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shriek film showing report

The Shriek showing in Raleigh went very well this morning. About fifteen people showed up, and while I would have preferred a larger number, it was a cozy audience, and they all congregated in the lobby afterward to discuss art, literature, and science fiction, which was cool.

Janet and I got to The Colony Theater around 9:30 and brought in the equipment we'd need, as well as the copies of JeffV's books supplied by Quail Ridge Books. While doing this, I met Scott Eagle for the first time in person, as well as his son and daughter. Scott's an incredibly nice guy, and it really added something to the event to have him there. He even brought one of his original paintings to display, this one:

which was used as the cover art for JeffV's Golden Gryphon collection Secret Life. (It's even more stunning in person.)

While he got set up with his posters and cards, and Janet got set up with the books and freebies, I went into the theater and started setting up the laptop and projector. Since we did a dry run of this yesterday, it was a snap this morning. With everything assembled and ready to go, I handed The Church's soundtrack CD for Shriek to Denver Hill (the manager of the theater), and he played it on the theater's speakers for folks to listen to as they walked in. It was 10:30 by that point, and we were ready to roll.

People began to trickle in (lunablack was the first to arrive, at 10:35), some of whom were friends of mine (lunablack, andyhat, sailormur, xanderwilson and his wife Jen), others who were friends of Scott's, and a handful who had heard about the event from one of the venues I'd sent listing notices to. At 11:15, I ushered everyone from the lobby into the theater, and we began. I did the standard welcome-type spiel and thanked everyone for coming, mentioned the 20% discount if you bought books in the lobby, briefly talked about Two Cranes Press and who I was, and let everyone know to stick around until the end for the third round of door prizes.

I then introduced Scott Eagle, and he stood up and talked for a few minutes about his creative process and working with JeffV on book covers. He also discussed his surprise when JeffV phoned him up and asked if he could use Scott's art in the Shriek film, and said he was looking forward to seeing it. Scott sat down again and I made sure to plug his current exhibit at Tyndall Galleries in Chapel Hill. I asked Scott to draw the first three door prize raffle tickets, copies of The Church's latest CD Uninvited, Like the Clouds.

I loaded the first DVD, and we watched JeffV's introduction and thanks to all the organizers and attendees of the 18 different Shriek events around the country. Then I played the humourous Rough Guide to Ambergris (which you can now find on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2), which I'd forgotten gets a little naughty in the middle, during the read of the font notes.

After it was over, I asked for a volunteer to draw the next batch of door prizes, and Scott's son jumped up, ready for the task. The first ticket he drew was his own, which was funny, and so he won a Bantam copy of City of Saints (though his Dad pointed out later that he already had a copy, so his son nicely gave the book to someone else). He drew two more tickets, and, strangely enough, Alex Wilson won a copy of Paraspheres and then his wife Jen won a copy of City of Saints (and no, I didn't rig things that way). Oh, and this second round of door prizes was done in the dark, because the manager of the theater got sidetracked by an owner's unexpected visit. But it worked out okay (I luckily had a flashlight).

Then it was time for the Shriek film itself. For something done on a shoestring budget, it came out very well. The voice talent was amazing. Although, for some reason, one of the speaker channels wasn't quite working, so that if two people in the film were having a conversation (such as the two men in the Spore of the Gray Cap at the beginning, or Janice and Sybel during their ordeal on the night of the Festival of the Freshwater Squid), only one of them came through clearly, while the other was barely present at all. The only reason I knew about the absence was because I'd screened the DVD at home beforehand. Even so, it didn't take too much away from the film, and you could infer the other person's part in the conversation.

After the showing, the lights came back on (after someone was nice enough to go out into the lobby and tell the manager) and I drew the remaining five door prizes for the Smashing Todd's Wartime Stout. I thanked the Colony for hosting the event, my desk job for providing the equipment, and Alex Wilson for the use of his audio cables.

Everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoy the filmic experience. The breakdown went smoothly and easily, and after everything was packed in the car, we left at around 12:45.

So thanks to everyone who made it to the event this morning; it was a lot of fun. I managed not to stumble over my tongue too much in my emceeing duties, and we sold a few books at the book table in the lobby. After returning the unsold books and money-gathering paraphernalia back to Quail Ridge, Janet and I had lunch at Whole Foods, then came home and crashed. Though I didn't get any sleep, Janet napped for about an hour.

It was a lot of work putting the event together, and I hope I did JeffV proud. If you didn't get a chance to see it, the entire short film will be posted (along with outtakes) sometime in September on the official Shriek website.


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Aug. 20th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for organizing and hosting this! 'Twas definitely fun.
Aug. 20th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
My pleasure, Andy. Thanks for coming, man.
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Great stuff. Thanks for hosting!
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming, Luna!
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