Star Wars: The Force Awakens VFX reel shows you how the magic happens

The Force is strong with this one…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars The Force Awakens was the biggest movie of 2015. Image Picture Disney/Lucasfilm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens VFX maestros ILM have put a cracking new video showing you just how they created that galaxy far, far away.

The four-minute effects reel show how JJ Abrams brilliantly melded practical effects, puppetry and real location with the latest cutting-edge CGI to create the stunning visuals of The Force Awakens.

George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels leaned heavily on uncanny valley CGI, both in the green screen sets and characters nobody gave a damn about like Jar Jar Binks and Watto.

As you can see from the video, the likes of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver all had impressive sets and props to work with.

ILM said of their Star Wars VFX: “We are pleased to share a sample of the visual effects work created for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“The history of ILM leads all the way back to 1975 and origins of Star Wars and The Force Awakens gave us the opportunity to once again push the boundaries of what is possible in character animation and visual effects while combining cutting edge practical effects and physical sets.

“ILM studios in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver and London each contributed to the film effects as did our partners Hybride, Base FX and Virtuos.”

Watch the Star Wars VFX reel from ILM below…

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