14 cool facts you didn’t know about George Lucas young!

Finding out about George Lucas young.

Star Wars was a BIG part of my childhood so I wanted to find out about the Young George Lucas biography. How did he get to make such an iconic franchise?

Here are 14 Cool facts about George Lucas young:

 

George Lucas’ parents owned a stationery store in California

Before deciding to be a film maker, George Lucas wanted to be a racing driver! 

His love of cars served as inspiration for his senior project at University, the movie 1:42.08 and later on American Graffiti.

In 1962 George Lucas neary died in a car accident whilst driving his souped up Autobianchi Bianchina. The accident caused George to lose interest in motor racing as a career.

 

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George Lucas began filming at Modesto Junior College with an 8mm camera and liked to film car races

At University, George and his dorm mates were known as The Dirty Dozen 

It was at USC, that George became friends with Steven Spielberg acclaimed student film maker

The US Air Force turned down George Lucas because of his numerous speeding tickets! 

Lucas was drafted by the army for Vietnam, but got exempted from service after tests showed he had diabetes, the disease that had killed his grandfather

Lucas and Spielberg

After re-enrolling at USC as a graduate student and teaching other students, his short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB won first prize at the National Student film festival and would later be adapted into his first feature film THX 1138 

Although THX 1138 was unsuccessful, afterwards Lucas created his own company Lucasfilm and directed American Graffiti which was more successful

With his new found wealth George Lucas began to develop a story set in space called Star Wars, which although difficult in getting made, ended up restoring 20th Century Fox’s financial stability after a number of flops

Before making the first Star Wars movie, Lucas famously renegotiated his contract with 20th Century Fox to give him the rights to merchandising and sequels.

The rest is history, Star Wars became a phenomenon raking in some $38 billion in almost 40 years and sold to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion.

For some fans, the more recent prequel movies soured the Star Wars franchise with its more childish antics, over-reliance of CGI, sometimes questionable actor performances and generally less interesting story lines, but it’s the prequels (partly funded by the Special Editions of the late nineties) that made Star Wars a multi-billion jugger-naught of entertainment.

I learnt a lot about imagination, dreaming, and setting goals from my love of Star Wars. I have found having an open mind and being prepared to do what others will not do very helpful indeed. I hope you enjoyed this George Lucas Biography!

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