For ILM recipients, most began their tenures at the Kerner campus, located north of the Golden Gate Bridge not far from our current San Francisco location. Senior Creative Services Editor Brent Bowers remembers getting lost on his first day. “The campus was just a bunch of unmarked buildings spread across a few blocks.”
Toan-Vinh Le, a Senior Effects Technical Director for ILM, recalls his own first day, “I remember walking through the Kerner Optical door and seeing the ILM magician emblem directly in front of me, then the stormtrooper statue. I knew I was in the right place.”
Effects Supervising Technical Director David Weitzberg started as an ILM intern in 1996 before joining the company full-time two years later. “I had read every ‘making of’ book and watched every documentary I could find (this was before the days of DVD extras) and now I was getting to be a part of that world.”
When asked just what keeps them working here for multiple decades, nearly everyone gives the same answer: the people.