Oct 20 : The 'Michael Giacchino at 50' Gala

October 20th, 2017.

Although I have a website called "premieres.co", I will concede that the one element of movies that I'm even more of a fan of than movies themselves, is Film Score music. Whenever possible (and in London, pleasingly it is quite often possible) I will attend Screen Composer talks, Composer events, and concerts by composers. I will even - and have several times - missed premieres because composer events take priority.

So when the Royal Albert Hall announced not just that they'd be celebrating the 50th Birthday of composer Michael GIacchino, but that many of his "Friends" would be showing up to 'pay tribute', I definitely knew I'd try to be there.

And maybe take some photos..... it's a birthday party after all : you gotta take photos.

Here's how it went down:

Kind of the nosebleed section... also kind of an awesome eye-in-the-sky eyrie section.

Kind of the nosebleed section... also kind of an awesome eye-in-the-sky eyrie section.

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Above : The several costumes of host, Mythbusters' Adam Savage : Mr Incredible (from 'The Incredibles'), T-Rex (from 'Jurassic World'), Doctor Strange (from 'Doctor Strange') and a polar bear (from 'Lost') - fyi : he did not dress up in Jupiter Jones' wedding dress from Jupiter Ascending, or a topless Taylor Kitsch from 'John Carter'.

Colin Trevorrow - director of (in the words of host Adam Savage) both the highest and LOWEST grossing movies Michael Giacchino scored (Jurassic World being the highest)

Colin Trevorrow - director of (in the words of host Adam Savage) both the highest and LOWEST grossing movies Michael Giacchino scored (Jurassic World being the highest)

"Disney said it was okay to do this.... please don't tell them, though"

"Disney said it was okay to do this.... please don't tell them, though"

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, who quoted the list of numerous pun-tastic track names GIacchino wanted to put onto the Rogue One soundtrack. True to form, Disney is the only company that made him change the titles - pretty much every other soundtrack features hilarious track names. ("Live and let Jedi" is a track that should have been allowed)

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, who quoted the list of numerous pun-tastic track names GIacchino wanted to put onto the Rogue One soundtrack. True to form, Disney is the only company that made him change the titles - pretty much every other soundtrack features hilarious track names. ("Live and let Jedi" is a track that should have been allowed)

The man of the hour, escorted to the conductor's podium by an honour guard (?) of Stormtroopers who "politely" asked the conductor to move along... elsewhere.

The man of the hour, escorted to the conductor's podium by an honour guard (?) of Stormtroopers who "politely" asked the conductor to move along... elsewhere.

(not my joke) - "You guys paid at least $60 to be at my birthday party? What kind of a host does that, I hear you ask!"

(not my joke) - "You guys paid at least $60 to be at my birthday party? What kind of a host does that, I hear you ask!"

The guy from 'Lost' recounted a live scoring session that ended with the orchestra cheering and crying (and then they played the music and the scene : a five minute segment without words or sounds, just music. It was pretty great)

The guy from 'Lost' recounted a live scoring session that ended with the orchestra cheering and crying (and then they played the music and the scene : a five minute segment without words or sounds, just music. It was pretty great)

"Thanks for being here, guys. But I think even you'd admit that no matter how much cake I get, there's not enough cake to go around...."

"Thanks for being here, guys. But I think even you'd admit that no matter how much cake I get, there's not enough cake to go around...."

"Get drunk in 15mins then come back. I know I will!"

"Get drunk in 15mins then come back. I know I will!"

Pete Docter, Director of Pixar's "UP" (for which Giacchino won an Oscar)

Pete Docter, Director of Pixar's "UP" (for which Giacchino won an Oscar)

Andrew Stanton, director of "John Carter" - a soundtrack I also love. (He unwrapped a CD copy on stage, explaining that even though few people watched the movie, even fewer had appreciated the amazing soundtrack) (He also suggested kids in the audience ask their parents what a 'CD' and a 'Record Shop' were)

Andrew Stanton, director of "John Carter" - a soundtrack I also love. (He unwrapped a CD copy on stage, explaining that even though few people watched the movie, even fewer had appreciated the amazing soundtrack) (He also suggested kids in the audience ask their parents what a 'CD' and a 'Record Shop' were)

Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, and the three Planet of the Apes movies (the last two scored by Giacchino)

Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, and the three Planet of the Apes movies (the last two scored by Giacchino)

JJ Abrams, who was asked to listen to some game music by a friend and ended up tracking Giacchino down to score the TV show 'Alias' and then ended up getting him to score Lost, and all the movies in the Star Trek reboot, as well as Super8, and ultimately Rogue One.

