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The amazing instant bread from Force Awakens wasn't done with CGI

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One of the best things (out of the many good things) about The Force Awakens was JJ Abrams' decision to keep the CGI to a minimum and return to the classic 'real' effects and gadgets used in the original Star Wars trilogy.

An amazing special effects reel was recently released, demonstrating the secrets behind many of the tricks of the trade - but there's another small but extremely cool addition to make with the revelation of how Rey's 'instant bread' was created.

We, along with 99 per cent of other viewers, assumed that it was a slice of CGI, but it turns out it was an entirely real, practical effect.

VFX duo Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould - who have been nominated for an Oscar for their work - revealed exactly how it was done in a video interview.

Scanlan explained: "I’m gonna be famous for Star Wars for nothing else but this bread! It was a little gag which was incredibly successful, everybody thought it was CGI."

He continued: "It was very simple. We moulded up an inflatable bread so that it was deflated underneath the liquid and then we slowly inflated it and sucked out the liquid with vacuum pumps at the same time to produce this bread coming up and forming. It’s a terrible admission."

Corbould adds: "But I thought it was CG too!”

There you have it, who needs computers when you've got good old-fashioned engineering.

Take a look at the whole feature below (bread at 17 minutes).

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