George Lucas
American filmmaker
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive of Lucasfilm. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion as of 2012.
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George Lucas' wife, the public voice of his museum, talks about creating 'something that doesn't quite exist yet'
LATimes - about 1 month
When "Star Wars" creator George Lucas broke the news last week that he had chosen Los Angeles over San Francisco's Treasure Island as the home for his $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, jokes abounded that the Force was with L.A.'s Exposition Park, where the museum aims to break ground this...
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What we know about George Lucas' art collection and what we'll see in his museum
LATimes - about 1 month
After Tuesday’s announcement that L.A.’s Exposition Park would become home to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “People will visit from around the world to see the original Darth Vader mask and Norman Rockwell paintings.” But what else from filmmaker George Lucas’ 40,000-piece...
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Meryl Streep, George Lucas attend private memorial for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
CNN - about 2 months
Friends and family held a private memorial Thursday for actresses Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
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George Lucas museum cliffhanger: L.A. or San Francisco? Answer this month
Chicago Times - about 2 months
George Lucas is no stranger to epic struggles on the big screen, but he didn't expect one off-camera when it came to his art collection. For nearly a decade, the filmmaker has tried to build a museum to house an extensive personal collection that includes 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related...
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Why Star Wars Needs to Use Illustrators Like Drew Struzan for its Posters
Huffington Post - about 2 months
George Lucas did an amazing thing in 1977--he released a film that brought his incredible vision to the big screen. I'm talking, of course, about the original Star Wars film. It was not only the achievement of the size and scope of the film that wowed people, but it was the spectacular images, the movie poster art, done by some of the greatest illustrators of the era that got people excited. Illustrators like Drew Struzan, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt and Roger Kastel brought great poster art to life by hand with nothing more than pencils and paint. Before most people even saw the original Star Wars films, their imaginations were set soaring by the beauty and power of these single one-sheet posters that built excitement for the spectacle they were going to soon see on the big screen. These posters were more than film advertising; they were true works of art that were not only a part of the movie-going experience, but they were an amazing visual experience all on their own. Way before it ...
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Carrie Fisher Wanted Her 'Fantastic Obit' To Read Something Like This
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Before 'Rogue One': 'Ewok Adventure' Star on George Lucas' First 'Star Wars' Spinoff - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - 2 months
Hollywood Reporter Before 'Rogue One': 'Ewok Adventure' Star on George Lucas' First 'Star Wars' Spinoff Hollywood Reporter Eric Walker recalls working with the director, who liked to rewrite on the fly during reshoots: "One scene might have only had four or five lines and suddenly it'd have ten or 15." More than thirty years before Rogue One story hit the big screen, a ... Can Darth Vader really be both kid-friendly and frightening?The Verge A parent's guide to Rogue One: Should you take the kids?Entertainment Weekly 'Rogue One's' Riz Ahmed explains how his character shifted entirely while filming the 'Star Wars' movieLos Angeles Times Polygon -TIME -Forbes -Deadline all 2,992 news articles »
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Wanted: Someone to Film a Hit Movie at Mada'in Saleh
Huffington Post - 3 months
A movie helped Jordan make Petra its top tourist draw. You probably never heard of Mada'in Saleh. Chances are you won't, either - unless some Hollywood studio films a blockbuster movie at this remote spot in Saudi Arabia, much like George Lucas put Jordan's "lost city" of Petra on the map in his 1989 hit, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Mada'in Saleh, by the way, is Petra's sister city and a big dot - about 300 miles south of Petra - on the ancient Incense Road from southern Arabia to the Mediterranean. The movie helped spark Petra's modern-day prominence as Jordan's No. 1 tourism attraction. Not so with Mada'in Saleh, also known as Hegra. Look close and you might spot Mada'in or Hegra on a map running alongside (more or less) but inland from the Red Sea. King Solomon cuddles with the queen of Sheba in Jerusalem. It's possible that Makeda, the queen of Sheba, took the Incense Road from Arabia to Jerusalem by way of Petra - about a 1,400-mile trip - for her biblicall ...
