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Jun
08

Ridley Scott compares “Blade Runner” to “little orphan annie”

Saturday, June 14th was a day to remember here in Los Angeles – it was the day of the perfect Blade Runner experience. The one-time-only charity screening took place on the Warner Brothers backlot (where the film was made) and director Ridley Scott, co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and a host of others were on hand afterwards to take questions from the audience. For die-hard Blade Runner fans, it was the event of a lifetime; not only was the film presented in reference-quality digital projection and sound, but during the Q&A we witnessed Scott and Fancher engage in a heated debate over whether Deckard is – or is not – a Replicant…

The sold-out event was held by Paul’s Brain Trust, a charity organization benefiting DVD Producer/artist/all around great guy Paul Prischman. Paul, who is fighting brain cancer, was instrumental in putting together the recent five-disc Blade Runner collection, pretty much considered the best DVD box set in history. Everyone wants to see Paul make it though this, so his friends and family created the “brain trust” to help raise funds, kicking it off with the all-star Blade Runner screening (please follow the link at the end of this article for more info about Paul and how you can help).

As the lights dimmed and we heard – no, felt - that first, low-frequency thump  that opens the film, you could sense excitement race through the audience - this is gonna be good.  The sound was so clear and detailed I could even hear the changes in tape hiss from one dialog track to the next! The crystal clear, 2K DLP image was nothing less than perfect; it was as if someone had plugged the film directly into our brains and I think all in attendance would agree that we shared the rare pleasure of experiencing – for the first time – every last drop of Blade Runner.

When the lights went up, a sustained standing ovation greeted the guests as they took the stage. Scott was very gracious in accepting the onslaught of praise for the film, displaying not arrogance but a prideful confidence in his work; he always believed in Blade Runner, even though critics and audiences had initially scorned it.

“We thought we had blown it,” Scott said. “Actually, we knew we hadn’t  blown it, but the audiences just didn’t get it. I think we were ahead of the game, actually.” Why does Blade Runner  still enjoy such popularity? “Despite the fact that there have been so many science fiction films since then, for the most part there aren’t very many good ones.” He went on to posit that the ratio of bad-to-good sci-fi was perhaps 10:1, a number the crowd whole-heartilyagreed with.

Scott, who cut his teeth directing numerous commercials, feels he owes a lot of his skill as a director to his early years as a camera operator. “I was an operator right though The Duelist, Alien and Legend,” he told us. However, when he came to the US to shoot Blade Runner, union rules forbade him from being his own camerman. “It was like being a painter and they remove your hands,” he explained. “It all happens through the viewfinder for me. You’re essentially working as a photographer and I think more directors should try it, because the integration and communion with the actors is much closer. Actors like that, they like to feel that you’re not cut off, but actually you’re connected to them through the lens. I think it’s very important.”

One aspect of Blade Runner  that was tough on actors and crew alike was the rigorous night shooting schedule, in which the production hardly saw daylight for sixteen weeks. When asked what inspired the dark look of the film, the answer surprised many: comic books. “I think Batman and Superman are essentally always seen at night,” Scott explained. “And to popularize Blade Runner, I wanted to make it into a real  comic strip; Hampton was always showing me comics, and we talked about it a lot. Little Orphan Annie is dark – Daddy Warbucks is so sinister – it’s like Silence Of the Lambs! It’s full of terrible things and bodies locked in cupboards… I would look at these drawings, particularly the [Harold] Gray comic strips – they were so well done in those days. When we were making Blade Runner, it was always in the back of my mind that we were making a comic strip. You could put Batman in rooms or scenes from the film and it would work… I think Blade Runner  is a pretty sophisticated comic strip.”

 

 

 

OF COURSE, all roads in any Blade Runner  discussion will eventually lead to the big question: is Deckard a Replicant? This day was no different than any other, and it all started off innocently enough with a query as to why a unicorn was chosen to symbolize Deckard. “I had to find something that would be entirely unique that Gaff couldn’t possibly have thought of,” Scott replied. “I was already thinking about my next movie [Legend], the subtext of which was going to be a unicorn, so I thought “why not just make it a unicorn? That way I can actually get to test how to do the god damn horn!”

