Star Wars: Episode VII, filmed partially in Abu Dhabi, will feature less CGI
Less CGI, more real deal will be the name of the game for the next Episodes.
Rian Johnson, who is slated to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, detailed the change in an interview with Grantland's Girls in Hoodies podcast.
"They're doing so much practical building for [Episode VII]. It's awesome," Johnson related. "I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting a kind of critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick."
"I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it," he continued. "I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that's the thing that they love now, so I don't know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be."
Star Wars: Episode VII's practical effects include live-action alien costumes and full-scale props, under the direction of writer and director J.J. Abrams. The film is scheduled for release December 18, 2015, with Johnson's Episode VIII to follow in 2016.
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