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Star Wars Visual Effects Supervisor Hal Hickel Goes Deep Into a Lot of Behind-the-Scenes Stories From Lucasfilm and ILM

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    Our podcast The Resistance Broadcast had the privilege to have a little chat with Academy Award-winner Hal Hickel (Oscar for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), and once again, they topped themselves. The interview is just a lot of fun, and you should check it out yourself. Here we present some of the highlights. First off, when asked about how the Luke Skywalker cameo at the Mandalorian season 2 finale came to be, he said:


    One of the big things about The Mandalorian that creator Jon Favreau was particularly excited about was the fact that it was bringing back old techniques like using stop motion animation for certain shots or scenes.

    John then asked Hal if the fact that they built Jabba's palace following the original blueprint means they can now bring it back whenever they want to. He responded:


    The conversation deviated into Guillermo del Toro and his passion for models, motivated by the fact that Hickel worked with him on 2013's Pacific Rim. After that, he went back to Star Wars, mentioning that the model for the Razor Crest is still somewhere at ILM although... Well, there is not much use for it anymore. He did say that even though they used a lot of practical shots with the model for season 1, season 2 called more for pure digital shots, especially in the first three episodes where the ship was constantly on the verge of complete destruction. Miniature shots did happen, for example, entering and leaving Corvus in Chapter 13: The Jedi.

    When asked if he thinks Solo 2 can happen, he said:


    John Hoey then asked about the krayt dragon from Chapter 9: The Marshal and Hal Hickel actually mentioned that the effects supervisor of the first four episodes of season 2 was Joe Bauer, who was the visual effects supervisor for Game of Thrones, seasons 3 through 8.

    One of the best stories he told in the interview was about the time he pissed off George Lucas himself over an idea to improve upon the (at the time) already-released Special Editions. He said:


    As an effects supervisor, one perk of Hickel's job is to have the chance to glance over other people's shows and the stuff they are working on. However, when The Force Awakens was coming out, he really tried to not do that. Here's his story:

    Well, that is just bad luck. If you want to hear a ton more stories like that, make sure to check out the entire episode of the podcast below,, where Hal Hickel just dives deep into a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff at ILM and Lucasfilm. The podcast is also available on all audio podcast apps.


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    #1 SWNN Probe, Mar 5, 2021
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