"The Force Awakens" had a ton of practical effects, an important ingredient for director J.J. Abrams, who pitched the movie as a throwback to the original films. But "Force Awakens" actually had more visual effects that "The Phantom Menace"! It's just that much of them are seamless and unnoticeable in the final edit.
There's the usual green screen stuff, like when Rey (Daisy Ridley) scavenges in the abandoned Star Destroyer, and erasing parts of practical effects, like removing the wheels off of Rey's cruiser so that it floats. The reel also shows the creation of digital characters like Unkar Plutt and Maz Kanata. Maybe the most impressive effect is that Star Destroyer itself — ILM added layer upon layer to create the ship.
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Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. Read More