LOS ANGELES– When it comes to special effects in movies, the folks at ILM, Industrial Light & Magic, are considered superstars.
The story of the birth of this company is played out in a new series of six episodes.
In a promo for the show, you hear George Lucas say, “Visual effects create the magic that makes people want to go to the movies. Movies are special effects.
He certainly knows it.
ILM is a division of Lucasfilm.
Director Lawrence Kasdan takes us behind the curtain to capture his story for the Disney+ series, “Light & Magic.”
“I knew the technology would take care of itself. It’s wonderful and amazing and all that. But how did it happen?” Kasdan said. “Who was behind all of this? Who prompted them? Which directors made what demands? And then how are they able to meet those demands in a way that no one had ever imagined before?”
When Lucas was writing “Star Wars,” he said there were no special effects houses in the world, so he wondered how they were going to do the effects.
“In George’s case,” Kasdan said, “even though he was very tough, he created an atmosphere where people could try their luck, where people came up with things that George hadn’t thought of, that no one had thought of before, and he would be strengthened by this band of strangers he had gathered.
Today, ILM is a benchmark in special visual effects and animation.
In 47 years, the company has won 16 Oscars and appeared in over 350 films.
The promo for this series says that the only thing more special than effects are the people who make them. Kasdan would agree.
“When you say, ‘Tell me how it went,’ that’s a pretty rich starting point,” he said.
The six episodes of “Light & Magic” are now available on “Disney+”.
Disney is the parent company of this ABC station.
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