Video Strips Away the Magic of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Visual Effects

How to build a galaxy far, far away with some talented CGI wizards and a lot of patience, in just four minutes.
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Creating a galaxy far, far away isn't easy — but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise when Industrial Light & Magic reveals how it was done.

A new short from the visual effects house, Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, strips away the sheen from the most recent Star Wars movie and takes the viewer through the different stages of creating the finished look of the many worlds (and spaceships) seen in the film.

Whether it's something as (relatively) simple as color correction or hiding the wheels of Rey's (Felicity Jones) cruiser on Jakku, or building an entire virtual Millennium Falcon where none existed on set (Surprise! Rey and Finn were running towards nothing while being chased from the market!) and creating a mass army for the First Order, the video rushes through the various steps necessary to complete the illusion in a fun and fast-moving way that makes it seem as simple as building digital Lego sets.

You'll never look at a Starkiller Base trench run the same ever again … at least until the next movie makes you believe in the magic all over again. Watch Behind the Magic below.

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