Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Applying for a Job at Lucas Film

Lucasfilm is a company that's best known from bring the StarWars Franchise to the world. The great thing about Lucasfilm though is that it's divided up into several smaller subsidiaries such as; Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, Lucas Arts, Lucasfilm Animation, Lucas Online and Lucas Liscensing.

The company's main locales are; Presidio National Park in San Francisco, Marin County and Singapore. The recruitment website gives information on the locations to inform potential employees about these environments such as nieghbourhoods and things to do, this is great as it slightly eases the fear of having to move by informing what will be instore for the employee.

Lucas film also organises a variety of events over each day amoungst some of them are great oppertunities such as Cal Art Portfolio viewing day and perhaps most importantly a recent event that happened between May 7-12 was the ILM Recruiting eventin London, showing that this company takes it's job seriously, travelling the world to find it's next employees.

Overall the "About Us" section is very comprehensive in that it covers pretty much all bases from the company, it's history, Why it's great to work with them etc. All this information is clear and readily availible on the website. The company also offers extensive training such as: Enrichment classes in which you can imporve your skills in a desired area and Career Development which help employees with leadership roles, time management and communication training.

The website also offers and FAQ on how to apply for a job:

How do I apply for a position at Lucasfilm?

Please apply directly here as we no longer accept resumes in the mail. You can review all the open positions at Lucasfilm either by function, by company, by location or all of the above. While we often have similar positions available in different Lucasfilm companies, you only need to apply once even if applying for multiple jobs. Once you have selected a position, you'll receive specific information about how to apply, what we look for in a demo reel and/or portfolio, and how to send your materials to us (if applicable).

How will I be contacted regarding the status of my application?

Due to the large quantity of applications we receive, we're unfortunately unable to provide individual applicants with specific feedback. You'll receive an e-mail acknowledgement of the receipt of your submission. If we feel that you're a strong candidate for the position, we'll contact you directly. No phone calls, please!

How often should I reapply?

If you think you're truly a good fit for Lucasfilm, we recommend checking our jobs site and reapplying every six months or when there's a change in your contact information. If you're a game artist, it's always good to check in with us around the time of the Game Developers Conference (February/March) and if you're a visual fx artist, check in again around the time of Siggraph (August).

If I'm not authorized to work in the United States, can I still apply for a position?

Lucasfilm is proud of its incredibly diverse organization. We have talented people that come from all over the globe. The requirements for obtaining a work visa are complicated and not all jobs are eligible. For the most part, you'll need an advanced degree or several years of applicable work experience to be eligible.

How long will my resume be kept on file?

If we feel that your experience and skill set are a good fit but we don't have any current positions, your resume will remain active for one year. Otherwise, all resumes are archived for two years after the date of your application.

To increase my chances of working at Lucasfilm, what software and programming languages should I be proficient in?

Lucasfilm uses Maya, XSI, Shake, AfterFX, Houdini, Linux, Python, Renderman, C, C++, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and MS Office. Depending on the position, you'll need to be comfortable using one or more of those programs. It's important to note that you should only apply for positions for which you actually possess the necessary skill set. Applying for jobs without the proper qualifications will deliver the wrong message and work against your goal of working with us.

Do Lucasfilm employees ever see or work with George Lucas?

George is an active participant in all of his businesses and is on one of the campuses every day; he works as hard as we expect you to. Depending on what company you work for, you may see him more or less than other employees.

This information seems to outline a good majority of possible questions that could be asked and it seems they want to really give people the best information for applying to their Company. On top of applying for a job a great way to get a foot in the door is to apply for an Internship, which again this section on the website is full of information again this is all given as an FAQ, an important thing that should be noted is that they're keen on making sure you're eligible to work in the U.S., Below is the FAQ:

Who is eligible to apply?

In order to apply you MUST be either an undergraduate junior or graduate student who will return to your academic studies upon completion of the internship. The internship is NOT open to recent graduates.

What if I am a recent graduate?

Since this internship is not open to recent graduates, we encourage you to apply for our full-time positions that are listed at

What if I am an international student can I apply for an internship?

If you are eligible to work in the U.S., we will consider your application.

How long is the internship?

Internships last between 12-16 weeks depending on the availability of the intern and needs of the department.

Can I apply to more than 1 internship?

If you feel that you are eligible and interested in more than one position, please indicate this in your cover letter. You will need to apply to each internship separately at

How can I check on the status of my application?

We will confirm with you that we have received your application materials. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to check the individual status of each application. We will let all applicants know of our final decisions by the beginning of May.

Is the internship paid?

Yes, all internships are paid!

Are internships available only during the summer?

The majority of our internships are available during the summer. We have internships that are available at other times during the year, and they are posted on our website when they become available.

Is housing or relocation provided?

Unfortunately, we can not provide housing to interns at this time. However, we do provide a variety of resources to assist interns with locating housing. We provide a one-time only transportation stipend to interns who live more than 50 miles away from our campuses.

Are the internships full-time?

Yes, all summer internships are full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

Who should I list as my 3 references for the application?

We require that you provide us with the contact information for 3 people who can vouch for your academic, work-related and/or community-based experience and achievements. References should know you well enough to speak about the qualities that make you a great candidate.

Is there any opportunity to be hired on full-time after completing my internship?

We want our interns to complete their schooling first and foremost. If an intern's overall performance has been outstanding, then after they graduate, we revisit intern candidates depending on the needs of each division.

Do you provide tours to the public?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide tours of our studio to the public.

From the website I get the feeling of a very friendly company that is always keen to atleast meet new people. Completing an internship first maybe a good method to get hired but they seem to hire you only if they're in need in you but theres a good chance you'd be more memorable than someone who has just applied for the job. All this information seems a little overwhelming at first but taking time to just read through it carefully is massively beneficial. What should be taken away from this post is that if I were to apply for a job at any division of Lucas film I would have to most likely move location and they seem like a friendly company, perhaps one to keep an eye on when I graduate.

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