George Lucas

Overcoming Adversity

George Lucas Biography

George Lucas was born May 14, 1944. George was raised on a walnut ranch with his 3 siblings. In his later teen years he went to Downey High School, and was interested in drag racing. He wanted to be a professional race car driver. His hopes went away when he was in a bad car accident that nearly killed him, but changed his views on life. George Lucas states, "I wanted to race cars. I didn't like school, and all I wanted to do was work on cars. But right before I graduated, I got into a really bad car accident, and I spent that summer in the hospital thinking about where I was heading. I decided to take education more seriously and go to a community college." He started to stop partying, and thinking of what he could do with his time.

Georges life greatly improved because the way he changed from his car crash. George went to Modesto Junior college, before attending Southern California film school. At this college George Lucas made many short films, one was THX-1138, a short film that won first at 1967-68 National Student Film Festival. George Lucas Proclaims, "Working hard is very important. You're not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard." George won a scholarship from Warner Bro's to observe the making of the movie Finian's Rainbow, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola made a full version of THX 1138 together. In 1973 George Lucas made his own company, Lucas Film Ltd., and wrote and directed American Graffiti. This won a Golden Globe, and was nominated for five academy awards. In 1974 George Lucas started writing star wars. In 1975, A company called Industrial light and magic was established to make visual effects. Another company Sprockets was made to edit, and mix star wars. Georges idea was turned down many times, until 20th Century fox gave him a chance. The cost to make Star Wars was 11 million dollar, and the film grossed over 513 million dollars. George Lucas overcame adversity to become a success.

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Theme for George Lucas Life

The theme for George Lucas' life is don't give up and you'r be rewarded, and to work hard. George Lucas' life was character vs nature, and character vs society. First, George Lucas crashed into a tree, and nearly died, but he took education more seriously in return. Later on his movie idea got rejected by many companies. but kept searching, and eventually made a deal with 20th Century Fox.


George Lucas Pursues Filmmaking After Traumatic Car Accident

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