Star Wars Episode 7 News

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Star Wars: Episode 7 Adds a Puppeteer.

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Another good news about the movie's crew. Puppeteer Roman Bloodworth updated his IMDb page adding Episode 7 as his next project...


So far Roman Bloodworth worked as a puppeteer only on 3 movies. He has just finished working on the latest Muppet movie - Muppets Most Wanted. But his credits are not important. What's important is that J.J. Abrams continues to bet on the practical VFX of the movie. First a radio controlled R2-D2 with announced creature effects team and now hiring puppeteers. Great news indeed. 


Thanks to Octoberist.

* the picture is from A New Hope

15 comments:

  1. I would say, if anyone's interested, it might be a good idea to keep checking the imdb for anything new to come up. There's been all sorts of crew members that have come up on the page, and I've checked out their work. It can be quite interesting, especially with people like concept artists. I never really see anybody report on things that come up on the imdb page, so yeah, just a heads up if you're as weird and interested about episode 7 like myself.

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  2. Great news and great pic!
    Never seen the Alien that looks like 'The Scream' before!

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  3. There's nothing "practical" about practical effects. It has its downside just as CGI.

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  4. sigh.....

    I guess the cheap-looking stop motion trash compactor monster isn't far off. Remind me again what year it is? 2013? Or 1977?

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    1. haha you think it's going to be 'cheap looking'??.. Star wars was made in 1977, with a budget of 8m. This is going to be made in 2014/2015 with a budget of 200m.. Dear god you sound just as deluded as George Lucas when it comes to effects.

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    2. It sounds like it's going to be as Stan Winston once said, "whatever works best for the shot."

      Whether it's in camera, practical, or CG.

      That's the way it should be no matter what year it is.

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    3. I can't believe what I'm reading... The fans were in an uproar at how the CGI was in the prequels and now that we're actually getting what we asked for, all we can do is complain some more? Get a fucking head on your shoulders, guys and have some faith for christ sake. These movies are going to be absolutly awesome, if Abrams really balances the CGI and practical effects accordingly, which I strongly believe is not something we have to worry about at all.

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  5. I hope they will do a mix between CGI and Practical effects. That way they can complement each other on the flaws. CGI has advantages you can not reach with practical effects and same goes for the advantages of practical effects over CGI.

    It is interesting though, I hope that the CGI effects will be as great as in the hobbit, minus the rendered orcs and stuff (which didn't look that great), but the space and planets etc. would be great in CGI while aliens and etc. can be done by actors and puppets (maybe parts slightly altered) etc. =3

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    1. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy so much more than the new Hobbit films. The Fellowship, Two Towers and Return of the King had the perfect balance of CGI; not so much that it was distractingly noticable, but implemented so tastfully that it still convinced you that you were in another world. In the new movies, the CGI was way too overplayed and it changed the feel of the movie drastically. There was CGI where there should have been makeup and prosthetics. Just compare the Uruk hai and the Pale Orc and tell me which are more visually satisfying as an antagonist. Decisions like hiring a puppeteer, on JJ's part will help to prevent that disappoitnment and give episode 7 a much more organic look to it. I'm very excited about this.

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    2. As far as Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit are concerned, I wasn't satisfyed with how much And Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug looked like a shitty Narnia film.

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  6. Wow, Episode 7 cast and crew is going to be absolutely massive. My greatest head scratcher is still how they are going to combine liveaction (puppets, models, actors) and visual effects and make sure they are balanced in every way. If this is done right, it will be a technological and technical masterpiece. I have faith that J.J will not let us down on that area. I still however doubt the movie itself will be able to shine under the suns called "OT".

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  7. This is incredible news! I'm so glad JJ's taking a more natural approach to the new films. This will certainly help the frontier theme of the movie to be much more convincing to the viewer, as it was in the OT. My faith in Abrams is growing stronger.

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  8. I am an proffessional puppetteer , so this is very nice news to hear. My favourite characters from OT is Yoda, Jabba & Salacious Crumb, they way they move is impossible to recreate with CGI & I absolutely love the little details such as Yoda´s ears making small motions when they move him around (wich I read somewhere that they were unhappy about) or the things that comes spontanously when working with puppets, such as Salacious looking at Jabbas tale moving :)

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  9. I just hope that the puppetry is going to be better than what we saw with the Nemoidians in Ep1. I was shocked to see that in the Blu-Ray release of Ep1, Yoda had been replaced with his Ep2 CGI counterpart, but they'd left in the horrendous work on Nute Gunray and co.

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