George Lucas

Movie Producer

There was a genius behind a masterpiece. In 1977, the monumental movie, 'Star Wars,' was released and broke all the box office records. George Lucas, orchestrated the fascinating combination of futuristic mythology and special effect.

Lucas inspired people with the imagination about the universe. Star Wars triggered the flood of special effect movies. It was a cultural phenomenon.

Despite of its astonishing success, Star Wars kept Lucas feeling "really disappointed." He used to say the first version of Star Wars lived up to only about forty percent of what he wanted it to be, due to budget and technological constraints. On the twentieth anniversary of Star Wars, Lucas released the special edition of Star Wars with which he finally could feel comfortable.

His life as a moviemaker started once he entered in the University of Southern California, majoring the film. His outstanding talent in moviemaking made him the recipient of a scholarship from Warner Brothers. While studying at the university, Lucas met the great master, Francis Ford Coppola.

Lucas's first film was THX 1138 which turned out as a failure in spite of the startling images, rich sound and compelling ideas. The following work, 'American Graffiti' was, in contrast, a huge success with which Lucas learned the audience wanted a strong narrative style and characters they could relate themselves to.

The success of 'American Graffiti' provided him the financial foundation for producing 'Star Wars.' He launched three new companies: ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) for special effects, THX for high quality of sound in movies and theaters and LucasFilm for production of movies. Then he created the mythology of Star Wars.

  • Born in Modesto, California on May 14, 1944
  • Graduated from the University of South California
  • Created movies
    • THX 1138 (1965)
    • American Graffiti (1973)
    • Star Wars (1977)
    • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Written a novel, Shadow Moon (1995)