Star Wars: The Force Awakensthe most recent entry in the ever-fecund franchise, featured some of the most impressive VFX ever shown on screen. And now, Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' VFX and animation studio (well, technically it's a subsidiary of Lucasfilm, but there's no need to be pedantic here) has released this amazing video showing just how they did it:  

On their YouTube channel, ILM Visual FX said,

Star Wars: 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.

This is a rare treat for fans, a chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the Star Wars sausage is made—as it were. Enjoy! 

Source: TIME