12 Aug - 'What If' premiere

It's two premieres in two days again this week in London, and the first is the new Daniel Radcliffe-led Romantic Comedy "What If", which posits the vital question : should you fall in love with a friend. What... as opposed to a hated enemy, random-alleyway-mugger or person-you-just-met?

I'm sure it has an angle. Here's how the premiere went down.

The Odeon West End is actually one of the few cinemas that's capable of holding a closed, almost intimate premiere. Rarely for movies starring Scarlett Johansson or Charlize Theron, though. I would have brought candles for either.

The Odeon West End is actually one of the few cinemas that's capable of holding a closed, almost intimate premiere. Rarely for movies starring Scarlett Johansson or Charlize Theron, though. I would have brought candles for either.

I find a space next to an impossibly tall person, and behind two more tall people. It's the price of a second-row spot... the price of a third row spot would have affected my photography much more, and the cost of a first-row spot would cost me vital organs I'm not ready to part with yet.

I find a space next to an impossibly tall person, and behind two more tall people. It's the price of a second-row spot... the price of a third row spot would have affected my photography much more, and the cost of a first-row spot would cost me vital organs I'm not ready to part with yet.

"Hate you." "Hate you more"  ... and it's still two hours til the premiere starts. I'm worried it could escalate.

"Hate you."

"Hate you more"  ... and it's still two hours til the premiere starts. I'm worried it could escalate.

One premier, so many questions. For example - why is Daniel Radcliffe showing up but not Zoe Kazan. Who is the other girl from the movie? Why are there two dense pages of 'other' stars expected to attend, and why was the only one subsequently crossed off the list the Game of Thrones Girl I was here to see? And... were those droplets of water falling from the sky?

One premier, so many questions. For example - why is Daniel Radcliffe showing up but not Zoe Kazan. Who is the other girl from the movie? Why are there two dense pages of 'other' stars expected to attend, and why was the only one subsequently crossed off the list the Game of Thrones Girl I was here to see? And... were those droplets of water falling from the sky?

"Who or What the hell is Emag Fo Senorht?" "That's 'Game of Thrones, girl. You're reading it upside-down and also backwards"

"Who or What the hell is Emag Fo Senorht?"
"That's 'Game of Thrones, girl. You're reading it upside-down and also backwards"

Meanwhile... "Hate you so much I'm texting you how much I hate you" "Hate you so much I'm not reading your texts"

Meanwhile...
"Hate you so much I'm texting you how much I hate you"
"Hate you so much I'm not reading your texts"

Our host for tonight's premiere will be Laura Whitmore (she also hosted The Expendables last week) - and our Pentax Whitebalance is struggling with the blue light/ blue poster / red carpet / cloud setup combination on every single preset and manual option. The Nikon, meanwhile, figures it out on Auto.

Our host for tonight's premiere will be Laura Whitmore (she also hosted The Expendables last week) - and our Pentax Whitebalance is struggling with the blue light/ blue poster / red carpet / cloud setup combination on every single preset and manual option. The Nikon, meanwhile, figures it out on Auto.

He's Here!! Daniel Radcliffe is best known for being Naked in the play 'Equus' and having a run of two low-budget Hammer horror films. Oh, and playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter saga which grossed several billions of dollars over nearly a decade.

He's Here!! Daniel Radcliffe is best known for being Naked in the play 'Equus' and having a run of two low-budget Hammer horror films. Oh, and playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter saga which grossed several billions of dollars over nearly a decade.

"Yeah I'll be pissed if it rains : this fringe took 1500 man-hours to construct and I thanked every one of those guys separately"

"Yeah I'll be pissed if it rains : this fringe took 1500 man-hours to construct and I thanked every one of those guys separately"

"Okay guys, I need a sixty metre perimter around Harry Potter's fringe". Unworkable, but his heart is in the right place.

"Okay guys, I need a sixty metre perimter around Harry Potter's fringe". Unworkable, but his heart is in the right place.

A random female shows up, and it's not the girl from Game of Thrones. Apparently this is some singer called Ella Air... I wasn't paying attention. I was mostly lusting over the sunglasses she's wearing, and the fringe Daniel Radcliffe is sporting.

A random female shows up, and it's not the girl from Game of Thrones. Apparently this is some singer called Ella Air... I wasn't paying attention. I was mostly lusting over the sunglasses she's wearing, and the fringe Daniel Radcliffe is sporting.

"Yeah... I sure did look cute as a young kid. So much so that I'm not even going to wonder how you got those pictures and why they're stored on your phone"

"Yeah... I sure did look cute as a young kid. So much so that I'm not even going to wonder how you got those pictures and why they're stored on your phone"

"By the way, ladies? I've grown since then"

"By the way, ladies? I've grown since then"

"How many people holding umbrellas does it take to keep me dry when it rains? Well, it's not so much me only, you need umbrellas so that the people holding umbrellas don't get wet and so on... that 5h!t cascades". I like the idea that Daniel Radcliffe drops the odd swearword into his interviews... although I have no proof.

"How many people holding umbrellas does it take to keep me dry when it rains? Well, it's not so much me only, you need umbrellas so that the people holding umbrellas don't get wet and so on... that 5h!t cascades". I like the idea that Daniel Radcliffe drops the odd swearword into his interviews... although I have no proof.