There was another aspect to Deckard’s unicorn dream that appealed to the director – the backdrop. “Because the whole film has been in this urban landscape, once he departs phychologically in his imagination, I thought it probably should be green,” he explained. “That’s what made no sense about the ending the film originally went out with, because if you’ve got landscape like that, why the fuck would you live in this  city? So that was meant to be absolutely the only moment you ever see green and normality and beauty; that’s where we also find out Deckard is a little bit of a romantic.”

Scott said that, ultimately, his discovery of what the film was about led to his decision about Deckard. “I felt the underbelly of the film – if you were to put one word to it – was paranoia,” he revealed. “If the main protagonist – the detective, the hunter, the Blade Runner – looks at files of Replicants on a daily basis, and goes through the background of all these characters (who are as close to human as they can possibly be), he begins to wonder: because he works for the department, is it feasible that they may be trying him out as a Nexus Seven? That’s paranoia.

“The whole concept [of Deckard being a Replicant] evolved really through Gaff’s origami – Gaff wasn’t in the book, he’s an invention to thread through the story so, at the end of the film, he can leave his calling card which fundamentally says, ‘I know something about your inernal thinking that only you know – and there’s only one way I could possibly know that – and that is because I am part of the office that created you.'”

At this point, co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher, who has always staunchly denied that Deckard was anything other than human, shook his head and blurted out, “Ridley’s off, he’s totally wrong!” The audience burst out laughing, after which Fancher continued. “His idea is too complex.  I think there is a metaphor in the film that works – for me anyway – and it’s about how we aspire to be something and we fall short of it; we always do. And we’re not sure if we’re being authentic. I don’t feel authentic – maybe Ridley does [Scott enthusiastically nods].

“So that question [is Deckard a Replicant] has to be an eternal question,” the writer concluded. “It doesn’t have an answer, and what I alway say about that is what Pound says: ‘Art that remains news is art in which the question ‘what does it mean’ has no correct answer.” I like asking the question [about Deckard] and I like it to be asked but I think it’s nonsense to answer it… that’s not interesting to me.”

The moderator then decided to break the tension by asking the audience, by a show of applause, who thought Deckard was – or was not – a Replicant. Surprisingly, the reaction was nearly equal, but with a slight edge going towards a manufactured Deckard. “I just want to say, that was not  50/50,” quipped Scott with a big grin.

As the afternoon turned into evening, a final question was asked about the rumors of conflict on set between the director and crew while making Blade Runner.  Scott admitted that his films are tough shoots, but people who aren’t having a good time probably shouldn’t be in the film business; he summed it up with this piece of advice: if you don’t like stress, don’t do the fucking job!

 

———- WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE? ———-

An excellent interview with Hampton Fancher can be found here.

Click here to see a collection of origami unicorns

To find out more about Paul Prischman and how you can help a fellow fan in distress, please click here.

 

UPDATE: In addition to public tickets, an auction was held for ten passes to receive a special tour of the backlot with Ridley Scott after the screening. “Jeyl” was one of the high bidders and came all the way from Maine for the event.  Scroll down and read comment #7 for an Jeyl’s account of what happened on the tour (comment numbers are on the right side of the comment boxes).

 

 

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21 Responses to “Ridley Scott compares “Blade Runner” to “little orphan annie””


  1. 1 Daniel
    June 18, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I think part of this discussion is also present in the Dangerous Days documentation. It seems like Ridley is still in denial about being a dictator-director ;)

    However I still prefer a good film print (which is admittedly very rare these days) over a 2K projection. Unfortunately most prints for major studios in Germany are done very cheap in Italy, and they very often look worse than DVDs projected on a large screen. One of the reasons I don’t go to the movies very often and why nowadays the 2K projection looks better than a film print.

  2. 2 ety3
    June 18, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Very cool.

    There’s been a sort of externalized “Blade Runner” vibe in BSG over the last few years: “Am I a Cylon (Replicant)?”

