Watch: The Surprising Practical Effects of Star Wars The Last Jedi

Author Thumbnail BY Bayani Miguel Acebedo - February 27, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was another VFX extravaganza, but what’s amazing is the practical effects that can be found in the film. ILM has released some VFX reels breaking down the Crait and Snoke sequences, and they contain practical effects where you don’t expect it.

For the Crait sequence, it looks like they had to recreate the red smoke on the white surface in real life so they could duplicate it accurately onscreen; they even brought some skispeeder cockpits to the location.

As for Snoke, we know that Andy Serkis brought the character to life via motion capture, but in the scene where he put his hand on Rey, it looks like it’s an actual prop hand that they made. I think it’s a clever blend of CGI and practical effects, and  they vastly improved on Snoke’s model as compared to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Star Wars movies always manage to be a great blend of storytelling and visual effects, it’s no wonder it’s one of the biggest box office franchises ever. Even if some fans supposedly “hate” the prequels, there’s no denying that those films broke barriers for movie CGI.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes to digital March 13, and Blu-Ray on March 27.

See Also: Check Out the VFX Breakdown for Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Bombing Run

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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.