One Fans Journey Through Middle Earth
(As told by pictures and several badly drawn sketches)
THIS IS A STORY
of how I arrived at Hollywood Blvd on Sunday morning to check out the action, then again Sunday night, approx. 10 PM toting a sleeping bag and a box of cupcakes.
My plan was to camp out all night in anticipation for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug World Premiere the next day.
I spent that night talking to an abstract artist. I leant her my jean jacket and we discussed spiritual awakenings, our life paths, past strife, and shared an array of goodies from Whole Foods.
The next morning I woke up and was all…holy crap, I’m on a sidewalk…
But as the caffeine from my peppermint mocha kicked in, I dwindled away the early morning hours by talking to a marine corps vet with PTSD. She let me read the beautiful letters she was writing to the cast and crew. If nothing came from this experience, I would still feel so fulfilled in meeting this strong woman.
I met two sweet girls from Utah as the afternoon wore on. I told them I had always wanted to read The Book of Mormon. AND THEY GAVE ME ONE. JUST LIKE THAT. I was flabbergasted.
I helped two girls do their makeup after taking about 2 hours to do my own. It was Smaug themed. And before anyone tries to make fun of me, Benedict wore a red tux…so there.
Myself and a barrage of other lovely ladies made signs to pass the time away and show our appreciation. I got to meet up with some members of the cumbercollective I had previously met, and they were very generous with their art supplies!
But as the premiere drew closer, we noticed something…
…we were nowhere near the action at all, not with this giant wall in between us and the cast and crew.
By the time the premiere started, we all realized that days of waiting did us no good, as the fans were clearly an afterthought to this design.
They didn’t even close down Hollywood Blvd for pete’s sake (excuse me, I meant, Sir Pete’s sake)
This was fairly disappointing considering we were all expecting something a little closer to Wellington
But no go, we all left feeling sad, disappointed, like our admiration had gone to waste
But then I had a conversation with The Button Lady, who I met that day. Another wise, courageous woman. And I was able to find peace with our endeavors.
If you designed this premiere, you should probably read this:
Obsession can be a wonderful thing when properly managed. There was a distinct energy in that lineup and it felt like…well…hope I guess.
A group of complete strangers, came together to celebrate one of the most beautiful stories ever told.
Because this story…this story of home, journey, self discovery, courage and friendship…it changed all of us in some way, and we look to it in our darkest times, when we most need it.
And why this story?
Why The Hobbit? …Why Bilbo Baggins?
Perhaps it is because I am afraid
I am VERY afraid…
…And he gives me courage
And I want all the celebrities out there to know…
That the autographs, the pictures, the HUGS…they don’t mean ANYTHING
They are only standing in for what we really want
…what we all really want…
…which is to say thank you.
…so this is us, those of us who didn’t get the chance at the premiere… THANK YOU :)
Thank you to Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and the whole directing/producing/management team!
Thank you to the beautiful cast
Thank you to Alan Lee, John Howe, Dan Hennah, Richard Taylor, the team at WETA. You gave my life purpose. I couldn’t possibly articulate how much that means to me. Look out for my portfolio in about 3 years.
And thank you to everyone from the stuntmen to the props artisans to the caterers, because you created something beautiful.
And on a personal note…thank you Benedict…for being such a great boyfriend