This is the Way: The Behind-the-Scenes Magic of The Mandalorian Season 2

This is the Way: The Behind-the-Scenes Magic of The Mandalorian Season 2

For the second season of Lucasfilm’s hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, Industrial Light & Magic reengineered their StageCraft virtual production platform rolling out version 2.0 in which ILM introduced among other things, Helios, Industrial Light & Magic’s first cinematic render engine designed for real-time visual effects. ...
The Mandalorian Garners a Record 13 VES Award Nominations

The Mandalorian Garners a Record 13 VES Award Nominations

Season 2 of Lucasfilm's hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, garnered a record 13 Visual Effects Society nominations leading the broadcast field. Nominees in 25 categories were selected by VES members via 32 virtual nomination events conducted across the globe. The Mandalorian received nominations in the following categories Outstanding ...
ILM Executive Profile: Janet Lewin, SVP, General Manager

ILM Executive Profile: Janet Lewin, SVP, General Manager

“I strive to make it easier to innovate -- to create a supportive environment for groundbreaking creativity and excellence in production,” explains Janet Lewin, SVP and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic. Formerly vice president of Visual Effects at Lucasfilm, Lewin has spent a combined 26-years at the two companies. She ...
2020 CONCEPT ART AWARDS HONORS 3 ILM CONCEPT ARTISTS

2020 CONCEPT ART AWARDS HONORS 3 ILM CONCEPT ARTISTS

Concept Artists Christian Alzmann, Brett Northcutt, and Stephen Todd were among the artists to receive a 2020 Concept Art Award on Saturday, September 12th. Additionally, Alzmann was honored with the LBX Concept Art Luminary Award, recognizing the impact of his work on The Child for The Mandalorian. Check out the winning artwork alongside each
3 NEW ILM STAGECRAFT STAGES COMING SOON & GLOBAL TRAINEE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

3 NEW ILM STAGECRAFT STAGES COMING SOON & GLOBAL TRAINEE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Industrial Light & Magic today 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 ...
THE MANDALORIAN RECEIVES 15 EMMY NOMINATIONS

THE MANDALORIAN RECEIVES 15 EMMY NOMINATIONS

On September 20, 2020 the Television Academy announced the nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards and Lucasfilm’s hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian was recognized with 15 nominations in a variety of categories including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects. “The Mandalorian is a collaboration between some of
ROB BREDOW ELECTED TO AMPAS BOARD OF GOVERNORS

ROB BREDOW ELECTED TO AMPAS BOARD OF GOVERNORS

We are thrilled to report that Rob Bredow, Executive Creative Director & Head of Industrial Light & Magic, is among the six newly elected members to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ 2020-2021 Board of Governors. Additionally, Jessica Teach, San Francisco Executive in Charge, and 12 individuals from our artist and ...
ILM Employee Spotlight: Rebecca Kuo

ILM Employee Spotlight: Rebecca Kuo

What is your name, what do you do and how long have you been working at ILM Sydney? My name is Rebecca Kuo, and I used to work in ILM Singapore as a Pipeline Technical Director for three years. I recently transferred to ILM's Sydney studio.   What is your biggest passion outside of work? I love traveling, exploring new things and enjoying
ILM to Open New Studio in Australia

ILM to Open New Studio in Australia

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the visual effects division of Lucasfilm Ltd., announced today that the company would be expanding its global footprint to Australia. The studio is opening a new studio in Sydney to better serve its clients and complement its current operations in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered, Singapore,
How Seven Samurai Inspired A Shot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

How Seven Samurai Inspired A Shot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Today, ILM Senior Compositor, Charmaine Chan explains her visual inspiration for the Kylo and Luke confrontation after the Battle of Crait in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  These days, majority of blockbuster films are shot in front of a giant green/blue screen. Taking an actor in front of a screen and grounding them into a scene to help ...
OpenEXR Joins Academy Software Foundation Projects

OpenEXR Joins Academy Software Foundation Projects

OpenEXR, a widely-adopted HDR image file format, and OpenCue, a recently launched render manager, join the growing roster of Academy Software Foundation projects. We're thrilled to announce that the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a neutral forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today ...
ILM StageCraft

