I'm home from the Hobbit World Premiere!
While I did enjoy it - I felt it was both... Awesome.. and a big disappointment.. Quite a mix of feelings..
Let me explain..
Reasons it was awesome: When I went there, I went at noon (to ensure I could get parking mostly) and ended up getting a really good position at the red carpet near the start end, with some lovely people around me - one in his home made ranger costume which actually looked BRILLIANT.
They were also giving things out - one was a blank poster sized sheet with a pic of the painted airplane at the bottom with plenty of space above for autographs. (great cos I never intended to get any autographs, but I figured why not). The other item they gave out - was a special 'hobbit world premiere' Gandalf hat. It is AWESOME.
The celebrities that did come by and give me their autograph were really friendly and nice. Martin Freeman was GREAT, and so was Mark Hadlow and Richard Taylor.
In fact, after getting Richard Taylor's autograph and a photo - he reached into his pocket and gave me a magnet of the sign from 'the Green Dragon inn'! I don't think he had many of those to give out!
I didn't get many pics (there really wasn't much to take photos of and many celebs were blocked from my view when they didn't come to my side of the carpet) but I'll post what I have when they're uploaded.
Reasons I was disappointed: Everyone had been expecting the event to start at 3pm... It didn't start till 4pm. This meant everyone was frustrated, and very hot because of the sun.
During all this time there was little to keep anyone occupied.. a couple of jugglers down one end for a bit but that was it.. Nothing else to entertain the crowd.
So 4pm rolls around and Neil Finn starts playing live music. While he is AWESOME and it was fantastic listening to him - there was little applause after his songs. (if there was any it was closer to him at the opposite end of the red carpet where I couldn't hear it).. This wasn't because he was bad - I guarantee it was because EVERYONE was frustrated at waiting too long and having almost nothing happen with NOTHING going on on the red carpet in front of us.
4.30 and they finally start with the celebrities. They do get delayed at the start for an interview but that's expected. As they started coming down the carpet doing autographs that was great - except for when they missed large areas of the crowd for signing. YES i understand they can't get *everyone* - but the least they could have done would be ALTERNATE which celebrities went to each side - because it felt a lot like the side I was standing on was being ignored for long periods - by at least 4 celebrities in a row. I wouldn't have minded if it was each alternate celeb..
Finally - after all this waiting - the celebrities suddenly had to STOP GIVING AUTOGRAPHS and got RUSHED to the other end of the red carpet for their speeches. Which again pissed people off. It made the whole event feel like it was completely disorganized and badly planned.
Because of this I basically left about an hour earlier than it was scheduled to finish. With all this going on I didn't feel it was worth staying through the pain I was feeling from standing for 6 hours straight with my back problems and such.
Ultimately my suggestions for improvement:
Arrange for some entertainment for people standing waiting! Don't just leave long stretches of empty areas with nothing going on!
Allow the celebs more time to walk the carpet!! Allowing only a short time is FINE for a SHORT carpet - but for one that's almost half a km long it's not good enough.
Have any live music play DURING the time the celebs are walking the carpet. This will allow them a lot more time for autographs and mean that the audience are far more excited about things and more responsive!!
So for now.. I'm home.. enjoying my new hat and the few autographs I did get.. and I'm going to relax and take some painkillers.. And pray that tomorrow I'm not as sore as I suspect I'll be.