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Thoughts on movies, tech, open source and creative collaboration.

The Acolyte Season 1, First Reviews

The Acolyte Season 1, First Reviews

I’m very encouraged by the viewership and the reviews for our new show, The Acolyte, this week. Viewership From Variety: “The Acolyte,” Disney+’s newest Star Wars series, reached 4.8 million views in its first day of availability. This marks …

Making Solo: A Star Wars Story

Making Solo: A Star Wars Story

My book, ILM Presents: Making Solo A Star Wars Story is out and I got to sit down with the team at StarWars.com to chat a bit about the book. Excerpts from the interview below… “The first time we put the cast into hyperspace was really fun,” …

On Creativity: Theme Driven Design

On Creativity: Theme Driven Design

Excerpted from a Q&A with ACM Siggraph 2018 SIGGRAPH: As former Chief Technology Officer and current SVP, Executive Creative Director, and Head of ILM, you clearly have a deep understanding of the ways technology and creativity can come together …

Trials on Tatooine First Reviews

Trials on Tatooine First Reviews

This week ILMxLAB did the first public play test of Trials on Tatooine at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Trails on Tatooine is a first-person story-based virtual reality experiment where you don a headset and get to walk around …

Lucasfilm Releases Trailer for Episode VII

Lucasfilm Releases Trailer for Episode VII

Lucasfilm has released the teaser trailer for Episode 7 today. I’m loving the new job at Industrial Light and Magic and happy to see this trailer being enjoyed in the wild.

Things I learned as CTO at Sony Pictures

Things I learned as CTO at Sony Pictures

For the past few years I’ve been the CTO of a division of Sony Pictures heading up Imageworks, Animation, and more recently Colorworks and Post Production. Before this time, I’d had opportunities to lead large teams on movies, but had never served in …

Creativity Inc.

Creativity Inc.

A few great quotes from the excellent book by Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc. “There is nothing quite like ignorance combined with a driving need to succeed to force rapid learning.” “Believe me, you don’t want to be at a company where there is more …

Trick Work

Trick Work

(Originally published in the March 2014 VFX issue of ICG Magazine) “What a vista opens before us at the very mention of trick-work! There is hardly a single fantastic idea which cannot be given existence upon the screen. The masterpieces of the …

Academy Award for OpenColorIO

Academy Award for OpenColorIO

At this year’s Academy Scientific And Technical Achievement Awards show, OpenColorIO was among 19 other winners. If you haven’t heard of OpenColorIO, it’s a color management framework that makes managing color for cinema and video much more …

This sounds fun, are you hiring?

Yes! We are almost always hiring at ILM. Check ILM.com/careers for the latest info and browse the posted positions in our studios around the world.

Can I send you a Star Wars idea or a script?

Unfortunately no. As an employee of Lucasfilm I cannot receive unsolicated pitches.

I'd like to study to work in the entertainment industry, what roles should I consider?

Check out Get In the Door for interviews with a number of people in a wide variety of positions at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. I think you may find someone there who inspires you.

How can I contribute to software used by the entertainment industry?

The Academy Software Foundation is an open source, non-profit organization dedicated to getting people involved in a healthy software ecosytem for filmmaking, many of our projects focus on visual-effects and animation. I recommend checking out ASWF.io to learn more and get involved as it's a great way to meet people working in the industry and find a passion project to contribute to.