In this fascinating video from WIRED magazine, Mike Seymour from fxguide tells the story of how the VFX studio ILM broke new ground in the area of digital humans.

For Rogue One, ILM recreated the evil Grand Moff Tarkin character from the original Star Wars story. This was quite an undertaking as Peter Cushing who played the character in the 1970s had long since passed.


This required ILM to create a completely digital version of the character using a variety of innovative techniques, which Mike Seymour breaks down in detail.

If you’ve enjoyed this video, I highly recommend you head over to and check out the whole 3 part series they created for the VFX of Rogue One.