With the filming of the new Star Wars movie well underway, there is quite a bit of buzz about the fact that J.J. Abrams appears to be using quite a lot of practical sets (meaning physical props instead of relying on CGI). One of the knocks against the Star Wars prequels filmed by George Lucas - among other things - was an over-reliance on CGI for, well, almost everything. You could have knocked me down with a computer-generated feather when I saw this thread on TheForce.net, which shows a LOT of practical sets and effects being used in the prequels. It's a testament to a lot of effort to make the CGI and practical integration wonderfully seamless. Personally, except for a few specific scenes, I thought the prequels looked great - my problems were in other areas, which hopefully will not be in play in Mr. Abrams movie.
|J.J. Abrams with a familiar spaceship|