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Miss Piggy Finally Shoots Down A Popular Muppets Legend About Yoda
Huffington Post - 3 months
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it made sense that Miss Piggy was related to Yoda. In fact, it was likely that she was his mama. George Lucas once said that Yoda was the illegitimate child of Piggy and Kermit, Frank Oz used to voice both Piggy and Yoda, and there are even photos of the three characters together on the “Star Wars” set:  Luke meets some of Yoda's distant relatives But what does Piggy have to say?  The Huffington Post caught up with her at the Kate Spade offices to find out. There, she finally addressed the “Star Wars” connection, saying, “Comment on rumors, I will not!” She then burst out laughing, adding, “No that is stupid. That is stilly. What are you saying?” function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['p ...
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The Current 'Star Wars' Trilogy Might Be the Final One
Huffington Post - 3 months
This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Ryan Britt It looks like Kylo Ren/Ben Solo might be the final descendent of the Skywalker clan. After Episode IX concludes the current ongoing Star Wars trilogy in 2019, future Star Wars films may never again be constructed in a trilogy format. And that means the epic family drama of the Skywalkers could finally be coming to a close. Speaking to EW, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy talked about the future of Star Wars as it relates to both standalone films (like Rogue One) and future trilogies beyond the films in production now. "That's a conversation going on right now," Kathleen Kennedy said. "I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but standalones]? Sure. But I don't know. We are looking at all of that." To be clear, Star Wars films will continue, probably even past the standalone film in 2020. But at this point, it looks like the possibility of favoring only standalone films as opposed to another trilogy ...
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Supervisors say George Lucas museum belongs in Los Angeles
Yahoo News - 4 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles supervisors are urging "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to bring his planned Museum of Narrative Art to LA, not San Francisco.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Lucas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    On June 24, 2016, Lucas announced that he was abandoning his plans to locate the museum in Chicago, due to a lawsuit by a local preservation group, Friends of the Parks, and would instead build the museum in California.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Lucas gave US$1 million to help build the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to commemorate American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. On September 19, 2006, USC announced that Lucas had donated $175–180 million to his alma mater to expand the film school. It is the largest single donation to USC and the largest gift to a film school anywhere. Previous donations led to the already existing George Lucas Instructional Building and Marcia Lucas Post-Production building.
    On 15 April 2016, it was reported that Lucas had donated between $501,000 and $1 million through the Lucas Family Foundation to the Obama Foundation, which is charged with overseeing the construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side.
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    During an interview with talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose that aired on 24 December 2015, Lucas likened his decision to sell Lucasfilm to Disney to a "divorce" and outlined the creative differences between him and the producers of The Force Awakens.
    More Details Hide Details Lucas also criticized The Force Awakens for having a "retro feel" and described the previous six Star Wars films as his "children". Lucas also drew some criticism and subsequently apologized for his remark likening Disney to "white slavers". Lucas has pledged to give half of his fortune to charity as part of an effort called The Giving Pledge led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to persuade America's richest individuals to donate their financial wealth to charities. In 1991, The George Lucas Educational Foundation was founded as a nonprofit operating foundation to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. The Foundation's content is available under the brand Edutopia, in an award-winning web site, social media and via documentary films. Lucas, through his foundation, was one of the leading proponents of the E-rate program in the universal service fund, which was enacted as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. On June 24, 2008, Lucas testified before the United States House of Representatives subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet as the head of his Foundation to advocate for a free wireless broadband educational network.
    In 2015, Lucas wrote the CGI film Strange Magic, his first musical.
    More Details Hide Details The film was produced at Skywalker Ranch. Gary Rydstrom directed the movie.
    In August 2015, Lucas was inducted as a Disney Legend, and on 6 December 2015 was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors.
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    Among the materials turned over to the production team were rough story treatments Lucas developed when he considered creating episodes VII–IX himself years earlier; in January 2015, Lucas stated that Disney had discarded his story ideas.
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  • 2014
    Age 69
    In October 2014, Lucas received Honorary Membership of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
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    By June 2014, Chicago had been selected, pending approval of the Chicago Plan Commission, which was granted.
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  • 2013
    Age 68
    In July 2013, Lucas was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for his contributions to American cinema.
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    By June 2013, Lucas was considering establishing a museum, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, to be built on Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which would display his collection of illustrations and pop art, with an estimated value of more than $1 billion.
