“I set out to make a film for a generation growing up without fairy tales.”
Growing up in Modesto, California, George Lucas watched every adventure serial he could find. These short action films were stories of good versus evil, full of fights, chase scenes, and suspenseful cliff-hangers. When George needed inspiration for his own films, he returned in his mind to the films that excited him during his youth. Lucas graduated from the University of Southern California and, with his friend Francis Ford Coppola, formed a production company called American Zoetrope. His first feature, a science-fiction story called THX-1138, was the origin of the now famous THX “The audience is listening” advanced theater sound logo. In 1973, Lucas’s film American Graffiti was successful enough to give boosts to the careers of Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfus.
His third film catapulted Lucas to instant fame. Working with a brilliant team of up-and-coming special-effects wizards, Lucas’s new company, Industrial Light and Magic, created the dazzling effects for Star Wars. The sci-fi fairy tale, which merged cutting-edge effects with a strong story of good versus evil inspired by the early serials, took the world by storm. Lucas followed with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and again used the serial formula successfully in the Indiana Jones trilogy. In 1992, with six mega-blockbusters under his belt, he received an Academy Award, the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Life Achievement Award. Although he stumbled with a few of his later productions, Lucas continued to do his best work when he told stories using the technique that first inspired his love of film.
Consider This: What makes you excited and passionate about your work? Use the energy you feel in your own life to get your message across to others.
Title : A Daily Dose of the American Dream. Copyright © 1998 by Alan C. Elliott. Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 1999, Parsons Technology, Inc.