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Short Paper On George Lucas' Career.

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George Lucas born and grew up on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. When Lucas was in his late teens he developed an interest in drag racing. However, a severe car accident changed what he had wanted to be when he grew up. Originally he had wanted to be a race car driver. Lucas had gone to Modesto Junior college before attending the University of Southern California film school. While he was attending film school he made several short films such as THX-1138:4EB, which had one first prize at the national student film festival. In 1967 he was granted a scholarship to watch the making of the movie Finian's Rainbow, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who had also directed the movie The Godfather. In 1969 Coppola and Lucas created a company called American Zoetrope. The first undertaking of the company was a full length version of Lucas's THX-1138. In 1971, when Coppola started directing The Godfather Lucas had set out and created his own company called Lucasfilm Ltd. In 1973 he had written and directed the film American Graffiti. American Graffiti had won the Golden Globe and had been nominated for five Academy Awards. In 1973 he had started writing the screen play for the movie Star Wars, which he was inspired to write by Flash Gordon and Planet of the Apes. He established ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) for the special effects for the movie. Sprocket Systems was established to edit and mix it and it later became know as Skywalker Sounds. His movie was turned down by a few different companies until Twentieth Century Fox had liked the idea. The film had broken all box office records and had received seven Academy Awards. Lucas along with Steven Spielberg had created the Indiana Jones which the PG-13 rating had been created for. From 1980 to 1985 George Lucas had been creating Skywalker Ranch, which was built to accommodate the different needs of LucasFilm. He had later created THX movie systems, which revolutionized the way people watch movies.The film American Graffiti was influenced by George Lucas's own life. The film was about four teenagers having fun the last summer night before they go off to college. One of Lucas's particular interests when he was in his teens was drag racing. This movie has to do with drag racing, too. I think that the television show Happy Days was influenced by this movie. This movie reminded me a lot about the show, and I don't think that the reason it reminded me of the show was Ron Howard, but the way everything was shot and the setting was basically the same. The soundtrack was also very similar to what kind of music is in the show, fifty's rock and roll. Two artists who wrote...

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