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.
Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful filmmakers, and has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards.
Lucas is considered a significant figure in the New Hollywood era.
director, 68, and the Dream Works Animation chair, 43, first laid eyes on one another at a business conference.
"How else would a financial person and movie person ever be at the same place at the same time?
Lucas saw many inspiring films in class, particularly the visual films coming out of the National Film Board of Canada like Arthur Lipsett's 21-87, the French-Canadian cameraman Jean-Claude Labrecque's cinéma vérité 60 Cycles, the work of Norman Mc Laren, and the documentaries of Claude Jutra.