Inside the Star Wars Empire: A Memoir

Inside the Star Wars Empire: A Memoir

by Bill Kimberlin
Inside the Star Wars Empire: A Memoir

Inside the Star Wars Empire: A Memoir

by Bill Kimberlin


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Bill Kimberlin may refer to himself as “one of those names on the endless list of credits at the close of blockbuster movies.” In reality though, he’s a true insider on some of the most celebrated and popular movies and franchises of the past century. Jurassic Park. Star Trek. Jumanji. Schindler’s List. Saving Private Ryan. Even Forrest Gump. And perhaps most notably, Star Wars. Inside the Star Wars Empire is the very funny and insightful tell-all about the two decades Kimberlin spent as a department director at LucasFilm Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the special effects studio founded by the legendary filmmaker George Lucas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493049462
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bill Kimberlin has worked on dozens of films ( and is sought after as a lecturer and speaker on the subject of special effects. He is the director of the film American Nitro (the film that nabbed him a coveted spot in Lucas’ studio), which has a strong cult following, including close to 800,000 followers on Facebook. Inside the Star Wars Empire is his first book.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

The Gilded Cage 1

Mrs. Hickman 6

The Droid Olympics 15

High School Reunion 22

What's It Like? 26

Hollywood 33

The Cutting Room Floor 40

Film School 45

"Francis Coppola Wishes to Speak with You" 50

Mike Medavoy 57

Chan Is Missing 65

American Nitro 67

The Screamer 80

The Players 85

What Do You Do? 91

The Oracle 94

The Smell of Napalm 97

Roger Rabbit 102

Back to the Future 109

Pixar 114

A Jolt of Money 121

The Mask 126

Off the Ground 132

Defining Myself 137

Jurassic Park 142

Schindler's List 146

The Intern 151

Acting Out 155

Earthquake 159

Finding Boonville 163

Are You OK? 167

Mason's Distillery 169

Kimberlina 173

The UFO Detector 177

Criminal Behavior 183

The China Girl 190

The Distraction 194

Digital City 203

The Stone Age Institute 206

Dropping Dead 211

Index 220

About the Author 232

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