Industrial Light & Magic has for the most part defined what special visual effects for movies were expected to be since the division of Lucasfilm was formed 35 years ago. Now the magic makers are the subject of a new documentary, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, from Academ y Award- and Emmy-nominated director Leslie Iwerks.
Narrated by Tom Cruise, the film will debut on the Encore cable channel on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET and PT. It will re-run Saturday, November 13 (12 noon and 10:00 PM), and on Sunday, November 14 (8:00 PM. and 10:50 PM). Sunday also includes five ILM-effects films starting at 2:00 PM with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.
The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robot Chicken, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Transformers, Twister, Young Sherlock Holmes and The War of the Worlds (2005), which starred narrator Cruise (ah, well, that explains it).