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Lucas's New HQ

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the i-wish-i-had-that-kind-of-metal dept.

Star Wars Prequels 146

pin_gween writes "The KS City Star reports George Lucas (of the "It's not about the money" fame) has opened a new headquarters for digital film works. The campus has, among several movie theaters, "data network with more than 300 10-gigabyte ports. Fiber-optics cables are connected to every artist desktop, allowing high-resolution images on each computer. In all, there are 600 miles of cable throughout the campus's four buildings." Not too shabby, or cheap."

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Obligatory EP3 Quote... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913782)

"In terms of being a corporate executive, I'm pretty much tired," he said. "I'm going to focus on making movies."

Noooooooooooo......!

Re:Obligatory EP3 Quote... (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913802)

And just when the rest of the world thought how lucky it was surviving multiple attacks, Lucas struck back!

Re:Obligatory EP3 Quote... (1)

Craig_P92669 (875776) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915049)

Relax. How much damage could he do with a walkie talkie?

New studio... (3, Funny)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914307)

...IT'S A TRAP!

Hey! Fark off (-1, Troll)

anticypher (48312) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914716)

This is /.

Here the lamerz post other inside jokes, like the everpresent
1) in Soviet Farkistan, /. pwn3z you
2) ???
You get the idea, now go photoshop some pics of Nathalie Portman with hot grits, and take off every clothing for great
3) profit!

the AC

Thank the pantheon of godesses this is a text only site

Great (0, Flamebait)

dankelley (573611) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913786)

Now maybe he could make a movie worth watching. - And just watch the modders hit me on the head -

Re:Great (2, Funny)

nozzo (851371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913828)

SLAP!

Re:Great (1, Flamebait)

sn0wflake (592745) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913884)

You're right. Star Wars episode 3 was very boring and childish. Lars von Trier has produced better films, like Dogville, on a low budget. A good film is not about the special effects but the story. Star Wars caved in at the last episode.

Re:Great (1)

Dot.Com.CEO (624226) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913913)

Did you just compare Lars von Trier to George Lucas?

Re:Great (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914269)

Star Wars episode 3 was very boring and childish.
No shit, Sherlock. Sci-fi is for children.

Please stop with the reverse psychology crap (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914531)

And just watch the modders hit me on the head

You ought to get modded down just for pulling this reverse psychology bullshit. It's kinda insulting to us. Here's a radical notion: why don't you post your feelings and let the moderators decide whether to mod you up or down and you refrain from making predictions/comments about the process?

OVERKILL: Great Movie != Great Animation (1, Interesting)

reporter (666905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914566)

("Star Wars" must be the #1 movie saga of geeks because, during the last 5 weeks surrounding the debut of "Star Wars III", Slashdot has featured at least 1 "Star Wars"-related topic per week. <chuckle>)

Lucas and his crew have already done a great job with animation. He spurred the growth of an entire industry that generates computer images: special effects, animation, etc. We have already reached a point where we can economically fill an entire movie with head-turning animation. Consider "Shrek II" and the latest episode of "Star Wars" (SW).

Yet, such a feat does not necessarily translate into a great movie. Consider SW I & II.

SW IV had limited special effects and no animated characters, due to the limits of economical computer-image generation, yet SW IV is far superior in the pace (adequately slow) and the depth of its plot, compared to SW I. The limited computer-image generation forced the writer and the director to focus on the story.

SW I and II are precisely what can go wrong when computer-image generation overwhelms the story. Did you ever notice how, in SW I and II, Yoda's interaction in a 3-way conversation (i.e. with 2 human actors) is awkward and weird? Yoda does not enter and exit a conversation with the same naturalness that a human being (i.e. not computer-generated image) would. His facial expressions are also unnatural. The human actors cannot produce the right facial expressions when they are looking in his direction. When the human actor do look in his direction, they do not seem to be looking straight at him.

Of course, the wonderful "Shrek" saga is an exception to my thesis.

Re:OVERKILL: Great Movie != Great Animation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914853)

Did you ever notice how, in SW I and II, Yoda's interaction in a 3-way conversation (i.e. with 2 human actors) is awkward and weird? Yoda does not enter and exit a conversation with the same naturalness that a human being (i.e. not computer-generated image) would.

