Founded in 2015, ILMxLAB is Lucasfilm’s award-winning immersive entertainment division. ILMxLAB combines storytelling, design, technological innovation and world-class production to create interactive experiences that allow people to truly “Step Inside Our Stories”. Using emerging technology platforms such as virtual reality and augmented / mixed reality, we build rich worlds, establish intimate connections with characters, and enable meaningful adventures whether that be in the home, theater, or public spaces.
Immersive Entertainment by ILMxLAB
Carne y Arena
Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts from Central American and Mexican refugees, CARNE y ARENA blurs and binds together the superficial lines between subject and bystander, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and live a fragment of a refugee’s personal journey.
In addition to being the first-ever VR Special Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, CARNE y ARENA was awarded a special Oscar in October, 2018 — the first such award in 19 years. CARNE y ARENA is a six-and-a-half- minute solo experience that employs state-of-the-art technology to create a multi-narrative space with human characters. The project reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu and three-time Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, alongside producer Mary Parent, Legendary Entertainment and ILMxLAB.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
A galaxy far, far away needs your help. In teams of four, be transported with family and friends in a brand new hyper-reality experience from ILMxLAB and The VOID.
Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team’s orders.
Pushing the boundaries of location-based virtual reality, The VOID and ILMxLAB bring the Star Wars universe to life through a multi-sensory, untethered story.
Tickets are available for select locations at TheVOID.com.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon Attraction
ILMxLAB is in development on the real time, immersive Millennium Falcon attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019.
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay
In Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, Poe Dameron’s sidekick needs your help. Repair BB-8 and his astromech droid friends, each with their own unique personalities, so they can roll back into the fight against the First Order. Aboard General Leia’s ship in the depths of space, you’ll need to work quickly before battle breaks loose just outside the droid repair bay.
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, created by ILMxLAB, is the official virtual reality story connected to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Solo: A Star Wars Story 360
In the Star Wars universe, you may have heard about the infamous moment where Han Solo and Lando Calrissian first meet and ultimately face-off for the legendary Millennium Falcon. With Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the help of ILM, this iconic moment was captured in full 360º, putting you the viewer at the center of it all. Watch it all unfold with Han, Lando, and some new and old friends. Solo: A Star Wars Story 360 was created in association with ILMxLAB.
Rogue One: Recon 360
Conflict, above all else, rules the galaxy. As an everyday X-wing pilot flying for the Rebellion, be immediately immersed in the vastness of space with only your R2 unit and wingman by your side. What starts as a routine mission for Mon Mothma takes a sharp turn as you stumble upon unexpected Imperial presence – and something they will do anything to keep hidden.
Rogue One: Recon is a short immersive 360 experience created by ILMxLAB that is connected to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Immersive Experiments by ILMxLAB
Epic Games, in collaboration with NVIDIA and ILMxLAB, gave the first public demonstration of real-time ray tracing in Unreal Engine at the Game Developer’s Conference in March 2018. Real-time ray tracing is considered to be a holy grail for those creating high-end cinematic imagery, and one that signifies a leap forward in the convergence of film and games.
The three companies presented an experimental cinematic demo using assets from Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring Captain Phasma, clad in her distinctive armor of salvaged chromium, and two stormtroopers who run into her on an elevator on the First Order ship.
ILMxLAB debuted LiveCGX, over 2 hours of real-time performance-driven live digital augmentation, at London Fashion Week for steventai’s AW18 fashion presentation in association with London College of Fashion’s Innovation Agency.
Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine
In Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, wield a lightsaber as you leap into action ILMxLAB’s virtual reality experiment. Be transported to the desert world of Tatooine, repair the iconic Millennium Falcon, and defend the plucky droid hero R2-D2 from incoming stormtroopers in this captivating experience set after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Trials on Tatooine is available for free download here.
ILMxLAB and Magic Leap “Lost Droids” Mixed Reality test was released in 2016 at the announce of their joint “Collab-Lab” on the Lucasfilm campus in San Francisco, CA. This is a experiment from ILMxLAB and Magic Leap, shot directly through Magic Leap technology.