Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced back in 2012, most fans have been dealing with some eye-rolling theories from people who believe that JJ Abrams would film the movie in 1977 style with no CG effects at all. Obviously this is insane, but there are seriously people out there who believed that they would do the movie with nothing but practical effects.
I should add that people also believed the same thing about the last Indiana Jones movie, and then flipped a fit when the movie released with a bunch of CG being used.
Collider spoke to JJ Abrams at last night’s VFX Awards, and while he did say they built a lot of practical stuff in the movie there is still a lot of CG used:
â€œThere are obviously an enormous amount of CG effects in the film, and I canâ€™t wait for you to see the combination. But it was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, sort of authentic quality that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space with real sunlight, if it was an exterior scene, or if we could build a big portion of a scene and not have anything be blue screen, do it where we could. It was a very important piece of work.â€
Right there you have the director of Episode VII admitting to the use of a lot of CG in the movie. You’ll see a combination of both, but don’t freak out when there are CG starships, CG backgrounds, or even characters with enhancements such as CG motion-captured faces.