Did you notice that in EP1, Yoda is a puppet and not a CGI character (save for about 2 seconds at the end)?

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12915089)

I bet they are just using the network to pirate movies.

This has been open for a while... (5, Insightful)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913792)

The Presidio facility has been open for a bit. Yes, it's sweet and one thing that can't be said about George is that he does thing half-assed.

Of course, the expectation is that you work INSANE hours. I only wish I could get this set up at home so I can balance my life a little better.

Hope it's better than ILM of the past. (4, Informative)

sgant (178166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913877)

I've talked to several people who have worked at ILM and currently are there. Sweatshop is a word that keeps poping up in the course of conversations. Hopefully this will change or has already changed.

Re:Hope it's better than ILM of the past. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914136)

No, it's not going to change. Lucas spent more money building buildings than he profited on the latest movie(s).

Re:Hope it's better than ILM of the past. (1)

grumling (94709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914405)

Well, then they can get work somewhere else. Oh, but then they won't be in the Movin' Pictures.

Waaah.

Re:Hope it's better than ILM of the past. (3, Insightful)

sgant (178166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914926)

What most do is get the ILM badge under their belt then move on to better places to work, like Pixar or Weta. Which is why ILM can't keep ahold of the good animators anymore cause they treat them like shit. But as I said, this may have changed.

But I hate this mentality of "well, you can work somewhere else". It's like the idiocy of "be thankful you have a job" nonsense. Why can't it be a nice place to work AND make a profit? Why does it have to be a sweatshop?

Then they should quit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914858)

It's not like they're curing cancer. They're in entertainment, a luxury business. This is a free country, they're quite free to go pick up work anywhere else. McDonalds is always hiring.

Sweat on your own time (1)

Urusai (865560) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914871)

You should be working, not perspiring! If you don't like it, you can go work for Pixar. Um...I mean, you can go work for Don Bluth, yeah.

Ummm... (2, Funny)

artemis67 (93453) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914450)

one thing that can't be said about George is that he does thing half-assed

Like, dood, where have you been for the last six years?

Re:This has been open for a while... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914685)

Of course, the expectation is that you work INSANE hours.

Given the fact that you have a geek's dream job (second only to the job where you perform the 'touch test' after a breast augmentation operation to make sure everything went well) in an economy that isn't very friendly to programmers, I doubt you're going to find much sympathy here.

Re:This has been open for a while... (4, Funny)

dknj (441802) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914735)

The Presidio facility has been open for a bit.

Seriously, this was in last months issue of Playboy. I'm sure 80% of slashdot already knows about this

Re:This has been open for a while... (1)

maggot the shrew (243579) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914779)

The Presidio facility has been open for a bit. ... I'm sure 80% of slashdot already knows about this

The official opening was yesterday. There weren't even toilet seat covers in half of the new buildings on Friday. I'm sure you knew it was coming but a)it was not open before yesteday, and b)today you can come in and walk the grounds. I suppose /. should have stopped people talking about it past the first press release in 1998.

Typo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913794)

"Lucas' New HQ", not "Lucas's New HQ"

Re:Typo (1)

truedfx (802492) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913901)

Re:Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913903)

Grammatical error, not a typo.

I'm guessing a child of this will point out irony...

So not only did he rape our collective childhood.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913796)

But on top of it he is trying to ridicule all us geeks with ungodly huge data pipes!

Torrents (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913799)

Now I can work there by downloading the Starwars Torrents

Developing a final "Indiana Jones" film (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913818)

Apparently, Indy finds out that Dr. Belloq is really his father in a shocking scene.

Re:Developing a final "Indiana Jones" film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914214)

EP3 quote - again Nooooooooooooooo!!!!

Federation (5, Funny)

cmcsonar (527254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913819)

Once he's tired of the location, the Federation can buy it, because it is located on the grounds of the future Star Fleet Headquaters.

I wish I had fibre optic on my desktop (4, Funny)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913820)

then I could have high resolution images on each of my computers.

