Dragonslayer is notable as Industrial Light & Magic’s first non-Lucasfilm production. The film inspired the development of the Go-Motion process, where ILM’s motion-control technology was adapted to stop-motion-style puppet animation.

Go Motion created the film’s realistic motion blur and smooth character articulation — both instrumental in what was described as the most realistic dragon portrayed on film to date. ILM’s effects team was honored with an Academy Award for their work on the film.

Matthew Robbins
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor
Dennis Muren
ILM Animation Supervisor
Sam Comstock