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At ILM, it's lights, camera, magic

S.F. company has Oscar hopes for its digital-effects mastery in Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus: Inside the Lucasfilms data center.

San Francisco company Industrial Light & Magic hopes to take home an Academy Award for its digital-effects mastery in Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus: Lucasfilms' state-of-the-art computing gear.

George Lucas' film operations open up the doors to an impressive array of servers and storage devices.
January 26, 2007

Two digital artists describe how they created the character Davy Jones for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
January 26, 2007

State-of-the-art Verari servers are just some of the 2,000 systems that help keep the filmmakers going.
January 26, 2007

Fresh off two Oscar nods, Industrial Light & Magic lifts the curtain on the tech that may earn it a first Academy Award in the category it pioneered.
January 25, 2007

As a kid, Hickel submitted a plot idea to Lucasfilm. It was politely rejected. Now he's the grown-up animation supervisor for the Pirates movie series.
January 25, 2007

ILM's visual effects master John Knoll and his brother built Photoshop as the result of a hobby. Knoll looks back on how the program came to be.
January 25, 2007

Knoll got an Oscar nod for overseeing the gruesome characters and supernatural transformations in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. CNET spoke to Knoll the day after his nomination was announced.
January 25, 2007

Two animation specialists at Industrial Light and Magic give a look at the awe-inspiring effects that earned them Academy Awards nods for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
January 25, 2007

One of the best things about ILM's studios in San Francisco is that scattered throughout are posters and props from films the company has worked on.
January 25, 2007

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