Burbank native Leslie Iwerks took on the daunting task of compacting 35 years of history on George Lucas' visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, into her documentary on the company's evolution that will be seen this weekend on Encore.
In the hour-long piece, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible," several of the visionaries who created some of the most mind-blowing scenes in film are interviewed, including Lucas. Narrated by Tom Cruise, the documentary features clips from "The Abyss," "Jurassic Park," "Twister" and "Transformers," and behind-the-scenes footage illustrating how techniques were invented and perfected over the years. The company has done effects for nearly 300 film projects.
Lucas started the division in 1975 to create visual effects for "Star Wars" in a warehouse in Van Nuys, but moved to San Rafael to work on "The Empire Strikes Back." The company is now headquartered at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco and has a sister studio in Singapore.