Random Factoid #532

11 01 2011

Remember what your parents told you about courtesy?  Well, I have proof that it works.

Over a month ago, I was searching Paramount’s 2010 “For Your Consideration” site and saw that an email had to be sent to one of their employees to access the scripts to their biggest movies, “The Fighter” and “True Grit.”  I’m not a member of a guild, surprisingly, so I knew it would be a long shot for me to get my hands on a copy of these scripts.

But it never hurts to ask, so I sent a polite email to their communications manager explaining who I was, why I wanted the scripts, and how I could ultimately “help” their campaign.  This was December 6.

Today, January 11, at 12:34 A.M., I received the first indication that my email had even been read.  It was a reply from the manager with no text or message, just the two scripts which I had requested attached to the email!  So even though I am not a voting member of the SAG or DGA or WGA or PGA (four voting bodies which have nominated “The Fighter”), I have the script for it AND “True Grit!”

Might I say they are both fantastic!  So it just goes to show you that an email, some courtesy, and no fear of rejection can get you farther than you expected.





Random Factoid #283

7 05 2010

PopEater brought up an interesting point: the marketing campaign for “Iron Man 2” has been almost ubiquitous.  Really, Paramount has spent a whopping $100 million marketing a movie that every American is going to see anyways.  (And for the record, my prediction is that it will NOT beat the opening weekend record held by “The Dark Knight.”)

Nonetheless, it looks really cool to put that metallic mask on a Dr. Pepper can.  And who can resist a Whiplash Whopper?  (The answer: anyone who wants to spare a thousand calories from their daily diet.)

But it’s not designed to target the teenage blogger who rejects being bought out by Hollywood executives looking for a quick buck (see: my stance on 3D conversion).  It’s designed for the not-so-consumer-savvy among us.

Mainly, children.  I know this because I was particularly vulnerable as a child to movie promotion pushes.  Whenever a new Disney movie came out, I would go to McDonald’s several times that month just to get the Happy Meal toys.

I also bought plenty of toys and stuffed animals.  I was part of a target demographic they hit the bullseye with me.