When that four decades ago, they were able to

When the first Star Wars
movie was released in 1977, animation and computer-generated images (CGI)
hadn’t been invented. There were no blue/green screens, just practical special
effects and the skill of artists who would paint the backgrounds of scenes with
remarkable detail. The technique is known as matte painting and is still used
today. It involves creating a life-like backdrop that is then placed behind the
foreground. Industrial Light and Magic is one of the leading special effects
companies in the world. The company invented technology such as special computer-controlled
camera rigs in order to create the special effects for Star Wars (1977). George Lucas (the director) used
old newsreels to cut together footage of World War II dogfights (aerial battles
between fighter aircrafts) to give them ideas for the type of sequences he
wanted. Industrial Light and Magic eventually matched the sequences frame by
frame directly to the footage George Lucas had provided. A special effects
designer John Dykstra— constructed robots and spaceship models from
scratch. Computer-animation artist Larry Cuba created the footage using a
photo of a matte painting of the Death Star as reference, along with photos of
the modular pieces used to line the Death Star’s trench in close-up. He used a
minicomputer, which was a PDP 11/45 and had just 16K of RAM, attached to a vector-graphics
system. A vector-graphics system allowed the “host” computer to draw lines on a
monochromatic display.

I am really impressed
that four decades ago, they were able to create a movie that had phenomenal special
effects without the advanced technology that we have today. I feel that this is
equally as creative at modern special effects because it must have taken so
much skill and talent on the artists behalf to create everything. Plus, they didn’t
have the technology that we have today to aid in the making of the special
effects. So, I feel that the artists had to be especially creative to figure
out how to get the desired end look. This film was so iconic when it was released
in 1977 because

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