For those who still can't get enough of that galaxy far, far, away in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Industrial Light and Magic has you covered. The special effects house released a four-minute video that serves as a small sample of their VFX work on this epic blockbuster. Hopefully this video will give fans a greater respect for the remarkable work done at ILM.
The video debuted on the Industrial Light & Magic YouTube channel, showcasing how several key scenes were actually shot, before the VFX wizards at ILM went to work. Some of these scenes include our first introduction to Rey (Daisy Ridley), as she's seen scavenging on Jakku. We also see how director J.J. Abrams used some sort of a car frame underneath Rey's speeder as she takes off, and a glimpse at how Unkar Plutt's (Simon Pegg) look was constructed.
We also see how footage from the now-iconic Millennium Falcon dogfight scene was put together, along with General Hux's (Domhnall Gleeson) speech on the massive Starkiller Base, Maz Kanata's castle, an X-wing battle scene lead by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and even the lightsaber duel between Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The video ends by showing how ILM created the water ripples caused by the Millennium Falcon before it lands on Ahch-To, Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) hidden Jedi refuge.
Many fans were surprised earlier this year when Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn't win any Academy Awards after receiving five Oscar nominations. The movie lost out to Ex Machina for best visual effects, but despite being shut out at the Oscars, it still won over the hearts of millions, while setting box office records to boot. The blockbuster shattered the domestic record set by Avatar ($760.5 million) with $936.6 million, but its $2.06 billion worldwide tally is behind both Titanic ($2.1 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion) on the all time charts.
The highly-anticipated Star Wars 7 follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII wrapped production back in July, with LucasFilm setting a December 15, 2017 release date. Fans will get to see the first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in theaters December 16. Take a look at this VFX reel from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.