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'Star Wars 7' Will Have Vancouver Influence Thanks To New Studio

The Huffington Post B.C.

The visual effects company created by George Lucas for the original "Star Wars" has opened a permanent Vancouver studio, which will have a hand in the highly anticipated Episode 7.

Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) officially opened the Gastown office Monday, a 30,000 sq.-ft. space vacated by Disney's Pixar just six months ago. That closure cut 100 jobs, but ILM executives are confident there's enough work to keep the Vancouver studio busy into the next decade, reported Metro Vancouver.

"It’s a very cyclical business,” said Lynwen Brennan, president of ILM. "We have 10 years of work we can see ahead and, while we’ll still have a little bit of ups and downs, that is something that allows us to stay more stable than most in the business."

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