In “Made for Movies,” Lorne Peterson and Ron Hipschman reveal the tricks of the trade during the heyday of movie model making.
SAN FRANCISCO (November 3, 2017)—Visitors to the Exploratorium’s series Made for Movies can learn the tools, tricks, and techniques behind the process of making movies before CGI computer animation took over the industry. Those who arrive in costume as any character from a Lorne Peterson film will receive a $5 discount off admissions at the Exploratorium.
This four-part series will highlight legendary films from Lorne Peterson’s career at ILM, and will leave plenty of time for audience questions. The series take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Kanbar Forum on Sundays between October 2017 and January 2018—future programs will be about Star Wars I, II, and III on November 19, Star Wars IV, V, and VI on December 17, and from Poltergeist to Pirates of the Caribbean on January 21, 2018.
From the lava fields of the fiery planet Mustafar and the beloved early versions of C-3PO and R2-D2, to the imploding house in Poltergeist, Lorne Peterson has created some of the most iconic models and most memorable scenes in movie history. The Exploratorium is excited to e able to offer visitors an opportunity to spend time learning from Lorne in an intimate setting.
Lorne Peterson is a visual effects artist who worked as a modeler for Industrial Light & Magic on the six Star Wars films. In addition, he is the author of the 2006 book, sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. He was one of two model makers to design Boba Fett's Slave I.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in Art from California State University, Long Beach. Since being hired by George Lucas in 1975, he has worked on many of Lucas's films, as well as several of Steven Spielberg's. In 1984, Peterson received an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Ron Hipschman has worn many hats since he joined the Exploratorium in 1971: exhibit developer, author of two of our three Cookbooks (manuals for building Exploratorium exhibits), and frequent writer for the Exploratorium magazine. In 1993, Ron established the museum’s presence on the World Wide Web, making it among the first 600 websites in the world. In 1996, he spearheaded the museum’s experiments with webcasting; he’s contributed technical expertise and has hosted many shows, both locally and as far away as the South Pole. He’s currently responsible for the Exploratorium’s web, streaming media, and digital asset management servers. Ron also taught undergraduate physics and astronomy for 16 years, and he was a laser artist for Laserium concerts at the Morrison Planetarium for 20 years. He has a BA in physics and an MA in physical science from San Francisco State University.
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General Description of the Exhibition:
Picture the Millennium Falcon speeding toward hyperspace or Indy’s narrow escape from the Temple of Doom. What makes these iconic scenes convincing?
Join Lorne Peterson, Chief Model Maker for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and Exploratorium host Ron Hipschman for an inside view into the heyday of movie model making. Learn how meticulously detailed miniatures were made and filmed to appear real before the era of computer graphics, and how ordinary materials and ingenious fixes led to unforgettable moments of movie magic.
This four-part series will highlight legendary films from Lorne Peterson’s career at ILM, and leave plenty of time for audience questions. Come in costume as any character from a Lorne Peterson film and receive a $5 discount on-site.
October 15, 2017 at 2pm
November 19, 2017 at 2pm
December 17, 2017 at 2pm
January 21, 2018 at 2pm
The Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum
Free with price of admission
First come, first served- seating is limited
Come in costume as any character from a Lorne Peterson film and receive a $5 discount on-site.