(FLASHBACK) : The 'Fast & Furious' 10th Anniversary RedCarpetMonochrome

Much as I did for “Watchmen (2009)” I felt that the 10th Anniversary of the premiere of “Fast & Furious” deserved a re-edit. Ten year old camera equipment and a lot less experience means I’m struck by a combination of (a) how close I came to taking okay photos, and (b) how much better I’d take those photos today, and (c) how glad I am that I took those photos when I did. Sadly, I never got another chance to photograph Paul Walker, as I wasn’t in the country for the premiere of the 5th Instalment, and I believe the 6th an 7th didn’t have premieres in London (and neither did the 8th, but I was in Berlin at the time).

Anyway, here’s how it looked like ten years ago, when I couldn’t even get onto the carpet:

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Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez
Justin Lin
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Michelle Rodriguez
Paul Walker
Paul Walker
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Vin Diesel
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Jordana Brewster
Jordana Brewster
Jordana Brewster
Jordana Brewster
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Paul Walker

So… that was (at the time) that. From where I sit ten years later, I think the 5th one is still my favourite, I’m not sure about whether I have faith in the supposedly final 9th and 10th ones… but I can’t deny the fact that the Hobbes & Shaw spinoff could be kind of great.

Until….?

(FLASHBACK) : The "Watchmen (2009)" World Premiere 'noir' Journal

On 23rd February 2009, London held the World Premiere of Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” - and I like both the movie and the graphic novel it was adapted from. Hence : a fond look backwards, with a 10th Anniversary “Noir” Red Carpet Monochrome journal of re-edited photos from that night. No comments, just photos.

Here’s how it went down:

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Dave Gibbons
Matthew Goode
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Malin Ackerman
Malin Ackerman
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Carla Gugino
Carla Gugino
Jackie Earle Haley
Bily Crudup
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Zack Snyder
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Malin Ackerman
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Matthew Goode
Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson
Malin Ackerman
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Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder
Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jackie Earle Haley
Jackie Earle Haley

So… that was that. Probably the oldest nighttime premiere I’ve been able to go back to and re-edit ten years later and found the photos to be…. reasonable, actually. They were taken on a Pentax K10D which was at the time 3 years old, with a 90mm f2.8 macro lens attached… though I hadn’t yet got into the habit of photographing the crowds and environment as much as I now like to.

As for the movie? I liked it. Own it in regular and extended cuts, and own the graphic novel in both paperback and (appropriately) signed ‘Noir’ hardcover versions.

Until next time!

ps. if you want to know when I post one of these journals (typically in colour and with commentary, as with the ‘original’ Watchmen premiere Journal here, or commemorative black’n’white journals such as the ones for The Avengers Age of Ultron RCM or Fantastic Beasts RCM) feel free to follow me on facebook, or on twitter.