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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Digital studio for Star Wars show
George Lucas
George Lucas also created the Indiana Jones movies
Star Wars creator George Lucas has opened a digital animation movie and television studio in Singapore.

The studio's first project will be Star Wars spin-off TV series Clone Wars, due to be screened in 2007.

The company says it aims to lead the animation industry and train "a new generation of digital artists" at the Singapore studio.

Lucas said the TV series would be based on the time between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Lucas announced plans for two Star Wars TV series in April, when he said Clone Wars would become "a 3D animated" series of 30-minute shows.

Develop techniques

A live-action series featuring characters from the six Star Wars movies is also in the planning.

The opening ceremony for the Singapore studio included a traditional dance, a blessing by a feng shui master and the unveiling of a statue of Yoda.

Yoda statue
A statue of Yoda will greet visitors to the digital studio

Around 40 staff from 19 countries will initially be employed at the base.

Chief technology officer Cliff Plumer said the studio would build upon the work of the company's visual effects house, Industrial Light & Magic, and LucasArts, its games development division.

"We're leveraging not only the technology, but the expertise and the techniques developed over the years at Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts to train a new generation of digital artists at our Singapore studio," he said.

In June, Lucas opened a new headquarters for his film and video game empire at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco.



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