ILM StageCraft

Leveraging Industrial Light & Magic's decades-long experience in production and effects, we have created an integrated virtual production platform we call, StageCraft – an end-to-end virtual production solution. StageCraft offers filmmakers the ability to: For more information about StageCraft or to discuss
Creating the Blockade Runner Engine Look for Rogue One

Creating the Blockade Runner Engine Look for Rogue One

Today our guest writer is Todd Vaziri, Lead Artist at ILM who chronicles how the Blockade Runner engine shot from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went from idea to reality: I was thrilled to get to work on this shot with my friend and frequent collaborator, ILM lighter Tom Martinek. (Leia’s Blockade Runner escapes, tying Rogue One directly to the
John Knoll, Thomas Knoll, and Mark Hamburg Accept Sci-Tech Award

John Knoll, Thomas Knoll, and Mark Hamburg Accept Sci-Tech Award

ILM's Chief Creative Officer, John Knoll was among those honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at this year's Sci Tech Awards. Watch David Oyelowo present Scientific and Engineering Awards to Thomas Knoll and John Knoll for the original architecture, design and development, and to Mark Hamburg for his continued development
ILM Nominated for Three Academy Awards

ILM Nominated for Three Academy Awards

Early this morning the Academy announced the nominees for the 91st Oscars and we're so excited that ILM artists worked on three of the five films in the Achievement in Visual Effects Category. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Dan DeLeeuw Kelly Port Russell Earl Dan Sudick READY PLAYER ONE Warner Bros. Pictures Roger Guyett Grady Cofer Matthew E. ...
ILM Garners 17 Nominations for the 17th Annual VES Awards

ILM Garners 17 Nominations for the 17th Annual VES Awards

The Visual Effects Society released the nominations for the 17th Annual VES Awards this morning, and we're thrilled to have been nominated for seventeen awards for our work in 2018. We'd like to congratulate all the nominees and thank our teams for their hard work. Our nominations include: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal ...
2019 BAFTA 'Special Visual Effects' Nominations Announced

2019 BAFTA 'Special Visual Effects' Nominations Announced

This morning BAFTA announced the nominees for their annual awards ceremony on February 10th and we're thrilled that ILM worked on three of the five films that made the list! Congratulations to our artists Russell Earl (VFX Supervisor, Avengers: Infinity War), Craig Hammack (VFX Supervisor, Black Panther), Roger Guyett (Visual Effects ...
91st Oscars Shortlist Announced

91st Oscars Shortlist Announced

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards, and we're thrilled to have contributed to six of them. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Following the screenings, members will vote to ...
ILM's John Knoll Among Sci-Tech Awards Honorees

ILM's John Knoll Among Sci-Tech Awards Honorees

This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.  Nine technical achievements, represented by 27 individual award recipients including ILM's John Knoll, will be honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Feb. 9 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Also during ...
INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC LAUNCHES ‘ILM TV’

INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC LAUNCHES ‘ILM TV’

Industrial Light & Magic expanding its offering of best-in-class visual effects and animation services to include the streaming and episodic television market with a new division: ILM TV. The division will be based out of ILM’s new 47,000 square foot London studio and supported by the company’s global locations in San Francisco, Vancouver ...
Passion Projects: Jorik Dozy’s Award-Winning ‘Birthplace’

Passion Projects: Jorik Dozy’s Award-Winning ‘Birthplace’

Senior Generalist, Jorik Dozy's ILM credits include Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Recently, Jorik combined his love of the environment with his visual storytelling skills when he co-directed 'Birthplace,' Novo Amor's impactful music video, which takes place on the ocean floor and highlights the tragic realities of ...
IN THE SPOTLIGHT – KAORI OGINO

IN THE SPOTLIGHT – KAORI OGINO

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY.As CG Technology Supervisor of ILM, I work with the CG artist leads across our global studios, internal engineering groups, as well as with outside partners, to define and drive short and long-term technology strategy for ILM. I have 14 years of experience in the ...
Rob Bredow Named SVP, Executive Creative Director & Head of ILM

Rob Bredow Named SVP, Executive Creative Director & Head of ILM

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, announced today respected industry veteran Rob Bredow has been appointed SVP, executive creative director & head of ILM. In addition, it was announced that Gretchen Libby, has been promoted to vice president, marketing & production. Bredow will be in charge of all of ILM’s 4
Meet the Women of ILM – Maggie Leung

