New VFX Reel for 'Rogue One' Shows How They Created Jedha and the Death Star's Superlaser Blast
Since the birth of the series in 1977, Star Wars has always been at the forefront of special effects technology. As most people know, George Lucas originally founded his own visual effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, when he found himself dissatisfied with what other effects companies of the era could manage. Over the years, ILM has gone on to create some of the most impressive digital effects in Hollywood, whether it's breathing life into a computer generated character, or filling the sky with thousands of spaceships.
Considering ILM's long history of innovation and talent, it's hardly surprising to see just how much hard work and dedication went into creating a single location for the planet-hopping Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In classic Star Wars tradition, this movie is packed full of impressive visual scenes, as this newly released effects reel proves:
What's really impressive is the level of detail that went into making the ancient city of Jedha feel like a living place. The video shows how mist effects and grime and dirt were applied to an incredibly complex model to build a scene that's believable, and would fit right in alongside the practical sets that were used in the final movie.
With more Star Wars movies coming in the near future, it's exciting to think just how far these movies will be able to go as the galaxy far, far away continues to provide a canvas for Industrial Light and Magic to hone their impressive skills.