18 Jul - 'The Dark Knight Rises' premiere

July 18th, 2012.

Did you know that it's been A MONTH since I last did a premiere? (Other than the "Magic Mike" one, which I don't want to talk about?). It's true. It was Sony's presentation of a Sony Pictures Production of Sony's "The Amazing Spiderman" . And while that was fun, it was really only a placeholder til THIS premiere - that of the third Chris Nolan Batman film.

I might have mentioned previously that ever since I crossed "Scarlett Johansson" and "Ridley Scott" off the list, Chris Nolan has been the person I've most wanted to photograph as a fan of movies. So.... stakes were high. Crowds were massive. It rained for much of the lead-up. And I still had to shake off the demons of my poor performance at the original "Dark Knight premiere" where I didn't even get Chris Nolan in a single frame...

So here's how it went down.

The Dark Knight Rises. Not brought to you by the people responsible for The Green Lantern, Daredevil or the upcoming (?) Ant-Man.

The Dark Knight Rises. Not brought to you by the people responsible for The Green Lantern, Daredevil or the upcoming (?) Ant-Man.

When I got my wrist stamp at 7am, some 11 hours before the premiere, the queue was already about 100 people long. Some had camped over night. And were pretty adamant about seeing Gary "Mutha Fukin' "Oldman. (He didn't end up coming.. ouch). I decided to head back to the office. Rather wait 6 hours from 400 people in the queue to 11 hours behind 150.

When I got my wrist stamp at 7am, some 11 hours before the premiere, the queue was already about 100 people long. Some had camped over night. And were pretty adamant about seeing Gary "Mutha Fukin' "Oldman. (He didn't end up coming.. ouch). I decided to head back to the office. Rather wait 6 hours from 400 people in the queue to 11 hours behind 150.

I was back 5 hours later and found a questionably okay spot. The premiere had grown somewhat over the intervening hours, and co-opted the centre part of Leicester Square and then branched off to both the Empire and Odeon Cinemas. My spot was at the right edge of the map, with hopefully a good enough view of the stage to make a mere six (6) hours of waiting worthwhile. Obviously, I do this because I'm paid. (By a regular 9-5(ish) job not related to photography)

I was back 5 hours later and found a questionably okay spot. The premiere had grown somewhat over the intervening hours, and co-opted the centre part of Leicester Square and then branched off to both the Empire and Odeon Cinemas. My spot was at the right edge of the map, with hopefully a good enough view of the stage to make a mere six (6) hours of waiting worthwhile. Obviously, I do this because I'm paid. (By a regular 9-5(ish) job not related to photography)

View from a TV Screen across from me. Two prongs of the three-pronged red carpet (my spot was near the corner on the left, with a long view of the Batman cowl and stage). The forecast was for rain, autograph dealers and Marion Cotillard. And all three eventuated!

View from a TV Screen across from me. Two prongs of the three-pronged red carpet (my spot was near the corner on the left, with a long view of the Batman cowl and stage). The forecast was for rain, autograph dealers and Marion Cotillard. And all three eventuated!

This is my view looking forward. It's not great, but to my right is the main stage, which is adjacent to a giant Batman Cowl statue/installation. And if I'm really (really) lucky, and the people being interviewed face in my direction, my view will actually be more direct than if I was about 30metres closer and situated directly in the middle of the 'Square.

This is my view looking forward. It's not great, but to my right is the main stage, which is adjacent to a giant Batman Cowl statue/installation. And if I'm really (really) lucky, and the people being interviewed face in my direction, my view will actually be more direct than if I was about 30metres closer and situated directly in the middle of the 'Square.

If this is Batman, then I bet he's hoping fervently that Bane has ALSO gained weight since filming wrapped

If this is Batman, then I bet he's hoping fervently that Bane has ALSO gained weight since filming wrapped

Hans Zimmer composed the score for this movie (and co-composed the other two). His list of movie scoring awesomeness can be summarised by a quick look at my iPod : Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Black Hawk Down, Broken Arrow, Inception, King Arthur, Mission Impossible 2, Peacemaker, Pearl Harbor, Point of No Return, and The Simpsons Movie. And The Power of One. And The Lion King..

Hans Zimmer composed the score for this movie (and co-composed the other two). His list of movie scoring awesomeness can be summarised by a quick look at my iPod : Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Black Hawk Down, Broken Arrow, Inception, King Arthur, Mission Impossible 2, Peacemaker, Pearl Harbor, Point of No Return, and The Simpsons Movie. And The Power of One. And The Lion King..

Jonathan Nolan is co-screenwriter on most of the movies his brother Christopher directs. My brother and I usually just watch Bear Grylls episodes together...

