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Rogue One recently earned an Oscar nomination for its special effects, and earlier this week, we got a chance to see how Industrial Light and Magic created the effects for the scene Jedha and Scarif. ILM has released a new digital effects breakdown of from the film: the epic space battle from the film’s final act.
The clip takes us through the layers of digital effects as the X-Wing fighters swoop into battle, going from wireframe models to realistic-looking ships. What’s also really intriguing to see is how practical effects played a role with the digital work: giant LED arrays gave the actors in the cockpits realistic lighting, and physical models of Star Destroyers were laser scanned used as the basis for their digital counterparts.