Secrets Behind ‘The Last Jedi’ Come to the Main Stage

The secrets have been held tightly; only a precious few have been privy to them. Will you be lucky enough to be in the inner circle?

If you are among other Star Wars fans during today’s Main Stage session “‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ — Join the Rebellion,” the answer will be a resounding “yes.”

The team behind the otherworldly graphics at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) will share as-yet-untold secrets and behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the most compelling visual effects sequences in the blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” a film released in 2017 that has grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide.

In honor of the film’s digital and Bluray release, members of the digital artistry team from ILM, which include VFX Supervisor Eddie Pasquarello and Matchmove and Layout Supervisor Marla Newall, will share first-hand stories about how the artists helped build some of the film’s most visually arresting and detailed shots.

While “The Force Awakens” reinvigorated the franchise, “The Last Jedi” really took the story forward from there, said Pasquarello. And then Writer/Director Rian Johnson tasked ILM to help achieve his vision.

“Being the middle film of the trilogy also begged comparisons to ʻThe Empire Strikes Back’ so we definitely were challenged to make it great,” Pasquarello said. At the session, he will talk about the overall objectives set forth by Rian, the shoot itself and the work that was tackled in post production.

“You know that any Star Wars film is going to offer exceptional imagery that really captures audiences’ imaginations, and with every movie we try to raise that bar,” Newall said. “I think ʻThe Last Jedi’ has it all — stunning space battles, beautiful environments and incredible animation.”

Newall plans to detail the film’s match moving and layout processes. Match moving is creating CGI elements for compositing into live-action cinematography to recreate camera positions and movement within the CGI environment, while layout takes camera match moves and original live-action camera moves and integrates them while maintaining accurate perspectives. She’ll also cover specific techniques used for “The Last Jedi” to marry the digital and live-action performances to create dynamic and seamless photo-real imagery.