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Thursday
Oct062011

Inside 1980s ILM

Today I wanted to show you a couple of old tv doccumentaries from the 80s that show the working techniques of the studio from the period covering the original three Star Wars films. This is where today's VFX industry came from and all of our contemporary visual tools are in some way equivalents of these "analog" versions. There's something magical about this glimpse into cinema's history and it's so cool seeing these master artists at work. Shout out to my internet buddy Cole Henley for reminding me about these, thank you Sir. Put the kettle on and have a sandwitch because these films are fried gold.

Reader Comments (2)

Amazing what you can do now with a simple compositing program like Adobe after effects or NUKE. masking, matting, keying, roto, painting. These are great VFX breakdowns. Thanks for posting!
I would love to see some more

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrant

Absolutely fascinating. I can't remember the last time I watched a documentary which didn't seem to be dumbed down extensively to appeal to as many as possible, and so I feel compelled to celebrate the producers of this for making such an accessible piece which still delved deep into a topic.

I feel like I just took a month of courses on analogue special effects methods. What an amazing time in film that was.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris P

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