‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould on Special Effects, Deleted Scenes

     February 10, 2016


While we post a lot of interviews with actors, directors, and producers, the staff and I decided it’s time to make a point to talk with people who don’t necessarily get the spotlight. The fact is that a movie is only as good as its “below the line” crew, and all of us at Collider have long felt that they aren’t given enough credit. To try and rectify this, you can look forward to more interviews with costume designers, production designers, composers, editors, cinematographers, and other craftspeople that work to bring these stories to life.

In this spirit, I recently sat down with Star Wars: The Force Awakens creature supervisor Neal Scanlan and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould. They talked about memorable moments from filming, deleted scenes (including one with Maz Kanata), what they actually did on the film, how they got their big breaks, how their process has changed, and a lot more.

If you’re interested in what it’s really like to be a creature effects supervisor or a special effects supervisor on a big movie like Star Wars, you’re going to love this conversation. As usual I’ve listed what we talked about below the video.


Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould: 

  • Is there a day or two they will always remember?
  • Is there any recent technical challenge that they’ve overcome?
  • On the shots in Star Wars: The Force Awakens they wish they had more time on.
  • Have they seen a lot of the deleted scenes?
  • On the Maz Kanata deleted scene.
  • On what they actually do for a film.
  • What is their advice for those interested in doing what they do?
  • How did they get their big breaks?
  • How has their process changed throughout their career?
  • On their involvement in the next Star Wars sequels.

Image via Lucasfilm


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