Relive 40 Years of Special Effects Magic in One Minute
Since its formation in 1975, the special effects company Industrial Light & Magic has worked on more than 300 feature films and designed new ways to bring technology into the cinema. Founded by George Lucas in order to realize his vision for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, ILM has always been a leader in creating movie magic. Over the past 40 years, they’ve received 15 Oscars for Best Visual Effects, as well as a number of Academy Award nominations, BAFTA awards, and Sci-Tech awards.
ILM’s handiwork is currently in theaters—the team worked on Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as on the upcoming Jurassic World and Ant Man.
To celebrate ILM’s 40th anniversary, Wired conducted interviews with a number of key ILM players and collaborators including Lucas, Steven Spielberg, VFX supervisor John Dykstra, and research and development supervisor Cary Phillips. ILM also compiled the best of their work into a one-minute video, which you can watch above. See if you can name all of the included movies. Spoiler alert: there are a ton of them.