    I wonder how much “Blade Runner” influenced RDM and other writers through those plot threads.

  3. 3 Boris
    June 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    ety3: Ron Moore did say it was discussed, and he specifically described the Cylons as being closest to the replicants (in the season 3 Cornell podcast, IIRC). Also, I wasn’t too thrilled to see Deckard use the word “skinjobs” when I rewatched the movie recently (I had only seen it once before, around 2000), though I can’t be sure that this particular definition of the word was unique to “Blade Runner”.

  4. 4 John
    June 18, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    MoJo,
    What an excellent write-up about the event. I was lucky enough to get a ticket for it and fly down from the Bay Area and was just stoked about the whole thing. Also your description of the film presentation was perfect. I have seen this film on the screen a few times, and each time something was askew. I think the best part was that the audience behaved perfectly throughout the film. (Could be the lask of popcorn, candy wrappers etc.) never heard anyone talking, giving their point of view, no cell phones going off, no babies crying etc.

    The people who won the backlot tour auctions were even more stoked to be hanging out with Ridley for a bit. Wonder how that went….?

    Anyway, thanks for the great write-up!

  5. June 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Darth Mojo said: a final question was asked about the rumors of conflict on set between the director and crew while making Blade Runner.

    Hey Darth! Just to let you know that I was the one who asked the last question, and it really wasn’t supposed to be about rumors of conflict on the set. It was about the how food was handled on the set. :P

    You see, I went through a pretty bad school experience at Full Sail where the shots were pretty dreadful, but on one particular shoot they had brought in some of the best tasting food I’ve ever had. It was like the guy in charge joined the film division just to treat the actors and crew! Everybody loved it and hence we always looked forward to the shooting the very next day.

    So I thought that if the whole experience was bad for the crew, I’d figure I’d ask how the food for all the actors and crew were handled. Unfortunately the question was dodged (For better obviously) and we get what he said.

    It was nice that I got a small laugh out of the whole thing, but I was just curious to hear what he might have said about it since food is something we take for granted yet it can have a tremendous impact on the behaviors and mood of the cast and crew during filming.

    – Jeyl

    P.S.:Oh, I was also one of the auction winners who got a a tour of the set, and unfortunately Ridley was a disappointment.

  6. 6 darthmojo
    June 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    READ THE COMMENT BELOW for an exclusive report about what happened after the movie!

  7. June 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    SPECIAL COMMENT!!

    In addition to public tickets, an auction was held for ten passes to receive a special tour of the backlot with Ridley Scott after the screening. “Jeyl” was one of the high bidders and came all the way from Maine for the event. Here is his first-hand account of what happened on the tour:

    Well, for starters I was with a very special group of individuals. They were all so nice and talkative that you could spend a whole day in the theater alone and get to know each of them. One of them came all the way from England and said he was doing this because his son had been diagnosed with case 4 brain cancer, so he had more of a connection to what was going with Paul than anyone else. I nicknamed us the Blade Runner “10”. In fact, the VIP badge I got was so huge, I wrote the Blade Runner “10” title on the back of the pass (which was all white) and wrote the numbers 1-10 down so that each member could sign it. Everyone of them was very generous to do so and it’s the best thing I ever got out of the event.

    After the Q&A was finished, the audience was hoarded out so that we wouldn’t get any interference during the Tour with Ridley Scott. Even though we were excited about the tour, we were more so excited about what it will be like to hang out with Ridley Scott. All of us were aiming to get his autograph or perhaps a picture with him so we could have something tangible to show our friends and family that we did in fact meet Ridley Scott. That was my goal anyways because this was my first long distance (I was the one from Scarborough, Maine) self-dependent trip ever! Unfortunately the lady who walked in to give us the low down pretty much told us that Ridley doesn’t do autographs and that anything we had planned on him to sign we had to put in lockers. One guy actually brought in a copy of the script that had a lot of signatures on it already so it was a bummer that he didn’t get a chance (even though it was by all means a perfect one).

