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Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm Hardcover – October 1, 1996


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  • Series: Into the Digital Realm
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345381521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345381521
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 330-page coffee-table book combines the writing of Mark Cotta Vaz and Patricia Rose Duignan with more than 600 photographs and illustrations to chronicle the accomplishments of Hollywood's hottest special effects company. Industrial Light & Magic, where Duignan spent two decades of her career, was founded by George Lucas to create the effects for his groundbreaking movie, Star Wars. Since then ILM has continued to pioneer new technologies which have led to SF classics such as "E.T.," "Terminator 2" and "Jurassic Park". This books offers a behind-the-scenes look into the magical moments ILM has helped create.

About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz is a senior writer for Cinefex, a leading magazine on special effects, for which he has documented the making of such films as Batman Returns, Hook, Die Hard 2, and The Hunt for Red October.  Vaz is the author of Tales of the Dark Knight: Batman's First Fifty Years, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, and Spirit in the Land: Beyond Time and Space with America's Channelers.  Vaz lives in San Francisco where he has been active in local political and community activities.  He is also a student of Choy-Li-Fut and Tai-Chi kung-fu forms.

Patricia Rose Duignan served for two decades in production and senior management positions at ILM including Production Supervisor, Operations Manager, and Director of Marketing.  She is executive producer of ABC's stop-motion animated series, Bump in the Night, as well as a visual effects consultant to the feature film and interactive multimedia industries.

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Mark Cotta Vaz is the author of over twenty-one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His recent works include Mythic Vision: The Making of Eragon, The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion, and the biography Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you know about visual effects, you know about ILM. And this book describes their work over the last ten years in great detail. The illustrations are superb, and the pullouts are simply spectacular. If i do have one gripe, it is the fact that they really don't go into the real process of the digital effects. They do to a point, but since i work with these type of programs, i would like to see how the masters do it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hills on June 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For 25 years Industrial Light and Magic has woven magic into countless films, either subtle images through `invisible' effects such as matte paintings or through eye-popping visuals that stand out vividly against the film backdrop. ILM has made it's mark on history, for not only have they been and still are the premiere effects house in Hollywood, they have innovated and invented more technology than any other studio, additionally they have won awards for the processing and compositing technology they have created. ILM had to be the best at special effects, because their flagship title - STAR WARS - demanded the best, because that's what Lucas wanted.
`Into the Digital Realm' isn't so much an abandonment of ILM of the traditional methods of special effects, rather a point of departure for the new technology and all of things that led up to it. Indeed, ILM's work on `The Hunt For Red October' submarine work involved flying the submerged vessels from wires in a smoky room - effects do not get any more traditional than that. Released in 96, the book doesn't mention that Phantom Menace or even that the film is in production. It does have some revised images from the Star Wars special edition. As with the previous tome, this one is packed with hundreds of color photos, plus the same beautiful gate fold images.
If the center piece for the previous book was Star Wars, Digital Realms' focus is obviously Jurassic Park, because it was the first film to use CG on so large a scale, even more than Terminator 2, which ILM also did. Jurassic Park was also the test bed and showcase piece that convinced Lucas that computers had finally matured enough to bring what he had in mind to the screen for the new Star Wars films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristy M. Ross on June 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
One of the greatest 'making of' writers Patricia Rose Duignan's Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm is one of my all-time favorite books, charting the journey of ILM from fledgling company in George Lucas' garage to the No.1 Special Effects company in the world. Insightful and comprehensive, this is flawless reading and has some great accompanying images from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and surprisingly some of their lesser-known movies like Willow and Hook. An essential movie book, I just love every page, so carefully written, so rich in detail, it leaves the reader feeling that they have experienced something very special. Fantastic and brilliant. BUY IT NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
After having read the book "The Art of Special Effects" about ILM first decade it was out of the question for me not to buy this book. The book first gives a look back at the good old days at ILM. While reading the text, which is perfectly illustrated with hundreds of color pictures and drawings, the reader comprehends very quickly that the transition from optical, traditional special effects to the state-of-the-art digital effects of blockbusters like "Jurassic Park" was more than just switching on computers. An era ended and a new one started, giving the specialist at ILM more power to fulfill their dreams - and those of million moviegowers.
The author uses a different approach to explain the special effects. In "The Art of Special Effects" the tricks were explained by introducing the different departments. Here the author uses different movies which have been milestones for ILM.
Although the book is very detailed and informative it lacks the thrilling writing of its predecessor "The Art of Special Effects". Never the less a must for every movie buff and everyone interested in the making of movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1996
Format: Hardcover
ILM performs the significance change of cinematography and ILM is the pioneer of digital movie production.

This book contains the ideas of movie-making which is the atractive material today.
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Format: Hardcover
The book is huge and heavy. Every single page has at least several great color photographs and it is a big book. You will love to read about ILM's ventures into the digital realm. It is very technology orientated, but not too much and does talk about the film making process and ILM in general. This is well worth looking at especially for fans of ILM or those who want to see what goes on behind the scenes or for those looking for a career in this direction. This is a good place for inspiration.
Although it does not cover the more recent movies you will still get the picture here. It starts by talking about go-motion and then moves onto the first ever digital sequence and how much people slaved over it before going into detail with the evolution of that process and of the special edition of Star Wars and Speilberg's "J. Park".
The book looks fantastic. Keep it for your grandkids. I am sure they will love you for it. This is the kind of book that you will turn to time and time again just to see "how they did that".
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