Collider interviewed several people responsible for the visual effects in The Force Awakens. Neal Scanlan (CFX & SMUFX Creative Supervisor), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor ILM) and Patrick Tubach (VFX Supervisor ILM) spoke about their favorite deleted scenes from the movie and revealed a few interesting details about them.
Collider spoke with the guys, asking them what is their favorite deleted scene and which one they think might end up on the Blu-ray/DVD.
I’m curious for both of you, have you seen a lot of the deleted scenes? Do you remember a lot of stuff? Were you sad to see something go?
CHRIS CORBOULD: There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling. From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well.
ROGER GUYETT: There was some stuff we did with the snowspeeder chase. That was probably the one significant thing that I really remember getting cut out of the movie.
PATRICK TUBACH: There was a little bit more with the Rathtars going on, just a little bit more of that chase moment going through the hallways and everything. There were some cool stunts and some cool individual shots in there that just didn’t make it for one reason or another, and I think it all had to do with the pacing. I totally understand why it’s not there anymore, but you have to feel that out. You don’t know what you have until you do it.
According to Collider, J.J. Abrams said that the movie will have 10 to 20 minutes of deleted scenes. The Blu-ray can’t come quick enough.