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STAR WARS VII 2015 Comic-Con Reel is a Love Letter to Practical Effects

If you didn't get to San Diego Comic-Con this year, you can still see this awesome short film shown to promote the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's not another trailer, but more of a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage of the filming. At the same time, it does have a lot of tantalizing glimpses at characters (Princess Leia!), sets (the Millennium Falcon!), and creatures (that fat alien guy!) in action. But more than anything else, as you watch it, you pick up an unmistakable message: practical effects are better than CGI. J.J. Abrams vowed to film as much of the movie with physical props and miniatures as he could in keeping with the original trilogy. Which is pretty much an obscene gesture to George Lucas' CGI-stuffed prequels. And it's beautiful.

What do you think of the film? Do you think J.J. Abrams has the right approach?

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