JJ Abrams, who was asked to listen to some game music by a friend and ended up tracking Giacchino down to score the TV show 'Alias' and then ended up getting him to score Lost, and all the movies in the Star Trek reboot, as well as Super8, and ultimately Rogue One.

"he's a pretty nice guy. If any of you are making a movie, totally ask him if he'll score it for you... wait, let me give you his phone number.."

"he's a pretty nice guy. If any of you are making a movie, totally ask him if he'll score it for you... wait, let me give you his phone number.."

... and then Gonzo from The Mupetts showed up, and I'm not sure why (although the dude holding him is the guy who has done the voice since the very beginning, and that is surely cool)

... and then Gonzo from The Mupetts showed up, and I'm not sure why (although the dude holding him is the guy who has done the voice since the very beginning, and that is surely cool)

I just realised...> I really need to get better friends for when I turn fifty. Or maybe not 'better' because that sounds like an insult I guess... but maybe MORE?

I just realised...> I really need to get better friends for when I turn fifty. Or maybe not 'better' because that sounds like an insult I guess... but maybe MORE?

"Any friends of mine are naturally friends of yours. But please don't abuse that friendship by sending all these people unsolicited scripts telling them you're friends of mine..."

"Any friends of mine are naturally friends of yours. But please don't abuse that friendship by sending all these people unsolicited scripts telling them you're friends of mine..."

"Okay, most of the messages on this card appear to be Age-based jokes. Uncool, guys..."

"Okay, most of the messages on this card appear to be Age-based jokes. Uncool, guys..."

"Thanks, Guys."

"Thanks, Guys."

"... you can all go home now, if you want..."

"... you can all go home now, if you want..."

A quick look at my Sounds.xls excel spreadsheet (of course I have one...) reveals that the Michael Giacchino scores I own are : The Incredibles (Japanese secondhand version, titled "Mr Fantastic", bought in Tokyo), Ratatouille (purchased in Chester, England), Mission Impossible III (purchased Berlin), Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (purchased on Amazon), John Carter (purchased at Tower Records, Shibuya), Land of the Lost (Japanese version bought secondhand at Book Off Takadanobaba), Jupiter Ascending (purchased in Lille, France), the Lost TV soundtrack (purchased in Shinjuku Japan), Speed Racer (purchased at Recofan, Shibuya, Japan), Star Trek (2009) (purchased in London, then the Deluxe Version for Christmas), Star Trek into Darkness (purchased in London, then the Deluxe Version in London), Star Trek Beyond (a gift, purchased in Minneapolis), Super8 (HMV in Singapore) and Rogue One (purchased Tower Records, Akihabara).

And as a result of this concert I've sourced the 'Tomorrowland' soundtrack from a shop in Hamburg, Germany.

Happy Birthday, Mr Giacchino!!

Sep 26 : The 2017 Prop Store Auction, London

September 26th, 2017.

Although it's not a premiere, it IS a movie-related event; and although I was almost reluctantly dragged (metaphorically kicking and screaming) there by a friend, I did go to the last day of exhibition AND the day of the live Propstore Auction at BFI Imax in London.

I am a fan of movies after all, and with my wallet running on the kind of fumes that made the free postcards in the lobby by far the best bargain, I grabbed five different kinds and started photographing.

Here's how it went <gavel down> down:

Note : for some fun, I've put the final bid price for each item at the bottom of the photo directly after it (enjoy!)

I'm sorry, kids, but there's swearing in Quentin Tarantino movies (you didn't know?) This wallet is one of four made for Samuel L Jackson's character in 'Pulp Fiction'... and I think I'm about to go onto ebay and find myself a lovingly made Chinese rip-off version....

I'm sorry, kids, but there's swearing in Quentin Tarantino movies (you didn't know?) This wallet is one of four made for Samuel L Jackson's character in 'Pulp Fiction'... and I think I'm about to go onto ebay and find myself a lovingly made Chinese rip-off version....

Bracelet of Anubis from 'The Mummy Returns' - the little shitty annoying kid has it on his arm for most of the movie, and I watched the movie almost continuously on a long plane ride once (in French, when the kid's whining became intolerable. The Alan Silvestri score is fantastic for that film) (Winning bid for the Wallet: £50,000!!)

Bracelet of Anubis from 'The Mummy Returns' - the little shitty annoying kid has it on his arm for most of the movie, and I watched the movie almost continuously on a long plane ride once (in French, when the kid's whining became intolerable. The Alan Silvestri score is fantastic for that film)

(Winning bid for the Wallet: £50,000!!)

