When the first Star Wars movie was

When the first Star Wars
movie was released in 1977, CGI and animation hadn’t been invented. There were
no blue/green screens, just practical special effects and the skill and talent
of artists who would paint in the backgrounds of scenes with remarkable detail.
The technique is known as matte painting and is still used today. It involves
creating a life-like backdrop that is then placed behind the foreground. Industrial
Light and Magic is one of the leading special effects companies in the world. The
company invented technology like special computer-controlled camera rigs in
order to create the special effects for Star Wars (1977). To give them ideas for the
type of high-intensity and cutting-edge sequences he wanted, George Lucas (the
director) used old newsreels to cut together footage of World War II dogfights
(aerial battles between fighter aircrafts). Industrial Light and Magic
eventually matched many of the sequences frame by frame directly to the footage
George Lucas provided. A special effects designer John Dykstra— constructed
robots and spaceship models from scratch. Computer-animation artist Larry
Cuba created the footage using a photo of a matte painting of the Death Star as
reference, along with photos of the modular pieces used to line the Death
Star’s trench in close-up. He used a minicomputer, which was a PDP 11/45 and
had just 16K of RAM, attached to a vector-graphics system. A vector-graphics
system allowed the “host” computer to draw lines (and only lines) on a
monochrome display.

I am really impressed that four decades ago, they were able to create a
movie that had phenomenal special effects without the advanced technology that
we have today. I feel that this is equally as creative at modern special
effects because it must have taken so much skill and talent on the artists
behalf to create everything. Plus, they didn’t have the technology that we have
today to aid in the making of the special effects. So, I feel that the artists
had to be especially creative to figure out how to get the desired end look. 

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