20 Oct - the 'Horns' premiere

Far from completing London Film Festival's closing night gala and immediately scheduling a barrel of vodka to ease me into a quiet week to recover (?), the first day post-BFI LFF brought about a premiere.

Sadly this time I wasn't in town to get a spot before the usual 4pm (ish) lockdown, but rather than slink off home, I decided to head down and see how I could fare shooting a premiere from OUTSIDE a premiere. In this case, the elevated footpath facing south into the Odeon West End.

I think we can all agree I take this rather seriously.

Here's how it went down.

The Odeon West End is a smaller venue than its larger sibling the Odeon Leicester Square across the way. For that reason, when it gets overcrowded they lock it down much sooner. Stuck outside? Options are limited. (Still... stay for the vibe. Hold up your GoPros and Mobiles and see what you can get)

The Odeon West End is a smaller venue than its larger sibling the Odeon Leicester Square across the way. For that reason, when it gets overcrowded they lock it down much sooner. Stuck outside? Options are limited. (Still... stay for the vibe. Hold up your GoPros and Mobiles and see what you can get)

My position isn't great unless you have a long lens with image stabilisation. Fortunately mine survived downpours at not one but several BFI London Film Festival premieres.

My position isn't great unless you have a long lens with image stabilisation. Fortunately mine survived downpours at not one but several BFI London Film Festival premieres.

Just to bring home that my view wasn't exactly unobstructed...

Just to bring home that my view wasn't exactly unobstructed...

"Stop! You're a turnip! You're a piece of scrimshaw! You're feeling perturbed! Your favourite colour is puce!" Anything for that perfect shot, I guess....

"Stop! You're a turnip! You're a piece of scrimshaw! You're feeling perturbed! Your favourite colour is puce!" Anything for that perfect shot, I guess....

To the screams of hundreds and a square-patterned pinstripe suit and beard, Daniel Radcliffe arrives. I last photographed him just a few months ago at the premiere of the movie "What If"

To the screams of hundreds and a square-patterned pinstripe suit and beard, Daniel Radcliffe arrives. I last photographed him just a few months ago at the premiere of the movie "What If"

"I love-heart-sign you too...."

"I love-heart-sign you too...."

Our heroes meet on the red carpet. In most polite societies, you'd give them a moment of peace instead of flashguns and 8 frames per second.

Our heroes meet on the red carpet. In most polite societies, you'd give them a moment of peace instead of flashguns and 8 frames per second.

"Wait... you were in HARRY POTTER???". Yeah... and professor Snape was at the premiere of "A Little Chaos" last week. I hear they're still not talking.

"Wait... you were in HARRY POTTER???". Yeah... and professor Snape was at the premiere of "A Little Chaos" last week. I hear they're still not talking.

File note for next time : get a young girl, teach her to take photos, lift her up high above barriers. I can get one of those by next Thursday, right?

File note for next time : get a young girl, teach her to take photos, lift her up high above barriers. I can get one of those by next Thursday, right?

"You're a bit shorter than you appear on screen..." "You're standing on a bucket, though, dude"

"You're a bit shorter than you appear on screen..."
"You're standing on a bucket, though, dude"

"The horns on the poster? Well, they're mostly a figurative metaphor..... for horns that are really there..."

"The horns on the poster? Well, they're mostly a figurative metaphor..... for horns that are really there..."

"Claw hands? They're most a metaphor.... for horns you have on your head. I think". Actress Juno Temple is arguably best known for being Anne Hathaway-as-Catwoman's little sidekick/flatmate in Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

"Claw hands? They're most a metaphor.... for horns you have on your head. I think". Actress Juno Temple is arguably best known for being Anne Hathaway-as-Catwoman's little sidekick/flatmate in Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

Juno Temple was also winner of the 2013 Bafta EE Rising Star Award... whose location she can't currently recall.

Juno Temple was also winner of the 2013 Bafta EE Rising Star Award... whose location she can't currently recall.

Meanwhile, if I can just keep him distracted by my colleague's line of questioning and this little thing I'm holding in one hand, I can slip my hand in and grab his wallet.....

Meanwhile, if I can just keep him distracted by my colleague's line of questioning and this little thing I'm holding in one hand, I can slip my hand in and grab his wallet.....

