UPDATE: YouTube version has been added below!
With award season upon us, Vanity Fair has an exclusive reveal of a must-watch VFX video reel from the making of The Rise of Skywalker that showcases the other-wordly talents of the team at Industrial Light & Magic. We get to see how they brought Carrie Fisher’s final performance as General Leia to Episode IX using footage from The Force Awakens, the post-Jedi scene featuring a young Luke and Leia engaged in a Jedi training lightsaber exercise, the watery duel between Rey and Kylo Ren, and much more.
Even with the effects revealed, it’s hard to believe your eyes.
On Sunday, the team behind The Rise of Skywalker will compete for the best visual effects Oscar, and this exclusive new video from Industrial Light & Magic unpacks the layers of work that went into some of the film’s most striking moments — including the assembly of Leia’s farewell from deleted scenes shot by Carrie Fisher years before her death, the blending of old-school models and digital effects, and the creation of that Luke and Leia training flashback utiizing elements of Return of the Jedi.
Hundreds of artists worked on the film, but the VFX nominees are creature shop supervisor Neal Scanlan, and visual effects supervisors Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett, and Dominic Tuohy (who is nominated a second time in the category for his work on 1917.) The Star Wars film will is also up for best sound editing for Matthew Wood and David Acord, and the movie received an original score nod for composer John Williams.