Nota Bene: All THDofS images belong to Warner Bros. Pictures. I’m just a fan promoting a film that I am sure to enjoy.
But first, my impressions about the organization of the event (I’m a back seat tv director here):
1) The order of the black carpet THDofS attendees needed to build a bit more, from least to most important–with Sir Peter Jackson coming last–and be better guided to the broadcast host Dave K., with less gaps in between; chatter from the hosts trying to fill air time–we don’t need; we want to see the stars; And of course, the only mispronunciation of the night had to come in introducing Richard Armitage as portraying Thorin Orkinshield? (Thorin is not a termite removal company. Ha!)
2) And though the social media co-host Amy P. was game to fill air time when the interview host Dave K. had no one to interview, I felt switching to her for social media questions took up precious time that could have been spent with camera close-ups of the cast and crew meeting with fans. She kept saying that so and so was just over there given fans autographs and chatting with them, but the camera never showed them–very frustrating; yes, they were trying to be inclusive of fans, but as a fan sitting at home, I was only interested in the stars, not other fans (unless, of course, it was a fan I knew. Ha!);
3) The THDofS black carpet interview backdrops were stunningly gorgeous (below)!
But the too narrow space (depth wise) meant that interviews were shot in close-ups (upper torso)–no full length images, no trousers and no shoes were visible via the video footage. And we know that Ms. Ilaria Urbinati was doing the wardrobe styling of Richard Armitage for the World Premiere because she tweeted that she was–and she also styled him for the Nov. 30th New Zealand Book event (image left).
But thank goodness that The Hobbit Movie tweeted some full length images (Richard Armitage with trousers and shoes, right, Ha!): Loved the suit with vest, cuffs showing, and great shoes! Richard Armitage looked professional and effortlessly elegant–and he looked comfortable, too. Well done Ms. Urbinati! And well done Mr. Armitage!
However back to my point, people looked quite cramped as they moved around or even just stood there. The Theatre looked so impressive and majestic from pictures shared by fans (below). The black carpet up to it should have been equally as grand in scale and size. Wellington shut down the whole street–for a mile. And despite the road closure notice for Hollywood Boulevard, we could still see cars whizzing by in two driving lanes in the background. So they could have deepened the black carpet by at least one lane.
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But, I’m being picky. And the fact that this event had a live stream for fans at home to enjoy was delightful. So just ignore me. Ha!
Now, without further ado, here are the 84 caps I took of the THDofS World Premiere Livestream event: