Media Discovers Prequels Weren’t All CGI!

The Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page linked to an article on Yahoo!Movies UK/Ireland featuring astonishing photos that debunk the basherific chestnut that the prequels were nothing but computer generated effects.

The photos were originally posted on TFN’s Jedi Council board, which in turn came from various sources like Star Wars Insider, the behind-the-scenes books, the DVDs, and Blu-Rays. Stuff the media could have found ages ago if they’d bother to look.

(Note: the article’s author could of course be a sleeper agent leaking out the truth after somehow getting hired at Yahoo.)

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16 Responses to “Media Discovers Prequels Weren’t All CGI!”

  1. M. Marshall Says:

    Reading that article was like one big duuuuuhhhh! moment for me. “Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilm, has said that ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ will rely more on practical effects than CGI following fan feedback.” What are they gonna do? Hang a spaceship on a string and swing it about?

  2. madmediaman Says:

    Here was a reply I had on TCF of a snarky hater who suggested that ” “There were plenty of models in the PT but they were mostly miniature sets. Therefore actors had little to interact with on set.”

    This post promptly shut him up:

    http://boards.theforce.net/threads/practical-effects-in-the-prequels-sets-pictures-models-etc.50017310/page-6#post-51467342

  3. Stefan Kraft Says:

    I am interested in the reasoning of the hateboys regarding the use of CGI in the Prequels. Is it “the story was bad, and the effects distracted me even more”, or “The easy use of CGI tempted Lucas to disregard a good story and instead just let him create some eyecandy without a real story”? In the latter case, the reasoning is not that good because the implication “much CGI → bad story” turned around is not “less CGI → good story”. Seriously, it is not JJ himself that will create the effects, practical or not.

  4. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I’ve been saying this for years.

  5. Kenny Kraly Jr Says:

    See the prequels where not all CGI like some fans claim them to be.

  6. madmediaman Says:

    They are going to be in for a rude awakening come 2015. I suspect Episode VII will have at least as much, if not more CGI work than the PT.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Yep. The use of computer imagery in the prequels is positively restrained compared to what’s used all of the time today.

  7. PrinceOfNaboo Says:

    Quality media.

  8. Keith Palmer Says:

    It’s a useful thing to know, although in the past I’ve been just as interested to find period comments from when the old movies were being made about how actors even back then had to “act against things that weren’t there”…

    There are times when I honestly wonder if all the anguished efforts to have us think of the poor actors “with no sets to act against” isn’t somehow belittling them a bit. I may not know anything more about filmmaking than anyone else, but I at least have the impression that cameras and film crews to the side of the action have always had to be compensated for.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      The thing is, there were plenty of times when the PT actors were in outdoor, real-world locations. And there were plenty of times when the OT crew had to shoot only on blue screen at ILM. Like someone else said, for “fans,” there are a lot of very uninformed people.

  9. buick runner Says:

    I never understood CGI hate to begin with.

  10. Brad Says:

    Just found your blog, always nice to meet some fellow PT fans!

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