It has become a new holiday tradition to visit the movie theater each winter for a new Star Wars movie. Two years have passed since “The Force Awakens” stormed the box office earning over $2 billion worldwide. Now the force is back with the second movie in the newest trilogy “The Last Jedi.”
Major box office films have seen the rise of digital characters, beginning with the notorious Jar Jar Binks in 1999. Throughout the many Star Wars films, there have been many examples of CGI recreations of characters.
From the recreation of the Yoda puppet to the CGI lightsaber wielding Jedi master to the resurrection of actor Peter Cushing’s character Grand Moff Tarkin; the advancements in CGI have come a long way since the 1997 Star Wars Special Edition CGI Jabba the Hutt. The series was even given permission by the late actress Carrie Fisher to recreate a CGI version of the youthful Princess Leia Organa for last year’s Star Wars film “Rogue One.”
In this episode’s special edition Star Wars podcast, Kim chats with the creative director, Mike Mcgee, of the digital effects studio FrameStore and learns about the Hollywood magic that goes into creating characters like Maz out of actress Lupita Nyong’o and Snoke from actor Andy Serkis.
Kim also gets a chance to discover what actor Andy Serkis thinks of wearing the “digital makeup” as the ethical discussion looms over how Hollywood can use CGI to recreate actors who have passed away.
How Star Wars' The Last Jedi is bringing dead actors and new characters to life
Star Wars and Hollywood fans alike will enjoy Kim’s newest podcast. In this episode, learn all about the creation of digital characters and even discover the fate of Jar Jar Binks.