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Have you ever wondered how Hollywood makes that special effects magic in movies like "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and "Transformers?" Lakeland College is welcoming a speaker who is involved in making those special effects happen.

Beth D'Amato, a digital paint supervisor with Industrial Light and MagicBeth D'Amato, a digital paint supervisor with Industrial Light and MagicBeth D'Amato, a digital paint supervisor with Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' visual effects company, will deliver a talk entitled Industrial Light and Magic: Inside the Amazing World of Visual Effects on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's Bradley Theatre.

Her free talk is open to the public.

D'Amato has worked on many films, including the "Star Wars" prequels, "Pearl Harbor," "Mission Impossible III," "Transformers," "Star Trek," "Pacific Rim" and "Lucy."

D'Amato will trace her journey from Milwaukee business television to the box office blockbusters of Hollywood, giving the audience a look inside the scenes of some of the most groundbreaking and innovative visual effects of all time.

She was only 7 years old when she saw the original "Star Wars" for the first time in 1977, but it inspired her and sparked a lifelong passion for movies, toys and science fiction. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Marquette University and spent several years immersing herself in Milwaukee's television and video industry.

She moved to northern California and was hired by Industrial Light & Magic, and the galaxy that Lucas created didn't seem quite so far away anymore.

D'Amato was also part of the team that brought "Star Wars" to television's "The Big Bang Theory." She won a Visual Effects Society (VES) award in 2007 for her work on "Transformers" and was also nominated in 2009 for "Avatar."


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