Movie VFX pros revisit the visual effects from the Star Wars prequels

No matter whether your memories of George Lucas' Star Wars prequels are fond or furious, there's no denying that, at the time that films were released, their cutting-edge visual effects were unlike anything else out there--but how do they hold up today? It's a question that the VFX experts at CorridorCrew take the time to answer.

Over the course of this fun 15-minute video, the 'Crew examine what of the prequels' VFX still hold up, what mistakes were made and, in some occasions, what didn't work, even at the time that the movies were released.

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Bruce Lee, now with lightsabers

Inspired by this artwork depicting Bruce Lee with lightsaber nunchucks, artist Patrick Nan of San Jose, California decided to add some light-weapons to the karate master's 1972 Fist of Fury. It's a cool effect!

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San Francisco's competitive lightsaber academy opens this week

LudoSport is an international network for "sporting lightsaber combat" and they've just landed their first US location in San Francisco.

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Light saber fighting is really a thing and has been for some time. In the past, light saber classes allowed wanna-be Jedis to learn the basics of saber handling. But thanks to LudoSport, one can now actually sign up for light saber tournaments and compete locally, nationally, and internationally.

Founded in Italy 10 years ago, LudoSport’s light saber academies and tournaments have swept Europe. Really. The whole concept is a bit complicated, although for “Star Wars” fans who wish to compete in international light saber duels, the detailed (and we mean DETAILED) rules, logistics, and philosophy behind the “sport” might be right up their alley.

There are seven forms of lights saber combat and ten rules. Much like karate belt colors, light saber athletes must wear the correct uniform for their level of light saber skill. Players are rated on experience, fighting skills, and technical quality (presumably by someone who fancies himself a present-day Obi-Wan Kenobi.) Points are earned by attending classes and meeting up with fellow light saber athletes in the LudoSport network for actual duels. The results must be deposited online after every battle.

LudoSport takes the whole thing very seriously. This isn’t “Star Wars” camp. LudoSport is making the leap to the United States by opening an academy right here in San Francisco. Classes begin October 15th at Studiomix on Van Ness.

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The journey of Anakin's lightsaber

I used to think Star Wars was the story of C3P0 and R2D2, but The Force Awakens suggests Anakin's lightsaber may be the talisman that ties the room together. This fantastic video by youtuber Christopher Sherwood shows us that iconic weapon from inspiration up to its place in the current story.

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