So... that was that. I came away with something, but I also came away with having seen yet another event that showcased the huge gulf between the multibillion dollar all-encompassing business side of Disney and the part where they actually want to celebrate their releases with fans. To clarify, I'm not for one moment saying Disney *owes* fans a premiere. It doesn't. But if it's flying everyone to London, putting them up at hotels, driving them to cinemas to introduce the movie, and having them photographed in the foyer.... but STILL NOT having a premiere, then it seems very clear that the one ingredient that Disney does not want to have access to what's going on is anyone who is non-paying, non-competition-winning, non-blogging, and not directly-promoting, person with no benefit to Disney.
So if you're not helping to fuel that, then you're not really welcome**.
But hey, I'm just some whiny guy. I got a couple of photos for my Archive of Movie Premieres. I didn't lose out too much.
Until next time!!
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** final thoughts : it's very hard to write something opinionated, at length, at close to midnight, when I've been up since 5am, and knowing I have to be up at 5am again tomorrow. The only way I can do it is because I care : not (just) about premieres, but about movies. I watched over 1 movie per day last year (!) and am more or less on track to do it again. I love film, and being able to take photographs at premieres is an amazing thing I get to do. And/but when I see a company the size of DISNEY, with their power and their wealth and their all-encompassing cultural ownership, kind of shrug at fans because the accountants are counting the thousands of dollars of cost among the BILLIONS of dollars in revenue that the company makes, it reinforces to me the suspicion that the divide between the Art of Film and the Business of Show is growing very much wider. And that's not a good thing. Rant out. Peace.