Meet the Women of ILM – Maggie Leung

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY.I have been in the industry for almost 10 years and my 7.5th year at ILM Singapore. I’m currently a production manager. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN COURSE OF STUDY IN SCHOOL?I majored in communications, media arts and production. WHAT INSPIRED ...
Meet the Women of ILM – Whitney Townsley

Meet the Women of ILM – Whitney Townsley

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY.I am the HR Advisor in the London studio. I started as HR Coordinator back in May 2014 when there were only three of us in HR, Recruitment and Talent. This gave me the opportunity to help shape the structure of our department. Now along with knowing the systems and ...
Meet the Women of ILM – Kacy McDonald

Meet the Women of ILM – Kacy McDonald

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRYI have been in the film industry for 16 years. It is surprising how fast time goes when you are genuinely having a fun time. My role at ILM is a VFX Producer role. I oversee the schedule and budget for several projects by partnering with the VFX and CG Supervisors. I ...
Meet the Women of ILM – Clair Bellens

Meet the Women of ILM – Clair Bellens

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. I've been with the company about one and a half years now. This past September I became a developer in ILM’s Research & Development group, my focus is mainly with the crowds department. My focus is more in helping the artists, leads and supervisors ...
Meet the Women of ILM – Rachel Reed

Meet the Women of ILM – Rachel Reed

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. I am a production manager at ILM Vancouver, which means I'm responsible for the crewing and schedule of the show. I've been at ILM for 4 years. I coordinated on shows in some amazing legacy franchises like 'Jurassic World' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' ...
Meet the Women of ILM – Sophie Dawes

Meet the Women of ILM – Sophie Dawes

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. I'm currently a Visual Effects Producer at ILM London. A Producer's job is to ensure the project delivers on time and on budget - that's the definition of the role, but there is so much more to it than that... My daily routine consists of managing the Artists,
Meet the Women of ILM – Jayne Pong

Meet the Women of ILM – Jayne Pong

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. ILM was my first step into the film industry! I joined ILM as a production accountant in May 2015 working alongside the production and global finance teams to set and forecast the budgets for feature productions. In late 2017, I transitioned into a financial ...
Meet the Women of ILM – Carol Payne

Meet the Women of ILM – Carol Payne

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT ILM, AND HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. I am a Color & Imaging Scientist at ILM San Francisco. Our team works with every production and client to make sure image processing standards are of the highest quality throughout film production for all four of ILM’s global locations. This includes writing ...
Jeff White Named Vancouver Creative Director

Jeff White Named Vancouver Creative Director

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored White and three colleagues with a Technical Achievement Award for his original design of ILM’s procedural rigging system, Block Party. He is also nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects for his contribution to Kong: Skull Island. Jeff White joined Industrial ...
MaterialX Open Sourced

MaterialX Open Sourced

Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) announced the inaugural Open Source release of the MaterialX Library for computer graphics. MaterialX is an open standard developed by Lucasfilm’s Advanced Development Group and ILM engineers to facilitate the transfer of rich materials and look-development content between applications and ...
ILMxLAB and Epic Games team up to showcase VR for Visual Development

ILMxLAB and Epic Games team up to showcase VR for Visual Development

ILM Chief Creative Officer John Knoll took the stage at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference to share a cutting edge VR demonstration created by ILMxLAB and Epic Games utilizing Unreal Engine running on the newly-announced iMac computer. The demo showcased how realtime VR tools such as Unreal Engine running on powerful hardware are being ...
Vancouver takes on Valerian

Vancouver takes on Valerian

Industrial Light & Magic's Vancouver studio is leading the charge for the company on Luc Besson's epic science fiction film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film, based on the french graphic novel series "Valerian and Laureline." This film marks the first to be spearheaded by the Vancouver studio and the crew could not be ...
Cinefex Reveals Cover Art for Issue 152

Cinefex Reveals Cover Art for Issue 152

Cinefex Magazine issue 152 has made its debut and the latest and greatest incarnation of Kong graces the cover. The issue features the publication's trademark in-depth coverage of 2 films for which ILM was the primary visual effects company Kong: Skull Island and The Great Wall.   Cinefex continues to be the periodical of ...
Magicians at Work – Jennifer Zeidan

