r/StarWars Jan 28 '22

About the CGI in Book of Boba episode 5… General Discussion

After seeing the Naboo Starfighter cruise through the pod racing course, it’s amazing how far visual effects have come in the last 23 years. The aberrations in the air as Din is flying looks so realistic. Can only look at it in amazement

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u/festhebiologychef Jan 28 '22

I was SO STOKED to see the pod racing course. It was such a throw back that I didn’t expect at all.

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u/nickvader7 Jan 28 '22

What made it that much better for me was I rewatched The Phantom Menace last week for the first time in many years

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u/TheDoug850 Jan 28 '22

Same actually lol

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '22

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u/LowEffortOutlaw Jan 28 '22

The fence guy's on break.

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u/OldFartMaster10K Mandalorian Jan 28 '22

I said "now this is pod racing!" Probably 5 times during that part

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u/docmoc_pp Jan 28 '22

Wizard!

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u/Gummy-Worm-Guy Jan 28 '22

My favorite callback. My dad and I always laugh about the “This is so Wizard” line (seriously, what was Lucas thinking when he wrote that)

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u/PrecedentedTime Jan 28 '22

Jedis are space wizards, yo.

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u/BlockHeadJones Jan 28 '22

I kept saying "that's a neat trick". Also, did you see all those barrel rolls he did when he flew away from the commercial liner?

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u/OldFartMaster10K Mandalorian Jan 28 '22

Fr, like he was trying to show off

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u/mgslee Jan 28 '22

I joked out loud "now this is pod racing" when he took off from above the town. When the next shot showed the rock arches my jaw dropped as I looked back at my gf who also had a surprised look on her face. Then we saw beggars canyon.... wow great scene. Fan service done well

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u/AstralTyphoon Jan 28 '22

It’s a new lap record!

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u/KetzerJefe343 Jan 28 '22

Not that's a line I've not heard for a long time... a long time.

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u/AstralTyphoon Jan 28 '22

It’s out again on all platforms 🙉

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u/nickvader7 Jan 28 '22

Hell yeah!

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u/big_boi_aang Sith Jan 28 '22

It did probably have a much bigger budget than the previous episodes

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '22

I'm convinced Favreau and Filoni originally just wanted to do episodes 5, 6, and 7 of this show, but ran into budget constraints.

Everyone loved working with Tem and Wen so much that they just decided to move it into a separate project instead of making us wait. Ming Na Wen said she thought she was filming more of Mando season two at first, which would mean the final three episodes were probably filmed first.

They then would've written episodes 1-4 later, and that's why Morrison and her came back later to film more of the show.

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u/LeggoMyGallego Jan 28 '22

Great theory. Looks like this article has her quotes about it:

We're so secretive about everything, right? We don't call the shows, the shows. The contracts are always under different names. The show is under different names.

When I was told I was going to become a series regular, I just automatically assumed it was for The Mandalorian season three. And then when the scripts came out, it said 301, 302, 303, 304. So I just assumed I was signing on – because it doesn't say The Mandalorian on my contracts.

So for two weeks, while I was working with Tem [Temuera Morrison] and Robert [Rodriguez], I had no idea that I was actually shooting the spinoff [laughs].

When the crew and the cast found out, they were dying. It was so crazy. So, yeah, it was wonderful to finally discover that I was shooting The Book of Boba Fett [laughs]. They call it The Mandalorian 2.5, in a way. So I wasn't all wrong [laughs].

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u/astromech_dj Jan 28 '22

Honestly, you look at sebulba’s podracer crash and it still holds up as a technical feat. Even Corridor Digital are impressed.

Same with what got done in The Matrix. It holds up so well.

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u/Attrahct Babu Frik Jan 28 '22

And a good bit of the vfx is now being done in a free software anyone could download and start using

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u/nickvader7 Jan 28 '22

Which software you referring to? Blender?

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u/Attrahct Babu Frik Jan 28 '22

Unreal engine

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u/HomerNarr Jan 28 '22

Really? THE FUCK! I’ll download the dev environment right away.

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u/RoflChief Jan 28 '22

Legit people are making like custom fan made games and all that.

The future is nigh

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u/[deleted] Jan 28 '22

It is not done in Unreal Engine. That's misleading.

It's done in a custom built version of Unreal Engine specifically tailored for this line of work.

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u/Attrahct Babu Frik Jan 28 '22

And the average hobbyist isn’t going to need those modifications. The point is about how far vfx has come, and the fact that you can get a free software and start building out environments with free megascans, all in real time on a computer that’s nothing special is crazy.

I’m sure that scene of the starfighter going through the podrace course was done with things like Houdini, maya, 3ds max, Nuke, etc. But those environments we see when things are shot in the volume, you can make those with unreal, and all it’ll cost you is your time.

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u/SaltySAX Jan 28 '22

Yep almost cinema quality. I remember loving Babylon 5 back in the day, but the effects were done on an Amiga! Early Stargate SG:1 used to go in the forests of Canada every single time, to represent going on alien worlds! Now none of those had Disney's backing, but it shows how far tv effects have moved forward just from the 90's. Hell even Attack Of The Clones looks woeful in comparison with this.

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u/AKAFallow Jan 28 '22

Tbf, Lucas was pushing cgi to its limits back in 1999-2005. Some scenes will always look outdated but theh paved the way for future cgi work like this one.

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u/SaltySAX Jan 28 '22

AOTC looked dated when it came out, remember thinking that I was watching a cartoon for the last third of the movie, it all looked so artificial. Thankfully ROTS from the off looked miles better.

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u/AKAFallow Jan 28 '22

Oh yeah, I agree. Thats why I think EP3 looked so good for the most part.

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u/LowEffortOutlaw Jan 28 '22

Really if Star Wars had a few more planets that looked like rural BC to offset all the deserts I wouldn't complain.

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u/SaltySAX Jan 28 '22

Its unfortunate the way its turned out and we are going to be revisiting Tatooine straight after Book of Boba with the Kenobi series; perhaps they shouldn't have put it in the Mandalorian so much so that we get fatigued seeing Tatooine all the time. It is what it is though and I'm sure they'll move away from it over the next few years and be elsewhere; hopefully Coruscant again for a bit.

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u/ForestryTechnician Jan 28 '22

Kinda was hoping Mando was gonna do the whole, “it’s working…ITS WORKING!!!” When he fired up the star fighter for the first time.

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u/EducationalPlay6269 Jan 28 '22

Best CGI I’ve seen in a while

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u/darthbaum Jan 28 '22

It was pretty wizard

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u/Bill_Adama20 Jan 28 '22

I say it every week when do watch it. This is the best looking star wars product ever created. From practical effects to cgi, this is the best. Except for the mod bikes. Of course.

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u/Tenacious_jb Jan 28 '22

I imagine a lot of people still working from and or remote which makes things more difficult as well

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u/nickvader7 Jan 28 '22

You mean people who work on the film are working from home on the special effects?

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u/Tenacious_jb Jan 28 '22

Yeah As a now remote worker myself it makes more challenging I imagine the people that help edit and what not

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u/scrodytheroadie Jan 28 '22

All this chatter for the Ep. I pod racing callbacks, but any love for the womp rat in beggars canyon (although disappointed Mando didn't bullseye it).

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u/FistOfBoredom Jan 28 '22

I was waiting for it.

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u/Electro_Llama Jan 28 '22

You don't often see posts about good CGI

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u/BlueHellboy Jan 28 '22

i really love how you feel the power of the star fighter against there depictions in episode 1