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Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens' VFX, revealed

Take a look at what's digital and what's real

In a new episode of Variety's Artisans webseries, several members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' visual effects team detail the large amount of CGI work featured in the film. You can watch it above to watch the VFX supervisors uncover just which elements of the film are computer-generated.

Among the new behind-the-scenes footage included in the video is a rare look at actress Lupita Nyong'o portraying her motion captured character, Maz Kanata. A rundown of how the character was then digitally rendered is also given.

While The Force Awakens is certainly CGI-heavy, the visual effects team is quick to remind viewers that there are impressive practical effects on display, too. A puppeteer was often attached to BB-8, and some robots were performed by circus performers, not left to digital creation.

The seventh Star Wars is a major force to be reckoned with at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film ever domestically during its first month in theaters. Its effects have also been lauded, earning an Oscar nod in the special effects category.

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