It can not be denied war of stars made a big impact on movies whether it is John Williams‘Iconic use of leitmotifs, cool toys, or even ill-advised TV ties, but the biggest impact could be in the special effects area. It’s a tradition that has been carried over into the modern sequels that The last Jedi director Rian Johnson reminded us of Tuesday in a tweet celebrating special effects technicians.
The tweet includes a video from the special effects supervisor Chris Corbould stand for Mark Hamill in a test of a practical effect from the film. The video shows the stone building behind Corbould, which is blowing apart in slow motion. It’s an exciting effect, even without the context of the rest of the film.
Image via Lucasfilm
Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize the moment Luke Skywalker discovers Rey is communicating with Kylo Ren through the troop. It’s a memorable moment made even more impressive by the practical nature of the effect. No blue screen fatigue here, just good old-fashioned planning and expert rigging.
Corbould’s commitment to practical effects is evident throughout his career, including Inception, The Dark Knightand numerous James Bond Movies, including upcoming ones No time to die. In fact, Specter’s 2015 explosion holds the world record for the largest stunt explosion in movies, and Inception’s spinning hallway scene is widely considered to be one of the best action scenes of the 2010s.
I’m always a sucker for behind-the-scenes shooting of how these types of effects are achieved, but this is one of those rare occasions where reality is almost as confusing as fiction. There’s a huge sheet of plexiglass protecting the cameras from all the flying stone, but Corbould is on the stone side. It shows impressive trust in his team and some control of his nerves at the Jedi level.
Check out Rian Johnson’s tweet below.
Chris Corbould tests the practical (!!) effect that his team has created for TLJ. We wish all the best to all of the amazing technicians who have done things like this over the years and the best fans in the galaxy. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rYd3h1NShm
– Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 4, 2021
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