Magicians at Work – Jennifer Zeidan

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH ILM AND WHAT IS YOUR ROLE? I’ve been at ILM for a year and a half as a Media Systems Engineer and have supported movies from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What is a media systems engineer you ask? Good question; I’m still trying to figure that out! All kidding aside, we support ...
Craig Hammack Honored with Hamilton Award

Craig Hammack Honored with Hamilton Award

ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Craig Hammack was honored at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards for Extraordinary Achievement in Film. The ceremony took place on November 6th, 2016 at Exchange LA. Hammock was recognized for his contribution to the visual effects of Peter Berg's 'Deepwater Horizon'. Both Berg and lead actor Mark Wahlberg ...
Magicians at Work

Magicians at Work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH ILM AND WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT THE COMPANY? I've been at ILM for over 2 years. I am a Senior FX Technical Director, and have designed fx at ILM on "Warcraft: The Beginning", "Ant-Man" and "Captain America: Civil War". WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB AND/OR THE COMPANY? My Job is really fun, FX is an ...
Dennis Muren Honored at Paris Images

Dennis Muren Honored at Paris Images

Launched by the Ile de France Commission, the Paris Images Digital Summit is devoted to digital creation in its multiple manifestations, the latest trends and innovations in digital visual effects, CGI, motion-capture, 3-D and disruptive technologies in cinema, television, advertising, video games and transmedia. Photo Credit: Xavier ...
Cinefex Reveals Cover for Issue 145

Cinefex Reveals Cover for Issue 145

The issue covers three films that ILM contributed visual effects to: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant and Spectre. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. present the beginning of a new trilogy set in a distant galaxy, 30 years after the fall of the evil Emperor Palpatine, in which regional governors ...
Jurassic World Honored with the Hollywood Visual Effects Award

Jurassic World Honored with the Hollywood Visual Effects Award

Amidst the glitz and glamour at last evening's Hollywood Film Awards, Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Alexander was presented with the Hollywood Visual Effects Award for Jurassic World. Alexander accepted on behalf the film's lead visual effects house, ILM, and of all of the visual effects artisans who worked on the film – Some 400+ artists, ...
Hollywood Post Alliance Unveils Nominations

Hollywood Post Alliance Unveils Nominations

The Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA) announced the nominees for the 2015 HPA Awards and we are thrilled to report that three ILM projects are up for consideration. In the Visual Effects for Feature Film category, ILM's work on Jurassic World and Tomorrowland have each received nominations as has the company's work on Marvel's ...
ILMxLAB Partners With Facebook For 360 Video Launch

ILMxLAB Partners With Facebook For 360 Video Launch

On September 23rd, Facebook announced that 360-degree video would be rolling out in user's news feeds later that day. Disney and Lucasfilm debuted an exclusive ILMxLAB 360 experience from our upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing fans inside the beloved Star Wars universe skimming over the surface of Jakku. "There’s also a ...
Magicians at Work

Magicians at Work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR ILM? 19 years WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL AND WHAT DID YOU STUDY? Marquette University - I have a BA in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication with a minor in Criminology WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU DECIDED TO BE IN FILM? From the broad perspective, I knew as a seven-year-old after seeing Star Wars for
SIGGRAPH Special Event: ILM at 40

SIGGRAPH Special Event: ILM at 40

For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo-chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures, to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital ...
Breathing Life into the Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park

Breathing Life into the Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park

While the film may have been 65 million years in the making, the visual effects crew would have substantially less time to create what would later be recognized as a seminal moment in the annals of cinema history. Jurassic Park represented a massive leap forward in the use of computers to create imagery for the screen. For the ...
Magicians at Work

Magicians at Work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR ILM? I've been working at ILM Singapore for five years.WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL AND WHAT DID YOU STUDY? I went to school in France and studied Science and Physics, then I did a major shift of interest to art and went on to study computer graphics/animation and cinema. WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU DECIDED TO BE ...
ILM Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at Comic-Con

ILM Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at Comic-Con

ILM and Science Channel joined together to celebrate ILM's 40th Anniversary at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year. Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor, Jeff White, legendary ILM model maker, Lorne Peterson, and model maker and digital artist, John Goodson, spoke on a sold-out panel delving into the company's ...