Mix'n'Match Franchises : Robocop II suit behind Judge Dredd's bike - both franchises have since had attempts at reboots - Robocop's was a neutered failure, Dredd's was good but arguably not successful enough. (Whining bid for the Bracelet of Anubis: £5,500)

Mix'n'Match Franchises : Robocop II suit behind Judge Dredd's bike - both franchises have since had attempts at reboots - Robocop's was a neutered failure, Dredd's was good but arguably not successful enough.

(Whining bid for the Bracelet of Anubis: £5,500)

WOW : Peter Venkman's (Bill Murray's) Ghostbusting suit from the original movie! (Proton pack sadly not included) (Winning bid for the Robocop Suit: £35,500, for the Judge Dredd Bike :£16,000 )

WOW : Peter Venkman's (Bill Murray's) Ghostbusting suit from the original movie! (Proton pack sadly not included)

(Winning bid for the Robocop Suit: £35,500, for the Judge Dredd Bike :£16,000 )

Headpiece and glasses (and, further below full costume) from the scene in the first Mission Impossible movie where Tom Cruise descends into the Quiet Room at the CIA HQ. (the prop chewing gum used to - spoiler - blow up a helicopter in that movie was also for sale) (Winning bid for the Ghostbusters Suit: £25,500)

Headpiece and glasses (and, further below full costume) from the scene in the first Mission Impossible movie where Tom Cruise descends into the Quiet Room at the CIA HQ. (the prop chewing gum used to - spoiler - blow up a helicopter in that movie was also for sale)

(Winning bid for the Ghostbusters Suit: £25,500)

"Can I interest you in the words of our lord and saviour, the Android David??" - Xenomorph head from Aliens vs Predator. (Winning bid for the Mission Impossible Suit £16,000)

"Can I interest you in the words of our lord and saviour, the Android David??" - Xenomorph head from Aliens vs Predator.

(Winning bid for the Mission Impossible Suit £16,000)

For me, one of the coolest items in the auction was a hand-drawn and signed sketch of two piranhas by James Cameron (I didn't get a chance to see it) which sold for £700 (still quite out of my league!). This model of the marines' Dropship from Aliens - possibly even cooler - went for considerably more. (The Xenomorph Head didn't meet its reserve and went unsold!)

For me, one of the coolest items in the auction was a hand-drawn and signed sketch of two piranhas by James Cameron (I didn't get a chance to see it) which sold for £700 (still quite out of my league!). This model of the marines' Dropship from Aliens - possibly even cooler - went for considerably more.

(The Xenomorph Head didn't meet its reserve and went unsold!)

OMG : The Nikes Airmags worn by Marty McFly / Michael J Fox in Back to the Future part II ! (I photographed replica remakes at a London Fashion Week once). (Winning bid for the Aliens Dropship: £40,000!)

OMG : The Nikes Airmags worn by Marty McFly / Michael J Fox in Back to the Future part II ! (I photographed replica remakes at a London Fashion Week once).

(Winning bid for the Aliens Dropship: £40,000!)

Very cool indeed : the 'fading siblings' photo from the original Back to the Future! (Winning bid for the Nikes: £22,500!)

Very cool indeed : the 'fading siblings' photo from the original Back to the Future!

(Winning bid for the Nikes: £22,500!)

Prop T-shirt from Aliens (sweatstains unconfirmed) (Winning bid for the Photo: £4,000!)

Prop T-shirt from Aliens (sweatstains unconfirmed)

(Winning bid for the Photo: £4,000!)

Aliens Pulse rifle : Damnit.. way back in the day I coulda bought a 1:1 scale replica with LED counter for about 1/50th of what this ended up selling for, but didn't. I certainly couldn't have afforded this. (Winning bid for the t-shirt: £3,000!)

Aliens Pulse rifle : Damnit.. way back in the day I coulda bought a 1:1 scale replica with LED counter for about 1/50th of what this ended up selling for, but didn't. I certainly couldn't have afforded this.

(Winning bid for the t-shirt: £3,000!)

The photos 'used' in an attempt to frame Roger Rabbit in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (I'm taking a photo of a photo, I've realised....) (Winning bid for the pulse rifle: £20,000!)

The photos 'used' in an attempt to frame Roger Rabbit in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (I'm taking a photo of a photo, I've realised....)

(Winning bid for the pulse rifle: £20,000!)

