Two New ILM Visual Effects Reels From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Revealed!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been nominated for four Academy Awards this year, including one for Best Visual Effects. These nominations are well-deserved recognitions for jobs really well done. Team members from all over ILM’s Art Department worked tirelessly over the past few years to make realistic and believable CGI creatures, alien environments, and vehicles that blended seamlessly with the live-action shots. Now the special effects house have released two new visual effects reels that show off the incredibly detailed and extensive work they did on the latest Star Wars saga film. Check out The Last Jedi‘s latest ILM visual effects reels after the jump!


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Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we follow the rebels to Crait for a showdown with the First Order.



Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we get a closer look at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis and the incredible work by ILM Artists to bring Snoke to life.




Here’s a few captures of this stunning layer-by-layer demonstration showcasing the effects crafted for the Battle of Crait and Creating Snoke. Are you rooting for The Last Jedi to win at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4, 2018? We sure are….



May the Force be with you…… Always!



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18 thoughts on “Two New ILM Visual Effects Reels From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Revealed!

  • February 27, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Cool! The team over at ILM did a great job, disregarding your opinion on the film.

  • February 27, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Love the Snoke video! His scenes are among my favorites in the movie.

    • February 27, 2018 at 4:39 am

      I just wished there had been more of them :/

      • February 27, 2018 at 8:27 am

        Don’t worry. There is still one movie to go. I’m quite sure that JJ is not done with Snoke yet.
        There may be not much Snoke left for IX, but i could imagine either Snoke coming back as a dark entity (similar to a Jedi force ghost, even if it’s just his voice haunting Kylo Ren in his dreams), or imagine the movie has a flashback, similar to what Return Of The King did with Smeagol, where it shows how Ben Solo met Snoke and got seduced by him.

        Just be careful not to be disappointed if nothing of that happens 😉

        • February 27, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          I’m down with Snoke haunting Kylo Ren in his dreams.

        • February 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

          Hahaha your’re killing me man 😀

  • February 27, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Love it, love it, love it!

    Snoke actually looks really well done in TLJ. They really took the complaint about Snoke’s look in TFA to heart and went all out this time around.
    Plus, I didn’t know the robe was digital too. I thought Andy Serkis performed the MoCap wearing a real robe. So, I’m kinda blown away how it turned out. Great job, ILM!

    And then of course the Crait sequence. One of the best and most memorable 3rd acts of any SW movie. Probably my 2nd favorite after ROTJ. The look, the action, the plot. Great stuff!

    • February 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      You’re example with Snoke perfectly illustrates how far CGI has come. People often think that they can identify CGI when often they can’t. Sure you know that someone like Snoke can’t exist or a dragon or an orc so your conclusion is CG, not because it looks fake but because there simply is no other way. The golden robe however could very well exits in real life so you can’t identify it as fake. I’ve heard so many people bash on CG and how fake everything looks in movies but at the same time they do not realize that fake cars have been driving through fake cities in TV commercials for years or how many product shots are rendered images rather than photographs.

      • February 27, 2018 at 3:57 pm

        I was actually one of the people who thought Tarkin in R1 was really convincing. Every person I talked to, who isn’t necessarily a SW fan and doesn’t watch the movies more than once or twice in his/her life, didn’t realize Tarkin was a CG character.

        It’s only us Star Wars fans, who know about Peter Cushing’s fate, tend to have a gripe with Tarkin.
        But I will put a 100$ down that if I show the movie to my mom or my dad (who frankly watches a lot of movies), they also won’t notice the CG. That’s how good it was in fact.

        Granted, the effect wouldn’t have worked as well, if there was more than one CG human in the scene. But because he was surrounded by real actors and real backgrounds, his “figure” got grounded in reality enough, that your mind doesn’t question it, as long as you don’t know the actor is dead.

        And that tends to happen with everything. You have to surround your CG by reality, then it works much much better! That’s why the car commercials work and the prequels not so much because the backgrounds were also fake.

        • February 27, 2018 at 6:37 pm

          I agree with your view on Tarkin who I thought was done fantastically as well. But I do disagree with your statement that it makes CG look more realistic if it is surrounded by real actors. Quite the opposite in fact. If you do a 3D human next to a real human the uncanny valley effewct is a lot more obvious since there is a reference to directly compare real to fake. Don’t get me wrong, real footage is extremely helpful when creating convincing CGI. Using material produced by photogrammetry or using HDRI maps photographed really boosts the level of realism in a scene. But blending CGI with real footage is always a challenge, even if there are a lot of lighting references (such as the Snoke bust and) multiple camera angles and good setup of tracking markers. Tarkin was as hard as it gets to create in a convincing way. Closeups of a human face that had to resemble a real person and needed to interact in dialogues with real actors. It doesn’t get much harder than this. It is still beyond me why R1 didn’t win an Oscar for this achievement.

      • March 1, 2018 at 8:07 am

        Not to mention Fast and the Furious.

        • March 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

          Fast and the Furious was impressive as well but still not as impressive as Tarkin. They used Walker’s twin brother, who resembles him quite a bit as a double. They also had a lot of high quality footage of Walker which they could use for texturing and referencing. As far a s Peter Cushing is concerned there is suitable face double since his facial structure is incredibly unique and there is no HD footage of him they could have used. My top 3 animated humans to this day are Robert Downey Junior in Civil War, then Walker in FATF and then Tarkin. While the first two examples were both built up on a pretty solid basis of real footage, Tarkin had to be built froms cracth and he is a masterpiece. He might not look as convinving as the other two examples but he was a lot more difficult to pull off than Walker or RDJ.

  • February 27, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Surprising that after the backlash against CGI in Star Wars people are embracing this more.
    The focus now tends to be on on keeping the creature effects ‘more or less’, practical.
    But despite the beautiful space battle effects, I miss the model work.
    People don’t realize just how much more CGI there is now in star wars.

    • February 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Even though I love CGI I totally agree with you on the model work. Lord of the Rings does look amazing to this day because of their use of models. I would argue that Canto Bight for example would have worked better if it had been miniature

      • February 27, 2018 at 9:18 pm

        Canto Bight is filmed in real city of Dubrovnik (Croatia).

  • February 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Wow that promo reel has me really excited to get my hands on the blu ray. Cannot wait!

  • February 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Only here if you want to watch _ST4R_W4R_”Last_Jedi”_ with HD quality


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