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Revenge of the Sith Lucasfilm Screening & Party

So all the hard work I've put into writing about and promoting the upcoming Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith all comes down to this last week.This is it. The very last week to run around like a crazed Wookiee promoting the film,getting everyone and their dog to see the film over and over again. And of course, to take not only pride in what I've accomplished so far, but rake in the perks.

One of those perks was the employee screening at the digital theater in the Meteron on Saturday, May 7. I woke up early (7:30am) and headed down to stand in line with my ILM, Lucasfilm and LucasArts brethren. We wanted to get there early to insure we'd get tickets in the only digital theater (theater #15). Of course, once we were let in around 9am, I was glad we got there when we did. Most of the theater sectioned off for VIPs -- that would be George Lucas and Rick McCallum and their families.

This is the second time I've seen the film with George... I mean with George in the audience. I didn't share a bucket a popcorn with the man, but it was still nice to know the guy who created all this was sitting in the same room with me. Though I do wonder what it must be like to sit and watch your own film. I'd be thinking of all the things I missed, or wanted to fix or film differently. But I suppose that's what the Special Editions are for.

After the film was over, and we all gave the maker himself a standing ovation, George gave a short but sweet speech thanking us all for our hard work and that it was a pleasure working with us all. Which I have to admit is damn nice of him. Even in the smallest of dotcom companies I was in, I don't think I had ever been thanked by the Grande Queso like that. And even though George probably just knows me as that girl with the weird hair who said he had nice shoes, I'd like to think he's glad I'm on the payroll.

Once we all filtered out of the theater, we headed to our new offices at the swanky Presidio. Now keep in mind, I've only seen concept drawings and virtual animatics tours of this place -- our new home for Lucasfilm come September. But when I arrived and really took a good look at the campus, I have to say I was blown away by how beautiful it is. Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, new brick buildings in the foreground, and even a pond with ducks (I bet you didn't know that ducks are the only real Earth animal in the Star Wars films)! And nothing but green, green grass and paths to stroll. I may have to request that all my meetings be done on the grass!

When we walked inside the buildings (Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda were right behind me), I wandered around pondering where my desk would end up and what views I'd have. And then I found the open bar. My coworkers and I ate food, drank wine, chatted about the film and had a nice revelation that this was the first time in probably 10 months that any of us got to stop for a minute and relax.

Throughout the building there were also exhibits put up just for the party of props, costumes, and set pieces from Revenge of the Sith. The highlights for me were the Wookiee costumes and weapons, various lightsabers, the R2 and C-3PO props, the Yoda prop,
Vader's suit and of course the new Vader helmet. One of the biggest hits of the party seemed to be the set prop of Padme's apartment. It resembles the coolest futuristic dollhouse I'd ever seen -- and the four 7-year-old girls standing with me in awe agreed. ;-)

After I had my fill of food, drinks and taking silly photos of myself infront of the exhibit pieces, I went outside, took my shoes off and lay back in the green grass. As I looked up at the view of the buildings surrounding me, and employees discussing their favorite parts of Revenge of the Sith, I smiled. Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be part of this creative galaxy of writers, artists, modelmakers, game developers, engineers, designers, publicists, promotions specialists, fan event planners, or droid wranglers. But I feel like this is where I belong and I'll be holding on for the ride ahead no matter which galaxy it takes me.

Thanks George.

Be My Virtual Date at the Party:

Mood: chipper chipper
Music: The Killers

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missannethorpe From: missannethorpe Date: May 13th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, the new Presidio compound looks AMAZING. It makes me want to work there, like even just as a gardener mowing the lawn. It is so rare these days to have someone actually design a beautiful group of buildings that merge into old existing ones. Good job Georgie boy!

And can I say I'm in love with the R2-D2 statue.
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah... it's awe-inspiring. I wonder how I'll get any work done though....

Unfortunately all the props aren't staying in the building. They were just there for tha party. We may be getting another Yoda statue like we have at Big Rock though.

R2's my favorite too. THough it would be nice to have the Wookiees there to great you at the front door every morning....
verona From: verona Date: May 13th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
(I bet you didn't know that ducks are the only real Earth animal in the Star Wars films)!