I'm fed up being stuck on 100Mbps' 640x480x8 !

lol, good grip on the technology there JUSTIN M. NORTON, any other great stories you have written ?

Re:I wish I had fibre optic on my desktop (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913896)

lol .. don't forget the 10 gigabyte ports !!! 300 of them !!!

Re:I wish I had fibre optic on my desktop (1)

rylin (688457) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914109)

You're forgetting that they might be doing distributed rendering (for instance, one frame goes to machine a, another to machine b, etc.).
In this case, that 10gbps pipe would be very useful in sending and grabbing each frame.

Re:I wish I had fibre optic on my desktop (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914182)

am i ?

Re:I wish I had fibre optic on my desktop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914255)

I don't know. Are you?

Re:I wish I had fibre optic on my desktop (1)

passthecrackpipe (598773) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914302)

rubbish - lets assume that a cinema-grade frame would take about 25 minutes to render, your 10gbps pipe to and from the supervisor isn't going to make much of a difference on the grand scale of things

Fine and Good (4, Insightful)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913835)

This is all fine and good, but it would sure be nice to spend some of that money on writing classes, or directing semminars.

Yes, all that technology is nice, but ultimately worthless, if the movies coming out of it have no substance.

Re:Fine and Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913902)

Yes, all that technology is nice, but ultimately worthless, if the movies coming out of it have no substance.
How can you call the most advanced deathmatch system ever created "worthless"?

Re:Fine and Good (2, Insightful)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913947)

"all that technology is nice, but ultimately worthless, if the movies coming out of it have no substance"

Substance and Soul movies do not make money. Hollywood is about the $money$. Hollywood has to pay the mindle$$ actors to perform in mindle$$ crap.

Actor$ are expert at "performing as directed", not the subject of the performance.

These actors then appear on any and every star-worshipping television show to proselytize a science-fiction religion or world peace thru a high-fiber diet.

Re:Fine and Good (2, Interesting)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913955)

Yes, all that technology is nice, but ultimately worthless, if the movies coming out of it have no substance.

It's not worthless if it's going to be making him money, let's say oh about 50 million on opening day. Indy Jones is coming, and the money that movie is bound to make will pay for this technology many times over. Plus the Star Wars TV show(s), video games, etc. Sure the quality of the movie may not be what you want. But, it's obvious someone is watching them, in fact it's highly likely this is a genius move, because it allows the people there to work diligently with the most minimal of technological setbacks. Some might say this is overdue at the Lucas camp (not that they were exactly working in the stone age at the old campus). Bottom line, the work may not be top quality film making, but it will pay for the technology, and the technology will pay for itself by being the tool that creates blockbusters.

Re:Fine and Good (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914203)

You know, the "it's cool to bash Lucas and the prequels" comments like yours demonstrate your inability to understand who and what the movies are for. My 9 year old son loves the hell out of Episodes 1 for example, more than any movie he has ever seen. Just because you and I have outgrown it doesn't mean he has. In fact, 15 minutes into Empire Strikes Back (my fav of all time) he passes out from boredom.

Re:Fine and Good (2, Interesting)

spoonsman (853553) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914355)

That's probably because many people (especially younger kids) just see the "pretty" CG factor stacked on top of some slick actions scenes, and it keeps their attention.

As an adult, have you ever looked back and watched movies or shows you loved as a kid and realized how completely god awful they are with their completely inane storylines, acting, and plot? That's exactly what the prequals are.

I loved the original trilogy as a kid and still love the original trilogy as an adult, not just because I have fond childhood memories of them but because they are good movies. They are what the prequals should have been- loved by children yet also loved by adults.

Re:Fine and Good (2, Insightful)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914647)

Yes, you're right, the new trilogy is exactly like the crappy cartoons of old (GI Joe, Smurfs or Transformers.) (All of which were my favorites beyond belief.)

Remember the relationship between Solo and Leia. How it was all uncertain untill she said "I love you" just before they froze him? And then he says "I know". That was awesome.

The best he can come up with now is "I love you" "no, I love you" "hihihihi"
No amount of bandwidth and hi resolution images is gonna make that enjoyable.

