I won’t bury the lead: this video shows some great practical effects from the Abu Dhabi shoot, where first unit are making Star Wars Episode VII. And presumably this is the “big centuries-old-market” that was mentioned in earlier reports.
Take a look:
To discuss the actual content for a moment, Force for Change allows you to support UNICEF, get exclusive Star Wars goodies and have a chance to get VIP access to Episode VII!
Here are some examples:
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- $500 gets you 50 entries and limited edition concept art
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What Abrams and Lucasfilm have done here is very smart. The video will go viral if only because it’s our first actual glimpse of Episode VII; the link, in turn, will get people donating like crazy just to get the goodies. All going to plan, they should raise over $6mil for UNICEF through this initiative.
But back to the creature effects: they look practical, possibly with some CG enhancements. It certainly recalls Return of the Jedi-era effects and lends some weight to the idea that Phil Tippett may be involved somehow.
More than ever, I really can’t wait for this movie…