Saturday, October 31, 2009

Publicity Horror: Technical Difficulties

From a screenwriter/director:
I had to go to a festival screening of my film and answer audience questions afterwards. Suddenly the reel came on upside-down and backwards. Then it stopped. Then it came back on, but with only half the picture. Then it stopped. Half the audience had trickled out by then, to go to other screenings.

I just wanted to run away and hide in a manhole. But at these things you have to stand there as though it couldn’t matter less, and everything’s fine.
This person has completed another feature film, which is making the festival rounds. All the projectors have worked perfectly. So far.

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