Essay on The Astonishing George Lucas

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The Astonishing George Lucas
George Lucas was born on may, 14 1944. He is 67 years old. George Lucas was born in Modesto, California. He was enrolled in Modesto junior college, and later graduated from the University of Southern California. Currently, George Lucas is the chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm ltd. He was Married to Marcia Lucas (1969-1983). George Lucas is a movie producer, screen writer, a director, and an entrepreneur. He is best known for him 2 major movies; The Star Wars trilogy, and the Indiana Jones franchise. George Lucas has a net worth of 3.2 Billion, as of 2011.
After graduating High School Lucas decided to enroll into Mode Sto Junior College. He wanted to study anthropology. While studying, he discovered that he had a passion for cinematography, and camera tricks. Following this passion he graduated from USC in California as a photographer. While exploring this path he met his first mentor “Haskell Wexler” in the Cinematography industry. After that he transferred to USC of Cinematic Arts. He joined a group of film students known as “The Dirty Dozen” where he became friends with Steven Spielberg. HE graduated with a fine arts degree in 1967 and attempted to join the US Air Force but, was turned down due to his numerous speeding tickets. Later he got drafted into the Army in Vietnam but he was turned down again, but this time to do diabetes. Still in 1967, he reenrolled in the USC to be an instructor for a class of US Navy students. After that he directed his first full-length film called “Electronic Labyrinth iTHX11384EB” which won first place in the national student-film festival. Lucas was then awarded a student scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe and work on making a film of his choosing. He filmed “Finian’s Rainbow” and in 1969 he was one of the camera men for The rolling stones’ music video “Gimme Shelter.” After that Lucas just became bigger and bigger.
For George Lucas, this all became possible, when he won the student film contest in 1967; with the film THX 1138. After THX 1138, his career accelerated. In 1971, the acclaimed Lucas film ltd was founded by the George Lucas, the chairman and CEO. Lucas film is an American film production company. [They produce films] George Lucas’s fame would not be possible without his first three films; ‘THX 1138’ (1967), ‘American Graffiti’ (1973), and the critically acclaimed ‘Star wars’ Trilogy (1977). Lucas film ltd is also most known most by their three most eminent films they have ever made; ‘American Graffiti’ (1973), the ‘Star wars’ trilogy (1977), and the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise (1984).
Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977. When Lucas first made it, the company didn’t think it would be so successful. So they decided to give Lucas all the marketing rights. In other words, anytime an item sells with the name “Star Wars” in it, Lucas will receive a good portion of the cost. Star Wars was a huge hit when it came out (much to the company’s horror). Three years after, he released its sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” which was again, another huge success. Another three years after that “The Return of The Jedi” was released, ending the original trilogy. Sixteen years after the final film, they release “The Phantom Menace” a prequel to the original movies. It rekindled the series, and they brought in “Attack of the Clones”, followed by “Revenge of the Sith.” The series is so strong they even made “Star Wars the Clone Wars”, an animated series on Cartoon Network.

Lucas was not finished when he made Star Wars, far from it in fact. In 1981 he released “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” The movie is about the adventures of Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, who is a fictional archaeologist. In the movie he stops a band of evil treasure collectors from using a powerful artifact. The first movie was very popular, so popular, that they made a sequel. “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was released shortly after in 1984. While some fans might say it