- Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:03 pm
I think everyone who follows these threads know we like to joke about stuff like our ILM geekness. Making fun of our reasonable craziness is a trademark here. Remember, fan is short for fanatic. There is a certain amount of fanaticism involved, otherwise this site would not exist at all would it. We are ILM geeks. We crave every morsel of info. Why? Because we are fans.
But I agree about full-on facility in its own right. The UK has had a tradition for film fx that other territories offering rebates have not. So I don't see any reason why ILM-UK couldn't become a self-sustaining enterprise largely, while still having strong ties to the Presidio.
I just would like to see them work on films as the main facility too not just supplementing work already being carried in the states.
The first start to not being a studio solely due to rebates is to not act like one. Ground yourself in the community. Plant roots. Hire more locals. Work on British films. I like the Ben Morris hire a lot.
Having said that, retaining some ties to ILM and its lore and history and branding is essential. But it shouldn't be the only thing. Not in the UK. ILM-UK could be so much more if the powers that be want it.
But who knows. Maybe they just want a pod and hire for projects generated stateside in NoCal?
Recent history suggests it will be like Vancouver, a Pop-up digital studio. Since the early 00's when ILM shuttered its Commercial Productions shingle in LA and they moved to the Presidio and downsized, they have seemed timid(or maybe smart? Depends on your POV or knowledge of the situation) towards expansion.
But Lucasfilm has a long history with the UK film industry it has not enjoyed in other parts of the world so there's sense to them opening a facility there. One could almost ask: what took them so long?