Aug 10, 2005


Source: Post Magazine
Written By Marc Loftus

Earlier this month, director/producer/screenwriter George Lucas addressed a crowd of thousands at the annual SIGGRAPH show in LA. For 45 minutes, the famed filmmaker recalled the challenges he faced in making his epic features, while shedding some light on how technology has affected his work.

To say that technology has affected Lucas is somewhat misleading, as it’s Lucas that has influenced so much of the technology used in filmmaking today. His credits include developing the first NLE – Edit Droid – which was later sold to Avid, along with the Sound Droid audio workstation. He established the THX quality assurance program. Photoshop was developed by members of his team, as was the Pixar computer. He was the first to use Sony’s 24p HD camera on a major motion picture, and his “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” was the first feature to see major digital cinema release.

And with all these credits, Lucas opened with, “I am not a computer guy,” much to the amazement of a very tech-savvy crowd. “I am a storyteller at heart.” Still, he says, technology is an inescapable part of storytelling and “anyone working in the arts runs into that technology ceiling.”

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