Ok this video has already been removed twice from YouTube, so clearly Disney is not quite ready for you to see this, but luckily we have a mirror on Vimeo that is currently working. For that, we are very grateful. In this video you can see some of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens before and after VFX was applied to the scenes. Though JJ Abrams was very adamant about using practical effects where possible, there is still quite a lot going on in post production here.
I don’t know who let this out of the bag first, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was someone connected to Industrial Light and Magic (Those guys are awesome by the way).
What I enjoy is that in some scenes, a lot of background information was added in post…
… while in others, barely anything was.
This is also interesting: Kylo Ren’s mask wasn’t always present and in some scenes was totally a digital reproduction. I would think this would be due to a change to the script/shot list once the team got the footage put together in post. Likely it was shot with the original intention of showing Kylo’s face, but was later changed for pacing/story/etc reasons.
Make sure you check this video out before we lose it again. This is a fascinating look into the production of what is becoming the biggest movie of all time.