‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson Talks VFX Challenges

Rian Johnson Star Wars: The Last Jedi VFXEver since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this new era of films within the franchise has found the respective productions taking a more tangible approach with much of their sets, using plenty of practical effects to help keep the aesthetic of the original trilogy as opposed to the more CGI-centric aesthetic of the prequel trilogy. And with Star Wars:The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson continues this trend.

As we have seen in the trailers and TV spots, Johnson has continued the trend of utilizing real sets and practical effects as much as possible to make the galaxy feel more lived-in and real to the audiences. Also, it is a better way for the actors involved to get better performances due to the visibility of sets, props and on-set effects.

For Johnson, he found that utilizing the practical effects was more exciting for him in comparison to the VFX that is used in the post-production process. In an interview with SciFiNow Magazine, Johnson discussed the challenges of VFX:

“Honestly, the most technically challenging stuff are the space battles because those are the ones where, aside from the cockpits, nothing is real. The practical effects, and especially the creature workshop, was much more fun.”

Johnson continued to gush over the use of practical effects and even revealed how he saw some of the practical creatures during the production for the first time:

“They would put on music and they would have all of the creatures interacting with actors in like a little scene… And I would walk through this scene, and that’s how I reviewed the creatures. That’s how I saw them for the first time. It was incredible.”

Hopefully, Johnson’s unbridled passion and creative drive brings audiences the most exciting and unique Star Wars film we have seen yet. And given the recent announcement of him developing his own trilogy, we should rest assured.

Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in our galaxy on December 15, 2017.

Source: SciFiNow Magazine via ComicBook.com

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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