"I think my hair grew a good five or six centimetres during the course of that interview..."

"I think my hair grew a good five or six centimetres during the course of that interview..."

"Like we're being WATCHED (and or pickpocketed)!" Daniel Radcliffe continues to hold court over his particular interview.

"Like we're being WATCHED (and or pickpocketed)!" Daniel Radcliffe continues to hold court over his particular interview.

"Bad news... you're going to have to do about another dozen interviews that long before you can go home"

"Bad news... you're going to have to do about another dozen interviews that long before you can go home"

"Although I agree it would make a spectacular new look, what looks like my hair is about 2 feet tall is really my assistant standing behind me". I choose not to believe that. You keep rocking that hairdo, D-Radz.

"Although I agree it would make a spectacular new look, what looks like my hair is about 2 feet tall is really my assistant standing behind me". I choose not to believe that. You keep rocking that hairdo, D-Radz.

This is technically an illegal move at a premiere. The unspoken rule is that you can't (a) touch the 2m high exclusion fence, or (b) stand where you'd obstruct through-traffic. Then again, security at these things are hired less for their ability to succinctly convey a policy than kind of growling at you to Get Down From There. So... you've been warned.

This is technically an illegal move at a premiere. The unspoken rule is that you can't (a) touch the 2m high exclusion fence, or (b) stand where you'd obstruct through-traffic. Then again, security at these things are hired less for their ability to succinctly convey a policy than kind of growling at you to Get Down From There. So... you've been warned.

I'm not sure what Daniel Radcliffe (or as I like to call him "D-Radz") is saying, but I'm actually fascinated that according to imdb.com the four movies he's best know for are, specifically, in descending sequence, Harry Potters 3, 1, 5 and 6. (I know, right??)

I'm not sure what Daniel Radcliffe (or as I like to call him "D-Radz") is saying, but I'm actually fascinated that according to imdb.com the four movies he's best know for are, specifically, in descending sequence, Harry Potters 3, 1, 5 and 6. (I know, right??)

Yes, yes. We all agree that Azkaban was the best....

Yes, yes. We all agree that Azkaban was the best....

Good news : Daniel Radcliffe is signing and posing with fans. Meanwhile, Juno Temple is being interviewed right in front of me but FACING AWAY FROM ME on the red carpet. Argh.

Good news : Daniel Radcliffe is signing and posing with fans. Meanwhile, Juno Temple is being interviewed right in front of me but FACING AWAY FROM ME on the red carpet. Argh.

"And you're sure it doesn't make me look rakishly charming?" I'm no judge of these things, but I'm calling Daniel Radcliffe's beard vastly superior to that thing Shia LaBeouf was sporting at yesterday's premiere of "Fury" which closed out the 2014 London Film Festival.

"And you're sure it doesn't make me look rakishly charming?" I'm no judge of these things, but I'm calling Daniel Radcliffe's beard vastly superior to that thing Shia LaBeouf was sporting at yesterday's premiere of "Fury" which closed out the 2014 London Film Festival.

"The hair? It's good.... needs about 20% more tousle to really work if you're going in that direction..."

"The hair? It's good.... needs about 20% more tousle to really work if you're going in that direction..."

"See? I told you... 20% more tousle, not 420% more..."

"See? I told you... 20% more tousle, not 420% more..."

Best gap-between-two-mobile-phones ever.

Best gap-between-two-mobile-phones ever.

Finally, an experimental shot using a monopod held to about 3m and a 10-20mm wide-angle lens. If I can't get a good spot at next week's "Interstellar" premiere (or indeed any spot within the event) I might be posting a whole journal of these shots next week (psst.... Daniel Radcliffe is one of the white blobs you can see in the photo!!!)

Finally, an experimental shot using a monopod held to about 3m and a 10-20mm wide-angle lens. If I can't get a good spot at next week's "Interstellar" premiere (or indeed any spot within the event) I might be posting a whole journal of these shots next week (psst.... Daniel Radcliffe is one of the white blobs you can see in the photo!!!)

So... that's another one. It was a good opportunity to shoot from a different angle than I usually do, and my lower expectations made it a bit better than yesterday's Brad Pitt event, where I was set upon by zombie-like teenage girls cheerfully willing to destroy me to get closer to Logan Lerman.

Until Next time!

 

 

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