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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 30, 2003
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

A TRIBUTE TO INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC AND SKYWALKER SOUND

With In Person Guests George Lucas, James Cameron, Dennis Muren, Ben Burtt and Others

February 6 - 16, 2003

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents A TRIBUTE TO INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC AND SKYWALKER SOUND (February 6 - 16, 2003). This eight day retrospective showcases clips of the groundbreaking visual and sound effects of ILM and Skywalker Sound, spanning twenty five years of filmmaking. Highlights of the series include in person appearances by directors George Lucas and James Cameron, and ILM and Skywalker Sound Artists Patty Blau, Chris Boyes, Eric Brevig, Ben Burtt, Geoff Campbell, Rob Coleman, Stefen Fangmeier, Steve Gawley, Pablo Helman, Richard Hymns, John Knoll, Jeff Mann, Dennis Muren, Lorne Peterson, Gary Rydstrom, Steve Sullivan, Dan Taylor, Randy Thom and James Tooley. All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

When the original STAR WARS exploded across movie screens in 1977, audiences were dazzled as never before by some of the most astounding visual and sound effects in cinema history: The irridescent glow and sudden zzzap! of the Jedi's lightsaber, the adrenaline-stoked dogfights in space, the sound and fury of the Death Star's destruction. The two companies George Lucas created two years earlier to produce these wondrous effects - Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound - would quickly grow to have a most revolutionary and profound impact on the way audiences see, hear and, most importantly, feel movies today.

Beginning with the introduction of motion-control technology in STAR WARS, ILM soon followed with a series of pioneering visual effects innovations: the first completely computer-generated (CGI) sequence for the "Genesis Effect" in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982), and the first computer-generated movie character with the "Stained Glass Man" in YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (1985); the first "morphing" sequence for WILLOW (1988); the first three-dimension CGI character with the Pseudopod in THE ABYSS (1989). Along the way, ILM helped create some of the most indelible images in popular movie culture: the climactic spirits of the dead firestorm in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), the flying bicycle in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982), the time-traveling DeLorean in BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985), and the astoundingly realistic dinosaurs in JURASSIC PARK (1993), winning a phenomenal 14 Academy Awards for its visual effects work.

Following its own Academy Award-winning work on STAR WARS, Skywalker Sound quickly established itself at the cutting edge of post-production sound in modern filmmaking. It's impossible to imagine the nailbiting chase scenes in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), the apocalyptic, scorched-earth visions of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991), or the terrifying howl of the T-rex in JURASSIC PARK without the masterful sound design and effects editing of Skywalker Sound. Its recent credits - including the superb sound design on FORREST GUMP (1994), TITANIC (1997), SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002), show just a part of Skywalker Sound's creative range. Now firmly established as the premiere post-production sound facility in the world, Skywalker Sound has won an astonishing 16 Academy Awards over the past 25 years.

With the triumph of the recent STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES

(2002), ILM and Skywalker Sound continued to astound audiences and filmmakers alike with their ability to translate the wildest creative ideas into cinema reality. ILM's work on the upcoming TERMINATOR 3: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES, VAN HELSING and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and Skywalker Sound's work on the upcoming FINDING NEMO and POLAR EXPRESS, as well as their combined efforts on THE HULK and PETER PAN, promise to keep this magic alive.

PROGRAM 1 -- Thursday, February 6 - 7:30 PM

Program 1 on Thursday, February 6th program begins at 7:30 PM with "A Tribute to ILM, Skywalker Sound and the STAR WARS Series." The founder and visionary behind ILM and Skywalker Sound, George Lucas, will join us for a special Opening Night program tracing the groundbreaking creative achievements and development of both companies on the STAR WARS series, featuring visual effects compilation reels from STAR WARS (1977), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983), STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999) and STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002). (Clips on 35 mm., permission 20th Century Fox.) Discussion following with ILM and Skywalker Sound founder George Lucas. Special Ticket Price of $20.00 General, $18.00 Students/Seniors and $15.00 Cinematheque Members for this show only.

