Thursday 4 June 2020

ILM celebrates Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm livestreamed a conversation with visual effects luminaries from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) who worked on Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.

This is a must-see for fellow Star Wars fans and anyone with a modicum of interest in film production. Of particular note is the AT-AT attack utilising stop motion animation pioneered by Ray Harryhausen.

"A special livestream conversation with effects legends Dennis Muren, Joe Johnston, Phil Tippett, and Lorne Peterson in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. ILM's VFX Supervisor Bill George will moderate the discussion."

I vividly remember reading The Empire Strikes Back Official Poster Monthly Issue 2, which focussed on the Empire. Learning that Stormtroopers were in fact clones and not robots, as I'd erroneously thought, was quite the revelation for my young mind.

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