They Put The ILM In Film

At George Lucas' Oscar-hoarding Industrial Light & Magic, computer wizards are re-forming the face of movies

There wasn't much suspense in the Visual Effects category at last week's ^ Oscars. The nominees were Hook, for its twinkly, shrinkly Tinkerbell (created by a team at producer George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic shop), Backdraft, for its nifty fire rampage (Industrial Light & Magic) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in part for its liquid-metal cyborg that can "morph" -- change seamlessly, seductively -- into any shape (Industrial Light & Magic). And the Oscar went to . . . Industrial Light & Magic, for T2.

Dennis Muren, senior visual-effects supervisor at ILM, has become a familiar figure on Oscar night,...

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