‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: ILM’s Roger Guyett & Patrick Tubach on Visual Effects, Deleted Scenes

     February 12, 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.


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In this spirit, I recently sat down with Star Wars: The Force Awakens ILM visual effects supervisors Roger Guyett and Patrick Tubach. They talked about memorable moments from filming, deleted scenes (the cut snow speeder chase), what they actually did on the film, how they got their big breaks, the first scene with Han Solo and Chewbacca, and a lot more.

If you’re interested in what it’s really like to be a visual 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.

Roger Guyett and Patrick Tubach:

  • What does Tubach remember about making Speed Racer?
  • Are there any days on making Star Wars: The Force Awakens that stands out?
  • Guyett on J.J. Abrams directing The Force Awakens.
  • On the first scene with Han Solo and Chewbacca.
  • Was there a technical challenge that was incredibly hard to overcome?
  • On using a simulation pipeline.
  • Was there one or two deleted scenes they were sad to see go?
  • On giving the film a subjective experience?
  • On the length of the cut snow speeder chase.

Image via Lucasfilm


Image via Lucasfilm


Image via Lucasfilm

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