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Why I went to Show East part one 09 Oct 2003 17:41 #6503

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I wasn't going to go at first. 750.00 for the ticket in the door and travel expenses almost did it in but especially since I have a new manager and was nerous about leaving. Then I remember why I go: because I'm in this industry and you can't do if don't know. So 323.00 air from Maine to orlando, 128.00 rental car 23.00 per day on Priceline.com, 225.00 total for room 4 nights at 52.00 per night in Amerisuites thanks to Priceline.com and only 1.5 mile from the 225.00 rooms at the center.

Every meal at the show is paid for, including bar but not at breakfast.... I missed the opening night screenings of 3 great films and the big Private Pepsi party @ Sea World and walked in early AM for the first breakfast and it was a discussion on digital cinema with 4 top spokespersons along with cool free LED pens and cups (bring at least one suitcase to cvarry home all the junk!) and the good news and the bad news is that digital is coming just not yet...but it's getting closer! And off to the first screening of Runaway Jury which was excellent. I hook up with Ian (Large) and we stake out what will be nearly our permanent seats top balcony on the aisle. All the screenings are at AMC 24 at Downtown Disney and they transport us there very quickly and efficiently by bus. There's a Cuban restaurant with take out across the way and I like to get a Cuban coffee while waiting for the shows to begin. Inside the AMC obnoxious security to avoid piracy so we nearly get stripped every time/ check all cameras/metal detectors/etc. Free popcorn and soda and the film is 100% good. Back for a big lunch with Fox showing product reels looking good and we're off to the convention floor. A little light from 4-5 years ago but a lot of interesting booths and new ones and old friends to say hello and shop the wares. @ 6ish we head for Disney's Brother Bear which will be ok but did not knock me out of the seats. Dis is pushing it hard spending Nemo and Pirates money to build buzz. Apres we head to Wild Kingdom for free private party: food, drinks, games, rides, animals held by cute young things and one big tree! I rode the rollercoaster which was wimpy bt kicked my butt. Found Ian banging the bell at the strong guy with a big hammer thing and gave it my all: failing miserably! Then they herd us over to their performance stage where we end up in row 5 for the private Phil Collins show who really kicked butt with a full band and back up siingers to die for. I wasn't a fan but afterwards I am. Very impressive. Better than the bear!

Next am breaked with Charlize Thearon and 3 from Focus-Fox Search-Newmarket talked independents chances at the box office and world of film: very interesting again. Charlize is about 12' tall and is as beautiful as she looks on screen. A few too many ums and you knows but very easy to look at. Off to Calander Girls about the 12 ladies in England that bared all for a promotion calander. Going in I did not see how it could be good but I thought it brilliant. It will do very good biz.

Back to a walk around eating lunch on the trade show floor.

Then back to a great screening of Elf. Introed by Will Farrell, I had mixed reaction but later came to like it a lot. It will do very well too. Apres to the New Line party with great food and booze and host Bob Newhart and Will talking it up, free presents from New Kine/ a nice jack in the box! Photos with Bob and Will very graciously doing yeoman duty! Got photoed with Santa too!

Then.... back to AMC for "Radio" introed by Cub his self to shrioeks from the 100 kids they let in!

Very heartwarming and will also do well. Sort of a Son of I Am Sam.

And I'll start this again with our post Radio cocktail meet of bigscreenites.

So far that's two days and a bunch of food-parties-films-etc. I'm glad I came. The best part is running into old and new friends.



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Re: Why I went to Show East part one 09 Oct 2003 19:04 #6504

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Sunday I went to Epcot. I disliked Disney's theme parks as much as I feared I would. The international pavilions were nice, but I think you could get more culture out of National Geographic. Unfortunately, I bought a Park Hopper Pass, which means I have three more days of admissions. So if you know somebody who is going to Disney World in Orlando, I can give him or her a pass. I don't think I will ever go again.

The Trade Show was pretty boring as there was nothing new. Here is a picture of the new 2K digital cinema projectors from Digital Projection, used to show Brother Bear and Love Actually.




Sam Chavez's Bay Area Cinema Products display.


Strong's new projector the Simplex Apogee.


Interesting Cinema Products display featuring a loop system and a small screen.


Bevin Wright late of Christie now has formed his own company.

Monday night I watched The Station Agent. I tried to get everybody to watch The Triplets of Belleville, but most people went to Intermission. The Station Agent and The Triplets of Belleville are great films. Unfortunately The Triplets of Belleville only attracted 35 people. I was worried how to market this film and this is why.

Mike Hurley of Belfast Maine showed up in time to see Runaway Jury, which we liked. That evening Michael Eisner introduced Brother Bear. It was a typical Disney Animation effort. But the party was stellar. We had dinner in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The midway was open for us. This was followed up by a Phil Collins concert. Mike and I sat 5th row center. Phil looks marvelous.



You can tell from these two photos, how close we were to the stage. They were both take from the same spot. The first one with my 2x zoom on. I did some cropping for composition.



The next morning we had breakfast with Charlize Theron. Mike offered to butter her toast. She showed a clip from her new film Monster where you will not recognize her. She is tall a beautiful in person. She will get the nod come Oscar time. In Monster, she gains 30 #s, and looks ugly. She plays that Florida serial killer.

Wednesday afternoon we saw Calendar Girls, which we liked. Calendar Girls is about that ladies social club in Yorkshire that posed for a nude calendar to raise money for the local cancer ward. My booker got to see Kill Bill (The new Tarantino film), which he said, is wonderful if violent.

That evening we saw Will Ferrell's new film called Elf. It sucked big rocks and I wanted to throw fruit at him during the party. But the party was good with ice skaters and Santa. Look for a photo of me sitting in Santa's lap. It's on Mike's camera.

That night we attended a screening of Radio where Cuba Gooding Jar appeared on stage before the film. The crowd screamed when he hit the stage. Look for an Oscar nod for his performance as well as Ed Harris. Radio has that Mentally Impaired thing going for it.

On the final day we saw Human Stain, which I thought was well done. (Anthony Hopkins as a black man.)

But that afternoon we saw Love Actually which is the best Christmas film of the year. Love Actually is a new British romantic comedy with Hugh Grant and a cast of dozens.

The closing party had a Casino Night cocktail party. The closing night dinner was the usual Beef Tornadoes and Sea Bass. All in all it was a good show

I only took photos on the first day, Tuesday. The security was so oppressive at the screenings that I abandoned my camera in my hotel room and never took photos for the rest of the show. Mike was a little more game and carried his camera every day.

I felt that even though I understood why they were making a point with security at the screenings, I still thought it was rude. I think enough people complained about it that on the last two days, the security guys made an effort to be polite and personable.


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Re: Why I went to Show East part one 10 Oct 2003 07:40 #6505

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Really nice photos of the Phil Collins concert!
My ears are still ringing, not from the band, but from the screams and cheers of the audience.

How did you have your camera with you? I left mine at the hotel, as they were not allowing any cameras (even on cell phones) into any screening, especially "Brother Bear". Wish I had mine at the concert, as I had a good seat too.

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Re: Why I went to Show East part one 18 Oct 2003 20:27 #6506

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Ian,

I'll take you up on that hopper pass if the offer is still open......I'm planning a family vaca next august.....
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