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George Lucas Unless you have lived in a cave all your life you have probably heard the name George Lucas Lucas the man behind the Force totally renovated special effects in movies He is known for such movies as Indiana Jones American Graffiti and his most famous achievement is the Stars Was Saga George Lucas JR was born on the 14th of May 1944 in Modesto CA When Lucas was a teenager he was very interested in racing During a race he crashed and suffered a crushed lung George spent the last half of his senior year in a hospital bed After he graduation he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angles During his college years at USC he made several movies that achieved awards He received the most prestige prize was for the short film THX-1138 in 1965 at the National Student Film Festival He later became Francis Ford Coppolas protg and under the making of The People Rain Lucas was production assistant He also made the making of the movie In 1971 Coppola helped Lucas to finance THX-1138 that was an expanded version of the short film he made in college In 1973 he made his first long film American Graffiti This film is considered to be one of the biggest successes of low budget filmmaking It took only 28 nights to create The film is about a gang of teenagers under the early 60s era American Graffiti earned 55 million dollars and also loved by the public and critics The Academy nominated it for 5 Oscars which included best picture best director best screenplay best supporting actress and best film editing Through it lacked the visionary and experimental quality of his earlier film he learned what the audience wanted in a movie But in many ways without American Graffiti Stars Wars would have never been made After American Graffiti Lucas had learned a great deal and was also
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