Re:Fine and Good (3, Insightful)

oogoliegoogolie (635356) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914527)

Just because you and I have outgrown it doesn't mean he has.

I haven't outgrown Star Wars-I still watch the original movies and watch scenes from the new ones every once in a while. No, the new movies were just bad movies; even the animated Clone war shorts were much better.

comments like yours demonstrate your inability to understand who and what the movies are for

Movies dont have to be divided into "for children" and "for adult" categories. Countless movies have been made that have appealed to both. Pixar and Disney can do it, but Lucas can't, at least not anymore when he directs. In an interview from the 80's Lucas said "a boring movie with great special FX is still a boring movie. He seems to have forgotten these words.

You know, the "it's cool to bash Lucas and the prequels"

On slashdot, everything gets bashed.

Movies for Children and Adults (1)

Ride-My-Rocket (96935) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914776)

Movies dont have to be divided into "for children" and "for adult" categories. Countless movies have been made that have appealed to both.

The most successful example of which is the Lord of the Rings series. A good movie appeals to its target market; an epic movie appeals to a broad swath of people that defies a single demographic.

Re:Fine and Good (1)

jbplou (732414) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914925)

Revenge of the Sith was vastly better than Return of the Jedi, I like all six movies though. I think its the cool thing for nerds to say the new ones suck, how pathetic.

Re:Fine and Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12915144)

Did you ever think that maybe people think it's a really crappy movie? What's with all this, "oh it's cool to bash the movies." Why would it be cool? People don't generally bash LOTR.

EP 1,2,3 are really horrible, horrible movies, and I'd say so whether it was "cool" or not.

Re:Fine and Good (1)

isecore (132059) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914443)

Yes, all that technology is nice, but ultimately worthless, if the movies coming out of it have no substance.

In other words, it's kinda like what the games industry has been reduced to. All flash and very little substance.

Just look at all the crap coming out about the Xbox360 and PS3 - everyone focuses on talking about the numbers (amount of teraflops and such) or how the graphics will be realtime-rendered with 7.1 Digital Audio.

But everyone seems to be forgetting the gameplay.

Re:Fine and Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914519)

well, considering they do not really have a quantitative method for measuring gameplay, especially on games for systems that are not even out yet, what exactly do you expect them to talk about?

Re:Fine and Good (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914482)

I'M SORRY I CAN'T QUITE HEAR YOU! These dump trucks delivering all the cash from my latest royalties are kinda loud.

- George

byte or bit? (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913888)


data network with more than 300 10-gigabyte ports.

I think that means gigabits. Unless they started rating cards in bytes overnight.

Re:byte or bit? (1)

TCM (130219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914064)

And I think it means Gbps. Unless cards wear out after 10 Gigabits. :)

Re:byte or bit? (1)

Donny Smith (567043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914161)

> And I think it means Gbps

How is that different from the parent who said gigabits?
Or you aren't quite sure what you're saying here?

>Unless cards wear out after 10 Gigabits. :)

???

Re:byte or bit? (1)

TCM (130219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914173)

How is that different from the parent who said gigabits?

One is Gb, the other is Gbps.

Here, the difference in bold: per second

HAND

Fiber Optics? 300 Outlets? 600 Miles? (3, Funny)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913893)

now that's Industrial .... Light .... and .... Magic ....

... on Google Maps? (4, Informative)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913899)

Is that what this [google.com] huge dirt place is all about?

Maybe the pictures were actually captured a while back.

Re:... on Google Maps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914151)

With 600 miles of optic fiber, there's a good chance that it's just one big hologram...

Lucas Secret Bunker (1)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913919)

"The KS City Star reports George Lucas (of the "It's not about the money" fame) has opened a new headquarters"

And I have a pretty good idea of it's exact location. [sithsense.com]

American POP (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913920)

San Francisco gave him land for the studio in the Presidio, the most sought-after location in SF, which has among the priciest real estate in the country. If I were cutting that deal, I would have required Lucas to wire the entire park, and his IT staff to keep the network running, for every tenant, including public use. Now that would be News for Nerds.

