Where Star Wars Comes to Life

High-tech collaboration tools help Industrial Light & Magic's Vancouver branch to create incredible special effects—including many of those in the Force Awakens

Written by Michael McCullough

We just finished The Force Awakens,” says Randal Shore, the executive in charge of Industrial Light & Magic’s Vancouver studio. He’s talking, of course, about the then-soon to be released next instalment in the Star Wars saga. “We can work right up to the wire.”

Putting together a galactic-scale blockbuster is a global effort, involving not only this visual effects shop—Shore estimates his team is responsible for 250 of the shots cinema-goers saw after Star Wars Episode VII opened on Dec. 18—but also ILM’s head office in San Francisco, as well as branches in London and Singapore.

For this reason, the visual effects house founded by Star Wars auteur George Lucas has perfected the art of real-time collaboration, with co-workers and movie-studio clients sometimes many hours ahead in an office far, far away.

(Photos by Lucas Finlay)

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