George Lucas

Part I, Summary:
THX 1138, American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back?the list goes on and on. Although many have not heard of each of these films, everyone certainly has to know the man behind them. George Lucas has, in many cases, written, produced, and directed, not to mention edit, his own films. His vision was the driving force that imagined and created these movies. All have made back the cost of the film and most have received millions of dollars in profit.
Although it sounds as if he had an easy life, in reality, Lucas had to struggle in order to get ahead. Not being interested or involved in school, Lucas turned his attention to cars. When he reached driving age, his father gave him a nice, small, "safe" car. However, passionate about cars and racing, Lucas revved up his engine and turned it into a hot rod. Each day following, he went cruising around town, drag racing often. However, this passion led him to a drastic change in his life. It ultimately led him to success.
Lucas was in a car crash in 1962, which ended his racing career before it even started. He missed his graduation ceremony at his high school, but joked that the only reason he got a diploma was because his teachers felt sorry for him. As a result, Lucas looked for other options to fill his void in life. Since his grades were not good enough for a four-year college, he decided to go to junior college. For the first time in his life, he hit the books. He fell asleep trying to earn the highest grades he could in order to have a future for himself.
During junior college, Lucas formed other interests. Instead of racing, he filmed them on a 8-millimeter camera his father gave him. A old friend, John Plummer, told George that he should apply to the University of Southern California. His friend remarked that it was not that hard to get into as reputation indicated. Lucas applied, and was accepted, for his junior year.
Although the idea was unpopular with his father, Lucas was not stopped in pursing his career. At school, he realized that he had to work his but off to stay on top. He did not mind the hard work. Lucas actually felt relaxed staying up all night editing film. Even when a lot of college students got high on drugs, "Lucas got high on films (1, 45)."
When assigned to make films in school, everyone wanted to be in George?s group. Even though the most coveted job was the writer-director, Lucas most likely got the part. However, his films were not good because he stayed within the guidelines. Lucas broke the rules. He and his friends broke into the editing room and edited all night. Also, he went way overbudget and far off campus to shoot his films, though none of his teachers objected. His films were always the best by far in the entire class.
After receiving his bachelor of arts degree from USC in 1966, Lucas had to decide what to do with his future. He contemplated whether to enlist in the Vietnam War, but when he tried to join the air force, he was rejected for his police record. All of the speeding tickets he had received when he was younger were coming back to haunt him. Unable to decided, Lucas finally had to face the draft for the army. However, he failed because he was diagnosed with diabetes.
Soon Lucas was hired to do some editing work by Verna Fields, a veteran film editor, to work on a film about President Johnson?s trip to the Far East. Unfortunately, he hated the restrictions the government agency put on his work and was upset when they cut out some of his footage. Then, the idea of becoming an independent filmmaker began to look very attractive.
At this time, Fields hired an assistant editor named Marcia Griffin. Lucas and Griffin were not initially attracted to each other at first, but as time went on, opposites seemed to attract, and they went out on a few dates. George and Marcia eventually fell in love with each other and got married.
In the fall of 1966, Lucas decided to teach a training program for navy filmmakers. This way he could make his film, an idea he had rolling around