Re:American POP (4, Informative)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913966)

A) San Francisco doesn't own the Presidio, the Federal government does. B) He leases the land, and it ain't free. C) The presidio has tons of empty office space and buildings they have been trying to lease for years. D) SF currently has historically high amounts of vacant office space, in many ways the Presidio Trust got very lucky that they struck the deal with Lucas when they did, at the height of the Dot Com Bubble.

Re:American POP (2, Informative)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914046)

SF doesn't own the land, but of course they control it - like any other city, with zoning, incentives and other political checks. That space is vacant because SF is very selective, reserving it for long-term strategic anchor tenants [propertyri...search.org] like Lucas. SF certainly was lucky that Lucas decided to expand his studio across the Golden Gate Bridge into the Presidio, rather than LA, or New Zealand or someplace else even cheaper. But Lucas is also lucky SF let him into that exclusive property. There are several Lucases, and only one Presidio, especially in Lucas' front yard.

Re:American POP (1)

NutscrapeSucks (446616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915045)

The land is controlled by the Presido Trust [presidio.gov] , not the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco would not allow President Bush to appoint policy makers.

I think if were up to the locals, there would be no private development in the Presidio. This unusual arrangement for a National Park was the result of a comprimise devised by the Republican Congress who disliked such glorious pork in a Democratic stronghold.

Re:American POP (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915464)

Pork is when tax money from outside a constituency is spent inside a constituency without merit, other than the horsetrading skills of the politician. There is a great deal of merit in the international organizations installed in the Presidio, not least of which is their attraction of money from outside SF into the city. And their contributions to rehabilitating the park from an unusable military relic, including their rent. The military relic, incidentally, was the pork in SF for 300 years.

Now, if you have some references that illustrate how the Presidio plan was "devised by the Republican Congress", I'll be happy to learn about that. Otherwise, I'll consider it part of the peace dividend earned by Americans who put up with a lot of expensive BS, including trillions in pork, for half a century until we won the Cold War. And I'll have to live with my notions of why the most valuable real estate in America is in "Democatic strongholds", instead of the kinds of places controlled by Republicans.

Re:American POP (1)

Fletch (6903) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915158)

B) He leases the land, and it ain't free.

In fact, the rent will make up a good chunk of the budget for the Presidio. From an article [sfgate.com] in today's chronicle:
The Lucas campus is crucial to the operation because the [Presidio] trust is relying on $5.6 million in annual rent to help shoulder the park's costs. Income from Lucas will account for about 17 percent of the Presidio's budget.

Re:American POP (2, Interesting)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914627)

I remember that Lucas drove a hard bargain, and got a really good deal from San Francisco. The deal was pretty controversial, but most people seem happy with with the deal today.

There was a big competition between several Bay Area cities (and Marin County) to get Lucas to move to their Area. Each City made sweet offers-- cheap rent, pay for some of the upgrades, give Lucas alot of freedom to do what he wanted, etc.

I think SF actually did ask Lucas to help wire parts of the Presidio, but he said no-- and threatened to close the other studio in San Francisco and move to another are altogether.

SF was looking for a large business to redevelop the abandoned land and boost the economy in the area. They actually had trouble getting bids for that particular site for a variety of reasons.

The site where the studio now stands was occupied by Letterman Hospital: a big abandoned, ugly asbestos-filled hospital which wasn't up to earthquake standards, and a large unused parking lot.

I was born in Letterman Hospital, and worked next door to the site for 3 years-- we ran the only T-1 into the Presidio for several years.

Re:American POP (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914680)

If SF were smart (of course it is, but I mean smart on behalf of all San Franciscans), it would have a chance to renegotiate the lease. Then we'd see how Lucas deals with the cost of moving his entire studio from its priceless location on the Golden Gate.

Re:American POP (1)

NutscrapeSucks (446616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915100)

Unfortuanately the feds (not SF) gave LucasFilm a 90 year lease, and they have the right to sublet the land for profit.

I cite the Bay Guardian with caution, but I think this outlines how little SF gains from this deal:
http://www.sfbg.com/News/33/44/presidio.html [sfbg.com]

Re:American POP (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915496)

"Under the legislation that established the Presidio National Park, Lucas will pay no local taxes, no property tax, no real estate transfer tax, no school taxes, no affordable-housing fees, and no fees for transit, open space, or public art."

