ILMxLAB to be exclusive creators of immersive story experiences for ‘Star Wars.’
SAN FRANCISCO -- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and parent company Lucasfilm, Ltd. have announced the formation of ILM Experience Lab (ILMxLAB), a new division that will draw upon the talents of Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound.
ILMxLAB combines compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production to create immersive entertainment experiences. For several years, the company has been investing in real-time graphics -- building a foundation that allows ILMxLAB to deliver interactive imagery at a fidelity never seen before. As this new dimension in storytelling unfolds, ILMxLAB will develop virtual reality, augmented reality, real-time cinema, theme park entertainment and narrative-based experiences for future platforms.
“The combination of ILM, Skywalker Sound and Lucasfilm's story group is unique and that creative collaboration will lead to captivating immersive experiences in the Star Wars universe and beyond,” states Lucasfilm Executive Vice President and ILM President Lynwen Brennan. “ILMxLAB brings together an incredible group of creatives and technologists together to push the boundaries and explore new ways to tell stories. We have a long history of collaborating with the most visionary filmmakers and storytellers and we look forward to continuing these partnerships in this exciting space.”
“The pioneering spirit that inspired storytellers and technical artists to improvise, innovate and help imagine a galaxy far, far away is in the DNA of ILMxLAB,” adds Vice President of New Media for Lucasfilm Rob Bredow. “We see xLAB as a laboratory for immersive entertainment. It’s amazing to be working in a new medium where we get to help invent how stories are told and experienced, connecting artists with their audiences like never before.”
“The people who work here have been investing in achieving the unachievable for more than 40 years. Creative storytelling was something that George Lucas instilled in each of the companies from their earliest days and out of that came the incredible innovation that continues to this day,” comments Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We are currently exploring the fictional universes of Star Wars, and I think a lot of people would like to be immersed in them. The challenge of ILMxLAB will be to find out what storytelling looks like in this new space.”
“Cinema is a master storyteller’s art form. Until recently, a ‘fourth wall’ has contained this form,” notes ILMxLAB Creative Director John Gaeta. “Soon, however, we will break through this 4th wall and cinema will become a portal leading to new and immersive platforms for expression. ILMxLAB is a platform for this expansion. We want you to step inside our stories.”
ILMxLAB is currently collaborating on several premium experiences with innovative creators and will be announcing exclusive Star Wars-based experiences later in the year.