Watch This: ILM's Impressive VFX Breakdown for 'The Force Awakens'

September 7, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Force Awakens VFX Breakdown

Watching VFX breakdowns is always enchanting. ILM has released their full 4-minute video showing their work on 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." It's always cool to get a glimpse of what it was like on set and how much they added in each scene to make it feel so real. The amount of objects and layers in some of the scenes is remarkable. ILM also work with their "partners Hybride, Base FX and Virtuos" on this project. All movie geeks need to watch this.

Here's the full VFX breakdown video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directly from ILM's YouTube:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens VFX Breakdown

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, continuing the beloved original trilogy about Luke, Leia, Han & Chewie that ended in 1983, is directed by J.J. Abrams, of the films Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard) and J.J. Abrams, with Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm producing. This debut is the beginning of a brand new saga, with another trilogy planned for this storyline, with Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow lined up to direct. Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012, released Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters everywhere December 18th, 2015.

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I've been very critical of The Force Awakens because of both the plot and the art direction. But one thing I can't knock is the CG when judged out of context. I might not like what the CG was used to create but it did look very impressive in terms of photo-realism and detail.

InNolanWeTrust on Sep 7, 2016


Agreed. Same boat. I did not like TFA at all. But the effects were indeed flawless.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Sep 7, 2016


The force awakens worked as a laxative to help us dump out the prequels down the drain of bad memories. And this alone is a great accomplishment.

tarek on Sep 7, 2016


I actually liked the prequels more than The Force Awakens. They had some serious flaws as well but they felt more like they were a part of the same universe as the Original Trilogy and their scope was absolutely epic. The Force Awakens somehow managed to make the Star Wars universe seem small.

InNolanWeTrust on Sep 7, 2016


On the contrary. The prequels was an abomination. Everything looked fake and videogamish. I couldn't connect with any character. The only intereting character was Darth Maul. But he was killed off too fast. When I watch the prequels, I have the feeling to watch sesame street with light sabers. Lucas was aiming a very young audience with the prequels. Only those who were very young the time TPM was released, can find redeemable things in the prequels.

tarek on Sep 7, 2016


The Phantom Menace soundtrack is superior to The Force Awakens. As you pointed out Darth Maul was a very intriguing villain and I felt he had a much better on screen presence than Kylo Ren. TPM was also vastly more original than TFA and had more interesting locals. I'm not saying the prequels don't have major flaws but I was in my mid to late 20s when they came out and I enjoy them far more than TFA so I don't agree with the age of the target audience. I look past the bad parts and focus on the good parts. I'm a glass half full kind of guy. 😉

InNolanWeTrust on Sep 8, 2016


TPM soundtrack is indubitably superior to TFA score. Only fool people can deny it. TPM was vastly more original than TFA. On this I also agree. But originality doesn't always rhyme with quality. I watched Star wars (ANH) more than 100 times, because the universe was so believable, I wanted to be part of it. The main flaw in the prequels (setting aside the awful dialogues, the tedious plot and the weak actors direction) is the cinematography. You could almost see the CGI at work in each frame. I know that the prequels used many practical effects, but they all looked fake because of the awful photography/cinematography. i admire your philosophy. We must all be half full persons indeed. ( well, except when it comes to Lucas bashing. ;D)

tarek on Sep 8, 2016


The tangible quality to working at ILM must make it one of the most rewarding jobs in the history of jobs.

DAVIDPD on Sep 7, 2016


Mad respect for ILM. MAD respect...

RAW_D on Sep 8, 2016

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