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Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (2010)

The story of Industrial Light and Magic - the special effects company started to create Star Wars - is told via clips (Iron Man, Star Trek, Jurassic Park) and interviews (George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, more).


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Narrator (archive footage)
George Lucas ... Himself
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
Ron Howard ... Himself
Jon Favreau ... Himself
J.J. Abrams ... Himself
Jerry Bruckheimer ... Himself
Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself
Robin Williams ... Himself
Seth Green ... Himself
John Lasseter ... Himself
Ed Catmull ... Himself
Jim Morris ... Himself
John Dykstra ... Himself
Richard Edlund ... Himself


A look over the incredible work of ILM and how they revolutionised the way we see film with the introduction and advances of CGI or Computer Generated Image. This documentary takes us from the incredible start of effects to creating Star Wars and then advance to really demonstrate how it can be blended in with Jurassic Park to now a culture of films that can't avoid the technology and is another tool for the directors belt. Written by Tim Burgess

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Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Industrial Light & Magic: Creando lo imposible See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Steven Spielberg: From the sublime to the ridiculous; from E.T. to the Amazing work they did on The Transformers, ILM loves to find different ways of telling stories visually.
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References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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The Wonders They Gave Us
8 July 2015 | by CalabossSee all my reviews

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a special effects company started by George Lucas in the mid-1970's. The SFX created by ILM are still the industry standard, although, through their innovations, many other companies can now do much of the same work. Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible gives a brief overview of the accomplishments of ILM, and, through interviews with many of the key players, the history of how it all came about.

I was 18 when Star Wars came out in 1977, and like many of the people my age, was just blown away by the film. While similar stories had been told in films for decades before, Lucas showed it in a way never SEEN before. We had no idea how he did it, but we knew we loved it. And the work done by the ILM team began its ascension. Interview clips with Lucas, Spielberg, Ron Howard, and other major players are included, along with many movie clips showing the feats they have accomplished.

As a bit of a movie nerd, I knew the names of many of the people doing the tough work in the background at ILM, but to see their faces and hear them explain it a bit was very nice. At just over 50 minutes, minus credits, I guess my only complaint is that it wasn't twice as long. The story just seemed so large for the running time.

Highly recommended for anyone curious about ILM and how it came to be.

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