October 29, 2009
SKYWALKING TO SAN FRANCISCO
On Tuesday, I headed north . . . the good people of Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic hosted a screening of “The Box” an invited me to stay at the legendary Lucas ranch for the night and tour the facilities.
The property itself is everything a fanboy could dream and more – as an alumni of USC and an acolyte in the church of Lucas – I was speechless when I was granted access to the Sergei Eisenstein apartment, a spacious lodge with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace.
I devoured my dinner of chicken, potatoes and vegetables (grown on the ranch) – and before sunset I hopped on one of the many bikes and pedaled my through the winding roads and covered bridge.
The place has a serenity that I didn’t expect.
On Wednesday morning, I visited Skywalker Sound, where I met the guys mixing “Prince of Persia,” starring my friend and “Donnie Darko” star Jake Gyllenhaal.
In the main house we visited the library (which has a structural resemblance to the Venice library featured in “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade”) – and I got butterflies in my stomach while gazing through Tiffany glass at each artifact from the “Indiana Jones” quadrilogy – not to mention the legendary whip itself.
It was then on to visit the wonderful folks at ILM in San Francisco. We did a post-screening discussion on “The Box” (opening November 6th!) which was moderated by Kate Shaw – Director of Training and Education – who asked a series of insightful and thoughtful questions about the film.
It was an honor to be among fellow artists and technicians who appreciate the art of science-fiction and open to exploring the themes of the film. I have to say it was probably my favorite Q+A that I have ever done.
We had time for a quick lunch and a tour of the ILM facility – a place where I would certainly love to be able to return one day soon and recommend to other filmmakers.
This trip was incredibly inspiring to me as I continue to revise my new script.
Iin the meantime – I invite you to check out the prequel to “The Box” at www.youaretheexperiment.com
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