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How game development is changing movie-making

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Lucasfilm's chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri believes video game engines and motion capture techniques are set to revolutionize movie production over the next decade.

Speaking at the Technology Strategy Board in London this week Libreri showed how assets from LucasArts' cancelled game Star Wars 1313 had been used to make a short concept movie. Earlier this year Disney-owned LucasArts exited game development and development, but Lucasfilm is clearly still embracing the technology.

"Everyone has seen what we can do in movies, and I think most people will agree the video game industry is catching up quite quickly," said Libreri. "I'm pretty sure within the next decade, we're going to see a convergence in terms of traditional visual effects capabilities.

"We think that computer graphics are going to be so realistic in real time computer graphics that, over the next decade, we'll start to be able to take the post out of post-production; where you'll leave a movie set and the shot is pretty much complete."