Wednesday 20 August 2014

Star Wars Episode VIII director: audiences hit by CGI "critical mass"

It looks like the next Star Wars trilogy is going to be more reminiscent of the originals in terms of special effects, as writer/director Rian Johnson has commented on the practical effects in Episode VII.

The prequels were smothered in horrific CGI effects, and while that was just one issue with those awful films, it's one that audiences really disliked. However, Johnson recently spoke on the Girls in Hoodies podcast about his excitement about a return to classic practical effects.

"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome," said Johnson. "I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. 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."

Part of the magic of the original trilogy was that everything was tangible. The AT-AT walkers were real, the costumes were all handmade and sets were actually meticulously crafted by sculptors and designers. While CGI definitely has its place and in some instances look pretty astounding (see Gollum), Johnson is right in that we're becoming a bit sick of full on CGI messes.


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