13 Oct - The BFI LFF People Walking Through A Door for "Wildlife"

October 13th, 2018.

And so, after already having photographed the premiere of “Roma” at Embankment Cinema, and “Beautiful Boy” at the Cineworld (nee Empire) Leicester Square, I went to the “premiere” for the movie “Wildlife” at the Picturehouse Central.

Here’s how it went down:

It’s the Picturehouse Central, and kind of ominously (though I’m about an hour early) I see no evidence of fans, or autograph dealers. Or outdoor security. Or a red carpet. Or barriers. Or posterboards. Yep… it’s a premiere at Picturehouse Central, alright.

It’s the Picturehouse Central, and kind of ominously (though I’m about an hour early) I see no evidence of fans, or autograph dealers. Or outdoor security. Or a red carpet. Or barriers. Or posterboards. Yep… it’s a premiere at Picturehouse Central, alright.

Back in 2016, I went to the premiere of “The Neon Demon” where, because my Pentax’s EXIF data measures time in seconds, I was able to proclaim it as the shortest premiere I’ve ever been to, at a time of 2mins 35seconds from First Arrival to all arrivals entering the venue. That venue? The Picturehouse Central.

It would be so neat if they did posed photographs on this staircase. I mean, every other thing in this whole cinema involves posing in front of cardboard and sure that’s a lot sexier (?) but I still think stairs are the one thing this cinema has going for if it wants to look glamorous.

It would be so neat if they did posed photographs on this staircase. I mean, every other thing in this whole cinema involves posing in front of cardboard and sure that’s a lot sexier (?) but I still think stairs are the one thing this cinema has going for if it wants to look glamorous.

So I’m just standing there, C-list autograph dealers standing dully around me when I notice something purple/mauve walk past me. The shot sucks but the reflexes are pretty good,

So I’m just standing there, C-list autograph dealers standing dully around me when I notice something purple/mauve walk past me. The shot sucks but the reflexes are pretty good,

One shot later and I’ve apparently photographed the back of Zoe Kazan, who is in this movie. Fortunately, I photographed her only yesterday at    “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”   .

One shot later and I’ve apparently photographed the back of Zoe Kazan, who is in this movie. Fortunately, I photographed her only yesterday at “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”.

The man at the bottom of the frame is here to get autographs and/or selfies and so far his reflexes have only extended to “why are you photographing somebody?”. Sadly he (and the table he’s at) is the reason why I was not able to shift ‘inwards’ to get a better photo.

The man at the bottom of the frame is here to get autographs and/or selfies and so far his reflexes have only extended to “why are you photographing somebody?”. Sadly he (and the table he’s at) is the reason why I was not able to shift ‘inwards’ to get a better photo.

I’m so busy readjusting my framing that I now have the tan/camel/mustard jacket of the director on my right, meaning I’m once again blocked from moving positions and STILL nobody from the vaunted dealer community (most of whom were standing behind me) has even recognised that 100% of the attending cast has walked right by them!

I’m so busy readjusting my framing that I now have the tan/camel/mustard jacket of the director on my right, meaning I’m once again blocked from moving positions and STILL nobody from the vaunted dealer community (most of whom were standing behind me) has even recognised that 100% of the attending cast has walked right by them!

I get a brief bit of luck as Paul Dano, who directed this film (and is a pretty cool actor) stops to sign for three (3) fans who actually recognise him. Sadly I am prevented from swinging further to the right to get a better shot.

I get a brief bit of luck as Paul Dano, who directed this film (and is a pretty cool actor) stops to sign for three (3) fans who actually recognise him. Sadly I am prevented from swinging further to the right to get a better shot.

… and with that? it’s all over. Time elapsed from first (blurry) shot to this one : FIFTY SIX SECONDS.

… and with that? it’s all over. Time elapsed from first (blurry) shot to this one : FIFTY SIX SECONDS.

I put the Pentax away and reach for the longer range Nikon, photographing through the doorway because I’m… erm… not a Paparzzo, I’m an… Artist? Maybe? I’ll acknowledge this isn’t my usual behaviour, but I’m guessing you’ve seen how bad my photographs have been this far.

I put the Pentax away and reach for the longer range Nikon, photographing through the doorway because I’m… erm… not a Paparzzo, I’m an… Artist? Maybe? I’ll acknowledge this isn’t my usual behaviour, but I’m guessing you’ve seen how bad my photographs have been this far.

Incidentally, these photos are hideously / heavily backlit : this is what my photos basically look like….

Incidentally, these photos are hideously / heavily backlit : this is what my photos basically look like….

…and this is about the best thing I can do with them, editing wise.

…and this is about the best thing I can do with them, editing wise.

Nice bit of incidental lighting as somebody on the left moves and stops blocking a light.

Nice bit of incidental lighting as somebody on the left moves and stops blocking a light.

Zoe Kazan’s Dress, walking up stairs. You know what would be nice…. having photographers at the bottom of the stairs, and having her turn around and pose on the staircase, with the chanedeliers above providing cool lighting and visuals.

Zoe Kazan’s Dress, walking up stairs. You know what would be nice…. having photographers at the bottom of the stairs, and having her turn around and pose on the staircase, with the chanedeliers above providing cool lighting and visuals.

Oh, those sweet visuals and sugary sweets. Still… side profile of Zoe Kazan, if that excites ya.

Oh, those sweet visuals and sugary sweets. Still… side profile of Zoe Kazan, if that excites ya.

…. and then this guy blocked all views of Paul Dano along the bannister. Call me perceptive, but it’s almost like this event wasn’t geared for independent photographers….!

…. and then this guy blocked all views of Paul Dano along the bannister. Call me perceptive, but it’s almost like this event wasn’t geared for independent photographers….!

So… that was that. Should I have even bothered with this one (waiting and/or doing this journal)? Probably not, but it was worth experimenting and practicing my skillz (as if ‘Beautiful Boy’ just a few hours earlier hadn’t already been exactly that). Still… one day if/when I get drunk enough I might decide that along with putting it into the archive of premieres I might even keep it in the archive of premieres.

Until next time!

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