– by Joseph Jammer Medina

George Lucas may be the godfather of the Star Wars universe, but it certainly sounds like he has his fair share of quibbles when it comes to the actual filmmaking of the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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As we know, this current trilogy of films brings back the tangible, practical elements that many of us fans fell in love with decades ago. Gone are the complete CG backgrounds that Lucas used in his prequel trilogy, and despite all the criticism he received for that approach, it sounds as though he still prefers that method, as production designer Rick Heinrichs revealed in an interview with THR.

“We went into Star Wars saying we’re going to do matte paintings and we’re going to be hanging miniatures. That’s the way we’re going to do this cause that’s what George would want. And of course George visited and he’s like, ‘Why are you building all these sets?’ ‘Well, because that’s what you like, isn’t it?’ He’s a cranky guy but his point is that for the big stuff, obviously planets, spaceships flying, when you’re not close enough to see actors in it, there isn’t much point anymore in actually building something.”

Of course, many fans have problems with that mindset from Lucas, and it seems to only bring with it. Interestingly enough, I’m surprised that Heinrichs didn’t realize that Lucas himself was more of a tech person than practical filmmaking one.

It would be more accurate to say they are going practical because that’s how Lucas did it at first. It was only later on when the technology allowed it that he quickly skewed more CG.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.