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He is best known as creator of the epic Star Wars saga and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. From to , he served as co-writer and executive producer of all six Star Wars films, as well as director for four of the films.
He is famous for his advances in special effects and filming techniques. His father was mainly of British and Swiss - German heritage and his mother was a member of a prominent Modesto family one of her cousins is the mother of former U. George Lucas and Indiana His parents sold retail office supplies and owned a walnut ranch in California. His father ran a stationery store and owned a small walnut orchard. Lucas himself was short and scrawny as a child; his younger sister reportedly fought with other kids who picked on him.
His experiences growing up in the sleepy suburb of Modesto and his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti.
Before young Lucas became obsessed with the movie camera, he attended Thomas Downey High School , where he was an indifferent student at best. He was interested in race car driving; he dreamed of becoming a professional race car driver.
For better or worse, that dream was abruptly ended in his early adulthood when on June 12, , he crashed his Autobianchi Bianchina in a car accident. The car was clipped from behind while he tried to make a left turn into his driveway. The car rolled; the racing harness that he had installed snapped, and he was thrown from the car. The force of the impact uprooted the tree. As it was, emergency personnel had difficulty finding a pulse and at first thought him dead. During his recovery, Lucas reevaluated his life and decided to go to college after graduating high school.
He enrolled at Modesto Junior College , where he earned an AA degree and developed a passion for cinematography and camera tricks. These events became a magnet for the teenage Lucas and his boyhood friend John Plummer. The year-olds began slipping away to San Francisco to hang out in jazz clubs and find news of Canyon Cinema screenings in flyers at the City Lights bookstore.
Already a promising photographer, Lucas became infatuated with these abstract films. At an autocross track, Lucas met his first mentor in the film industry - famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler , a fellow aficionado of sleek racing machines. Wexler was impressed by the way the shy teenager handled a camera, cradling it low on his hips to get better angles. USC was one of the earliest universities to have a school devoted to film studies. Lucas was deeply influenced by the Filmic Expression course taught at the school by filmmaker Lester Novros which concentrated on the non-narrative elements of Film Form like color, light, movement, space, and time.
Vorkapich taught the autonomous nature of the cinematic art form, emphasizing the unique dynamic quality of movement and kinetic energy inherent in moving film images. He was passionate and interested in cinematography and editing, defining himself as a filmmaker as opposed to being a director, and he loved making abstract visual films that create emotions purely through cinema.
After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in film in , he drifted a little, trying to figure out what to do next. He tried joining the United States Air Force as an officer, but was turned down because of his numerous speeding tickets. He was later drafted by the Army, but tests showed he had diabetes , the disease that killed his paternal grandfather. Working as a teaching instructor for a class of U. Navy students who were being taught documentary cinematography, Lucas directed the short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 4EB , which won first prize at the National Student Film Festival , and was later adapted into his first full-length feature film , THX The statues were of Yoda and the first life-sized statue of Indiana Jones.
As work on Star Wars dragged on, Coppola took over directing Apocalypse Now, leading to the breakdown of the American Zoetrope partnership. Lucas was also influential in the development of industry-standard post-production tools such as the Avid Film and Video non-linear editor, first developed as the Edit Droid, and the Sound Droid, which later became the Digidesign Pro Tools sound editing and mixing software.
Jobs paid U. Some twenty years later, on January 24 ,
He is best known as creator of the epic Star Wars saga and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. From to , he served as co-writer and executive producer of all six Star Wars films, as well as director for four of the films. He is famous for his advances in special effects and filming techniques. His father was mainly of British and Swiss - German heritage and his mother was a member of a prominent Modesto family one of her cousins is the mother of former U.