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George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.
As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »
- Gary Susman
Production Designer Ralph Eggleston has taken us undersea ("Finding Nemo") to outer space ("Wall·E") and to other imaginative Pixar places, but nothing compares with going inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley in Pete Doctor's "Inside Out." It's his boldest and most difficult achievement, designing in a more abstract, cartoony way and experimenting with light as a character. It's literally mind-blowing: soft surfaces, super saturation, high-contrast light, electro-chemical colors and translucence. He was inspired by Brainbows and Francis Ford Coppola's "One From the Heart" and David Hockney's theater productions and we discussed his exciting and terrifying experience during my recent Pixar trip. Bill Desowitz: This is new, uncharted territory but what was it like going back to the roots of animation? Ralph Eggleston: We always knew in some way or another that we were going to be »
- Bill Desowitz
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