line when it came to using visual effects, or do you think they took it too far and made something unrealistic? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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Trivia Time!Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe!
Yesterday’s answer: “Captain.”
Today’s question: What’s the last line of dialogue spoken in The Phantom Menace?