TRUST Trivia: Industrial Light & Magic

Aside from being one of the most beloved fantasy franchises in film history, George Lucas’ (original) Star Wars trilogy were so great due in part to the mindblowing (at the time) special effects created by Industrial Light & Magic. ILM was developed by Lucas when Star Wars went into production and has been one of the most successful SFX/VFX shops in the industry for almost four decades. During the production of The Empire Strikes Back, while shooting the Hoth asteroid belt escape sequence, the animators would insert various random objects into the scene as asteroids from around the studio. Below is a video of the scene in full – see if you can’t find the shoe and potato that the ILM bods dropped in there for a chuckle.

If you have trouble seeing it, here’s a freeze frame: