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Saga staffers discuss role of technology in storytelling

On Monday, July 17th, Vicki Dobbs Beck of ILMxLAB and John Knoll of Lucasfilm spoke about the role of technology in storytelling today at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, CO.

Knoll & Beck strive to deliver “immersive stories…”

Tom Huddleston of writes:

John Knoll, chief creative officer and senior visual effects supervisor of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), described how his team created virtual sets for last year’s blockbuster movie Rogue One that let director Gareth Edwards virtually map out certain shots… Vicki Dobbs Beck, the executive in charge [of Lucasfilm’s new laboratory] said, “Our ultimate goal is to deliver really compelling, immersive stories.

Check out the full story (and related coverage) on The full interview is below (and contains a highlight reel from ILM).


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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