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Inside look at Lucasfilm’s fabled “Skywalker Ranch”

December 15, 2009

Not long ago in a galaxy not far away…

Star Wars fans, get ready for a rare glimpse of how legendary filmmaker George Lucas and his friends get away from it all at his private ranch. Cutting edge cinematographer Philip Bloom recently spent a week there, wowing Lucas, Quenton Tarantino and many of their movie making friends with the stunning quality of HD video produced by Canon DSLR still/video cameras.  In his blog, Philip confessed: the invitation and chance to show his work to Lucasfilm and company is the highlight of his career.

Click on the video title “Skywalker Ranch” to see a larger version on Vimeo.com or watch it right here:

As a long-time fan of the Star Wars films, it was really fun to see where George Lucas gets his inspiration and dreams up new projects.

To read the full story, with photos of his amazing week, you can click here. Philip Bloom’s work has been inspiring me for months. He is single-handedly helping change the landscape of filmmaking by showing people the kinds of moving images you can get with the Canon 5D and 7D, and how to do it. He has free tutorials on his website and also sells DVDs with in-depth instruction on how to get the most film-like results from either camera.

He relates that Lucasfilm is interested in using DSLRs to get shots for upcoming films from places where traditional movie cameras and even smaller prosumer cameras won’t fit. I’ll be interested to see how this develops.

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