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WATCH: New video of Star Wars 1313 shows how Lucasfilm wishes to bridge gaming and movies

September 21st, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Initially announced last summer, Star Wars 1313 was put on hold following the closing of LucasArts earlier this year. But today The Inquirer has managed to get a sneak peek at the work that went into the development of the video game when Lucasfilm’s chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri spoke at a BAFTA event in London.

With developments in computer graphics Lucasfilm has been able to transfer its techniques to film-making, shifting video game assets into movie production.

“Everyone has seen what we can do in movies, and I think most people will agree the video game industry is catching up quite quickly, especially in the next generation of console titles. I’m pretty sure within the next decade, we’re going to see a convergence in terms of traditional visual effects capabilities – [such as] making realistic fire, creatures, and environments – but working completely interactively.”

“We think that computer graphics are going to be so realistic in real time computer graphics that, over the next decade, we’ll start to be able to take the post out of post-production; where you’ll leave a movie set and the shot is pretty much complete.”

That would mean that directors would basically have a finished shot immediately after they shoot it. Lucasfilm believes that over the decade, this concept of exchanging assets between movies and video games will also pave the way for capabilities for viewers to customize movies in real time.

Libreri cited an example of a future animated Disney film that could be streamed live on an iPad from the cloud, allowing anyone that watches it to customize it; changing the costumes of the princesses, or putting their own friend in the background.

“If you combine video games with film-making techniques, you can start to have these real deep, multi-user experiences. Being able to animate, edit and compose live is going to change the way we work and it’s really going to bring back the creative experience in digital effects.”

It’s not yet known how new technology might take part in  J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII or any other live action films by Lucasfilm.

Enjoy the video, maybe one day we’ll get to play Star Wars 1313.

Source: The Inquirer

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