What these Star Wars movies really look like before special effects are added
When George Lucas came up with the idea of Star Wars in the mid-1970s, setting an adventure of this scope in outer space had never been done before. So how did he get the film to look so darn good when there were no visual effects companies up to the challenge at the time? He started his own.
Industrial Light and Magic was formed to handle the special effects in Star Wars, and they revolutionized the industry with their work. The original trilogy was lauded for what were considered mind-blowing visuals at the time, but ILM changed the game again with the Star Wars prequel trilogy, rendering landscapes populated with thousands of digital characters and pioneering the use of full motion capture. With the sequel trilogy off to a great start and a number of spinoffs in the pipeline, ILM are once again out to prove that they're the VFX industry's top dogs. Let's peer behind the scenes at what Star Wars movies look like before they work their magic.