It’s just layers and layers

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I really enjoyed Star Wars: The Last Jedi I know it didn’t sit well with some of the Star Wars fans, but I thought it was great.

The special effects were really good and I think the use of CGI has significantly improved since the prequels. One aspect of the prequels I didn’t like was that the use of CGI allowed for the use of camera angles and zooming which wasn’t possible in the original trilogy. With the new possibilities that CGI allowed the battle sequences for me were all over the place with revolving cameras, excessive pans and zooms. Just watching some of those starship battle scenes in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith made me dizzy. Okay so just me then…

What I have enjoyed about The Last Jedi, The Force Awakens and Rogue One was how many of the special effects sequences reflected the original trilogy look and feel, especially Rogue One.

This video shows how the different layers were meshed together to show the Resistance bomber attack on the Star Destroyer at the beginning of the film.

You can also see a similar process here for the mass of First Order forces.

These videos don’t ruin the movie magic for me, more they make me appreciate the hard work and effort that creates these movies. The attention to detail and making things look just right.