PROGRAM 2 -- Friday, February 7 - 7:30 PM

Program 2 on Friday, February 7th program begins at 7:30 PM with "ILM and the Genesis of Computer Generated Visual Effects." For over 20 years, ILM has been at the forefront of computer-generated image (CGI) technology, introducing many of the mind-bending innovations that are now taken for granted by audiences and moviemakers. This program will trace ILM's rich history with computer-generated effects, beginning with the very first all-CGI sequence, the "Genesis Effect" in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982, Paramount), followed by the Stained Glass Man in YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (1985, Paramount), the first morphing sequence in WILLOW (1988, 20th Century Fox), the Pseudopod in THE ABYSS (1989, 20th Century Fox), the T-1000 Liquid Man in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991, Columbia), the first computer-generated human skin textures in DEATH BECOMES HER (1993, Universal), the CGI dinosaurs in JURASSIC PARK (1993, Universal), the amazingly complex title character in CASPER (1995, Universal), DRAGONHEART (1996, Universal) and THE MUMMY (1999, Universal). (Clips on video). Discussion following with ILM artist Patty Blau and Stefen Fangmeier.

PROGRAM 3 -- Saturday, February 8 - 5:00 PM

Program 3 on Saturday, February 8th program begins at 5:00 PM with "Bringing Dinosaurs To Life: ILM, Skywalker Sound and the JURASSIC PARK Films." ILM and Skywalker Sound's work on the three JURASSIC PARK films stands as one of their signature achievements, creating an entire world filled with rampaging T-rexes, flying pterosaurs, malevolent velociraptors and more. Three of the key artists who worked on the films, Dennis Muren and Dan Taylor (ILM) and Chris Boyes (Skywalker Sound), will join us for this special program, featuring visual and sound effects compilation reels from JURASSIC PARK (1993), THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997) and JURASSIC PARK III (2001). (Clips on 35 mm., permission Universal Pictures.) Discussion following with ILM artists Dennis Muren and Dan Taylor and Skywalker Sound artist Chris Boyes.

PROGRAM 4 -- Saturday, February 8 - 8:00 PM

Program 4 on Saturday, February 8th program begins at 8:00 PM with "ILM, Skywalker Sound and James Cameron." Since their first collaboration on the mysterious, water-filled Pseudopod for THE ABYSS, ILM, Skywalker Sound and James Cameron have gone hand in hand, helping to bring an incredible gallery of sights and sounds to the screen. James Cameron is scheduled to join ILM artist Dennis Muren and Skywalker Sound artists Gary Rydstrom and Chris Boyes for a special program featuring visual and sound effects compilation reels from THE ABYSS (1989, 20th Century Fox), TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991, Columbia), and TITANIC (1997, Paramount). (Clips on 35 mm.) Discussion following with director James Cameron and ILM artist Dennis Muren and Skywalker Sound artists Gary Rydstrom and Chris Boyes. Special Ticket Price of $20.00 General, $18.00 Students/Seniors and $15.00 Cinematheque Members for this show only.

PROGRAM 5 -- Sunday, February 9 - 5:00 PM

Program 5 on Sunday, February 9th begins at 5:00 PM with "A Tribute to Skywalker Sound." Since its inception, Skywalker Sound has helped revolutionize the ability of filmmakers and sound designers to bring

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their creative visions to the screen. Please join us for a special program tracing the history of Skywalker Sound, featuring sound effects compilation reels and clips from BACKDRAFT (1991, Universal), QUIZ SHOW (1994, Universal), CONTACT (1997, Warner Bros.), SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998, Paramount), CAST AWAY (2000, 20th Century Fox), MINORITY REPORT (2002, 20th Century Fox) MONSTERS, INC

(2001, Walt Disney) and LUXO JR. (1986, Pixar (Clips on 35 mm.) Discussion following with Skywalker Sound artists Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns and Randy Thom and General Manager Glenn Kiser.

