Industrial Light & Magic has worked behind the scenes to create visual effects for hundreds of blockbuster films for 35 years, and to celebrate Encore is turning the camera around to focus on the people who make movie magic.
The Encore original documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible will air on the network Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director Leslie Iwerks ‘ granddaughter to animation legend Ub Iwerks ‘ directs the film, with star Tom Cruise lending his voice to the narration.
The hourlong special includes in-depth interviews with top ILM talent and filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Williams, Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter. Classic films and TV shows featured in the program include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robot Chicken, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Transformers, Twister, Young Sherlock Holmes and The War of the Worlds (2005).
Leading up to the premiere of the special will be a marathon of five movies featuring ILM effects starting at 2 p.m. and consisting of Jumanji, Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.
ILM was founded by Lucas in 1975 to create the visual effects for his 1977 masterpiece Star Wars. Since then, it has work has earned it 15 visual effects Oscars and 25 additional nominations as well as 23 scientific and technical awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.