George Lucas Influences

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A long time ago--in a galaxy not so far away-- a boy with a love of space operas and race cars would grow into a man who would create a movie empire and change the world of cinema for years to come. George Walton Lucas Jr. was born on May 14, 1944, in Modesto, California- a small farming town east of San Francisco (Barson). He attended Thomas Downey High School and later attended Modesto Junior College to study social sciences. While he was there, Lucas took an interest in photography and film and, subsequently, decided he wanted to go to art school. Then, he enrolled in the University of Southern California film school and produced eight student films with his new friend Francis Ford Coppola (“George Lucas Biography”). After many short film…show more content…
Most notably known for his creation of the Star Wars trilogy, the world renowned film writer created a series which sparked a dutifully loyal fan-base and an ever expanding franchise. However, Lucas did not always want to create stories and produce films. Throughout his journey, the film writer George Lucas experienced many influences; the most prominent being his friends, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg, and a traumatic car crash he experiences as a young adult
One of the major influences on Lucas’ life and career was Francis Ford Coppola, a filmmaker born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939 (“Francis Ford Coppola”). George Lucas first met Coppola when he interned at Warner Bros Studios in 1967 (“George Lucas” 2000). He worked there for six months and assisted Coppola with his productions like a movie version of the Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow (Barson). Consequently, Lucas and Coppola developed a strong friendship after their partnership at Warner Bros. They assisted each other on numerous films in addition to Lucas learning trade secrets, film methods, and different movie designs. Then, the next year,
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