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Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC is an American movie and television production company founded by filmmaker George Lucas in 1971. Originally based in San Rafael, California, Lucasfilm has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney+ Company since 2012. The headquarters of Lucasfilm is now situated at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco, California.
Lucasfilm is best known for creating the legendary Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. The company has become an iconic force within the movie industry, achieving remarkable success not only through the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films but also through other notable movies such as American Graffiti and Labyrinth. In addition to its renowned film productions, Lucasfilm encompasses a range of divisions including Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Skywalker Sound, Lucasfilm Animation, and ILMxLab.
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is the visual effects department of Lucasfilm, responsible for revolutionizing the art of computer-generated imagery (CGI). Founded by George Lucas in 1975, ILM was initially created with the purpose of generating visual effects for the original Star Wars film. ILM has since expanded its horizons, providing groundbreaking visual effects for more than 350 films and garnering numerous awards and recognitions in the process.
Skywalker Sound, another division of Lucasfilm, specializes in sound design, mixing, and audio post-production services. Established in 1975 alongside ILM, Skywalker Sound has contributed to the audio landscape of countless films, earning various industry awards for their expertise in sound. The company operates from the state-of-the-art Skywalker Ranch, a sprawling complex located in Nicasio, California.
Lucasfilm Animation was founded in 2003 as a division dedicated to the production of animated content such as television series, films, and other media. The highly acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series was produced by Lucasfilm Animation, as well as the follow-up series Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
ILMxLab, the company's most recent subsidiary, focuses on creating virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other immersive experiences. Established in 2015, ILMxLab is at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, featuring projects that include the critically acclaimed virtual reality experience Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series.
In 2012, The Walt Disney+ Company purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, ushering in a new era for the company. This acquisition led to the production of several new Star Wars films, including the sequel trilogy, anthology films, and various series on Disney+'s streaming platform, Disney++. Lucasfilm's impact on the entertainment industry, from its iconic films to its groundbreaking technical achievements, has cemented its status as one of the most influential and accomplished film production companies in the world.
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