    Before the tour got under way, Ridley got to meet each of us and shake our hands. The man who came all the way from England (Is it ok to use his name?) meant to tell Ridley Scott on why he had came, but the introductions were really short. In fact, Charles de Lauzirik (The DVD Producer) had to introduce him to Ridley personally just to get Mr. Scott’s attention. Would have been nice if we all gave a little story to Mr. Scott on why were were there and how we were all looking forward to meeting him, but it was all run of the mill.

    The tour set up was an awkward one to say the least. There were about 10-12 employees standing around on the sidewalks of the set holding styrofoam board that had pictures from the movie showing where on the set those sequences were shot. I kind of felt embarrassed by the whole thing because Ridley kept on reorganizing where the boards were placed so obviously this wasn’t rehearsed much if at all. And to be perfectly honest, all the stories he told I have already heard before in his commentary and interviews on the five disc sets. I even took a moment to walk up to Charles and shake his hand saying how much I appreciated his work and wanted to hear about his stories. He said he’d tell me after the tour was over so I finally had something to look forward too!

    One aspect about the tour that I found really disheartening was the fact that there was a film crew and a seasoned looking photographer taking pictures of Mr. Scott throughout the entire tour. It wasn’t so much that they were there, but that they took pictures ONLY of Ridley Scott. The only chance we ever got our photo taken was if we were in the background behind Ridley. I kept on thinking to myself “Ok, at the end they’re going to do a big group picture. These people are obviously cleared by Warner Brothers to take pictures so there is a chance. Maybe not an individual one like you might have hoped, but something. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t, right?”

    At the end of the tour, Ridley Scott took questions from only three of the “10” that were there. One question was if he was going to do another ALIEN movie, and I thought Scott’s answer was a very good one. If he was going to do another ALIEN movie, he would have to redesign the creature from scratch. He was more interested in taking the Alien design on a different approach (even saying he wouldn’t have H.R. Giger design it) so that what we get would be something entirely new, but also not disconnected from the films as a whole. I wanted to butt in and say “Why not just make a follow up to your movie and skip all the others?” but time was up.

    At the end of that last question, Mr. Scott waved us all good-bye (managed to squeeze one final hand shake before he left!) and that was that. Though I was in complete control of my emotions and behavior during this event, parts of me really cried out that this was a disappointment. Ridley Scott did next to nothing with us besides walk around and talk. No photo oppertunity, no autographs, no afterwards discussions and no thanks. Ya, he didn’t even acknowledge that we were helping Paul out through the auction.

    The “10” were than gathered underneath the Theater Lobby entrance where we got our gifts. You recall those boards that had pictures from the movie? Well, they let us all have one. We got to pick which ones we wanted in order of the highest bidder to lowest. I got the one of Gaff near the end of the movie where he gives his “It’s too bad she won’t live” line. The number one bidder received all his gifts and the poster that was signed by everyone who attended the event! Oh, you remember how he was also supposed to receive a “PIECE OF BLADE RUNNER HISTORY!”? It turned out to be nothing but the BluRay suitcase edition of Blade Runner signed by Ridley on the back of the case……

    Ever wonder why Bill Hunt never announced what that piece of Blade Runner history was on thedigitalbits.com? Well, now you know.

    After that, we all talked about how the tour went and what we thought about it. This is, I’m sorry to say was the highlight of the evening because we had the most wonderful opportunity to chat with Charles. If DVD had a Jesus, Charles would be him. He was the most sincere, positive and generous person at the event. We talked for about 30 minutes with him on his experiences in making the Alien quadrilogy set, the stories about Blade Runner and his brief interaction with David Fincher for the Alien 3 material via his answering machine(The tape he saved in his machine got erased! No! Do not want!) He was even gracious enough to sign not only my VIP badge (which he thought was cool when he found out it was signed by all of the “10”), but also the scene board!

    After all was said and done, the “10” bid their farewells and we went our separate ways. I bumped into three of them in the parking garage and asked if they would like to pose and take a picture with me, since the garage was the only place on the Warner Lot that people were allowed to take pictures in. We all exchanged e-mails, business cards and whatnot promising to keep in touch (which I have!).