    More Details Hide Details Lucas offered to pay the estimated $300 million cost of constructing the museum, and would endow it with $400 million when it opened, eventually adding an additional $400 million to its endowment. After being unable to reach an agreement with The Presidio Trust, Lucas turned to Chicago. A potential lakefront site on Museum Campus in Chicago was proposed in May 2014.
    They have one daughter together, Everest Hobson Lucas, who was born via gestational carrier on August 12, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Lucas was born and raised in a Methodist family. The religious and mythical themes in Star Wars were inspired by Lucas' interest in the writings of mythologist Joseph Campbell, and he would eventually come to identify strongly with the Eastern religious philosophies he studied and incorporated into his films, which were a major inspiration for "the Force". Lucas has come to state that his religion is "Buddhist Methodist". He resides in Marin County.
    Lucas and Hobson announced their engagement in January 2013, and married on June 22, 2013, at Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.
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    In 2013, Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson donated $25 million to the Chicago-based not-for-profit After School Matters, of which Hobson is the chair.
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    In 2012, Lucas sold Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company for a reported sum of $4.05 billion.
    More Details Hide Details It was widely reported at the time that Lucas intends to give the majority of the proceeds from the sale to charity. A spokesperson for Lucasfilm said, "George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors." Lucas also spoke on the matter: "For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy." No announcement has yet been made as to which charities will receive the funds.
    The new sequel trilogy is being jointly produced by Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company, which had acquired Lucasfilm in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details As creative consultant on the film, Lucas's involvement included attending early story meetings; according to Lucas, "I mostly say, 'You can't do this. You can do that.' You know, 'The cars don't have wheels. They fly with antigravity.' There's a million little pieces... I know all that stuff." Lucas's son Jett told The Guardian that his father was "very torn" about having sold the rights to the franchise, despite having hand-picked Abrams to direct, and that his father was "there to guide" but that "he wants to let it go and become its new generation."
    In January 2012, Lucas announced his retirement from producing large blockbuster films and instead re-focusing his career on smaller, independently budgeted features.
    More Details Hide Details He did not specify whether or not this would affect his involvement with a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones series. In June 2012, it was announced that producer Kathleen Kennedy, a long-term collaborator with Steven Spielberg and a producer of the Indiana Jones films, had been appointed as co-chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. It was reported that Kennedy would work alongside Lucas, who would remain chief executive and serve as co-chairman for at least one year, after which she would succeed him as the company's sole leader. With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Lucas is currently Disney's second largest single shareholder after the estate of Steve Jobs. As of 2014, he is working as a creative consultant on the Star Wars sequel trilogy, with the first movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, having been released on December 18, 2015. J. J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens, while Kathleen Kennedy executive produced, and will do so for all future Star Wars films.
    In 2012, Lucas served as the story-writer and executive producer for the 2012 film Red Tails, a war film based on the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots in the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War.
    More Details Hide Details He also took over direction of reshoots while director Anthony Hemingway worked on other projects.
    He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lucasfilm, before selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Upon graduating from the University of Southern California in 1967, Lucas co-founded American Zoetrope with fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas wrote and directed THX 1138 (1971), based on his earlier student short Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which was a critical success but a financial failure. His next work as a writer-director was the film, American Graffiti (1973), inspired by his teen years in early 1960s Modesto, California, and produced through the newly founded Lucasfilm. The film was critically and commercially successful, and received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. Lucas's next film, an epic space opera titled Star Wars (1977), went through a troubled production process; however, was a surprise hit, becoming the highest-grossing film at the time, as well as a winner of 6 Academy Awards and a cultural phenomenon. Following the first Star Wars film, Lucas produced and co-wrote the following installments in the trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Along with Steven Spielberg, Lucas co-created and wrote the Indiana Jones films Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), and The Last Crusade (1989). Lucas also produced and/or wrote a variety of films through Lucasfilm in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • 2008
    Age 63
    From 2008 to 2014, Lucas also served as the executive producer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, another Star Wars animated series on Cartoon Network, which was preceded by a feature film of the same name.
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    Lucas collaborated with Jeff Nathanson as a writer of the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg.
    More Details Hide Details Like the Star Wars prequels, reception was mixed, with numerous fans and critics once again considering it inferior to its predecessors.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    He appeared at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007 with Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola to present the Best Director award to their friend Martin Scorsese.
