The 90th Oscars: The Visuals of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
One of five films to receive a nomination for best visual effects in this year’s race for Oscar gold, ‘Episode VIII’ mixes new characters with those from the 1977-1983 films in wholly new environments.
The third Star Wars film since Disney reinvigorated the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi transported legions of fans into new territories while retaining many of the classic tropes which has made Star Wars a cinematic revolution across the past 40 years.
Taking over from J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), filmmaker Rian Johnson (Looper) made his contribution to the Star Wars franchise by writing and directing The Last Jedi. More than 2,000 visual effects needed to be created with the bulk of the work coming from Industrial Light & Magic facilities in San Francisco (Crait), London (Snoke, Canto Bight, Opening Battle), Vancouver (Ach-to, Phasma Fight) and Singapore (Crait, Jedi Academy Flashbacks) as well as six third-party vendors, with The Third Floor providing previs/postvis for the project.
The Last Jedi continues the saga of mixing new characters with those from the 1977-1983 films, all in wholly new environments, save some familiar spacecraft and props. One of five films to receive a nomination for best visual effects in this year’s Oscar race, the film’s effects were overseen by production VFX supervisor Ben Morris, who shares the nod with VFX supervisor Michael Mulholland, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, and creature shop supervisor Neal Scanlan.
As we march toward the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, here’s a closer look at some of the biggest effects sequences created for the movie -- many of which are a blend of practical and CG effects -- including light saber battles, the villainous Snoke, and brand-new spacecraft such as Dreadnaught, the mothership of the First Order.