Following the tragic news over the weekend, about the passing of Ralph McQuarrie, I thought I would repost this documentary about the genesis of ILM (Horizon – How To Film The Impossible) – I posted this a year or so ago but at the time I didn’t have a YouTube account that could upload clips over 15 mins – and now I do – so here it is in its entirety.
While this Horizon is not about McQuarrie himself, it is about the ILM / Lucas heyday, a world in which McQuarrie was hugely influential. It’s about a time when innovation was made in a machineshop and not via lines of computer code. In many ways it’s a love letter to a bygone era when visual effects were more akin to a stage illusionist tricks or the slight of hand of a magician.
Anyhow, it was a seminal moment for me. I hope it brings back fond memories for you.
Onwards and upwards
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author