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'Star Wars: Episode VII' has less CGI, says Rian Johnson

The practical effects include live-action alien costumes and full-scale props.

By Annie Martin
'Star Wars: Episode VII' has less CGI, says Rian Johnson
Director Rian Johnson attends the 'Looper' press conference at the Lightbox on opening day of the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 6, 2012. UPI/Christine Chew | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Star Wars: Episode VII and future installments will feature less CGI and more practical effects.

Rian Johnson, who is slated to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, detailed the change in an interview with Grantland's Girls in Hoodies podcast.

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"They're doing so much practical building for [Episode VII]. It's awesome," Johnson related. "I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting a kind of critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick."

"I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it," he continued. "I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that's the thing that they love now, so I don't know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be."

Star Wars: Episode VII's practical effects include live-action alien costumes and full-scale props, under the direction of writer and director J.J. Abrams. The film is scheduled for release December 18, 2015, with Johnson's Episode VIII to follow in 2016.

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