Last Sunday I floated a trial balloon of wouldn’t it be nice for the fans of Richard Armitage to consider supporting his new film Into the Storm (ITS) by viewing it in theatres on its opening weekend for their city/country–rather than waiting until later to see the film since opening weekend box office can make or break a film–and perhaps even informally organize a fan meet up to enjoy the film with fellow RA Fans. This viewing event notion has been warmly received by several of you who commented on my blog last week or reblogged my post. Thanks!
I have already offered to look into organizing a Saturday, August 9th, 2014 RA Fan viewing of Into the Storm (poster on fake movie ticket, left) in Chicago, Illinois (US) by scouting out theatre locations and such. MarieAstra8 (of the Obsessive Behavior blog) hopes to plan an NYC (US) viewing and Marcia over at Richard Armitage US is talking about an Atlanta, Georgia (US) event. And there might be more of you considering trying to encourage opening weekend viewing of Into the Storm in your areas for your city’s/country.
So! Next steps! Why? Because organizing even informal activities and grass roots Richard Armitage Fans gatherings need some planning mojo. That’s the conference planner in me talking. Ha!
1) Marie, Marcia, a few others, and I have been tossing around some ideas to help facilitate planning these Into the Storm (right) opening weekend viewing gatherings in a friendly, let’s help each other kind of way–by sharing ideas, resources, etc, amongst the lead organizers and RA Fans. So we hit upon the idea of having a central website hub that would have links to various viewing events (and possible fan meet ups with those events) being planned–to make it handy for us and for other RA Fans to see what RA film viewing events might be happening in their local area.
Added: To help with initially finding someone near you for planning purposes, we can visit the RA Fans Around the World map (which could use more RA Fans putting their location on it) link on Tanni’s website ( http://tannni.strana.de/)–with the map found at:
P.S. To sign in to the map and pin your gravatar in your location, you have to have a Google sign on. So sign up for a Google email account and you are good to go!
2) We also realized that though our initial planning is suggesting RA Fans view his Into the Storm film its opening weekend (whatever dates that might be for RA Fans around the world), we have also talked about a similar opening weekend viewing for Richard Armitage’s film in post production Urban and the Shed Crew when it is released. And who knows, perhaps gatherings related to other future films that might not be big budget like The Hobbit films that we all so enjoy, but smaller films still deserving of some attention due to our interest in Richard Armitage’s artistic projects and his masterful storytelling. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves on future events just yet. Ha!
3) A website needs a descriptive name that conveys what that website is about. So here are some naming ideas with my favorite first:
a) Richard Armitage Films Fan Events — this has a catchy acronym (RAFFE), which kind of sounds like the British name Ralph/Rafe, that is, when it isn’t being pronounced raf-fee; and it turns out that a raffe is an actual item, a topsail on a boat; I know, boats are on water and RA has issues with water. But it’s not like he will ever see our website, nor make the acronym connection to water–I didn’t know that a raffe was an object until I googled it. Ha!
b) Richard Armitage Fans Events — shorter and still with a catchy British sounding acronym (RAFE), because we do so like the whole Brit vibe that Richard Armitage exudes (his voice, gentlemanly manner, etc.); and this name doesn’t solely focus on film viewing events, so it might be considered more general and could be applied to theatrical and other events (I’m liking this one better, I think, Ha!); and other RA Fans events suggestions such as, myself (for a general nearby ArmitageCon RA Fans weekend) and then others such as Richard Armitage US (for a Hobbit 3 ArmiCon film viewing) have pondered attending a fan focused Richard Armitage Convention. As long as someone else plans it, I might go, Ha!
c) Your thoughts on a descriptive RA Fans events website name?
4) Then in the age of Twitter, there is the need for the inevitable event/entity hashtag, #label; as well as, one’s own twitter handle (and email handle)–with this recent Sarah Dunn portrait (she is so talented!) of Richard Armitage with a ladder that looks very hashtaggy to me *wink*:
b) #RArmitageFansEvents (might be too long for Twitter)
c) I’m possibly claiming RAFansEvents@yahoo.com and @RAFansEvents for my handles, Ha!
d) and/or, specific to the Into the Storm film viewing event, #IntotheStormOpngWknd and #UTSCOpngWknd would be obvious choices for the hashtags
5) And finally, an RAFansEvents web site layout design that allows for multiple pages in a pull down menu so that each events lead organizer could build their own event information page for convenient news updates (each events lead organizer would have website Co-Admin access). WordPress is what I am familiar with–and several blogger friends already use it for its ease of use. So I would build a template website in WordPress–unless someone techier than I wants to help with building this proposed RA Fans Events website–using one of several themes/layouts that have the features we are seeking (pages for each event, multiple admin access, pull down menus, etc), that I narrowed down from the forty or so theme/layout choices (in no particular order below):
a) Twenty Fourteen b) The Coraline
c) iTheme2 d) Bouquet
So, please share your thoughts and ideas in a comment below about Operation Into the Storm. And if you are thinking about planning an Into the Storm viewing in your area–even if you haven’t decided for sure–please note the city/country that you are hoping to view the film in its opening weekend.
P.S. So, are you still with me? Ha! Planning and organizing can tend to make people’s eyes glaze over. So as a thank you for your lasting with this post just tipping over to page two–or maybe, it’s for me, Ha!–here is a little prezzie:
Today, Richard Armitage US on Facebook shared a new pursed lips Richard Armitage pix (via RAC) from the Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, A Novel (by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson) video interview of Richard Armitage about his new audiobook recording. Sighhhhh! Let the screen kissing commence! Ha! But remember to use clear lip gloss when you zoom in and maximize your window display. Lipstick is so hard to remove on LCD displays. *wink* Ha!