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    ILM at 30

    Industrial revolution
    Three decades on, George Lucas' ILM continues to conquer new frontiers. By Paula Parisi

    ILM at 30
    Industrial revolution
    Three decades on, George Lucas' ILM continues to conquer new frontiers.
    Magic moments
    An ILM effects timeline
    Dialogue: George Lucas
    The movie business is changing, but not fast enough for ILM's founding filmmaker.
    Director's commentary
    James Cameron on George Lucas' digital influence
    Sonic boom
    Skywalker Sound explodes the notion of film audio. Lava spews, steel girders sheer, and a world runs red with the intensity of two impassioned warriors engaged in a balletic battle on a planet far away. The climactic lightsaber clash between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi that caps Fox's "Star Wars -- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" is less than a minute in duration -- 1,185 frames of film, to be exact -- but getting the 26-shot sequence onscreen took 910 artists a total of 70,441 man-hours.

    Asked to elaborate on the difficulties of that scene, the film's writer-director, George Lucas, shrugs in his characteristic understated style and says, "The thing is, every scene was like that." In all, 2,151 scenes "like that" for the film were possible only through the efforts of Industrial Light + Magic, the effects firm Lucas founded 30 years ago to create a visual vocabulary for 1977's original "Star Wars."

    The company, comprised then of about a dozen artists assembled in a warehouse in Van Nuys, Calif., was the first to use computers in the creation of special effects. That move marked a flash point for the movie industry, which had not seen much change in cinema magic since the 1930s. Ultimately, it triggered a revolution that has made it possible for filmmakers to achieve their wildest visions onscreen.

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    Friday's Daily Variety had a special section dedicated to ILM's 30th. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Pretty cool cover.

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    I say thank you ILM for 30 years of greatness! Looking forward to the next 30 years.



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