New Disney+ docuseries 'Light and Magic' reveals the magic behind 'Star Wars'

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The new Disney+ docuseries Light and Magic debuts Wednesday, taking you inside the creation of Industrial Light and Magic, or ILM, the now-industry-leading special effects company founded by George Lucas to make Star Wars.

Light and Magic is directed by Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan, who tells ABC Audio he wanted to focus less of the effects and more on finding the answer to questions like, "Who are the people in ILM? Where did they come from?" and "When did they decide this is what they wanted to do?"

He adds, "There was no such thing really, when George first assembled them in they discovered this sort of dreamland for them, because so many of them, as you see in the show, started when they were eight years old making these effects movies in their backyard and in their garage." 

Recalling what it was like at the start of ILM, Oscar winner and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Creative Director of ILM Dennis Muren says, "There was no protective environment, like, 'you stay out of here, this is my department.' So it was a great literally spirit of the 60s coming together."

There’s a quote in the series in which someone says despite what people might assume, Lucas isn’t the most technically savvy guy. Muren says he doesn't "give a hoot about that."

"You know, life is shorter. And I think it's important to do what you love," he says. "I'm sure he knows how to use a cell phone and a computer to a certain extent."

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 6:00AM by Danielle Long and Jason Nathanson Permalink