The biggest problem with making a blockbuster film is the cost. As with many things time equals money and the longer you need to make a film the more costs run up. Just look up information on the original Star Wars' production woes. Numerous times the film ran long on time and went way over budget before finally ending up in post production, where even George Lucas admits the film was really saved. Post-Production is the process a film goes through after filming is complete and can include editing, music composition, re-shoots, and, more and more common, the addition of CGI. Even for films you wouldn't expect the occasional touch of CGI can color correct scenes, add background features or sets, or digitally edit mistakes made during filming. The process is essential for many movies today but can often be costly and time consuming. Lucasfilm is looking to change all of that with new technology.
Star Wars 1313 was being made by the video game studio LucasArts before it was closed down earlier this year. The video game was to revisit the Star Wars universe and was going to feature new technologies never used in previous LucasArts games. The game itself is still on the back burner (or possibly cancelled completely) over at EA but the tech behind the game is finding new life with Lucasfilm. In the video above you can see how a director can now see just exactly how their shot will look, even if that shot takes places on an alien planet. This process also gives the director control over details like objects in the world, time of day, dynamic lighting, and more. This all happens in real time with actors on a green screen who are wearing motion capture suits and what only seems like a handful of crew.
Now of course these worlds will need to be pre-rendered and that still requires skillful artists and plenty of time. But giving directors and actors the ability to see exactly what's around them. It's something similar James Cameron helped develop while shooting Avatar and clearly helped him make a fantastic and unique world. Hopefully this technology can be used to better realize worlds rather than slap together new sci-fi movies haphazardly.