Posts Tagged ‘ILM’



BusinessWeek Profiles Lucasfilm

StarWars.com Team | August 9, 2007

For their “The Future of Work” series, BusinessWeek magazine goes inside Lucasfilm to see how the company manages multidisciplinary projects, accordion staffing and a freelance army with amazing results.

A few highlights from the article:

SCALABLE WORKFORCE
ILM has a permanent staff of about 700, but that can swell by as much as a quarter in the winter and spring, when effects work is being done on the summer blockbusters. Around 350 people at the Presidio worked with Farrar on Transformers, more than were actually on set with director Michael Bay. And John Knoll, visual effects supervisor on the third Pirates of the Caribbean, figures half of his team members were new to ILM. It’s a significant challenge to accommodate the constantly rising and falling army of freelancers, all of whom need IT training and HR orientation, a computer (or three), and a place to sit. The desks, tables, and chairs are all reconfigurable, so that one or four people can use an office. And—a simple but crucial point—each room has ample electrical outlets.

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Frank Oz talks Star Wars, Muppets and SNL

StarWars.com Team | August 9, 2007

Capone from Ain’t It Cool News chats with the legendary puppet master, director and voice actor Frank Oz about his work with the Muppets, their unusual presence on the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” his own directorial endeavors, and of course, Yoda.

Here’s a few choice excerpts:

Have you ever been to a Star Wars convention?
“Never. I don’t do them. I won’t do them. That’s not my job. I create a character. I don’t like to exploit characters, I like to create them. I just tend to do that. I don’t do personal appearances or any of that. I’ve been asked to so many times, and I always say no.”

When you’ve been asked to do a particular voice during an interview or on a talk show, especially Yoda, you always decline.
“There are a lot of reasons. Certainly when I’m promoting a movie like this or any R-rated movie, I won’t do it because I don’t want people to think it’s a kids’ movie. And I don’t want to be a trained monkey. It’s like talking to a plumber and saying, ‘Hey, while you’re here can you fix my sink?’ I love the characters, but also I don’t want to treat them cavalierly and just kind of toss them off when anyone asks me.”

Your name has been attached to the new Clone Wars animated TV series as Yoda’s voice. Are you, in fact, a part of that, because I remember you weren’t a part of the original series.
“I know nothing about that. I haven’t seen George for about a year. I could call him and find out, but I know nothing about it. Don’t believe the Internet.” [laughs]

For the full interview click here.
(Be forewarned that there are a few moments of adult language in the interview.)

Also be sure to check out starwars.com’s interview with Oz about ILM’s work and the future of puppets here — Oz on Wizardry

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SOURCES:
Ain’t it Cool News, TheForce.Net

Yoda Makes Best CGI Characters List

StarWars.com Team | July 19, 2007

Master Yoda clocks in at #5 on Entertainment Weekly magazine’s Ten Favorite CG Characters list. Industrial Light & Magic is responsible for other characters on the list including Casper, T-Rex, T-100, Bumblebee and Davy Jones.

Read the full list here:
Our 10 Favorite CG Characters
From Casper to Gollum to King Kong, here are EW’s favorite digital creations.


SOURCES: Club Jade, Entertainment Weekly

Alex Jaeger Talks Transformers

StarWars.com Team | July 11, 2007

While fans of cinematic science fiction should know Alex Jaeger’s name, Star Wars fans especially should recognize him. He’s one of the artists from the Episode III Concept Art Department who also worked in the ILM Art Department, essentially book-ending the design process for Revenge of the Sith. He helped develop some of the earliest conceptual images while also advising the final look of the finished visual effects. Beyond that, he’s also worked on iconic and fan-favorite sci-fi images as the Akira-class cruiser in Star Trek: First Contact. Fans of Star Wars comics saw his depiction of the Battle of Hoth in “Entrenched”, one of the tales found in Star Wars: Visionaries.

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His latest project is the smash-hit Transformers, and CGSociety has an interview with Jaeger complete with concept art of Autobots and Decepticons. Click here to check it out.

ILM’s John Knoll Talks About Future of CGI

StarWars.com Team | July 11, 2007

Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll recently chatted with ComputerWorld magazine about his thoughts on the future of CGI and where it’s going. The Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) guru discusses the history of CGI and its development over the years in such films as Tron (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), Young Sherlock Holmes and Pirates of the Caribbean.

From ComputerWorld magazine:

What was the perception of computers’ roles and their future in Hollywood 25 years ago?

There were a lot of people who were watching it. I had a friend who would get the SIGGRAPH film and video show tapes. I borrowed a bunch of them from him and was really intrigued by the imagery — some of it was mind-bending. I thought, ‘This is related to what I do; someday this is going to have an influence on visual effects.’ We were watching it very closely.

Did Tron vindicate the use of computer graphics and influence the direction ILM was taking?

I think it was an appropriate use of computer graphics at the time — that they probably couldn’t have reached a whole lot further than they did at the time. It opened everyone’s eyes to something they should be watching because it had a lot of potential.

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Veteran ILMer Lorne Peterson Interview at Sideshow

Pete Vilmur | June 25, 2007

Veteran ILMer and model maker Lorne Peterson discusses a bit of Star Wars history and the recent Sculpting a Galaxy book in a cool video interview posted at Sideshow Collectible’s official site.

Learn more about Sculpting a Galaxy from our October coverage here and November update here.