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Mark Hamill Pleases Fans By Encouraging Less CGI In Star Wars VII

Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Festival was just one of many events celebrating Star Wars this past weekend but the only one that had a surprise appearance from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Take a look at what he had to say about the direction the new trilogy should take.

Hamill appeared at two screenings of Return of the Jedi at the festival and Ain’t It Cool reported their experience:

Hamill brought up the meeting with George Lucas last August. Lucas called, wanted to meet with Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to talk some stuff over with them, but didn’t tell them more than that. Hamill figured it had to do with the Star Wars 3D re-releases, that Lucas wanted them to do some publicity or something, but was surprised when George instead told them of his imminent retirement. Lucas didn’t tell them anything about Disney buying Lucasfilm (he ended up reading about that on the internet when that news broke), but did tell them about Kathleen Kennedy taking over and that discussions with everybody involved in the transition have led to talk of Star Wars 7-9 happening.

But the more interesting part to fans may be Hamill’s mention of meeting with Kennedy and expressing his wish to see more practical effects in Star Wars VII.

“There’s nothing wrong with CGI, but I think you have to have a balance because the camera perceives the width and the depth and the weight of a miniature or a model.” He just said he isn’t a fan of the one guy surrounded by greenscreen look and told Kennedy that he’d hate for these new movies to “look like Roger Rabbit.”

CGI characters were some of Star Wars fans’ biggest issues with the newer trilogy so I hope they take what he had to say to heart.

The actor also confirmed Fisher’s involvement but said he couldn’t confirm Harrison Ford because he hadn’t spoken to him personally about it. He also is hopeful their roles won’t involve too much action, “I want it to be age appropriate, so heavy on the Jedi mind tricks and lighten up on the lightsaber duels. Let the kids do the heavily lifting!”

(via /Film)

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  • Anonymous

    Hamill has it right, there’s nothing wrong with CGI when it’s done well and utilized properly (it’s just another tool in the film making kit), but too often it’s used as a shortcut. I think there’s a nice middle ground to be explored between the low-fi look of the original trilogy and the hi-fi look of the prequels.

  • According2Robyn

    Scene: George Lucas flies his X-wing down a trench torward Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Ghostly Mark Hamill voice: “Use the force, Lucas.”

    George Lucas: “Mark, is that you?”

    Ghostly Mark Hamill voice: “Let go.”

    Yavin Base: “Lucas! You switched off your CGI computer! What’s wrong?”

    George Lucas: “Nothing, I’m all right.”

    Steven Spielberg: “Beep boop beep beep!” (laser fire) “Aaaaaayyyiiiiii!”

    George Lucas: “I lost S2! I knew I should have put him in a refrigerator…”

    Jar Jar Binks: “I hab’a you now, Mista Lucas!”

    (Harrison Ford flies out of the sun and shoots Jar Jar)

    Jar Jar Binks: “Whats’a happenin’?!”

    Harrison Ford: “You’re all clear, George. Now let’s blow this thing and go home!”

    George Lucas: “Harrison, you shot first!”

    Harrison Ford: “Did anyone ever doubt it?”

    (George Lucas fires his proton torpedoes and Episode I explodes, never to be seen by anyone, ever again)

    Ghostly Mark Hamill voice: “Just remember, Lucas. The shame will be with you, always.”

  • Anonymous

    Totally lost it @ “hab’a”.

    Thank you for making me laugh harder than anything else today.

  • Anonymous

    Totally lost it @ “hab’a”.

    Thank you for making me laugh harder than anything else today.

  • Matt Sooby

    Please… Please listen to Mr. Hamill!

  • Linda Adams

    Definitely a good thing to have less CGI. Sometimes it seems like movies rely on the CGI instead of good storytelling. CGI is like candy. One bite, and it’s gone. Good storytelling can make the movie memorable decades later.

  • Gary Wintle

    Stan Winston said the most effective use of effects is to use a variety of techniques. The problem with the prequels is that the CGI sets looked too clean, and that filing everything against a green screen makes it harder for the director and actors to get a feel for the mood/tone of the scene.

  • Michael Fitz-Gibbon

    CGI should be used to smoothen things out. If it’s the entire movie, it’s very distracting. It becomes a movie about effects and not characters.

  • Anonymous

    So much this.

  • Angela Fortin

    Yes, bring balance to the franchise, Luke! I <3 Mark Hamill so much.

  • Anonymous

    Is Abrams still involved? If so then don’t count on it Hamill. In fact, count on CGI, Lens flare, and badly written women. Thats all you can expect from Abrams involment.