Industrial Light & Magic


Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., was founded in 1975. The company has become synonymous with groundbreaking visual effects work and continues to be a recognized leader in the field. ILM has operations in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney which work hand in hand to produce cutting edge visual effects and animation for feature films, television, commercials, themed attractions, and immersive entertainment experiences via the company’s ILMxLAB division.ILM has created visual effects for over 425 feature films from The Star Wars Series to Ready Player One, Thor: Ragnarok, Gangs of New York to Avatar and The Back to the Future trilogy. ILM has been awarded 15 Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and 32 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. To learn more, visit ILM online at and follow ILM on Twitter @ILMVFX.

With so many technical and creative innovations, ILM has been a constant force propelling the evolution of visual effects. Beginning with a mastery of the traditional art of blue-screen photography, matte painting and model and miniature construction, ILM advanced the art of optical compositing and pioneered the development of motion control photography, digital compositing, and numerous other advances in effects technology.

Since the 1980s, ILM has led the way in the use of computer graphics and digital imaging in feature films, developing breakthrough techniques such as morphing, enveloping and film input scanning technology. Today, ILM features one of the most comprehensive and advanced digital effects production pipelines in the entertainment industry, from the earliest creation of wholly computer-generated characters in The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park to the startling digital breakthroughs in films such as Twister, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and The Perfect Storm. ILM’s ability to merge photo-realistic digital images with live-action footage is renowned throughout the industry.

Critical to ILM’s success are its Visual Effects Supervisors, who combine technical expertise with creative vision. They are joined by a global team of some 2,000 employees that includes producers, art directors, computer graphics artists, software engineers, editors, and technicians. This effects team works within ILM’s proven production management system, known for producing superlative results.


Take a look inside Industrial Light & Magic
How is ILM building an Australian studio, what are they are working on and who are they keen to work with. Meet Justin Martin CG Supervisor, who fought his way into the industry 25 years ago and can now share his contribution to the making of some of our most loved movies. Drawing on sequences from “Stars Wars Episode 8”, “Avengers:Infinity War” and “Avengers:End Game” Justin will take us through some of the challenges they faced on these productions and how they came up with solutions to get such epic outcomes. Hear from Lara Hopkins who is leading their recruitment and training pathways.



Justin Martin is a 20-year visual effects veteran who brings a combination of technical and creative collaboration to each film.

Martin began his career at Dfilm in Sydney in 1996 where he worked on Dark City and the Academy Award winning film The Matrix. A few years later, Martin moved to London where he spent eight years at Framestore as a CG Supervisor before joining DNEG, working on films such as Hellboy 2 and the BAFTA nominated film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In addition to supervising, he helped develop DNEG’s Feature Animation division.

After four years at Industrial Light & Magic’s London studio, the opening of the ILM Sydney studio lured Martin to return to Australia as a CG Supervisor. Since joining ILM, he has worked on numerous films including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Avengers: Endgame and the upcoming Bond film, No Time to Die.

In 2006, he received a VES Award nomination for his work on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture.

Martin graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.



Lara Hopkins has over 25 years experience in animation and VFX production, starting her career as a producer and moving 15 years ago into a focus on finding, hiring and managing VFX Artists and producers globally, including for companies such as Framestore, Rising Sun Pictures, Dr D studios. She is now working as a Talent Consultant at ILM Sydney, helping ILM build up their fifth global studio.