The “Star Wars” franchise has always been about balancing the past with the future, bolstered by the cutting edge tech at Industrial Light & Magic
under the leadership of George Lucas
and beyond. To celebrate 40 years of “Star Wars” VFX wizardry, and in anticipation of J.J. Abrams
’ climactic Episode 9, “The Rise of Skywalker” (December 20), and the launch of Jon Favreau
’s “The Mandalorian
” series on Disney+
(November 12), franchise luminaries gathered Thursday night at the Academy to discuss the analog to digital transformation.
The presenters assembled for “Galactic Innovations: ‘Stars Wars’ and ‘Rogue One'” included VFX
supervisors John Dykstra
, visual effects director/cameraperson Richard Edlund
chief creative officer John Knoll
, former Ilm creative director Dennis Muren
, sound designer/mixer Ben Burtt
, matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw
, editor Marcia Lucas
, compositor Bruce Nicholson
, and R&d
supervisor Rachel Rose.
“Galactic Innovations” kicked off with the “Star Wars” breakthroughs at Ilm’s initial warehouse facility in Van Nuys.