    More Details Hide Details During the speech, Spielberg and Coppola talked about the joy of winning an Oscar, making fun of Lucas, who has not won a competitive Oscar. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Lucas in 2006, its second "Film, Television, and Media" contributor, after Spielberg. The Discovery Channel named him one of the 100 "Greatest Americans" in September 2008. Lucas served as Grand Marshal for the Tournament of Roses Parade and made the ceremonial coin toss at the Rose Bowl, New Year's Day 2007. In 2009, he was one of 13 California Hall of Fame inductees in The California Museum's yearlong exhibit.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    Lucas began dating Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and chair of DreamWorks Animation, in 2006.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 58
    From 2003 to 2005, Lucas also served as an executive producer on Star Wars: Clone Wars, an animated microseries on Cartoon Network created by Genndy Tartakovsky, that bridged the events between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
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  • 2002
    Age 57
    It was completed and released in 2002 as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
    More Details Hide Details The final prequel, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, began production in 2002 and was released in 2005. Numerous fans and critics considered the prequels inferior to the original trilogy, though they were box office successes nonetheless.
  • 1999
    Age 54
    The first Star Wars prequel was finished and released in 1999 as Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which would be the first film Lucas had directed in over two decades.
    More Details Hide Details Following the release of the first prequel, Lucas announced that he would also be directing the next two, and began working on Episode II. The first draft of Episode II was completed just weeks before principal photography, and Lucas hired Jonathan Hales, a writer from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, to polish it.
  • 1997
    Age 52
    In 1997, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars, Lucas returned to the original trilogy and made numerous modifications using newly available digital technology, releasing them in theaters as the Star Wars Special Edition.
    More Details Hide Details For DVD releases in 2004 and Blu-ray releases in 2011, the trilogy received further revisions to make them congruent with the prequel trilogy. Besides the additions to the Star Wars franchise, Lucas released a Director's Cut of THX 1138 in 2004, with the film re-cut and containing a number of CGI revisions.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    In 1994, Lucas began work on the screenplay of the first prequel, tentatively titled Episode I: The Beginning.
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  • 1993
    Age 48
    By 1993, it was announced, in Variety among other sources, that Lucas would be making the prequels.
    More Details Hide Details He began penning more to the story, now indicating the series would be a tragic one examining Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side. Lucas also began to change how the prequels would exist relative to the originals; at first they were supposed to be a "filling-in" of history tangential to the originals, but now he saw that they could form the beginning of one long story that started with Anakin's childhood and ended with his death. This was the final step towards turning the film series into a "Saga".
  • 1987
    Age 42
    After losing much of his fortune in a divorce settlement in 1987, Lucas had no desire to return to Star Wars, and had unofficially canceled his sequel trilogy by the time of Return of the Jedi.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, the prequels, which were only still a series of basic ideas partially pulled from his original drafts of "The Star Wars", continued to fascinate him with the possibilities of technical advances would make it possible to revisit his older material. After Star Wars became popular once again, in the wake of Dark Horse's comic book line and Timothy Zahn's trilogy of novels, Lucas saw that there was still a large audience. His children were older, and with the explosion of CGI technology he was now considering returning to directing.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 38
    A contributing factor was cash-flow difficulties following Lucas' 1983 divorce concurrent with the sudden dropoff in revenues from Star Wars licenses following the release of Return of the Jedi.
    More Details Hide Details The sound-equipped system THX Ltd. was founded by Lucas and Tomlinson Holman. The company was formerly owned by Lucasfilm, and contains equipment for stereo, digital, and theatrical sound for films, and music. Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic, are the sound and visual effects subdivisions of Lucasfilm, while Lucasfilm Games, later renamed LucasArts, produces products for the gaming industry.
  • 1981
    Age 36
    They adopted a daughter, Amanda Lucas, in 1981, and divorced in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Lucas subsequently adopted two more children as a single parent: daughter Katie Lucas, born in 1988, and son Jett Lucas, born in 1993. His three eldest children all appeared in the three Star Wars prequels, as did Lucas himself. Following his divorce, Lucas was in a relationship with singer Linda Ronstadt in the 1980s.
  • 1979
    Age 34
    The animation studio Pixar was founded in 1979 as the Graphics Group, one third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm.
