Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Industrial Light and Magic
When making The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas reformed most of the team into Industrial Light + Magic in Marin County, California. They have since gone on to produce special effects for over two hundred films, including the Indiana Jones films, the Harry Potter films, the Jurassic Park films, many of the Star Trek films, as well as less dramatic effects in films such as Schindler's List, Snow Falling on Cedars , Magnolia, and several Woody Allen films.
- 1977: Resurrected the use of VistaVision; first use of a motion control camera
- 1982: First completely computer-generated sequence (the "Genesis sequence" in Star Trek II)
- 1985: First completely computer-generated character, the "stained glass man" in Young Sherlock Holmes
- 1988: First morphing sequence, in Willow
- 1989: First computer-generated 3-D character, the pseudopod in The Abyss
- 1991: First computer-generated main character, the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- 1993: First time the texture of human skin was computer generated, in Death Becomes Her
- 1994: First time digital technology used to create a complete and detailed living creature, the dinosaur in Jurassic Park, which earned ILM its thirteenth Oscar
External links and sources
- Official ILM website (with detailed information in PDF format)
- List of films with special effects by ILM from the Internet Movie Database. An alternative list from the Unofficial ILM site.
- ILM fan website
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