“When we did Star Wars, it was me and a bunch of my friends, all guys from the fringe of the motion…”

“When we did Star Wars, it was me and a bunch of my friends, all guys from the fringe of the motion picture business, Doug Trumbull, Bob Abel…we all got together and got this warehouse [Van Nuys, ILM V1.0] and it became like a super-garage. We were all people who were friends and did things together; we rode motorcycles and flew airplanes and surfed and skied. We all had talents because we had all come from film-based environments – Doug Trumbull’s facility and Bob Abel’s, and a variety of other places in Hollywood. When we came together and did that, we had a great time doing it. I can’t think of a better avocation. So if [Star Wars] had been a total flop, it still would have been a raging success for us.”

- John Dykstra, Visual Effects Artist

(image source: http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2009/02/17/john-dykstra-on/)

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