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Skywalker Ranch is the name of the well-disguised workplace of film director and producer George Lucas in secluded but open country near Nicasio, California. Curiously it is located just off Lucas Valley Road. There is no relation between Lucas and the road's name "Lucas"; instead, the road was named for a former landowner in the area at the turn of the century. The Ranch and production facilities are not open to the public. Die-hard fans present occasional problems to perimeter security. When President Ronald Reagan requested a tour of Skywalker Ranch, shortly after Lucasfilm lost a court battle to have the U.S. government refrain from calling the Strategic Defense Initiative, "Star Wars," a visit could not be arranged. The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Nicasio is a village located in the hills of west Marin County, California, United States. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan, (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Lucasfilm Logo Lucasfilm Ltd. ... The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), commonly called Star Wars after the popular science fiction series, is a system proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983 to use space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear missiles. ...


Assembled parcel by parcel, Skywalker Ranch consists of over 4,700 acres (19 km²) and has cost Lucas up to 100 million dollars, according to a Wall Street Journal feature. Over the objections of neighboring ranchers that Skywalker Ranch was polluting the environment, Lucasfilm acquired four neighboring ranches adding more than 3,000 acres (12 km²) to the Skywalker Ranch. All but 15 acres (60,000 m²) remain undeveloped. The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


The Ranch contains a barn with animals including a donkey named "Burrito" and a pot-bellied pig named "Betty Boop", vineyards, a garden with staff who cultivate fruits and vegetables that are used in the staff restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center with racquetball courts, its own fire department, man-made "Lake Ewok", hilltop observatory, multiple theater screening rooms, and parking (concealed underground to preserve the natural landscape). It is also the location of Skywalker Sound. The main house has a small company research library under a stained-glass dome. Racquetball racquet and ball Racquetball is a sport played with racquets and a hollow rubber ball on an indoor or outdoor court. ... Skywalker Sound is the renowned sound effects, sound editorial, sound design and music recording division of George Lucass Lucas Digital motion picture group. ...


A few of the props used in the Star Wars movies are displayed in the main house. In the performing arts, a prop (the common short form for the more formal property) is anything that is carried by a performer during the performance. ... Star Wars began with a 13-page treatment for a space adventure movie which George Lucas drafted in 1973, inspired from multiple myths and classic stories. ... Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ...


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Skywalker Ranch - Mount Pleasant High School (268 words)
Skywalker Ranch is the name of the well-disguised workplace of film director and producer George Lucas in secluded but open country near Nicasio, California.
When President Ronald Reagan requested a tour of Skywalker Ranch, shortly after Lucasfilm lost a court battle to have the U.S. government refrain from calling the Strategic Defense Initiative, "Star Wars," a visit could not be arranged.
Over the objections of neighboring ranchers that Skywalker Ranch was polluting the environment, Lucasfilm acquired four neighboring ranches adding more than 3,000 acres to the Skywalker Ranch.
Skywalker Ranch - A DVD Talk Trip Report (3532 words)
It was the most compelling thing I saw my whole time at Skywalker Ranch, and it gave me a real understanding of what Lucas was trying to do with Phantom Menace and why he both succeeded and failed.
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As the 2nd day of my two-day trip to Skywalker Ranch came to an end I had a long trip down to San Francisco where I was to meet long time cyberfriend Chris Pirillo, who does Lockergnome.
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