Of course I did! ;)

Is that Padme's castle in the background in the first photo??!!?!?!!!?

Your job is so cool. I'm excited for you! If you're not going to be at the ranch anymore what's going to happen there?

When I get my prosthetic makeup certificate from Dick Smith I'm calling you to give in my resume!
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
they don't call it Palace of Fine Arts for nothing. ;-)

THe folks at Skywalker and Big Rock come to Presidio. But some will remain at Skywalker and some move over to Big Rock.

It's like a big musical chairs... ;-)
gingerbourbon From: gingerbourbon Date: May 13th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bonnie - wow! Awesome pics! I was quite upset they wouldn't let us in to see the exhibition thing, didn't know of it til the end of the party - thanks for the virtual dateship. You're such a generous date!
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bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
i actually took that photo FOR Mary because I had a feeling she'd want a pic of Chewie making martinis. ;-)
w0lver From: w0lver Date: May 13th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks for the insider pics into the party... So if the Vader helmet protected like some artfact? lasers, pressure sensors, etc... Can't want to see the film for myself, can't find a all digital theater in my neck of the woods, will have to settle for the analog...
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow...

the helmet along with the other artifacts were inside plexiglass boxes.
Which was good since little kids were running all over the place.
tdhartist From: tdhartist Date: May 13th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks freakin' sweet! I look forward to my Post September trip to San Fran for a tour of the new place. ;)

Still makes me long to be a full employee... Not the little slow kid who draws dem purty pictures for the Box of light connected to that fancy Internets!
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
are you kidding?
you're better than a desk jockey employee. You get to draw a comic strip, and design t-shirts and make Artist Sketch cards. You have you're own comic book series and you've got more creativity in your toe nail clippings than most people I see at our water cooler.

so there!
manraysky From: manraysky Date: May 13th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The pic of you in front of the Wookiees is adorable!

ps--how's your work at home day going? Car?
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
work at home is fine.
I do the same work online so it's no biggie. Transcribing tapes from the junket actualy. ;-)

I may set fire to the car.
galexiegirl From: galexiegirl Date: May 13th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey! we finally get to see a full on picture of you! you look adorable, bonnie!
super fun pix...and the new place looks wonderful! i'm so happy you guys are getting another lovely home.

hey, so my friend who works at Pixar invited me to go to an Episode III screening Monday morning!! YIPEEEEE!!! I can't wait. He let me go last year, and I didn't want to assume he'd invite me again. Weee!!!!
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww thanks. I don't normally post photos of myself mainly because I don't think I photograph well... so thanks. ;-)

What does your pal at Pixar do?

anne_jumps From: anne_jumps Date: May 13th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
audrawilliams rec'd you and I added you.... Hope that's okay!
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
sure thinG! ;-)
sick_jake From: sick_jake Date: May 13th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, bonnie, Did you watch George on The O.C?
i just have to say, with all due respect to Mr.Lucas, he really does a wonderful job inspiring anyone he meets.
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah I thought he did well on the show.
Heck, he should be one every week!
Julie Cooper could date him!
gdg From: gdg Date: May 13th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
awesome photos 8)
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
mesoloca From: mesoloca Date: May 13th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh man this all seems so exciting, i envy your job!

also, last time i was in san fran i went to the meteron - soo overwhelming.
pragar From: pragar Date: May 13th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


I love how in that one picture it's looks like you're just saying, "Check it out, can you believe I'm standing next to Yoda?" It's like a childhood dream coming true. :)

Were all of those props the same ones that were at CIII?
bonniegrrl From: bonniegrrl Date: May 14th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sweet

i believe so, yeah.

I wish they could keep the props in the office... oh well.
gerlx From: gerlx Date: May 14th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
hands down: best job ever,
my jedi-knight card-toting, $100-lightsaber-purchasing. counting-down-the-days-til-the-release- boyfriend is very very jealous.
kitchenvixen From: kitchenvixen Date: May 14th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow amazing. isn't it nice to have tiyr work appreciated? anyhow, manraysky told me to come check out your journal cause I am Star Wars batty.
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