Big Screen Effects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi + Oscars 2018 Visual Effects Nominees

the last jedi, Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, Ram Bergman Productions

We’ve featured 4 of the 5 films that are up for the Academy Awards 2018 Oscar Nominations, but haven’t covered Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet. Most of the people that I know really enjoyed the film, but there were a few who didn’t like it. I have my theories about that, but no one can deny the fantastic VFX that transport you straight to the Star Wars world. Here’s a look at the VFX and effects teams involved in creating the film.

Oscars 2018 Visual Effects Nominees

The following films are up for the Academy Awards Visual Effects Oscar for 2018. They link to Big Screen Effects features we’ve done on them over the past year.

Which film would you give the award to? It’s a tough one because they all have fantastic effects.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

First, a trailer, in case you possibly have never heard of the film.

Star Wars: The Last Jedim directed by Rian Johnson,  actually received 4 nominations,

  • Original Score – John Williams
  • Visual Effects – Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), Mike Mulholland (VFX Supervisor), Chris Corbould (Special Effects Supervisor), and Neal Scanlan (creature and special make-up effects creative supervisor)
  • Sound Editing – Matthew Wood (supervising sound editor) and Ren Klyce (sound designer)
  • Sound Mixing – Stuart Wilson (production sound mixer), Ren Klyce (co-sound supervisor (uncredited)), David Parker (Re-Recording Mixer), and Michael Semanick (Re-Recording Mixer)

But today we’re focusing on the Visual Effects which were created by the following companies and effects houses:

Industrial Light & Magic
Rodeo FX
Ghost VFX
One of Us
Jellyfish Pictures
Blind Ltd

See the full credits at IMDB

Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Podcasts

IFH 207: Inside the Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi & ILM with Dan Cregan

Listen to “IFH 207: Inside the Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi & ILM with Dan Cregan” on Spreaker.

VFXShow 229: Star Wars, The Last Jedi – In this episode, Matt Wallin, Mike Seymour and Jason Diamond discuss the latest Star Wars film: The Last Jedi. Visual effects are primarily by ILM and we will have a written story about the film in the New Year. Already this film is in the Bake Off short list for the VFX Oscar.

Character Effects

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More – IndieWire

INTERVIEW: Lucasfilm VFX supervisor Ben Morris on bringing Snoke and digital Porgs to life in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

How ‘Last Jedi’ Used Real-World Animals to Create CG Porgs

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ VFX Supervisor Talks Creating Snoke | THR News

Luminous Beings: How Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s crystal foxes came to life

These Crystal Foxes are known as vulptex and they make animatronics and digitally scan them.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Worlds of The Last Jedi

I know this isn’t technically VFX but, as with all of the Star Wars films, the planets are almost characters of their own. Toward the end of the film, they end up on Crait, an old Rebel Alliance outpost, which is a mineral world with a red mineral below the white salt flat.

If you’re interested in geology, check out This Is The Beautiful Geology Behind The Last Jedi’s World Of Crait 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes

More links for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A labour of love — how the visual effects in Star Wars: The Last Jedi were created

ILM’s ‘The Last Jedi’ visual effects supervisor on how that Holdo hyperspace scene surprised even him


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Posted by Michele Yamazaki