The Screening Room
I saw a screening of Sky Captain last night and if you’re interested, I talk about it.
In the days when I worked at Starlog, we got low pay and little in the way of benefits. Therefore, a real perk was getting your name added to the screening list. Given the number of movies we had to see for professional reasons, this saved us lots of money. And we got invited to all the other non-genre films, too.
At least once a week, if not more, we would meet at one of a handful of regular theatres around Manhattan, line-up and see a film. It became a regular habit, as we saw freelance writers, competitors, and people in and around the business. The people became my first real network of contacts in the business world and I was thrilled to attend. Deb would come when the movie appealed to her, but when she chose not to waste her time on true dreck; I had a number of friends willing to kill a few hours.
Over time, studios cut back because running these things got expensive. And after a few years, I migrated from Starlog to DC Comics. Many studios readily switched the address and I continued to attend. At the time, I was working on a number of media-related properties (i.e. Star Trek and V) so I justified my place on the list as professional.
It was still a lot of fun.
As with all things, one list cut me then another then another. It has been five years or so since I was last on anyone