Tim Kring has been a writer and executive producer on a long list of popular television shows including “Heroes” and the upcoming “Heroes Reborn.”
He grew up in Santa Maria but it was on a trip to Los Angeles when Kring saw “Star Wars” for the first time.
“It was at the Chinese Theatre. I think it was the first week. All I know is that I stood in line to see it,” Kring says. “I was from a small time in Central California so even coming to Los Angeles to see a movie was a big thing.”
Kring clearly recalls the opening of the movie.
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“All I could think about was ‘What planet am I on?’ I had never experienced anything like that before,” Kring says.
He calls seeing “Star Wars” a seminal moment in his life because he was already interested in working in the film industry and the film helped him make a decision about the career.
He’s carried the memory of that opening moment with him and used it as inspiration for his own work. That opening scenes was the first time he had seen such exhilaration on the faces of an audience. He’s tried to create those kind of memorable moments with his own productions.
“Not just a story element but a visual moment,” Kring says.