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Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation (Industrial Light & Magic)

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Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation is an extensively illustrated oral history of the multiple-Academy-Award®-winning visual effects company founded by George Lucas in 1975. Its tale begins with a small team of craftspeople, engineers, and artists who pioneered analog effects that had never before been attempted or realized on the screen for Star Wars. Indu ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jan 19, 2013 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love Movies and "The Making of" series
ILM is one of those dream companies that are extremely hard to get into. They are considered the best special effects company to work for and credit their start to George Lucas when he started making the first Star Wars movie. ILM creates the movie worlds that audience members are starting to take for granted. They create the dream-like escapes that we come to expect now in films that very few could ever come up with on our own. They are the wizards that make the dreamers' (directors) dreams com ...more

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The two earlier books from ILM were ILM: The Art of Special Effects in 1987 and ILM: Into the Digital Realm in 1996.

This new 360-page hardcover features 43 films from 1995 to 2011. Movies from before 1995 are featured in only a few pages since they were in the earlier books. To give you an idea of how far it goes back, the first movie featured is Casper (1995).

The more recent movies are Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Transformers, Iron Man, and the Star W
This is a terrific look at the past decade-and-a-half of ILM's work. Each entry is fairly brief and can therefore be consumed in bite-sized chunks, but you do get a good feel for how the technology has progressed and the company has grown.

It has many of the most recent movies, including Avatar and the Marvel superhero movies, with some nice behind-the-scenes information on their productions. Books like this don't delve into company politics or gossip about the artists, which is how it should be.
Astrid Yrigollen
If you live in Marin county you should check out this book. This is a fun, picture filled book capturing a slice of Industrial Light & Magic's work. From their earlier work with George Lucas on to semi-recent films like Avatar and Rango.The book details processes,techniques and some challenges, but in no way is a hand book for the digital film student.It's light reading with plenty of eye candy for film and special effect buffs.
This book was really great with covering movies that were pretty big for ILM from 1995 to 2011. It was really detailed which is why I liked it. The book is easy to read. It talks about how their programs, and techniques developed over the years. It was a really fun read. Overall, can't wait for the next book which is I'm most likely have to wait another 15 to 20 years for most likely :P
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Not sure of I'll ever get to 'Read' this book all the way through... Too busy looking at all the movie prints inside... Every film Industrial Light and Magic have been involved in...
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