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Visual Effects

Starfighters careening through space, dinosaurs rampaging through dense forest, superheroes defending the world against fearsome villains…

The groundbreaking visual effects creations of Industrial Light & Magic have redefined the limits of our imagination for more than 40 years.

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM has created some of the most memorable visual effects in history. From the awe-inspiring innovations in the classic Star Wars trilogy to the spectacular imagery in The Avengers and Transformers, ILM has always specialized in the unprecedented.

Attracting some of the finest talent from every corner of the globe, ILM’s team is comprised of technicians and artists at campuses in four countries, collaborating to meet the unique challenges that each new film presents. Many of the resulting innovations have opened up entirely new avenues of expression for filmmakers.

Rooted in a history of practical effects, where model spaceships and stop-motion animated characters dazzled audiences in disbelief, ILM has led the foray in computer generated effects. From pioneering efforts on films like The Abyss and Jurassic Park, to recent entries like The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian, what was once a dream in the mind’s eye has now been brought to life on the silver screen.

In 2020, ILM announced the next phase of its global expansion plan for the company’s virtual production and StageCraft LED volume services. This expansion of services is tied to a proactive initiative for increasing diversity in the industry by combining ILM’s growth in this innovative methodology with a global trainee program geared for underrepresented VFX talent.

With every new challenge, ILM continues to push the envelope…

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