Published Jan 14, 2016Star Wars: The Force Awakens was beloved by most because it managed to capture the spirit of George Lucas' original three films. Just because it sort of looked like a movie from the late '70s doesn't mean it wasn't full of CGI, however.
This morning, The Force Awakens was nominated for a Best Visual Effects award at the Oscars. The organization uploaded and then quickly deleted a 10-minute clip that demonstrates how some of the film's most iconic scenes were created.
Fortunately, some keen observers managed to preserve the video, which you can stream below via Vimeo. While it does have some potential spoilers, it's also a breathtaking look at how some of the film's most stunning scenes were made.
In a recent interview with /Film, second unit director Roger Guyett said The Force Awakens had more CGI than The Phantom Menace, with a staggering 21,000 shots requiring VFX. "I think what we're trying to do is just do this kind of slight of hand where it's, you know, how you go about doing it, you know, that's interesting on a technical level, but the most interesting thing is that you wanna make a great movie," he said. "Part of our job is to do this massive visual effects movie but make it look as though somehow or another it wasn't that...."
Watch the Star Wars VFX reel below [via io9].