'Light & Magic' charts the visual-effects revolution from 'Star Wars' to 'Jurassic Park'

“光 & [object Window]” もちろん、人々が愛する映画についての思い出の小道を旅することです (から始まる “スターウォーズ”) そしてそれらを作る背後にある魔法. しかし、ローレンス・カスダンのこの6部構成のドキュメンタリー, a veteran of that franchise, also contains a broader look at how technology can fundamentally reshape an industry in a way that can put even ingenious buggy-whip makers out of business.

The Disney+ production begins with two full episodes devoted to the making of “スターウォーズ,” and the fact that director George Lucas had to essentially create the apparatus to realize those ambitious special effects from scratch. It ends with the transformational adoption of computer-generated visual effects, どこ, as director James Cameron notes, “The only limitation is money and imagination.
In between, Kasdan provides a thoughtful, often funny and meticulously detailed look at the craft of special effects, the small band of wizards that Lucas enlistedand the influences, から “キングコング” に “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad,” that inspired them to begin tinkering with home movies at an early ageand the evolution of filmmaking as effects came of age and a blockbuster mentality took over.
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    With the benefit of hindsight, the key decision came when Lucas opted to formally assemble the team he had brought together by creating Industrial Light and Magic, the company that became the go-to visual effects source for much of the film industry and a pioneer in the innovations that followed. Speaking of the ILM process, director J.J. Abrams describes it asthat rare magic trick where the technique is as good as the illusion.
      Using landmark films to move the narrative along, から “Raiders of the Lost Ark” に “スターウォーズ” sequels, “ターミネーター 2: Judgment Day” に “ジュラシック・パーク,” Kasdan incorporates dazzling behind-the-scenes glimpses while devoting time to the colorful personalities that have become synonymous with special effects.
        The discussions range from the wonky and technicalJohn Dykstra discussing the motion-control system concocted to capture the dogfight sequences in “スターウォーズ” — to the amusing, like putting potatoes inThe Empire Strikes Backasteroid field or a “レイダース”-inspired recollection of how to melt a human head.
        The big-name filmmakers interviewed also reveal their sense of awe as movie fans, then and now, such as Ron Howard recalling seeing “スターウォーズ” 初めて, leaving the theater, and promptly getting in a long line to see it again.
          “光 & [object Window]” shares DNA with the 2015 ドキュメンタリー “レイダース, Raptors and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM,” but it’s a deeper dive into the material, one that celebrates the advances in special effects while contemplating its meaning, their limits and the toll as physical crafts gave way to digital representations.
          Visual effects create the magic that makes people want to go to the movies,” Lucas says, but his pal Steven Spielberg adds the cautionary note, “When the effects become the story, we’ve lost our way.
          There’s also a touching aspect in the final hours, when ILM’s model-shop employees came to grips with the digital wave sweeping over them. After stop-motion and creature effects mastermind Phil Tippett got his first look at the digital dinosaurs on “ジュラシック・パーク,” he told Spielberg, または雇用行動を処理することは、彼らが前ホワイトハウス政権または他の誰かによってMrを選択するように圧力を受けていたことを示しました, “I feel extinct.
          Disney+ has been extremely shrewd about turning what are essentially DVD extras into content for the streaming service (インクルード making of “マンダロリアン,” 等), だが “光 & [object Window]” feels like a more ambitious and at times almost profound history not just of how these advances came about, but the way such technology impacted the lives of those who created it.
          When visual-effects ace Dennis Muren read the “スターウォーズ” 脚本, 彼は言い​​ます, “”I just thought, ‘This is impossible.'
            今, those dazzling images are taken for granted. “光 & [object Window]” documents how the impossible became feasible, but to Kasdan’s credit, its efforts to shed light on the magic doesn’t stop there.
            “光 & [object Window]” 7月に初演 27 on Disney+.