- "Lucasfilm touches our lives from many different directions, descending upon our eyes, our ears, and our children. George has never stopped asking 'Any ideas?' and the whole world has been a better place for it."
- ―Steven Spielberg
George Lucas: The Creative Impuse is a non-fiction book written by Charles Champlin, with forewords by Steven Spielberg and Francis Coppola. It discusses the productions from Lucasfilm's first twenty years, as well as the wider influences of George Lucas.
The book was published on September 1, 1992 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., and copies were included with the release of Star Wars Trilogy: The Definitive Collection in 1993. An abridged version of the book was also included with Star Wars Trilogy: Special Letterbox Collector's Edition. In 1997, Abrams published a revised and updated edition which covered Lucasfilm's first twenty-five years.
Over the past twenty years, George Lucas and his company Lucasfilm have become synonymous with movie magic. From the stark and disquieting view of the future in THX 1138 to the wry but sympathetic look back to the 1950s in American Graffiti, from the spectacular effects and resonant mythology of Star Wars to the rough and robust adventures of Indiana Jones, George Lucas has mined the rich ore of fantasy and pushed the limits of film making far beyond what we once thought possible.
Lucas's imagination and his belief in the power of film are revealed not only in his spectacular success as a movie maker but also in his commitment to the art and technology of the moving image. Indeed, the gratitude of the industry was expressed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when it named George Lucas the 1992 winner of the Irving Thalberg Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The profits garnered by Lucas's films have gone into creating Lucasfilm and LucasArts, companies devoted to technical advances in video and sound editing, motion-picture sound and projection-quality assurance, computer games, theme-park rides, television commercials, and interactive educational systems. Industrial Light and Magic, Lucas's special-effects company, is fast becoming a "star" in its own right, responsible for the amazing scenes in films ranging from ET to Terminator II.
George Lucas: The Creative Impulse discusses and illustrates all the films in which Lucas has been involved, as well as the many activities of Lucasfilm and LucasArts. Stills, behind-the-scenes shots, and intimate glimpses into the art of the special effect offer a rare visual lesson in how technical feats and human imagination create compelling and enduring art.
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- "Behind the Creative Impulse: Charles Champlin"—The Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine 18
- Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle