Star Wars director George Lucas opened up his new San Francisco Lucasfilm campus Saturday, in the heart of the wooded Presidio military base here, with pomp worthy of an Imperial party. The filmmaker might have a tin ear for dialogue, but he knows details, and everything from the
"We couldn't do this without our Silicon Valley," he said. "LA has its silicone valley. But I prefer ours."
With the help of Saul Zaentz, Steve Jobs, Francis Ford Coppola and a few others, he's helped turn San Francisco into a town where movies can be made, and particularly as the place where digital entertainment first took root, he said. It wasn't always that way.
"We have changed the face of entertainment," he said. "When I came back here, they said you couldn't make films here. If you said you made films in San Francisco, everyone assumed you made porn films."