July 7th, 2009
Because this is a publicly viewable website, I have to be kind of restrained here.... but I have to ask: what kind of company has a three and a half hour long team meeting finishing at 5:30pm in an offsite industrial park one and a half hours south of London, scheduled to finish a mere half an hour before the biggest premiere of the YEAR, when this is clearly devastating for me, personally? The anwer : the one I (used to, at the time) work for! So I'd basically written off the whole premiere because these meetings NEVER finish on time, even though you could almost watch a Lord of the Rings movie-plus-fifteen-minute-fan-club-credits in the time they run for.
Incredibly, however, the meeting finished 15mins early. And I got a train that left 30mins earlier... and sat in the train for over 1hour running scenarios. Would the premiere start later than planned? Would it go longer than usual? Would there somehow be a vantagepoint I could take advantage of?
Well, the premiere officially started at 6:00pm. And I arrived onsite at 6:50pm. Here's how it went down.
And then, arriving almost half an hour after the event had started, I found myself a spot outside the main parts that had a point of elevation higher than most...
Incidentally, this premiere took up the entire centre of Leicester Square - that's fans and press and stages and decorations, and this then had two footbridges leading out of the square to TWO SEPARATE CINEMAS diagonally across from each other, each with additional fan pens leading to each. That's unprecedent among premieres I've attended. Incredibly, my spot gives me a partial view of BOTH footbridgs. All I need to hope is that not too many of the stars have gone inside yet... and that they maybe face my way.
So at this point I've photographed Ron Weasley, someone who's definitely Bellatrix Lestrange, and mainly the back of Harry Potter himself. I'm not saying it's been a great day, even under the circumstances, yet. But... you know... this could have been worse. Like.. the team meeting could have gone on as long as a Michael MANN film. Still... we continue, and I've decided to shift position because that far footbridge looks like it's dispense its last star.
And with that bit of self-celebration, it really was all over bar the cleanup...
So... that was that. And let's not dwell on me not getting photos of Dumbledore, McGonnagall, Snape, Draco... and the rest. Given the size and scope of this premiere, and my time of arrival, and even the nasty things I'd said about my camera at the Transformers II premiere, this one did get me some stuff, and it'll find its way into my Archive of Premieres..
... and wouldn't you know it, the next work-related team event is on the same day as the premiere for the new Quentin Tarantino film, and it's also located outside of London. REALLY?
Until then, then.