How Star Wars Changed the World
The original Star Wars has certainly gone on to produce more than just sequels. It has created the people and the technologies that are now considered the best in the industry. Michelle Devereaux created this family tree for Wired magazine
back in 2005 and I love how the line colors indicate people, technologies and company connections, but the tree is organized into movies, sound, effects and technologies.
I actually believe the tree is incomplete. I think Star Wars had far greater reach and influence that what Michelle mapped out here.
It all started with a band of rebels who wanted to help a farmboy follow his dream. Three decades later, the Star Wars empire has grown into one of the most fertile incubators of talent in the worlds of movies (Lucasfilm), visual effects (Industrial Light & Magic), sound (Skywalker Sound), and videogames (LucasArts). Along the way, some of the original Lucas crew has gone on to become his biggest competitors. This chart maps the people, companies and technologies touched by the Force. - Michelle Devereaux