SF had to agree to those terms. Or its sponsor, Pelosi, would have trashed her relationship with the city, which she represents in Congress. And the city would have found other ways to fight the project, including Federal lawsuits to collect those taxes and fees. Which is why I said that a smart deal in SF's interest, cut by its city leaders, would have gotten more for the city. Which we evidently agree it didn't.

i'm thinking about moving... (3, Funny)

ghee22 (781277) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913925)

should i post this on slashdot as well?

Re:i'm thinking about moving... (1)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914084)

If you mention that you have to move gigabytes of furniture in your move, then I'm sure it will be noted here...

I don't think I like the tone of this post.... (5, Insightful)

cryptocom (833376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913969)

The paragraph submitted above for this article makes it seem like Lucas is hoarding all his money and somehow going against a cardinal rule of not making money. For one thing, non profit artists may seem romantic and all, but in truth we all want to get paid...and if what we do is make movies that cost millions of dollars, you better believe we want to get paid millions of dollars or more. Secondly, it's not like he's spending all his money on Bugatti's and trips to Bali...he's invested a large chunk into a creative complex where artists and movie-goers can benefit from his fortune. I'd say that's pretty damn cool.

Rich Man, Poor man. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914188)

Slashdot economic rules:

IF you're making money THEN you're making too much. Here let me reduce that for you.

IF I'm making money THEN you all can't have any pffft!

Re:I don't think I like the tone of this post.... (1)

sneakers563 (759525) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914624)

Sure, but the irony is that he's spending millions on this new studio at the same time he's trying to shed his techno-geek image and show himself as a guy who just wants to make small art films, like Indiana Jones IV.

Re:I don't think I like the tone of this post.... (2, Informative)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914653)

He didn't necessarily mean IJ 4 is small art, what I find more likely is that he said he wish to do a final IJ movie, then smaller film projects. This is the kind of ambiguous quote anyway:

But Lucas said he'll likely keep away from the center and instead focus on developing a final "Indiana Jones" film and smaller film projects.

He has earlier said he nowadays do movies for himself, something I find easy to believe considering his wealth. He could live a happy rich life at his age if he wished to.

Re:I don't think I like the tone of this post.... (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915428)

Well, guess what? Lucas has actually said "It's not about the money" in an interview.

Why? Because he crassly commercializes his films, but resented the accusation that he's only in it for the money. The thing is... he cashes in every single chance he gets.

It's not just about making art or making entertaining movies for him, it's about doing that, and then cashing in on it to maximum effect. Which is not a problem at all, except it can and does detract from the merit of the films and ultimately undermines the very value of the property he relentlessly markets... so naturally, he goes and denies it, as if it's something to be ashamed of.

He's kindof a legend in Hollywood for basically inventing the modern model for film merchandising. Before Star Wars, there was some of that, but Lucas took it to a whole new level. Now, lunchboxes, action figures, fast food promotions, clothing, costumes, etc. are all more or less a standard part of any film production.

It's not enough to amaze you in the cinema, to really make an impression they have to blitz the entire culture and plaster every surface of it with the film's logo.

As John Candy said in Spaceballs: "We're not doin' it for the money! We're doing it for a shitload of money!"

ALL HAIL LUCAS (1)

Magnus2015 (894619) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913975)

And if they ever come to take our Shrine to Father Lucas, followers are instructed to make their way to the primary food dispensing bay, where they will be given a special drink taken from the campus vaporators. The effects would be nearly instantaneous.

It is our hopes that our shining example would encourage Jedi everywhere.

Re:ALL HAIL LUCAS (1)

mbrewthx (693182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915087)

I think you mispelled Steve Jobs

Why the KC Star, the place is in San Francisco (3, Informative)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12913976)

And we have a pretty big news rag [sfgate.com] in SF.

Re:Why the KC Star, the place is in San Francisco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12915279)

Because it's in a galaxy far, far away?