PROGRAM 6 -- Friday, February 14 - 7:30 PM

Program 6 on Friday, February 14th begins at 7:30 PM with "Miniatures, Models and ILM." For all its achievements in the field of computer-generated effects, ILM continues to rely on painstaking, traditional techniques of miniatures and model-building to create some of its most memorable effects. Please join ILM artists Jeff Mann, Lorne Peterson and Steve Gawley for this special program featuring visual effects compilation reels and rare "making-of" footage from from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Paramount), POLTERGEIST (1982, Turner Entertainment Co.), E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982, Universal), BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985, Universal), WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (1989, Walt Disney), THE ROCKETEER (1991, Walt Disney) and much, much more! (Clips on 35 mm. and video) Discussion following with ILM artists Jeff Mann, Lorne Peterson and Steve Gawley.

PROGRAM 7 -- Saturday, February 15 - 5:00 PM

Program 7 on Saturday, February 15th begins at 5:00 PM with "Skywalker Sound and Ben Burtt." Long acknowledge by his colleagues and peers as a truly visionary sound artist, Ben Burtt has been key to the success and growth of Skywalker Sound since the first STAR WARS (for which he won a special Academy Award for Alien, Creature and Robot Voice Creation - !) Please join us for an in-person tribute to Ben Burtt, featuring sound effects compilation reels from INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989, Paramount) STAR WARS (1977, 20th Century Fox), WILLOW (1988, 20th Century Fox), ALWAYS (1989, Universal) STAR WARS: EPISODE I -- THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999, 20th Century Fox) and others. (Clips on 35 mm. and 70 mm.) Discussion following with Skywalker Sound artist Ben Burtt.

PROGRAM 8 -- Saturday, February 15 - 8:00 PM

Program 8 on Saturday, February 15 begins at 8:00 PM with "The All-Digital Magic of STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES." A landmark achievement in the history of visual effects, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES featured over 2,200 f/x shots to create its sweeping pageant of star-crossed lovers, unstoppable clone armies and one lightsaber-wielding, butt-kicking little Jedi Knight named Yoda. Please join us for an entire program devoted to the groundbreaking technological and creative advances behind STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002, 20th Century Fox), featuring visual effects compilation reels and rare, making-of footage from the film. (Clips on 35 mm. and video.) Discussion following with ILM artists Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Pablo Helman.

PROGRAM 9 -- Sunday, February 16 - 2:00 PM

Program 9 on Sunday, February 16th begins at 2:00 PM with "Hair, Fur, Feathers & Faces - Making Digital Characters Look Real." One of the greatest challenges faced by visual effects artists has been creating life-like hair, fur, feathers and skin textures. ILM has been at the vanguard of developing technologies to visualize everything from dragon scales to gorilla hair to dinosaur skin, to a little house elf named "Dobby" - ! Please join us for an imaginative tour through ILM's gallery of fantastic creatures, featuring clips from TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991, Columbia), JURASSIC PARK (1993, Universal), GALAXY QUEST (1999, Dreamworks), THE MUMMY (1991, Universal), STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999, 20th Century Fox) and the 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF E.T.: THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL (2002, Universal). (Clips on 35 mm. and video.) Discussion following with ILM artists Rob Coleman, Geoff Campbell, Steve Sullivan and James Tooley.

PROGRAM 10 -- Sunday, February 16 - 5:00 PM

Program 10 on Sunday, February 16th begins at 5:00 PM with "ILM: Into The 21st Century." ILM continues to dazzle audiences with its recent work, from the killer waves it created for THE PERFECT STORM (2000, Warner Bros.) to the sunken cityscapes of A.I. (2001, Warner Bros.), historical recreations of the attack on Pearl Harbor (2001, Disney) and the nightmarish precog visions of MINORITY REPORT (2002, 20th Century Fox.). In addition to visual effects compilation reels from these films, this program will feature some of the rarest ILM materials: special "gag" reels featuring some famous movie characters that have never before been screened in public - ! (Clips on 35 mm. and video.) Discussion following with ILM artists Stefen Fangmeier, Eric Brevig and others.

To interview any of the above guests, please contact Ellen Pasternack at Lucas Digital: paste@lucasdigital.com

Programs are separate admission. Guest appearances are schedule permitting.

 

NEW TICKET PRICES AS OF JANUARY 2, 2003: $9 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $8 Seniors (65+ years) and students with valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR PHOTOS SENT VIA E-MAIL ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A FAXED REQUEST.

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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