George Lucas

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George Lucas

CGI, or computer- generated images, was improved and redesigned by George Lucas when he wanted to improve the quality of his make believe movie characters and was willing to experiment with 3-D computer graphics. His experiment was a success with the 1977 film: Star Wars, which broke box office records.CGI is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, video games, films, television programs, commercials, videos, and simulators. Although CGI usually refers to 3-D designs, it can also be in 2-D.

Interesting Facts

Born: May 14, 1944Where: Modesto, CaliforniaFull Name: George Walton Lucas Jr. Parents: George Walton Lucas Sr., Dorothy Ellinore Bomberger. Sold retail office supplies for a living.Siblings: Ann Lucas, Kathleen Lucas, and Wendy Lucas

1. Star Wars, one of Lucas' most successfulo films, has broken multiple box office records and has won seven acadamy awards.2. He invented the THX system and forever improved sound and imagery quality in theatres.3. George has won the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.4. His nickname in highschool was Luke, which inspired the name for the character in Star Wars, Luke Starwalker.5. He sold LucasFilm's Computer Graphics Division to Steve Jobs, which later became Pixar Studios.


Invention Facts

1. Star Wars in 1977 was the third film on the evolution of CGI technology which featured the CGI Death Star and X-Wings spaceships.2. In 1982, another two films “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Tron” were produced which advanced further CGI developments in film making.3. The film “The Abyss” in 1989 featured photo realistic CGI adapted into scenes.4. The 1993 release of “Jurassic Park” featured CGI dinosaurs synchronized with hydraulically controlled life-sized puppets. On the big screen, we saw how the dinosaurs came to life before our eyes.5. The 1995 success of the first fully computer-generated animated film, “Toy Story” signalled the start of a new era in film making.

George Lucas

Invention of CGI

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George went to John Muir School for elementary school, Roosevelt Junior High for Middle School, Thomas Downey High for high school, and the University of Southern California for college to learn about film.


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