Thursday, February 19, 2009

Screeners

Hollywood Assistants like screeners. Movie tickets are getting more and more expensive each and every day. One trip to the Arclight can cost you big bucks. I mean a ticket alone is $14 (at peak times), popcorn and a soda come out at $10 (because what’s the point of going to the movies and not eating??) and then parking comes in at $2 (parking on Vine and walking? I think not). Mint.com would not be happy with that spending. Thankfully God, or rather Hollywood Studio Bosses, created movie screeners.

Come every December movie screeners start arriving at our offices. Our names might not be on the labels but that doesn’t mean these aren’t for us. Okay, so maybe they’re meant for our bosses but really would bosses mind if we watched Frost/Nixon before they did? If they really wanted to see that they would have gone to the Arclight and paid the 20 plus dollars, right? We, on the other hand, were dying to watch this movie but just couldn’t stand to pay so much. Ain’t no shame in that, right? Tis the life of an assistant.

Movie screeners are awesome for a number of reasons. It lets us watch newly released movies in the comfort of our own homes. We can be sprawled out on the living room couch, wearing sweatpants, drinking two buck chuck while watching Gran Torino. Does it get any better? Also, why waste our hard earned money on movies that aren’t very good but as members of the Hollywood community we are obligated to see? (cough, Doubt, cough). Some movies we’d probably never see if it weren’t for screeners. For example: Frozen River? Was that even out in theatres for more than a week in LA? Without a screener, we’d be missing out on one of the best films of the year.

With the Oscars coming up on Sunday you only have 72 hours left to finish watching your screeners. You can’t root for Mickey Rourke if you haven’t seen The Wrestler. And you can’t root against The Reader if you haven’t seen it either (wait, maybe you can…). Do a movie marathon so you can be fully educated for your party's pool. Maybe you can win enough money to go see a movie at the Arclight.

WHERE: Offices of producers, directors, actors, writers, makeup artists, sound guys, etc
COST: So free it hurts

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