The Tom Cruise-narrated documentary, “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible,” airs tonight, Friday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m. on the Encore cable network . As the team wrote about a few weeks back, the Leslie Iwerks-directed documentary highlights the amazing accomplishments of ILM through their consistent innovations within the field of visual effects.
The hour-long special covers the history of the ground-breaking visual effects house, founded 35 years ago by director George Lucas. During production of his masterpiece, Star Wars, Lucas founded the company to create the mind blowing effects required to bring his futuristic vision to life. Over the three decades since, ILM scooped up 15 Oscars for Best Visual Effects along with 23 Science and Technology Awards from the Academy.
Among the many respected filmmakers interviewed for the documentary, Tom Cruise collaborators like J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer are all featured with interviews about their experiences using the effects house for their films. Also included in the ILM films used as examples of the studios visual arts magic is Tom’s 2005 classic, War of the Worlds, directed by Spielberg.
After over 300 movies in the can, the folks at ILM have done more than create an amazing body of work; they actually changed the entire industry forever. In fact, the response to our original post about the powerhouse studio was so positive, it inspired an entire guide for people looking to make their way into the visual effects industry.
The documentary will be aired throughout the weekend, so check the Encore website for the schedule. Should you be out of the house, make sure you set your DVR to catch it. This is one you won’t want to miss.
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