ILM’s work on Star Wars Episode VII is amazing – watch scenes literally come together in this clip.
ILM was founded in 1975 by George Lucas with the help of John Dykstra and a group of artists, engineers, and students. They created the effects for Star Wars in a garage in Van Nuys, California. They’ve since done CG and effects for over 300 films, and have always been on the cutting edge of movie making tech.
They recently released this insane super cut of the major effects from Episode VII… is that a Blackbird I spy?
JJ Abrams was really vocal about the use of practical effects – and you can see those dropped in along with the CG one pass at a time.
The amount of detail that went in to every shot is just insane – layer upon layer of skeleton, skin, texture, lighting, and finally putting it to motion. The Star Destroyer crashed on Jakku built from the frame up with layers of detail, and the multiple passes that had to be done to take the wake behind the Millennium Falcon from 16 video game to realistic water. Flat out amazing. /I may be a movie dork, just a little
Check out ILM’s YouTube channel for some gems from Pacific Rim and The Avengers – and, yes, Transformers.
What is your favorite ILM created scene?