Lucas then transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts.USC was one of the earliest universities to have a school devoted to motion picture film.
Lucas also produced and wrote a variety of films through Lucasfilm in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1997, Lucas re-released the original Star Wars trilogy as part of a Special Edition, where he made several alterations to the films; home media releases with further changes were released in 20.
Lucas wrote and directed THX 1138 (1971), based on his earlier student short Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which was a critical success but a financial failure.
His next work as a writer-director was the film American Graffiti (1973), inspired by his teen years in early 1960s Modesto, California, and produced through the newly founded Lucasfilm.
During the years at USC, Lucas shared a dorm room with Randal Kleiser.
Along with classmates such as Walter Murch, Hal Barwood, and John Milius, they became a clique of film students known as The Dirty Dozen.He also became good friends with fellow acclaimed student filmmaker and future Indiana Jones collaborator, Steven Spielberg.Lucas was deeply influenced by the Filmic Expression course taught at the school by filmmaker Lester Novros which concentrated on the non-narrative elements of Film Form like color, light, movement, space, and time.(born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur.Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful filmmakers and has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards.