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.
Be My Virtual Date at the Party:
Music: The Killers