Re: And the photos are a most see: (1)

zapatero (68511) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915426)

Joan Baez, Chris Isaac, Bonnie Rait performed... See George with the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon...

Photo Galery [sfgate.com]

Two comments: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12913978)


1) DUPE!
2) 10 gigabyte ports?

Sorry, but this one is kinda pathetic x 2.

not to be a dick or anything (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914003)

those of us who live in Kansas City and I suppose anyone who lives in Missouri as well call it the KC Star.

Did you see! (5, Funny)

alewar (784204) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914024)

Thanks to all of you who download pirated-copies of movies and games from the net, L&M had to move to another studio...
I knew this was going to happen, they are losing BILLIONS because of YOU.

Re:Did you see! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914065)

Yep, that's right, Lucas LOST so much cash, he could barely afford to build a new state-of-the-art design campus! You darn pir8s! He coulda built two if it wasn't for your dirty thievery!

Give me break you chump.

Re:Did you see! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12914308)

Using sarcasm, the parent post was. Failed it, you have.

Indiana Jones! (0, Flamebait)

calvincopter (873822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914090)

Lucas said he'll likely keep away from the center and instead focus on developing a final "Indiana Jones" film and smaller film projects. it'll be titled, Indiana Jones and The Wrath of George Lucas!

Breaking news (1)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914121)

This just in: bomb shelter is new headquarters for SCO.

Can't we check the submissions? (0, Redundant)

jimi the hippie (725322) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914542)

It's not the KS City Star. It is the Kansas City Star. KS is an abbreviation for the state of Kansas, Kansas City (and the Star) are in Missouri, and should therefore not be using the abbreviation.

Re:Can't we check the submissions? (1)

typobox43 (677545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914851)

Not only that, but it's an AP wire story, not an article by the Kansas City Star.

Re:Can't we check the submissions? (0, Redundant)

jimi the hippie (725322) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915218)

How the hell is this post possibly modded redundant??

Animation studio edifice complex (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12914959)

Lucas had to catch up. Disney built a complex in Burbank in the 1990s with columns modelled after the Seven Dwarfs and other theme-park features. (This was followed by a layoff, a pay cut, and the closure of Disney Animation in Orlando.) Pixar has a modern building in Marin with a really big atrium. Dreamworks/PDI moved into a huge glass and steel complex at the edge of the Bay in Redwood City originally built for Excite@Home.

Lucasfilm/ILM had some boring industrial buildings in San Raphael. So this is just catchup.

Re:Animation studio edifice complex (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915414)

You left out ION Storm, with its megamodern cubicle layout with retractable roof so the geeks actually GET some sun.

Oh, wait...

High res images (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915020)

Fiber-optics cables are connected to every artist desktop, allowing high-resolution images on each computer.

This doesn't seem like a logical connection to make. :)

Obviously, it's for fast transfer of high-res images between workstations, but hey, I could be wrong. They *could* have fiber-optic cables for the pure intent of having high-res images on the desktop, but it doesn't seem very likely ;P.

Re:High res images (1)

the_weasel (323320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915301)

Makes perfect sense. Most times the definitive frames for a shot are stored on a remote server. Most production pipelines involve creating local low resolution proxies to work with - to avoid placing too much strain on the main fileserver, and to prevent saturation of the network.

The bigger your pipe, the fewer proxies you need, the larger the frames you can get from the server, and the less complexity in your pipeline over all.

Nice, but... (1)

suitepotato (863945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915122)

I'm not sure what the point of gigabit Ethernet is through a bus than can never pump a gigabit across it. Like putting a Fast Token Ring card on an ISA bus, what is the point if that bandwidth can never be approached by the system interface?

Other than that, the rest of the notice is of little interest as I had my fill of Lucas years ago. He should have done more work after RotJ, but instead faded into the background with ILM. Other studios instead produced the big glitzy works while we waited like idiots for the imagined sequence of wonderful sequels to the first SW movies.

Lucas's next film location? (1)

scupper (687418) | more than 9 years ago | (#12915382)

Maybe Jorge will be filming his next blockbuster next door at the Public Health Service Hospital (1 [mailto] ) (2 [phsh.org] )
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