    More Details Hide Details Pixar's early computer graphics research resulted in groundbreaking effects in films such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Young Sherlock Holmes, and the group was purchased in 1986 by Steve Jobs shortly after he left Apple Computer. Jobs paid Lucas US$5 million and put US$5 million as capital into the company. The sale reflected Lucas' desire to stop the cash flow losses from his 7-year research projects associated with new entertainment technology tools, as well as his company's new focus on creating entertainment products rather than tools.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 24
    In 1969, Lucas married film editor Marcia Lou Griffin, who went on to win an Academy Award for her editing work on the original Star Wars film.
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    In 1969, Lucas co-founded the studio American Zoetrope with Coppola—whom he met during his internship at Warner Bros.—hoping to create a liberating environment for filmmakers to direct outside the perceived oppressive control of the Hollywood studio system.
    More Details Hide Details His first full-length feature film produced by the studio, THX 1138, was not a success. Lucas then created his own company, Lucasfilm, Ltd., and directed the successful American Graffiti (1973). Lucas's newfound wealth and reputation enabled him to develop a story set in space. Even so, he encountered difficulties getting Star Wars made. It was only because Alan Ladd, Jr., at 20th Century Fox liked American Graffiti that he forced through a production and distribution deal for the film, which ended up restoring Fox to financial stability after a number of flops. Star Wars quickly became the highest-grossing film of all-time, displaced five years later by Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. After the success of American Graffiti and prior to the beginning of filming on Star Wars, Lucas was encouraged to renegotiate for a higher fee for writing and directing Star Wars than the $150,000 agreed. He declined to do so, instead negotiating for advantage in some of the as-yet-unspecified parts of his contract with Fox, in particular ownership of licensing and merchandising rights (for novelizations, T-shirts, toys, etc.) and contractual arrangements for sequels. The studio was unconcerned to relinquish these rights, as its last major attempt in the field, with the 1967 film Doctor Dolittle, had proved a discouraging failure. Lucas exploited merchandising rights wisely, and Lucasfilm has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from licensed games, toys, and collectibles created for the franchise.
    In 1969, Lucas was one of the camera operators on the classic Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    Working as a teaching instructor for a class of U.S. Navy students who were being taught documentary cinematography, Lucas directed the short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which won first prize at the 1967–68 National Student film festival, and was later adapted into his first full-length feature film, THX 1138.
    More Details Hide Details Lucas was awarded a student scholarship by Warner Bros. to observe and work on the making of a film of his choosing. The film he chose was Finian's Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who was revered among film school students of the time as a cinema graduate who had "made it" in Hollywood.
    In 1967, Lucas re-enrolled as a USC graduate student in film production.
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    After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1967, he tried joining the United States Air Force as an officer, but he was immediately turned down because of his numerous speeding tickets.
    More Details Hide Details He was later drafted by the Army for military service in Vietnam, but he was exempted from service after medical tests showed he had diabetes, the disease that killed his paternal grandfather.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 17
    On June 12, 1962, while driving his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina, another driver broadsided him, flipping over his car, nearly killing him, causing him to lose interest in racing as a career.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied anthropology, sociology, and literature, amongst other subjects. He also began shooting with an 8 mm camera, including filming car races. At this time, Lucas and his friend John Plummer became interested in Canyon Cinema: screenings of underground, avant-garde 16 mm filmmakers like Jordan Belson, Stan Brakhage, and Bruce Conner. Lucas and Plummer also saw classic European films of the time, including Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, François Truffaut's Jules et Jim, and Federico Fellini's 8½. "That's when George really started exploring," Plummer said. Through his interest in autocross racing, Lucas met renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, another race enthusiast. Wexler, later to work with Lucas on several occasions, was impressed by Lucas' talent. "George had a very good eye, and he thought visually," he recalled. Lucas then transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. USC was one of the earliest universities to have a school devoted to motion picture film. During the years at USC, Lucas shared a dorm room with Randal Kleiser. Along with classmates such as Walter Murch, Hal Barwood, and John Milius, they became a clique of film students known as The Dirty Dozen. He also became good friends with fellow acclaimed student filmmaker and future Indiana Jones collaborator, Steven Spielberg. Lucas was deeply influenced by the Filmic Expression course taught at the school by filmmaker Lester Novros which concentrated on the non-narrative elements of Film Form like color, light, movement, space, and time.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on May 14, 1944.
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