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Don’t miss the celebration! Join us as we reminisce movies that sparked the imagination in us, whether it was the thrill of speed, adventurous discoveries, or creatures that became friends. Another special feature includes Blizzard Entertainment who celebrates 30 years, a milestone anniversary. Presenters journey down memory lane with untold stories, the challenges, pioneering techniques not yet discovered, and the passion that propelled VFX forward.

Included in this stream:

  • Space Jam: The Tech Behind the Classic
  • Space Jam at 25: The Animators Behind the Classic
  • 40th Anniversary: Raiders of the Lost Ark Through the Lens of Richard Edlund
  • Blizzard Animation: Celebrating 30 Years of Epic Entertainment
  • Celebrating 25 Years of DragonHeart
  • Celebrating 20 Years of The Fast and the Furious
  • Moulin Rouge! 20th Anniversary Panel

A rare opportunity to join two legendary industry pioneers, Richard Edlund and Warren Franklin, as they discuss an insider's perspective on the making of the film, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark became the highest-grossing film of 1981, earning approximately $330.5 million worldwide. In the years since its release, the film has grown in esteem, and many now consider it to be among the greatest films of the 1980s and one of the greatest action-adventure films ever made. 

Filming took place on sets at Elstree Studios, England, and on location in La Rochelle, France, Tunisia, Hawaii, and California. Hear the fascinating stories and exciting discoveries experienced on set while Edlund shares an insider’s view 40 years later.  


Richard Edlund

Richard Edlund is a twenty-two-year Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, founding member of the AMPAS visual effects branch, is chair of the Branch Executive Committee, and also chairman of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council. He also serves as board member of the Visual Effects Society and is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Cinematographers.

He is a four-time Academy Award visual effects winner – Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

His journey started in the 60’s when his love of special effects brought him to LA where he co-introduced the use of motion control technology into television commercials. Shortly after he joined Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) whose mission was to go where no filmmaker had gone before – with visual effects for a movie called Star Wars. When the new technology and Star Wars franchise clicked, Edlund moved to Marin County to supervise visual effects for the next two episodes of Star Wars, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Poltergeist. Looking for more of a challenge, Edlund returned to Los Angeles’ bustling production center to join Boss Film Studios. Boss Films became a star in the visual effects world, and so did Edlund. The rest is legendary history!


Warren Franklin

Warren has nearly 40 years of experience as an executive and creative producer with such industry leaders as Lucasfilm Ltd and has collaborated on projects with all of the major Hollywood studios. For 13 years Warren was a key member of George Lucas’ creative and management team where he served as Group Vice President, managing six divisions, including Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, and Skywalker Sound. As the VP and GM of ILM, Warren spearheaded its growth and dominance as the industry’s premier visual effects company, which won nine Academy Awards during his tenure including The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Return of the Jedi.