He knows about the five dollars he still owes me, but the Harry Potter Money Account requires minimum withdrawals of ten million dollars and I don't have change for a novelty cheque right now. Or something. It's my fault.

He knows about the five dollars he still owes me, but the Harry Potter Money Account requires minimum withdrawals of ten million dollars and I don't have change for a novelty cheque right now. Or something. It's my fault.

I'm starting a series of photographs with the vague theme of "chin photos of alternative actors to Ben Affleck who could play Batman some day". Daniel Radcliffe? I think it works.

I'm starting a series of photographs with the vague theme of "chin photos of alternative actors to Ben Affleck who could play Batman some day". Daniel Radcliffe? I think it works.

Random female quotient : met.

Random female quotient : met.

I think she's actually a 'legitimate' celebrity (whatever that means) but I AM a fan of cashmere jumpers for Autumn/Winter 2014.

I think she's actually a 'legitimate' celebrity (whatever that means) but I AM a fan of cashmere jumpers for Autumn/Winter 2014.

Daniel Radcliffe gets interviewed on the main stage (a small clearance to the side of one of the fan pens surrounded by VIP Paparazzi)... and answers the tough questions.

Daniel Radcliffe gets interviewed on the main stage (a small clearance to the side of one of the fan pens surrounded by VIP Paparazzi)... and answers the tough questions.

"I know, right?? But just don't tell anyone... like.. ever". We all swore not to.

"I know, right?? But just don't tell anyone... like.. ever". We all swore not to.

Incredibly, a second star of the movie has shown up!! It's Jemima Rooper, whose imdb filmography is actully very large, but devoid of anything I've seen. With the exception, randomly, of the movie "Kinky Boots (2005)" which was decent enough, even though I don't remember her in it (Chiwetel Ejiofor as a drag queen is hard to forget)

Incredibly, a second star of the movie has shown up!! It's Jemima Rooper, whose imdb filmography is actully very large, but devoid of anything I've seen. With the exception, randomly, of the movie "Kinky Boots (2005)" which was decent enough, even though I don't remember her in it (Chiwetel Ejiofor as a drag queen is hard to forget)

I'm not so much looking at Jemima Rooper and Fan looking at the fan's holiday pictures or workplace spreadsheet or recipe for a better BananaBreadCakeSlice... but the lady on the left pointing her DSLR at nothing in particular (because Daniel Radcliffe is not where she's pointing)

I'm not so much looking at Jemima Rooper and Fan looking at the fan's holiday pictures or workplace spreadsheet or recipe for a better BananaBreadCakeSlice... but the lady on the left pointing her DSLR at nothing in particular (because Daniel Radcliffe is not where she's pointing)

"Wait.. you were in that movie I was in ?? I was in that movie too!!"

"Wait.. you were in that movie I was in ?? I was in that movie too!!"

Spare a thought for the people who couldn't make it into the premiere (it was a fairly tight space by the standards of the usual) - when you gotta take a photo of Daniel Radcliffe for your Facebook, sometimes this is all you can do (I've been there once or twice myself... World War Z... The Last Stand... I went to a pub for "We're the Millers"...

Spare a thought for the people who couldn't make it into the premiere (it was a fairly tight space by the standards of the usual) - when you gotta take a photo of Daniel Radcliffe for your Facebook, sometimes this is all you can do (I've been there once or twice myself... World War Z... The Last Stand... I went to a pub for "We're the Millers"...

"Hey Harry... please no Gang Signs, I want to send this to my Grandma" "You do realise my name's Daniel, not Harry...." "Nope. Had no idea"

"Hey Harry... please no Gang Signs, I want to send this to my Grandma"
"You do realise my name's Daniel, not Harry...."
"Nope. Had no idea"

"You did what to who and did WHAT with the body???" The lady to Daniel Radcliffe's left looks a bit too unconcerned for my taste.

"You did what to who and did WHAT with the body???" The lady to Daniel Radcliffe's left looks a bit too unconcerned for my taste.

So... that was another one. I'll be honest, I kind of miss having my journals on Redbubble... it's quieter in the "big silent internet" while Redubble was more of a community. And as a premiere this one was frustrating but ultimately okay. And apparently there's another premiere tomorrow, which means that in all likelihood that "Tomorrow" is what I mean when I say

Until next time!

Added, a few days later:

Danield Radcliffe did an hour-long Q&A at the Apple Store, and I had my camera on hand for that too. He's a great interview subject - really enthusiastic (he even apologised to the lady translating into sign language for the speed with which he talks!).

"In movies, like photography, it's all about the lighting. Sure, plot and script and acting and directing are great...but lighting is where it's at". Also, composition. When taking photos you gotta get the composition just right...

"In movies, like photography, it's all about the lighting. Sure, plot and script and acting and directing are great...but lighting is where it's at". Also, composition. When taking photos you gotta get the composition just right...

"Here's how you run a successful shell game. I'm not going to lie, movies pay me well, but sometimes you gotta go quasi-legal and take it to the streets". Wow. Harry Potter really HAS grown up.

"Here's how you run a successful shell game. I'm not going to lie, movies pay me well, but sometimes you gotta go quasi-legal and take it to the streets". Wow. Harry Potter really HAS grown up.

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