By the end of the summer, the film had become a cultural phenomenon in the United States and had only just begun its triumphant series of releases around the world. A new mythology had been born and the world was ready for more.
Written and directed by George Lucas, the filmmaker assembled a team of talented cast and crew, and a new visual effects company formed known as Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The stage had been set for something unexpectedly special.
A winner of multiple Academy Awards?, Episode IV A New Hope, as it came to be officially known, revolutionized motion picture production. With groundbreaking visual effects and sound design, the cinematic art form breathed with new potential in Lucas’ masterpiece. A story deep in classical themes reminded filmmakers and audience members alike just what made a good story so important and so impactful.
Movies would never be the same, and the legacy of the original film continues to this day in mediums as diverse as there are stories to be told. This is where it all began…