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GEORGE LUCAS (Writer/Director, Executive Producer) first attracted attention for his filmmaking abilities as a student at the University of Southern California, when his short film Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB won the top award at the National Student Film Festival.

In 1971, using San Francisco production studio American Zoetrope and long-time friend Francis Ford Coppola as executive producer, Lucas transformed the short film into his first feature, the stunningly prescient THX 1138.

His follow-up, the low-budget American Graffiti (1973), became the most successful film of its time. But it was Lucas' third film, 1977's Star Wars, that changed everything. A deceptively simple morality tale of good versus evil told across a fantastic landscape of exotic planets and bizarre creatures, Star Wars became an international phenomenon. Refusing to accept the limitations of filmmaking at the time, Lucas created his own visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, to make his vision a reality.

Lucas has been storywriter and executive producer of a series of box-office hits beginning in the 1980s, starting with the continuation of the Star Wars saga, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. In 1981, he created the classic adventurer Indiana Jones, star of three classic box-office hits as well as a television series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which won 12 Emmy Awards.

Throughout the 1980s, Lucas helped bring to the screen an array of films as diverse as Willow, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and Mishima, and helped create unforgettable Disney theme park attractions.

Lucas returned to directing in 1999 with Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Three years later, Episode II Attack of the Clones, was the first major live-action movie to be shot entirely digitally. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the movie that completes Lucas's Star Wars saga.


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