COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 149 DAYS

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Counting down the 149 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

PRACTICAL

Of the many exciting things about the production of The Force Awakens is the fact that director JJ Abrams employed practical effects wherever possible. His approach lessened (though did not eliminate) the use of CGI in the movie. We’ll certainly learn more about the techniques the crew employed to make The Force Awakens in the coming weeks and months. Their efforts are likely to be as well chronicled as the work put in on the original trilogy. George Lucas famously went a little CGI crazy with the prequels. That won’t be the case with The Force Awakens.

Here are some shots of how effects, creatures and the like were realized in the original films.

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A matte painting to be composited with live action for Return of the Jedi.

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Miniatures for The Empire Strikes Back.

Frank Oz brings Yoda to life.

Frank Oz brings Yoda to life.

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The Return of the Jedi Death Star and George Lucas.

Filming the opening credit crawl for The Empire Strikes Back.

Filming the opening credit crawl for The Empire Strikes Back.

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