George Lucas, Richard Edlund, Phil Tippet, Dennis Murren, and John Dykstra
George Lucas is basically an American film producer, screenwriter, director and founder/chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd. He is better known for the creation of the famous epic of ‘Star Wars’ and also as the joint creator of the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. In 2009, it was reported that he has estimated a worth of $3.0 billion.
The Star Wars trilogy has been the greatest achievement in the Hollywood film history. The visual effects by John Dykstra, Dennis Murren, and Richard Edlund did a commendable job. They successfully managed to transform their imagination into alien races. All was possible because of the efforts of the perseverant, George Lucas.
The movie with its awesome and spectacular visual effects revitalized the Hollywood industry. You will come across some of the finest and jaw dropping visuals in the movie ‘Star Wars’. It was a really tough job to impart the visual effects in the ‘Special Edition’ by integrating new computer generated imagery into background plates shot twenty years earlier.
George Lucas shares his experience and tells that he always wanted to replace the famous human Jubba The Hutt shot in 1977 with a puppet in post production. He couldn’t get successful in that since he ran out of time and money. Lucas loves to experiment with his projects and this is what has made him successful during the past few years.
In fact, the visual effects in the movie also required CG imagery. CG imagery is a tough job since one has to keep a record of practical lighting, measurement of camera with respect to lenses, principles, movements, etc. CG requires a lot of expertise from the match mover. This is because it is his responsibility to make the scene appear as natural and real as possible. Constant experimentation, trial and error only helped the match movers to create the beautiful scenes especially the beautiful Jabba sequence in the 1977 flick.
In fact George Lucas started working on the ’Special edition’ since 1994. He made efforts to give the movie a different face lift. There was an investment of $15 in the restoration project alone. Most of the scenes from the fourth episode were modified in order to produce enhanced version using modern digital tools. The visual effects are so spell bounding that they revolutionized the way the science fiction movies are produced. These visual effects were responsible for giving the movie a new life.
The craze of the star wars trilogy can be estimated from the fact that the entire market was flooded from the star wars merchandise and tons of interviews from with the gem, George Lucas who has gifted us with such a wonderful series. Everyone was amazed to see the huge response the movie received by even crossing the $100 million mark in its first week itself.
This was all possible due to the optimistic and positive approach of George Lucas. His dedication towards his work and his zeal helped him to earn a position in the hearts of the people!