A model of the Enterprise-D sold at auction for $576,000 today at Christie’s. The model was built by ILM (!) and used in The Next Generation series and the film Generations.
Star Wars may be over, but ILM certainly isn’t slowing down – they have a staggering amount of work on their plate, including The Spiderwick Chronicles, Eragon, Transformers and the next Harry Potter film.
For folks wondering about some of the technical aspects involved, eWeek talks to ILM, among others, about digital storage.
T’bone has heard a rumor that ILM may be outsourced to India. Grain of salt. Big heaping grains of salt.
ETA: Check the comments for some more looking into the issue.
ETA2: From the inside: Pablo calls bullshit.
Industrial Light & Magic is in negotiations to sell their physical production unit. The purchaser is Mark Anderson, a model maker who’s worked for ILM for 15 years. The unit will be renamed Kerner Optical and continue as a ILM preferred subcontractor in addition to seeking work from other sources.
Employees were informed yesterday, and the company hopes the deal will be finalized in 60 days.
President Bush awarded the National Medal of Technology to Industrial Light & Magic today. George Lucas and ILM president Chrissie England were on hand to accept the honor.
There are a couple of other ILM folks up for Oscars, and John Williams has two nominations. I think he has enough to build a house. A house of Oscars.
For a more realistic interpretation behind the scenes, check out PC World’s interview with ILM’s Brian Gernand.
Why the ROTS DVD will show up as “Charlotte” on your computer. Thanks to the DVD, rumors are also flying about a digital Yoda replacing the puppet in TPM.
And finally, TFN is reporting that John Hollis, who played Lobot in ESB, passed away last month.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported issues with union workers at Skywalker Sound and ILM in Thursday’s paper. That day, LFL filed an unfair labor complaint against the union.