Top CGI modelling explained: resuscitating the dead in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’


Rogue One has been a huge hit in box offices worldwide and generally very well received by Star Wars fans everywhere. One of the key aspects of the movie was the special appearance of some characters from the original trilogy.

[SPOILER ALERT!] We are going to talk about special appearances of characters from the movie so if you haven’t seen it and you don’t want us to spoil the surprise… stop reading now!

Since the movie takes place just before the original Star Wars (later rebranded as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), and as a surprise for fans, writers decided to include some characters that were key to the story. We are talking about Grand Moff Tarkin (played by Peter Cushing) and Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher), for a very brief cameo in the final scene. Even the legendary pilot Wedge Antilles from the Rogue Squadron appears in the movie aboard his X-Wing!

Nearly 40 years have passed since the release of the first movie, so there was no way that original actors could play the original roles as they were back then (Peter Cushing actually died in 1994 while Carrie Fisher, although alive at the moment of Rogue’s One release, was no longer 19). Therefore, the movie has resuscitated their characters using state of the art CGI.

As you can see in the video, the use of 3D sculpting, animation and rendering is cutting edge. Star Wars represented a revolution in visual effects back in the day, and it seems it is already keeping up with modern special effects.

For many, the end result is still not completely satisfactory, they felt the introduction of digital humans is still a bit odd and unconvincing. For others, the digital resuscitation of well known actors represents the beginning of a huge revolution in the movie industry that brings up an important ethical discussion.

What do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments, we will love to read about it!



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