What a year this is turning out to be; in early October we had the opportunity that every science fiction fan could only dream of – we got to hang out with C-3PO and R2-D2 at one of the UK’s most awaited business launches, the ribbon-cutting of the Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) studios in Covent Garden.
Disney’s special effects firm ILM, founded by the incredible George Lucas, has opened its first UK studio so that they can use London talent to work on the special effects of next generation of Star Wars and other films and they asked Mighty Fine Entertainment to provide production and entertainment for the day’s events. The event started in the afternoon with a drinks reception for various dignataries and hosted by Ben Morris, creative director, who won an Oscar for his work on the visual effect for The Golden Compass in 2008, Lynwen Brennan, the president of ILM and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucas films. Kathleen Kennedy said “This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London that goes back to 1976.”
George Osborne (apparently also a massive Star Wars fan) was a guest speaker at the ceremony and talked about how enticing London has become for filmmakers across the globe.
The evening’s event was more for staff and industry insiders, who danced until the early hours until we had to pull the plug.
We had such an amazing time DJing and you could really sense the excitement and genuine talent within the room during the ceremony. The anticipation for the latest film is off the scale but it has been carefully guarded so I don’t think you’ll get to see much until it is released in December next year. We can’t wait to see Star Wars VII directed by JJ Abrams , from what we’ve heard, it’s going to amazing!