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How Industrial Light and Magic Works

ILM's People
Habib Zargarpour at his workstation
Habib Zargarpour at his workstation

You might think that it is easy for a company like ILM to create computer-generated (CG) effects for any film. Actually, it is an intense process that requires tremendous amounts of research and lots of painstaking labor. ILM has a staff of more than 1,000 skilled employees, including:


  • Visual effects supervisors
  • Technical directors
  • Software developers
  • Scientists
  • Art directors
  • Producers
  • Modelmakers
  • Animators
  • Editors
  • Camera operators
  • Stage technicians


Each of these people has an impressive array of abilities. For example, Habib “Particle Man” Zargarpour, the associate visual effects supervisor for "The Perfect Storm," has a bachelor's degree in applied science and mechanical engineering and another bachelor's degree in industrial design (see sidebar for more information on Habib). The huge computer models that simulate the water in "The Perfect Storm" were all researched and written during the movie's production by a team that included Habib, staff scientist John Anderson and many other people. Talent like this is the key to ILM's continuing excellence in CG (computer-generated) effects.