Academy Award Winner & ‘Star Wars’ Model Maker Lorne Peterson Hosts Series at Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is introducing a new “Made for Movies” series with visual effects wizard Lorne Peterson. Peterson is an Academy Award-winning artist best-known for his work as a modeler for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). He was originally hired by George Lucas back in 1975 and has had a hand in a jaw-dropping number of films, including several of Steven Spielberg’s films (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jurassic Park, E.T., etc) and, of course, the first six Star Wars movies.

Through this series, Peterson will share some tricks of the trade, techniques, and behind-the-scenes process of making movies from the heyday of movie model making—before CGI computer animation. The four-part series will highlight legendary films from Lorne Peterson’s career at ILM, and will leave plenty of time for the audience to ask questions.

Each month the series will focus on a new set of films: Star Wars I, II, and III will take center stage on November 19, Star Wars IV, V, and VI on December 17, and on January 21, other Peterson films, everything from Poltergeist to Pirates of the Caribbean will be highlighted.

Lorne Peterson


Join Lorne Peterson, Chief Model Maker for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and author of Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model, alongside Exploratorium host Ron Hipschman for an inside view on movie-making magic.

The Exploratorium
Pier 15, Kanbar Forum
Ticket Info: included within the price of admission

October 15, 2017 at 2pm
November 19, 2017 at 2pm
December 17, 2017 at 2pm
January 21, 2018 at 2pm

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