Star Wars Episode VII Focusing on Character and Story First, CGI Balanced with Practical Effects

IGN: Executive producer Kathleen Kennedy has given an update on the production of Episode VII at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

Kennedy revealed she is currently dividing her time between Lucasfilm – where she's sat in George's old office, by the way – and Bad Robot, where she's busy having extensive story meetings with J.J. Abrams and the rest of the writing team, including Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan. And that emphasis on story and character came up repeatedly during today's panel, hosted by Warwick Davis.

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RetrospectRealm2150d ago

Hmm, I like it. Just like the original trilogy.

coolbeans2149d ago

...and The Phantom Menace.

(Oh boy...I brought that up :P)

Reibooi2149d ago

As long as any new characters are good and the story isn't stupid. I mean you can focus on it all you want but if it's bad from the start not much can save it really.

As far as the effects go I really hope they do as much as they possibly can with practical effects and only the most extreme stuff with CGI. I have always felt more practical is the better way to go and at the very least just have the CGI assist in making the practical look killer.

A good recent example of this is Pacific Rim. They really built the inside of the Robots heads with the stuff the pilots need to strap into and stuff and then make it look even better with CGI. That is the way to go in my opinin.

StarWarsFan2150d ago (Edited 2150d ago )

We'll see when the final product comes out. Sometimes they get carried away along the way.

RetrospectRealm2148d ago

Different people are working on it now.

StarWarsFan2148d ago

I mean in general when movies are made.

Deku-Johnny2149d ago

This shouldn't even have to be news. ALL films should put story and character before aesthetics.