Star Wars Episode VII favours practical effects over CGI

Jar Jar Binks

No more Jar Jars and a lot more live-action aliens!

Rian Johnson, talking to the Girls in Hoodies podcast has said the new Star Wars films are to focus more on practical effects than CGI. “"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome. I think people are coming back around to [practical effects], “ Johnson said. “It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick."

For those who found the ubiquitous use of CGI off-putting in Episodes I-III, the confirmation of effects techniques more in keeping with A New Hope to Jedi will no doubt come as good news.

Commenting on the generational divide between the original Star Wars movies and the prequels Johnson said, "I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it. I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing that they love now, so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be."

Johnson is to helm the next Star Wars movie following J.J. Abrams direction of Star Wars: Episode VII which is due out in December 2015. Johnson’s Episode VIII will follow in 2017.


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