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Droidmaker CoverRe-live the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, videogame avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age.


George Lucas
and the Digital Revolution

by Michael Rubin


The inside story of George Lucas, his secretive company, and how they revolutionized filmmaking. In the process, they made computer history.

Rubin -- a former member of the Lucasfilm Computer Division -- interviewed key personnel (past and present) from Lucasfilm, Pixar and Zoetrope, to reconstruct the events in Hollywood, in Silicon Valley, and at Lucas' private realm in Marin County, California, to track the genesis of modern media.

With a small team of scientists, Lucas played a central role in the universe of entertainment technologies we see everyday. Re-live the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, videogame avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age.

Rubin weaves a tale of friendships, a love of movies, and the incessant forward movement of technology. This is a compelling story that takes the reader into an era of technological innovation never before explored.

Hardcover, 500 pages, $34.95
ISBN 0-937404-67-5



Chapter   1 -- The Mythology of George
Chapter   2 -- Road Trip
Chapter   3 -- Restoration
Chapter   4 -- The Star Wars
Chapter   5 -- The Birth of Lucasfilm
Chapter   6 -- The Godfather of Electronic Cinema
Chapter   7 -- The Visionary of Long Island
Chapter   8 -- Escape from New York
Chapter   9 -- Inside Wonkaland
Chapter 10 -- Flying Free
Chapter 11 -- The Silverfish
Chapter 12 -- Sound and Vision
Chapter 13 -- Obnoxio
Chapter 14 --1,621 Frames
Chapter 15 -- Queen's Rules
Chapter 16 -- Playing Games
Chapter 17 -- These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For
Chapter 18 -- My Breakfast with Andre
Chapter 19 -- A Hole in the Desert
Chapter 20 -- Like a Ballet
Chapter 21 -- I Was a Teenage Lobot
Chapter 22 -- The Twilight Zone
Chapter 23 -- Esoteric Verging onto Occult
Chapter 24 -- The Legacy



Michael Rubin is a filmmaker and educator dedicated to empowering people with new media tools. He has designed film/video editing tools, supported feature film and television projects (The Twilight Zone, The Sheltering Sky) and published texts on editing (Nonlinear). Rubin lives in Santa Cruz, California.



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