Did you know that UIC has a Star Wars connection?

May 4th, 2024

Categories: Animation, Video / Film


EVL is that connection! The Laboratory has a long and rich history in the computer graphics - visualization discipline. Founded in 1973 by co-directors Thomas A. DeFanti and Daniel J. Sandin, EVL’s foundation has been in innovation and collaboration, which attracted animator Larry Cuba to the lab. Hired by George Lucas to create the briefing room sequence animation for “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope”, Cuba contracted with EVL to produce the animation using EVL tools over a three month period at UIC. The Star Wars connection is but one of EVL’s many accomplishments and inventions.

Read the full UIC Honors College E-News article, which includes a historic interview on the project with Tom DeFanti.