Jonathan Nolan is co-screenwriter on most of the movies his brother Christopher directs. My brother and I usually just watch Bear Grylls episodes together...

Cillian Murphy plays the characters of Dr Crane / Scarecrow in the Chris Nolan Batman films. He was also in Inception - he played the guy whose dreams the team was sharing. And he played a cop in the widely disregarded movie (but not premiere of) "In Time" which I thought was still good and he was good in. That is all. Where's Anne Hathaway?

Cillian Murphy plays the characters of Dr Crane / Scarecrow in the Chris Nolan Batman films. He was also in Inception - he played the guy whose dreams the team was sharing. And he played a cop in the widely disregarded movie (but not premiere of) "In Time" which I thought was still good and he was good in. That is all. Where's Anne Hathaway?

Tom Hardy was also in Inception, and he's the bad guy Bane in this film. He's also very nice in real life. And that trenchcoat looks mighty fetching, say I, as somebody who has never called a piece of clothing 'fetching' prior to this.

Tom Hardy was also in Inception, and he's the bad guy Bane in this film. He's also very nice in real life. And that trenchcoat looks mighty fetching, say I, as somebody who has never called a piece of clothing 'fetching' prior to this.

"So I was like 'Batman? Never heard of him'. Next question?" Did I mention they put a gigantic Batman Cowl into the centre of Leicester Square? Because... as you can see.... they did.

"So I was like 'Batman? Never heard of him'. Next question?" Did I mention they put a gigantic Batman Cowl into the centre of Leicester Square? Because... as you can see.... they did.

Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar for La Vie En Rose in 2008 and plays a character by the name of Miranda Tate in this film. She is the third of four people at this premiere in this movie who were also in Chris Nolan's "Inception". Sadly Michael Caine did not attend.

Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar for La Vie En Rose in 2008 and plays a character by the name of Miranda Tate in this film. She is the third of four people at this premiere in this movie who were also in Chris Nolan's "Inception". Sadly Michael Caine did not attend.

Hans Zimmer? Did not sign autographs in our area. Peacemaker Track 4 ("Chase") is still probably my favourite instrumental score track ever. Well, either that or James Horner's "Battle in the Mutara Nebula" from Star Trek II.

Hans Zimmer? Did not sign autographs in our area. Peacemaker Track 4 ("Chase") is still probably my favourite instrumental score track ever. Well, either that or James Horner's "Battle in the Mutara Nebula" from Star Trek II.

Jonathan Nolan. He's not Chris Nolan, but he's still very cool (I hope there's no sibling rivalry there...)

Jonathan Nolan. He's not Chris Nolan, but he's still very cool (I hope there's no sibling rivalry there...)

Christian Bale plays the dual roles of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the trilogy. And I really hope that's not spoiling anything for anyone..

Christian Bale plays the dual roles of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the trilogy. And I really hope that's not spoiling anything for anyone..

"My superhero alter ego? I have no idea who or what you're talking about"

"My superhero alter ego? I have no idea who or what you're talking about"

"Spider-Man? Complete poser. Next question"

"Spider-Man? Complete poser. Next question"

Before this day started, if you'd asked me if this was a 'good enough' photo of Chris Nolan, I'd have said yes. But right now.. it's not. Somebody has to movie position, and I'm ensconced among a sea of fans so it can't be me!

Before this day started, if you'd asked me if this was a 'good enough' photo of Chris Nolan, I'd have said yes. But right now.. it's not. Somebody has to movie position, and I'm ensconced among a sea of fans so it can't be me!

"All you people who are watching this at home are getting a great view of the great man, right here. For everyone in Leicester Square right now.... deal with it". I'm planning on dealing with it by whining impotently.. is that okay?

"All you people who are watching this at home are getting a great view of the great man, right here. For everyone in Leicester Square right now.... deal with it". I'm planning on dealing with it by whining impotently.. is that okay?

Yaaaaaay!!!

Yaaaaaay!!!

I have an ongoing theory that not only has Chris Nolan never made a bad film (Out of 8 features) - I haven't watched "Following (1998) myself); but moreover that each of his films has been better than the one before it. Myself.... I'd put Memento above The Prestige, Scarlett Johansson notwithstanding. But all that aside, it's going to be a tough 48 hours from taking these photos to seeing the film.

