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George Lucas. Filmmaking legend; Entrepreneur. Growing up. Born on May 4, 1944 in Modesto, California Couldn’t swim as a child and still can’t. In high school, days before graduation his dreams of being a professional race-car driver were shattered when he was in a near-fatal accident

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george lucas
George Lucas
  • Filmmaking legend;Entrepreneur
growing up
Growing up
  • Born on May 4, 1944 in Modesto, California
  • Couldn’t swim as a child and still can’t.
  • In high school, days before graduation his dreams of being a professional race-car driver were shattered when he was in a near-fatal accident
  • Went to junior college and studied anthropology, where he grew a passion for film.
  • Applied as an Air Force officer, but was rejected as he had to many speeding tickets.
  • When the drafting came along for Vietnam, he was exempt because he has diabetes.
  • Attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
  • He currently lives in the second largest house in Marin County, a Victorian estate in San Anselmo.
film career the beginning
Film CareerThe beginning
  • In college several short films were made, the most famous is titled In Love.
  • THX 1138 was the first full-length film directed by George Lucas. The film was not a success.
  • Created his own company in 1971.
  • He directed American Graffiti and “his newfound wealth and reputation enabled him to develop a story set in space.”

The first Star Wars film was created in 1977 with the special effects of Industrial Light and Magic.

  • George Lucas asked to own the licensing rights for novelizations such as t-shirts and toys- which seemed worthless at the time.
  • It turned out Star Wars would be the highest grossing film for 5 years and he directly profited millions of dollars from all the licensed toys and games created for the franchise.
  • With the millions of dollars of private capital he made, he was able to fund the sequels.
  • There was a 22 year hiatus between the first trilogy and the second trilogy.
other projects
Other projects…
  • Aside from Star Wars, George Lucas has been involved in such films as: the Back to the Future trilogy,all the Terminator films, Forrest Gump, October Sky, All the Harry Potter films, The Chronicles of Narnia and many other films.

Lucasfilm is a leader in developing film technology and special affects, computer animation.

  • Produced such box office hits as: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Raiders of the lost ark.


  • Industrial Light & Magic - visual effects
  • Skywalker Sound - post-production sound design
  • LucasArts - video and computer games
  • Industrial Light and Magic has played a critical role in advances in technology and the filmmaking process.
  • Received 15 Best Visual Effects Oscars and 24 Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
former subsidiaries
Former Subsidiaries
  • THX Ltd. - theater sound system
  • Pixar Animation Studios - computer animation film production company
  • Kerner Optical - Practical effects division and 3D development team
skywalker ranch
Skywalker Ranch
  • Since September 1978, Skywalker ranch has been an ever-growing “filmmakers retreat” and private headquarters for the company and its workers.
  • On the land of the ranch there is a barn with animals, vineyards, a garden with fruits and vegetables used in the on-site restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center, the man-made "Lake Ewok," a hilltop observatory, a 300-seat theater called "The Stag”.
  • Also on the land is Skywalker Sound which was moved onto the ranch in 1987, now occupying the Technical Building.
  • Skywalker Ranch has its own fire station, which is part of the Marin County Mutual Aid system, and is often called on to assist firefighters in nearby Marinwood.