Star Wars Set Photos Show Prequels Used A Lot Less CGI Than You Thought
For all the criticisms leveled at the Star Wars prequels (of which there are many) the most commonly heard is that they relied too heavily on CGI effects.
Fans bemoaned George Lucas’ extensive use of green screen, digital effects, and computer generated characters. They yearned for the practical effects used in the production of the original trilogy that made the films feel so tangible.
Models... Huge miniatures were used to give vehicles real weight and heft (Credit: theforce.net)
Scores of dedicated fans have shared photos from behind the scenes of ‘Phantom Menace’, ‘Attack of the Clones’, and 'Revenge of the Sith’ in a bid to highlight the films' extensive use of practical effects.
The pics reveal that, despite what people think they know, that the prequels used countless practical effects to bring the “Galaxy far, far away” to life.
Pod-racing... The pod-race scenes used a combination of CGI and practical effects (Credit: theforce.net)
Miniatures... Look closer, those crowds of people were tiny models (Credit: theforce.net)
Models... Minature ships were photgraphed against green screens and added into space battles (Credit: theforce.net)
Huge physical sets were built from scratch, real-life locations were used to stunning effect, giant miniature vistas brought alien planets to life, and things were blown up for real.