When Disney’s The Force Awakens was being produced, fans were regaled with the inane attention to detail and reliance on practical effects, such as on-location shooting, full sets and impressive makeup and costume work. But just because there was a lot of practical effects doesn’t mean they tried to scale back the digital special effects, which are shown off in this highlights reel from Industrial Light and Magic (who are my personal favorite effects team).

We are pleased to share a sample of the visual effects work created for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The history of ILM leads all the way back to 1975 and origins of Star Wars and The Force Awakens gave us the opportunity to once again push the boundaries of what is possible in character animation and visual effects while combining cutting edge practical effects and physical sets. ILM studios in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver and London each contributed to the film effects as did our partners Hybride, Base FX and Virtuos.

The best special effects are the ones you don’t even notice are there, and much of the best work ILM did here was in background world building. Great stuff.