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ILM reveals mermaid secrets for 'Pirates 4' Blu-ray

To promote Industrial Light and Magic's work on the billion-dollar-earning, Johnny Depp-starring "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," its artists offer a look at how they create mermaids to vex Captain Jack Sparrow.

By September 29, 2011


With 'Rango,' ILM wrangles first animated feature

Road Trip at Home: For more than 35 years, ILM has worked on live-action pictures. Now, the acclaimed visual effects house is working on its first all-digital animated movie and CNET pays a visit.

By March 1, 2011


ILM gets animated

For the first time, Industrial Light & Magic did the visual effects on a fully animated feature. CNET takes a look at the process of making that film look like a live-action movie.

By February 28, 2011


ILM doc shows Lucas' focus on making 'great movies'

"Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible" showcases the 35-year history of the famous visual effects studio owned by George Lucas. And Lucas told CNET the studio's focus is on helping filmmakers, not on making money.

By November 8, 2010


Documentary celebrates 35 years of ILM magic

Set to air in November, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible" highlights the visual effects house that has earned 15 Oscars for its work on nearly 300 movies.

By September 16, 2010


35 years of 'impossible' ILM visual effects (photos)

Over 35 years, George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic has worked on nearly 300 films, earning 15 Oscars in the process.

28 Images By September 16, 2010


Reporters' Roundtable: ILM on the future of visual effects (podcast)

With the Academy Awards a little more than a week away, this show is about one of the awards categories: visual effects. We talk with Russell Earl of ILM and CNET's Daniel Terdiman.

By February 26, 2010


ILM's Oscar-nominated animators

With the 2007 Academy Awards approaching, two nominated animators from Industrial Light & Magic sat down with CNET.com's Veronica Belmont to discuss working on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

November 1, 2007


ILM steps in to help finish 'Avatar' visual effects

While most of the visual effects work on the film was done by New Zealand's Weta Digital, George Lucas' ILM got the call to step in late in the game and help get the job done.

By December 19, 2009


ILM snags Oscar nods for visual effects

How do you make a 30-foot robot/semi-truck appear lifelike? What about a creature with tentacles for a face? Those were some of the challenges for the visual-effects teams at San Francisco-based Industrial Light & Magic. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi talks with the designers behind Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End about some of the hurdles involved in creating special effects for an increasingly sophisticated moviegoing public.

January 28, 2008