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RE: cgi characters and some spoilers

Being of the Star Wars franchise you can expect that ILM (Industrial Light & Magic)was behind the effects. Of course we see it in the credits at the end of the film. But....heck, ILM pioneered the industry starting with the first Star Wars... and now the firm continues to stay in step with the cutting edge of cgi movie technology.

Over the years there have been several attempts at duplicating a living and breathing human with CGI....unsuccessfully. And when I look at the cgi construct that was Peter Cushing I am at once amazed at how close they got to reproducing his likeness, and also somewhat creeped out because in the end it fails to convince. This likeness had this effect, probably, because of the many facial close-ups. It was Peter Cushing, as if brought back from the dead and just ever so slightly -- not him.

The cgi Princess Leia was a close repro...but not done as well as was Cushing. But those shots were brief and somewhat blurry. (intentional no doubt)

X-wing fighter pilots from the original movie...some of those guys were included and they did not look 40 years older! I'm guessing that the faces were not cgi constructs, but everything around them was and so original footage was put into use there. In another month or so we will be able to read about the tech that was used in a few different industry magazines. I'm looking out for my next issue of Computer Graphics World.

Oh, yeah, I liked the movie too. What if it turns out that the stand-alone movies outclass the episodic ones? I wouldn't be surprised.


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