Star Wars Rogue One - CGI Tarkin Explained

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story CGI revealed! Rogue One featured cameos from characters in Star Wars A New Hope, including Grand Moff Tarkin (the late Peter Cushing) and another surprise character, with CGI and visual effects from George Lucas' company Industrial Light & Magic.

Spoilers below!

Rogue One ends with the reveal of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) as she appeared in the original Star Wars in 1977. How did Rogue One pull off this effect? And how did the movie feature Tarkin in several scenes after Peter Cushing died in 1994? Erik Voss explains the advanced visual effects techniques used by John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic, combining stand-in actors, archive footage, and motion capture to re-create a character on screen. How intensive is this process exactly, and what ethical questions does it present?

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Rex
Don't make fun of Jar-Jar! He originally supposed to be a Sith Lord
Lisa Adler
I really hope GTA VI characters look this good
Arzamas -16
Sorry, but the CG Leia looked absolutely terrible. And the xwing pilots were not CG. Those were unused clips from ANH.
Paperguide
I personally was unimpressed with the Facial CGI for Tarkin and Leia.
TheKantoCat
6:21 grandma tarkin
Craig Stanley
I enjoyed the cgi,the limits are endless.
Blake Hunter
Honestly when I first saw rogue one I didn't even notice at first that Tarkin was CGI I thought it was maybe an actor with makeup or something. Props to the cgi people who pulled that one off.
JamesDelta
And Breathe..
Michael Marshall
A lot of work and money went into recreating these characters, but unfortunately the final effect wasn't convincing enough. For it to work, it needs to be flawless - and it wasn't. I liked the film, but would have preferred it without this.
ill Eez
Watched this in 4DX and it was awesome - Pure action start to finish!

...Vaders saber scene was the cherry on top of the icing on the cake!
KAMEK pictures
I don't understand that some people hated the CGI tarkin... I thought he looked great. Legolas in the Hobbit looked like a CGI character!
MrHaloswrath
Terrible movie... good CGI!?!? Tarkin is the main reason I walked out.. too many cut scenes. No characters to get emotionally attached to.
Katharine Wade
Thing is tho, Tarking didn't look 100% real, but a lot of Star Wars don't look 100% real, but its such a great story, that it really didn't matter to me,
Kal-El Kent
Sorry but CGI for me is like watching a cartoon, I like it but it's Roger Rabbit, humans mixed with cartoons on film, till that day comes when I cannot tell the difference which I don't think will ever come, I am not a fan of resurrecting actors using CGI
schm00b0
Surprisingly good? Someone has low standards...
alsebka
I can't believe that this is really the best CGI can do at the moment. I was really deeply disappointed watching this in the cinema.
crazy Chicken1
Tarkin looks like a character from a video game with really good graphics
Tom Dotson
i thought the cgi was horrible
Pedro
CGI wasn't good actually. It was average.
Jacob Nelson
No... it was not impressive. it was bad... bad, bad,bad. His body was fidgety and awkward and I was uncomfortable not impressed.
Jeff Wulf
I thought the CGI was horrific.
Marcus Jacob (TheGidJac)
Leia wasn't CGI she was played by an actress who looked like her. I looked in the credits.
Hans Wurst
the computer tarkin looks like crap .... :/
Martin Jamieson
I get why they made Leia CGI (though it didn't look fantastic), and honestly didn't even notice the pilots were CGi... but they re-cast Mon Mothma, why not just get someone else to play Tarkin? The film wouldn't have lost anything, but the weird Tin Tin looking puppet effect just made the Tarkin scenes completely glaring examples of 'suspension of disbelief'. He was too major a role in the movie for going with CGI.
Louis Smets
Pregnancy jacket wing normally stock juice pilot hard metaphor initiate
Archimedes 515
Why did the have to edit in Carrie fisher when the film released on the tenth of December and she died on the 27th
tompo010101
10 more years...CGI will bring anyone back to the silver screen..or 32k ;)
Galactic Ninetails
It's felicity jones daughter playing as princess leia
Christopher Caleb
WELLLLLLLLLLLL GENIUSES?
James West
There were people crying in the cinema I saw Rogue One in when young Carrie came on because it was a day or so after she died :(
tchuncly
Wow...imagine the kind of scam people with access to this technology could actually pull out on the public...
strahinjagov
I thought Tarkin looked more convincing than Leia to be honest.
Cronix RBLX
Best Star Wars movie ever.
Nunovya Biznez
The amount of people who are tweaking and having a hissy insisting that Leia should not be created in future movies is a shame.
Nicholas Stafford
this looks aweful
Esork Gonzalez
I've got to admit, the CGI actually looked convincing to a lot of people, and I must have been one of those who knew they were CGI, but I didn't mind, as long as it's close to realistic, I'm cool with it.
LegoGuy87
Tarkin in RotS didn't look wierd, he was supposed to be a younger Tarkin....
Adelic
Little did they know 9 days after this was uploaded, Carrie Fisher would die. :'(
Adelic
Everything was fine, except for the CGI for Leia, and that one other guy's name that I don't know.
When I first saw it i immediately thought, That's so CGI. It looks TOO good. The skin is so shiny.
ThePeoplesChamp
Tarkin's character model looks fantastic. It's his movement at 60+fps in contrast to the 30fps seen in the rest of the scene that makes his presence seem so artificial. Why couldn't they match the motion of his character to that of the environment he was in?
helrod
the one is Sith looked weird because it was a make-up double
I WILL BE IMPEACHED
R.I.P Carrie
M. Castillo
Uncanny Valley is Uncanny
bob dobbs
George Lucas has nothing to do with ILM anymore. He sold that to Disney ,too.
Futureb0y
Tarkin CGI sucked ass. Bad. Almost ruined the movie.
howard bullock
This is one my favorites and so much better than the last one! It's as good as Empire Strikes Back and comes close to being, in my opinion the best one yet!!!
Thor Son
Yes, SW is a totally fictional universe and of course not to be taken serious. But what still puzzles me is the absurd and outright grotesque uselessness of the stormtroopers. The are by any standards depicted as absolutely useless and sickly amateurish. Why? How can Palpatine build an Empire with such imbeciles in the front?
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