I have an ongoing theory that not only has Chris Nolan never made a bad film (Out of 8 features) - I haven't watched "Following (1998) myself); but moreover that each of his films has been better than the one before it. Myself.... I'd put Memento above The Prestige, Scarlett Johansson notwithstanding. But all that aside, it's going to be a tough 48 hours from taking these photos to seeing the film.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also in Chris Nolan's Inception and was in the rather nice "500 Days of Summer" which I watched on a plane once. Unless anyone who was there can prove otherwise, I maintain he got out a glockenspiel at this point and played a mean version of the movie's theme.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also in Chris Nolan's Inception and was in the rather nice "500 Days of Summer" which I watched on a plane once. Unless anyone who was there can prove otherwise, I maintain he got out a glockenspiel at this point and played a mean version of the movie's theme.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt earned additional admiration by signing Dealer Scum pictures with what seemed to be hand-drawn straight lines... HAHAHAHA!!! (I'm not a nice person, you understand)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt earned additional admiration by signing Dealer Scum pictures with what seemed to be hand-drawn straight lines... HAHAHAHA!!! (I'm not a nice person, you understand)

And finally, Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle / Catwoman in the film, arrives on stage. Weird casting? Baby, In Nolan We Trust.

And finally, Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle / Catwoman in the film, arrives on stage. Weird casting? Baby, In Nolan We Trust.

"So. About The Devil Wears Prada. Would you say it's more an homage to Fritz Lang's work or more derivative of Charles Dickens?"

"So. About The Devil Wears Prada. Would you say it's more an homage to Fritz Lang's work or more derivative of Charles Dickens?"

Anne Hathaway is both exceedingly nice and, if I may say so with a degree of concern, exceedingly thin. She needs to work on one or both of those things, I say. (That, or win an Oscar for a shocking physical transformation for a movie role, I guess)

Anne Hathaway is both exceedingly nice and, if I may say so with a degree of concern, exceedingly thin. She needs to work on one or both of those things, I say. (That, or win an Oscar for a shocking physical transformation for a movie role, I guess)

"Fanfic? For me? How sweet. Wait.. is this Twilight-crossover themed?"

"Fanfic? For me? How sweet. Wait.. is this Twilight-crossover themed?"

Woo! Pyrotechnics interlude!

Woo! Pyrotechnics interlude!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard await the arrival of their Mercedes limos. The premiere is over, and I'm still an hour away from four hours of photo editing. I believe the final photo count was 3,155. On a single battery charge, too!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard await the arrival of their Mercedes limos. The premiere is over, and I'm still an hour away from four hours of photo editing. I believe the final photo count was 3,155. On a single battery charge, too!

I'm being judged and found wanting - by Jospeh Gordon-Levitt

I'm being judged and found wanting - by Jospeh Gordon-Levitt

I'm being roundly ignored now.. fortunately my ego will recover.

I'm being roundly ignored now.. fortunately my ego will recover.

My fortunes are shifting! Joseph Gordon-Levitt now feels like sharing that he has more cool bottled drinking water than I have!

My fortunes are shifting! Joseph Gordon-Levitt now feels like sharing that he has more cool bottled drinking water than I have!

Morgan Freeman doesn't really sign for fans, and didn't get on the stage to be interviewed. And he doesn't high-five fans like Will Smith does, but you know what? Morgan Freeman has a freakishly satisfying wave to be on the receiving end of!

Morgan Freeman doesn't really sign for fans, and didn't get on the stage to be interviewed. And he doesn't high-five fans like Will Smith does, but you know what? Morgan Freeman has a freakishly satisfying wave to be on the receiving end of!

Morgan Freeman probably suspects on the basis of available evidence that he's cooler than you, me, and everyone in this frikkin place. And he's probably right.

Morgan Freeman probably suspects on the basis of available evidence that he's cooler than you, me, and everyone in this frikkin place. And he's probably right.

Doesn't care about London's newly-painted Olympic Lanes. (And has a gun turret to back up its argument).

Doesn't care about London's newly-painted Olympic Lanes. (And has a gun turret to back up its argument).

"Sorry guys, can't stop to sign. The Lambo's double parked... you know how it is..." Sure. I myself have leftovers I need to reheat. That's why I can't ask for autographs right now.

"Sorry guys, can't stop to sign. The Lambo's double parked... you know how it is..." Sure. I myself have leftovers I need to reheat. That's why I can't ask for autographs right now.

So... that was pretty good actually!! I've bought my tickets to a 2:40pm session on Friday, and stand ready to be either WOWed, or suffer a Mass Effect 3-esque sense of disappointment, vertigo and soul-crushing depression. But whatever happens, I got decent shots of Marion Cotillard and Morgan Freeman, and first ever shots of Chris Nolan, Hans Zimmer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

And obviously this premiere is going front-and-center in the Archive of Movie Premieres

Until next time!

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