Unexpected (and cool) prop : the T-1000's mimetic polyalloy finger / spear from Terminator 2! (Winning bid for the Jessica Rabbit photos: £3,500)

Unexpected (and cool) prop : the T-1000's mimetic polyalloy finger / spear from Terminator 2!

(Winning bid for the Jessica Rabbit photos: £3,500)

The T-1000's bullet-impacted 'shirt' from Terminator 2 Judgement Day (how come I haven't seen fan version replicas of this anywhere??) (Winning bid for the finger: £3,250)

The T-1000's bullet-impacted 'shirt' from Terminator 2 Judgement Day (how come I haven't seen fan version replicas of this anywhere??)

(Winning bid for the finger: £3,250)

John McClane's gear from Die Hard : With A Vengenace (oil and grease lovingly applied, I'm sure) (Winning bid for the bullet-riddled 'metallic' 'shirt': £3,000... which surprises me a bit)

John McClane's gear from Die Hard : With A Vengenace (oil and grease lovingly applied, I'm sure)

(Winning bid for the bullet-riddled 'metallic' 'shirt': £3,000... which surprises me a bit)

Magneto's fabulous hat (tunic included) from the first X-Men movie. (Winning bid for the grease-stained John McClane costume : £10,000)

Magneto's fabulous hat (tunic included) from the first X-Men movie.

(Winning bid for the grease-stained John McClane costume : £10,000)

Michael Jackson's.... I'm gonna say "face" (?) From Moonwalker (Winning bid for the Magneto costume : £40,000... and it is a fabulous hat!)

Michael Jackson's.... I'm gonna say "face" (?) From Moonwalker

(Winning bid for the Magneto costume : £40,000... and it is a fabulous hat!)

Starlord's Helmet/Mask from Guardians of the Galaxy. Which is a very cool prop I'm surprised / disappointed they didn't display a bit more elegantly because it looks amazing. (Winning bid for Michael Jackson's "Face" : £14,000)

Starlord's Helmet/Mask from Guardians of the Galaxy. Which is a very cool prop I'm surprised / disappointed they didn't display a bit more elegantly because it looks amazing.

(Winning bid for Michael Jackson's "Face" : £14,000)

Indiana Jones' Bullwhip. Less moving parts than the Starlord mask for (I'm going to give you a clue) about half the price! (not very well displayed for a prop of this calibre and importance, I would say, knowing nothing of such things!) (Winning bid for Starlord's Helmet : £110,000) (!!!)

Indiana Jones' Bullwhip. Less moving parts than the Starlord mask for (I'm going to give you a clue) about half the price! (not very well displayed for a prop of this calibre and importance, I would say, knowing nothing of such things!)

(Winning bid for Starlord's Helmet : £110,000) (!!!)

Spare item of hardware equipment. Possibly also wielded by an Asgardian demi-God. (Winning bid for Indy's bullwhip : £65,000)

Spare item of hardware equipment. Possibly also wielded by an Asgardian demi-God.

(Winning bid for Indy's bullwhip : £65,000)

Delorean Model : UNSOLD! (Where we're going, we don't need financing...)

Delorean Model : UNSOLD! (Where we're going, we don't need financing...)

Cursed Aztec Gold Piece from Pirates of the Caribbean. Cursed or not, it's worth more than its weight in gold, I'm guessing. (Meanwhile, winning bid for Thor's Hammer : £60,000)

Cursed Aztec Gold Piece from Pirates of the Caribbean. Cursed or not, it's worth more than its weight in gold, I'm guessing.

(Meanwhile, winning bid for Thor's Hammer : £60,000)

For bonus points, name the Batman movie this was from. (And decide whether, if you'd buy it, you'd use it to rob convenience stores, or stop robberies in them) (Winning bid for the pirate gold : £5,000)

For bonus points, name the Batman movie this was from. (And decide whether, if you'd buy it, you'd use it to rob convenience stores, or stop robberies in them)

(Winning bid for the pirate gold : £5,000)

Perhaps not the coolest costume in the world (it was literally MOCKED by characters in the movie it was worn) - Marty McFly's "Western" clothes from Back to the Future Part III, bought in 1955, then worn in 1885. (The Batman costume was from Batman Forever, and it didn't meet its reserve price)

Perhaps not the coolest costume in the world (it was literally MOCKED by characters in the movie it was worn) - Marty McFly's "Western" clothes from Back to the Future Part III, bought in 1955, then worn in 1885.

