Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Star Wars 7 Will Have Less CGI and More 'Practical' Effects

Computer generated graphics are a very controversial topic when it comes to the upcoming Star Wars 7 movie and the new trilogy as a whole. While new CGI technology could provide us with an amazing experience in theaters it could also ruin the upcoming movie and a lot of Star Wars fans confronted the production team with these concerns. The idea is that more 'practical' effects will look better and allow the movie "to age better" into the future. For example, the original trilogy didn't feature that much CGI and it looks pretty good even today.

The Star Wars 7 staff has taken the fans concerns into consideration and decided come out with a statement regarding the issue. We had a chance to hear what writer/director Rian Johnson has to say on the topic and we were quite satisfied!
First of all, he was quoted saying the following:
I think more and more people are hitting a critical mass as far as the CG-driven action scene, lending itself towards a very specific type of action film, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick, and I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it. I do wonder, kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing they love now. So I don’t know if it’s a generational thing. 
His comment was followed by a statement that the new Star Wars movie was going to move away from CGI as much as possible and that everyone in the production team agrees that they should use 'practical' and 'old school' effects.

We remind you that Rian Johnson will be directing movies 8 and 9 after J.J. Abrams is finished with Episode VII. Therefor, Johnson's personal vision may not have that much impact on the upcoming movie as we might think. Hopefully though Abrams share's his friend's views and the new movie won't have much reliance on CGI. In contrast, the 2005's "Revenge of the Sith" showed a lot of reliance on CGI and it was hated by both fans and critics. Hopefully the staff has already learned the lessons of George Lucas' past failures.

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