For me, the phrase “Behind the Scenes” remains pure magic. Growing up at a time when movies like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind each had their “the making of…” reels, I truly enjoy a look behind the curtain at the moviemaking process.
Behind the Scenes of The Last Jedi
This week, in the wake of the terrific documentary on the Academy Award-nominated sound design of The Last Jedi — “The Force of Sound” — come two short clips that give insight into the Oscar-nominated visual effects of the film.
The first takes us through the set up for the TLJ bombing run as directed by the late, great Tallie Lintra (Hermione Corfield):
Simply seeing that A-Wing on the Gimbel is awesome, never mind the effects added to it. Someday, in the vein of my Rebel Pilots series, I am very much hoping to interview Ms. Corfield about that experience.
Meanwhile, as an aside, enjoy this Instagram from the actor:
Then, ILM added another video. This time we are delivered into the massive hangar space of the Supremacy:
Regarding The Last Jedi’s use of CGI to enhance its practical effects, Patrick Cavanaugh over at ComicBook.com quoted Mike Mulholland, VFX Supervisor for ILM London:
In early conversations with Rian and his producer Ram [Bergman], the question was, ‘How much can we do practically for the space battles? … To get it kind of feeling like the original trilogy. That was investigated and discussed. It was a kind of an exercise in working out who could do it practically, who’s actually got the knowledge, the know-how and the time to do it, and how much it would cost.
Cavanaugh said the facts were clear: “Johnson had to come to grips with the fact that films aren’t made the way George Lucas made them 40 years ago because of all the complications with special effects.”
Mulholland explained the eventual solution: “The quick answer is, it’s quicker and easier and more flexible to do it in CG.”
Mr. Cavanaugh has been busy, by the way. He has three more recent posts to read:
- ‘The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scene Titles Revealed
- Star Wars: Oscar Isaac Calls Poe Fan Fiction “Very Sexy”
- ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Cast Presenting at 90th Academy Awards
Some fun reading during your coffee break, no?
More Details on Star Wars Hotel
Jack Kendall’s Thursday update on DSNY Newscast, gave new details on Star Wars Hotel:
The clip is worth a look, not only for the updated concept art but also for photos showing pieces of the Millennium Falcon being put into the Disneyland construction site of “Galaxy’s Edge.”
Meanwhile, via many different sources, Disney shared the following photo of a Sequel Trilogy-era X-wing:
Read Disney’s press materials below:
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) February 22, 2018
Battlefront Easter Eggs
One more — I mean — 11 more nuggets before I post:
Haven't played battlefront, but I'd play to see these things — worth it?
— Obi-John Kenobi (@jmbishopjr) February 22, 2018
And, what the heck, two more…
Can't say this is a dream come true because I was never foolish enough to think something like this could ever happen. When part of me doubts I deserve such an honor, I remind myself that someone got a "Star" for just one crappy reality show. #BeyondGr8ful 🙏 https://t.co/CEzO0jdD3k
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 22, 2018
Have a great day, everyone. #MTFBWY JB