Thoughts on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic-Con 2015 Reel

MARK HAMILL:  Real sets.  Practical effects.

JAMIE INSALACO:  Oh baby, you’re saying all the right things!  (Jamie closes shades suggestively.)

Of course, there’s more to making a quality movie than adhering to old school film techniques that make the actors more comfortable and the images slightly more believable to the human eye (we are talking about a movie that features Chewbacca, after all), but so far, so good for The Force Awakens.

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Mostly real sets, anyway.

This video leans really hard on the idea that the film making techniques used in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith have been abandoned… mostly.  As you can see above, they’re clearly doing some green screen sets, but hey, whatever works.  Maybe they meant they are doing all puppets, animatronics and people in costumes for the non-human characters –

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Nope, not that – this lady is clearly wearing some kind of motion capture device.

But that’s fine.

Actually, this video looks a lot like the behind the scenes from The Phantom Menace in the sense that there are people building models while other people are setting up shots for digital characters.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing – Phantom is a visually stunning movie even by today’s action spectacle standards.

What we can get from this video is a lot of people are working really hard on a good-looking movie filled with explosions, spaceships and tons of new colorful characters as well as old favorites.  The right approach can’t hurt (blending the old with the new) and it’s got to be better than Attack of the Clones.

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