(The Batman costume was from Batman Forever, and it didn't meet its reserve price)

Belt detail from Julie Newmar's Catwoman costume from the 1960s Batman TV show. (The Back to the Future part III costume didn't meet its reserve price)

Belt detail from Julie Newmar's Catwoman costume from the 1960s Batman TV show.

(The Back to the Future part III costume didn't meet its reserve price)

Made of what appears to be cardboard and leather (?) - a suit from the original "Tron" (1982) (The winning bid for the Catwoman costume : £18,000) (and for the Tron Costume it was £70,000!!)

Made of what appears to be cardboard and leather (?) - a suit from the original "Tron" (1982)

(The winning bid for the Catwoman costume : £18,000)
(and for the Tron Costume it was
£70,000!!)

As for the auction, well, it was inside the Imax theatre itself - and they had signs up saying that by entering you consented to the possibility of being filmed, which I took to mean I would also be allowed to take photos (hey... it's spurious reasoning but I wasn't stopped!). They had two auctioneers working in shifts, staff members on phone and internet communicating 'outside' bids, and a crowd of bidders, spectators, and even some sellers just sitting on the seats, watching it all happen.

"By law... or at least by tradition, I'm not allowed to say aloud what's written on the outside of the wallet. But I think you can all read..."

"By law... or at least by tradition, I'm not allowed to say aloud what's written on the outside of the wallet. But I think you can all read..."

"Three bars of Star Wars soap and ten plastic pens and we're approaching a bid of five THOUSAND POUNDS??? Don't any of you guys have wives or girlfriends to keep you from making this kind of mistake?? Uh... I mean... keep bidding, fans!!" Winning bid: £4,750. Holy Farq.

"Three bars of Star Wars soap and ten plastic pens and we're approaching a bid of five THOUSAND POUNDS??? Don't any of you guys have wives or girlfriends to keep you from making this kind of mistake?? Uh... I mean... keep bidding, fans!!"

Winning bid: £4,750. Holy Farq.

"This model of the head of a droid from Star Wars is less than 2.5cm on any side. I'm saying this because it looks pretty big on an Imax screen and you guys just spent a few weeks salary on SOAP. So be warned." It didn't meet its reserve price, which was already pretty damn high!

"This model of the head of a droid from Star Wars is less than 2.5cm on any side. I'm saying this because it looks pretty big on an Imax screen and you guys just spent a few weeks salary on SOAP. So be warned."

It didn't meet its reserve price, which was already pretty damn high!

A few more items I photographed when I left after about three entertaining hours. (I was there from "The Princess Bride" to "Superman")

I believe the conversation would go something like this: "Woah : you own the original Superman movie flying costume!!!" "well... no. This one's from Superman IV : The Quest for Peace" "....Oh." "It's still Superman, man! It was still worn by Christopher Reeve, man!" "... I know." "Shut up and admire the stitching." Winning bid: £8,000

I believe the conversation would go something like this:
"Woah : you own the original Superman movie flying costume!!!"
"well... no. This one's from Superman IV : The Quest for Peace"
"....Oh."
"It's still Superman, man! It was still worn by Christopher Reeve, man!"
"... I know."
"Shut up and admire the stitching."

Winning bid: £8,000

A mask of one of the Immortals from the movie '300' Winning bid: £4,250

A mask of one of the Immortals from the movie '300'
Winning bid: £4,250

One of two ILM-commissioned cameras used on the last two Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Back to the Future Trilogy and more. UNSOLD at £190,000 bid. (frankly, I think putting THAT branded lens cap on it (rather than something ILM-branded) is a mistake) (nb. The 2x2 plastic slab in the background, which is a segment of the Death Star used in the original Star Wars had a winning bid of £27,500)

One of two ILM-commissioned cameras used on the last two Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Back to the Future Trilogy and more. UNSOLD at £190,000 bid. (frankly, I think putting THAT branded lens cap on it (rather than something ILM-branded) is a mistake)

(nb. The 2x2 plastic slab in the background, which is a segment of the Death Star used in the original Star Wars had a winning bid of £27,500)

And finally, a full scale Oil Painting from the movie Scarface, which went unsold. (In most bidders' defence, it's almost 2.5metres on its longest edge... delivery fees would be monumental)

And finally, a full scale Oil Painting from the movie Scarface, which went unsold. (In most bidders' defence, it's almost 2.5metres on its longest edge... delivery fees would be monumental)

So... that was fun. And I'm kind of glad I'm not many thousands of pounds (or dollars) poorer for my 'exertions' over three hours.

Until next time (I hope!)!