I've been re-evaluating many of our digital sets, looking for areas of improvement. One huge breakthrough I had a few months ago was the use of matte paintings instead of 3D models in the background. Not only do they look better, but they also result in smaller file sizes and faster rendering times.
Here's the most recent improvement, Scene I510b when the Imperial Sympathizer spots Yane on Dantooine:
Much better, right? The new-and-improved version still isn't done -- I'm going to improve texture maps, lighting, color-correction, etc. But even this rough version gives you an idea how much better the new background looks.
I'll continue improving backgrounds on other digital sets, so stay tuned!