J.J. Abrams Reveals Actual Practical 'Star Wars' Effects, Chance To Appear Amongst Them in the Film

May 21, 2014


From the Abu Dhabi set of Episode VII, J.J. Abrams has revealed, among other things, that not everything in the new Star Wars is going to be made of dead-eyed particles of CGI. In the below video, the director gets interrupted by this weird, charming, and seemingly-palpable hunched guy toting a bunch of little buzzard things around, and childlike hopes around the world rise ever so slightly in thinking that this thing might not be the usual modern mess of cold, overreaching CGI.

But that's actually not the real point of the video. The main thing here is that you, despite not being Harrison Ford, have a chance to be in the new film. As part of a new "Force for Change" initiative (get it?), Disney is raising money for UNICEF's Innovation Labs to aid children in need. Donate ten dollars or more to the cause and you're automatically entered in a raffle for a chance to win a trip to London to appear in Episode VII. This is your big break! You could be the one covered in prosthetic face flaps to play the son or daughter of Lando's gross copilot from Return of the Jedi. Childhood dreams do come true.

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