A blockbuster legend and a rogue filmmaker, George Lucas is above all a master storyteller, and the mind behind some of American culture's most enduring sagas. Born on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California, Lucas grew up in the small town which would be the inspiration for his comedy-drama American Graffiti. He attended the USC Film School, where he quickly made a name for himself with the short film which would become THX-1138. Fearing the control of large film studios, Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola set up their own studio, American Zoetrope. After his first two films gained him acclaim and popularity, he set out to produce his masterpiece, the Star Wars trilogy. The science fiction adventure brought together the epic style of Japanese samurai films, the universal mythology of Joseph Campbell, the rugged individualism of sci-fi serials, and previously unimaginable special effects, revolutionizing American film. He followed the saga with another epic and rugged adventure trilogy, Indiana Jones. These films have inspired three decades of blockbusters, proved the invaluable place of independent filmmaking, and are still central to American folk history. Though he may be known by many as the blockbuster king and has worked on many other hit films, George Lucas will always be the trailblazing architect of the modern myth.
"Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality."
"Any society begins by realizing that together, by helping each other, you can survive better than if you fight each other and compete with each other. We have the tendency to lose it when we forget that, as a group, we are stronger than we are as individuals."
"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you're doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle."
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