Light & Magic: Season 1

Light & Magic: Season 1

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Granted unparalleled access, Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back) takes viewers on an adventure behind the curtains of Industrial Light & Magic, the special visual effects, animation and virtual production division of Lucasfilm.

2022Rating: MUSALucasfilm Ltd., Imagine Documentaries
Documentary

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

“Gang of outsiders.”

The year is 1975, and George Lucas has a problem.... More There is no visual effects company in Hollywood capable of realizing the massive vision behind his new film “The Star Wars”. George and camera expert John Dykstra assemble an unlikely team of artists and dreamers for the job, but despite their best efforts and some remarkable new technology, the ILM team falls woefully behind.

EPISODE 1.2

“On the bucking bronco.”

When a near fatal wreck thwarts his boyhood dream of... More racing cars, George Lucas finds success as a filmmaker. He spends his own money on the special effects of an ambitious new “space opera”, but progress is painfully slow. With the help of key new hires, ILM rallies to finish the film on time. Star Wars premieres to worldwide success, yet George remains curiously unsatisfied with the results.

EPISODE 1.3

“Just think about it.”

After Star Wars, ILM moves north to a new facility—but... More not everyone is invited. As work begins on The Empire Strikes Back, the team faces unprecedented new challenges. Frustrated by the available tools, George creates a new division to help modernize filmmaking. Upon the release of Empire, ILM takes on outside work for the first time, setting the stage for a remarkable string of success.

EPISODE 1.4

“I think I found my people.”

A new partnership with Steven Spielberg results in the memorable... More effects of Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., and more. Meanwhile, the computer graphics group scores its first digital breakthrough. As the 80s blockbuster era rolls in, ILM crews are competing against each other, for both resources and awards. When George makes a fateful business decision, ILM is forced to rebuild on the fly.

EPISODE 1.5

“Morfing.”

ILM enters the digital era as its revamped computer division... More faces its first big test with Willow. With a new team of rebels arriving at the company eager to push CG to its limits, James Cameron gives them a chance with The Abyss and Terminator 2. But the transition to digital is not without its casualties, as some struggle to adapt. Then Steven Spielberg returns with his greatest challenge yet.

EPISODE 1.6

“No more pretending you’re dinosaurs.”

Stop-motion genius Phil Tippett feels like he’s gone extinct when... More CG unexpectedly takes center stage in Jurassic Park. The watershed moment convinces George Lucas to return to his long-planned Star Wars prequel trilogy and push the technology even further. As digital filmmaking continues to grow and evolve, The Volume proves that the spirit of innovation remains alive and well at ILM.

Light & Magic: Season 1 | Reviews

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IndieWire

IndieWire

One of the most remarkable facets of Light & Magic is how revealing and forthcoming the interviews are...

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Stuff

Stuff

While fascinating for all ages, it is particularly essential viewing for younger film fans...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Don’t be put off by the corporate-video feel of the intro. This celebratory documentary series about Industrial Light and Magic... is thoroughly down to earth.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

While the insight from these individuals is essential, you still can't entirely escape that feeling that these are a bunch of guys... tooting their own horns.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

ILM has touched too many movies and impacted culture in too many ways to allow one dull episode in the bunch.

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CNN

CNN

Thoughtful, often funny and meticulously detailed...

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IGN

IGN

Where it stumbles is in its pacing, frontloading episodes with a micro focus on Star Wars...

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Light & Magic: Season 1 | Release Details

Light & Magic: Season 1 is available to stream in Australia now on Disney+.