"Star Wars" (eng. Star Wars) - fantastic saga, which the American director George Lucas in the early 1970s and later expanded. The film had an enormous influence on the international pop culture and repeatedly recognized as the best science fiction film.
Let's start with the fact that his creation "Star Wars" owe a car accident in which George Lucas was in high school. Actually, he wanted to be a racing driver, so sold all his toys and bought a used "Fiat", which drove through the neighborhood, barely observing traffic rules. Of course, it ended up by accident - "Fiat" Lucas almost forehead collided with a small truck, and just lying on a hospital bed, he suddenly came up with the idea of "power" - a kind of religion, which is professed space knights and thanks to which the good is able to withstand evil on a universal scale. After that, Lucas stopped thinking about racing and decided to become a director.
It's hard to believe now, but "Star Wars" Nobody wanted to shoot: absolutely all the Hollywood studios Lucas thought the idea failed, and XX Century Fox agreed to start shooting only after Lucas refused the fee.
His first film - TiEychIks 11 38 - Lucas withdrew only because of him asked Francis Ford Coppola: he convinced the studio Warner Bros. that Lucas talent. And when Lucas started filming, Coppola - for luck - he gave 777,777 dollars. The film flopped.
As for the name - TiEychIks 11 38, then this is connected another interesting fact. This fad Lucas. These letters and numbers are found in all his films. In particular, in the first episode, 11, 38 is written on the back of a battle droid, which takes captive Jar Jar Binks, and this is clearly visible in the frame. A technique of improving the showing of films in cinemas, developed by one of the companies Lucas called TiEychIks.
Special effects. Their number increases nearly exponentially. In 4 (ie 1 st) episode, there were 545, in the 5th (ie 2nd) - 763, 6 th - 942, and The Phantom Menace effects were present in thousands nine hundred scenes of two thousand dvuskhot. As for "Attack of the Clones," it's all one big special effect: no computer processing cost is only 250 shots.
"Attack of the Clones" - the first film in the history of film, shot entirely on digital video camera, there is not one centimeter of this film. Because of this, it costs less: only $ 100 million instead of 115, which spent to "The Phantom Menace».
Lucas own digital studio, and have effects on Lucas very fashionable in Hollywood.
And so if we are talking about money, in 2000 the company's revenues Lucasfilm totaled $ 2 billion. This is more than the revenue part of the budget of Estonia.
How much can you earn only "Star Wars." At the moment, the world sold about 15,000 different kinds of toys dedicated to the "Star Wars". Only plastic figurines of characters sold about 250 million, and considered only those that have been sold under license. Playing cards "Star Wars" can be purchased for $ 6, the helmet of Darth Vader - for 129, 95 and laser swords of the Jedi - for $ 349. To buy all the toys, devoted to "Star Wars", will need at least $ 10 000.
The most desirable place for all of venerable directors in America - George Lucas' ranch in Northern California. He bought it in the mid-80s and made it a real studio. It was there filming his movie Spielberg, Dante, Zemeckis and Cameron. Before the premiere of "Attack of the Clones" on this ranch for the first time allowed journalists and fans. Ranch called "Skywalker».