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Beth D’Amato | Digital Paint Supervisor

How long have you worked for ILM?

19 years

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

Marquette University - I have a BA in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication with a minor in Criminology

When was the moment you decided to be in film?

From the broad perspective, I knew as a seven-year-old after seeing Star Wars for the first time that I wanted to be involved in making movies. From the more narrow perspective of my current discipline, I was working at a television station as a graphic artist, and when I was asked to remove something from several images I literally said to myself, "I'd love to find a job where I could do this kind of paint all day."

How did you find out about ILM and how did you get your job?

I learned about ILM when I was a Star Wars-obsessed child. I arranged for an onsite informational interview with someone while attending Siggraph. I came to ILM, toured, and interviewed. They said they had technical positions available, but I was more suited for a creative position, and they would keep my resume on file. I was so sad not to have been offered a position, and was convinced I blew my one and only chance to work here. Then six months later, HR called me to interview for a position in the art department. I got the position and the rest is history.

What is your favorite ILM company event?

Trivia Night! It's a blast, and, it's for a great cause.

What have been some of your favorite projects to work on since you have been with the company?

The Star Wars prequels, Magnolia, Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Jurassic World

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

I love my dogs. I can't stop talking about them or taking pictures of them. I also love traveling, reading, running, and collecting toys. (But not in that order.)

What films inspire your work?

Star Wars, E.T., Alien, Kill Bill -- it's tough to narrow it down.