Made for Movies: Star Wars IV, V, and VI

Inside the Industrial Light & Magic Model Shop

Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.
All Ages


The original Star Wars films brought audiences to never-before-seen worlds teaming with spacecraft, cities, and creatures made almost entirely by hand in George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic model shop. Discover the artistry, ingenious fixes, and unexpected materials behind some of the most iconic scenes in cinema.

Come in costume as any character from a Lorne Peterson film and receive a $5 discount on-site.

Lorne Peterson is a visual effects artist who worked as a model maker for Industrial Light & Magic on the first six Star Wars films. In addition, he is the author of the 2006 book, Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. Since being hired by George Lucas in 1975, he 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. Additional film credits include E.T., Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, and two Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Since joining the Exploratorium in 1971, Ron Hipschman has worked as an exhibit developer, author, teacher, and webcast host. He currently works on the Exploratorium’s Environmental Initiative, implementing and maintaining a collection of environmental monitoring sensors and developing visualizations for the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery’s super-resolution media wall. Ron also hosts two monthly lecture series, Full-Spectrum Science and Everything Matters: Tales from the Periodic Table.

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