Update: The video can’t seem to stay on the Internet (for obvious reasons). Hopefully something will get posted that Disney will actually allow people to watch. For now, peep the gallery above!
Soon after taking over as director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams revealed he was making it a priority to use as many practical effects as possible. That meant creating new environments, props, and puppets for a more believable universe. His approach worked brilliantly, delighting fans with plenty of memorable—and beautiful!—moments throughout the movie’s runtime.
That doesn’t mean, however, there wasn’t a healthy helping of CG.
Note that the video above contains some spoilers from the movie.
A video uploaded to Vimeo shows off what Episode VII looked like before and after digital effects were applied, demonstrating what a difference a happy marriage between practical and digital makes. In a lot of situations, there’s such a seamless blend between the two that you hardly notice any computer magic is taking place at all. It’s cool to see what kind of vision filmmakers have for specific scenes, and how digital effects are applied to complement—not overtake—certain moments.
The same could be said about last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which used a perfect mix of practical and digital effects, to the point where people likely didn’t even notice stuff was added after the fact.
Check out the video above to see where CG is applied in The Force Awakens, and how a seamless blend makes a huge difference when it comes to believability—and enjoyment.