More promising evidence that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is relying heavily on practical sets rather than CGI: In an interview with Yahoo News, actor Oscar Isaac said there weren’t a lot of green screens backdrops around while shooting the eagerly awaited film.
“There was a lot of practical effects,” said the Inside Llewyn Davis actor, who is forbidden from discussing his specific role. “A lot of the stuff they actually made. There wasn’t a lot of green screen.”
Obviously there is an incredible amount of green screen and CGI in The Force Awakens compared to, say, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. But this marks yet another suggestion that we can expect a more reality-based visual presentation of a galaxy far, far away — the rolling droid in the trailer was apparently real, and those stormtroopers in the shuttle in the trailer certainly appear far more menacing than the marching lines of Clone Trooper 1s and 0s in the Star Wars prequels.
Rian Johnson, who is writing and directing Episode VIII, was previously quoted saying something similar: “They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” he said on the Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”
And this isn’t the first time Issac has uttered something along these lines either. Earlier this month the actor noted, “There was just so much love poured into it and so much care. The thing is, when you rely on the latest technology to tell your story – and that’s it – that dates. It can date badly. Whereas, when you actually make the stuff, I think there’s something about that that is a little bit more ageless. It was totally like living out a childhood dream. Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people – talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew putting on the suit again – that was incredible.”
In other news, Isaac said some of the leaks coming out about the film’s storyline are not accurate: “I don’t think these little leaks necessarily ruined watching the trailer. And also, the [plot theories] that get that formulated based on these things — they couldn’t be more far off-base.”
And if that weren’t enough, how about a new close-up look at the Millennium Falcon?