Star Wars: The Force Awakens wins VFX BAFTA 2016 – see a VFX breakdown of how it was made

The 2016 BAFTA Awards ceremony was held last night, with The Revenant picking up three of the top prizes (best film, actor and director). The BAFTA Award for Special Visual Effects went to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and you can watch a breakdown of some of its visual effects above.

The other nominations for the Special Visual Effects award were Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Ant-Man and Ex Machina.

Nominated for the Animated Film award are Minions, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Inside Out - with Pixar's film taking the gong.

Edmond won the British Short Animation award, against Manoman and Prologue.

Special Visual Effects Nominee VFX breakdowns

Ex Machina

The film's VFX were created by Double Negative and Milk.


VFX breakdown

Mad Max: Fury Road

VFX by Iloura , plus Black Ginger and Brave New World


VFX breakdown

VFX breakdown

Matte painting reel

The Martian

VFX by MPC, Framestore, The Senate, Territory Studio, ILM, Atomic Arts and Milk.


VFX Breakdown

Animated Fim 

Audiences left Inside Out with their innermost feelings streaming down their faces - but this tear-jerker wouldn't have seen the outside world at all without the skillful coaxing of director Pete Doctor. 

Seen as relentlessly irritating by some and adorable by others, no one can say that minions don't provoke. Those chubby yellow faces came from the design talents of directors Pierre Coffin and Kyla Balda - so you have them to thank, or complain to, for this nominated film dedicated to them. 

Goofy, cute and oh-so-British, directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak make sure Aardman Animations continues its sparkling success with the Shaun the Sheep Movie.  

British Short Animation

Edmond is a stop-motion short exploring all-consuming love, self-understanding and the deepest parts of your psyche - all told through felt puppetry and 2D animation, from director Nina Gantz and producer Emilie Jouffroy. 

Observed by a little girl, Athenians and Spartans fight to the death in this hand-drawn short, as director Richard Williams - along with producer (and spouse) Imogen Sutton - pushes animation in new directions. 

Created using a mixture of rod puppets and animation, director Simon Cartwright's haunting stop-motion film tells the story of Glen, who attends a primal scream therapy session to feel more masculine. 

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