Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a deity of Hollywood special effects, started creating galaxies far, far away a long, long time ago. A subsidiary of Lucasfilm, ILM provides visual effects services to the film industry. Sister firm Skywalker Sound provides digital audio post-production services. George Lucas originally started the companies in 1975 to create the special effects for Star Wars. Since then ILM has worked on hundreds of films and earned its fair share of Oscars. In addition to the films in the Star Wars series, the company's projects include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Among ILM's many Oscar wins is one it received for its work in the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which featured motion-capture animation for the tentacle-bearded Davy Jones. Audiences were wowed again with ILM's handiwork when the company developed new digital technologies to create Iron Man's armor. All total the company has been awarded some 15 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, and has received about 20 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards.
The company announced has expanded beyond visual effects to produce full-length animated feature films. Its first movie, Rango, stars the voice of Johnny Depp and was released in 2011.
In 2010 former company president Chrissie England left ILM. She was replaced by Lynwen Brennan, who had previously served as the executive in charge of production.