    Now I’m sorry if I came off being a little bit too demanding of Sir Ridley Scott, but this is how I and some of the other winners felt. I do NOT however regret going. Not at all. This was going to help Paul get through his ordeal and after seeing all the love and support he got in the theater I couldn’t be more honored to say I was a part of that support. I also got to meet some incredibly talented people and see Blade Runner in one heck of an excellent theater. I only wish I could show you guys a photo of Sir Ridley Scott and myself. Oh well, at least I can say to fans of Ridley Scott that I met him in person and got to shake his hand, but if they ask me what he was like, well, they’ll probably wish they didn’t.

    Any other questions?
    – Jeyl

  8. June 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Wow. Thanks so much for this detailed reportage…as a fellow BLADE RUNNER fanatic, I wish I coulda been there.

  9. 9 IronGiant
    June 18, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Yeah, anybody who can say 90% of Sci-Fi is crap right after having produced the remake of Andromeda Strain is obviously kind of an ass.

  10. June 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    @Jeyl Holy crap, you got “It’s too bad she won’t live”?! Which one did you want?! (Also, pretty much what I expected from RS, minus the Purell moments.)

    @IronGiant Sturgeon did Andromeda Strain? (OK, lame joke.)

    @Mojo When are you going to do a ‘Revelations’ post so we can gush? (Sweet shot of the Bucket before she jumps to ‘earth,’ etc.) On second thought, I guess there’s no rush…

  11. 11 Mitchell
    June 18, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Hi guys I am onw of the Bladerunner 10. I have disagree sightly. Lets begin by saying that we all got a supercool umbrella, Blue Ray dvd set and one unique large blade runner blow up. I was one of the guys that asked Ridley two questions: One was his relationship to the composer and he stated he went during the night to see Vangelies compose the score. I actually got better info from charie L in regards to future releases of Blade Runner. It was later stated either in the showing q/a about some of the special effects being 6K and then downcoverted to match the current picture quality. The problem was that Sir Ridley was a little nervous up close and personel but I can say from the meeting that I walk away knowing the guy. Forget about the money…this was really once and a lifetime, I will never forget it but it was ALL the people who there that really made it, not just Ridley.

  12. June 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    @Mitchell

    Oh, we did get our fair share of treats like the Umbrella, BluRay discs and the scene boards, but I would have traded all of that for just one photo opportunity with the whole group and Mr. Scott. That would have taken what? 10-20 seconds to set up and shoot? The camera crew were all there and the lighting was just perfect. Plus, Paul and everyone else would have loved it.

    You know something? I should have said that out loud after the tour was done. Everyone was there and the crew were already shooting like crazy. Nothing intrusive or unreasonable about it. I guess that’s one aspect about the characters in Blade Runner that I can relate to. I love having photographs of moments I like to remember.

    And you’re absolutely right Mitchell when you say that all the people who were there made the event, not just Ridley. I have never experienced anything like what we went through at all so it’s reasonable to say that my expectations were a little too high, but Ridley could have easily been the biggest highlight of the evening.

    And thank you once again for signing my badge!

    – Jeyl

  13. 13 Deckard
    June 20, 2008 at 8:41 am

    “Oh, you remember how he was also supposed to receive a “PIECE OF BLADE RUNNER HISTORY!”? It turned out to be nothing but the BluRay suitcase edition of Blade Runner signed by Ridley on the back of the case……”

    I just wanted to point out that the piece of Blade Runner history the winner received was actually a very limited edition framed John Alvin giclee featuring an updated take on the poster art for Blade Runner, with a certificate of authenticity.

  14. June 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    @Deckard

    This is what thedigitalbits.com said.

    “The single highest bidder in these ten auctions will receive TWO special items. The first we can reveal right now: It’s John Alvin’s stunning “I’ve Seen Things” limited edition Giclee print donated by our good friends from Sideshow Collectibles, and it will be signed by everyone from the cast and crew in attendance at the screening. The other item is still top secret – we can’t reveal it yet. Rest assured, however, it will be VERY cool.”

    I was there when the top bidder got his poster and it was definitely a unique piece. However, I personally don’t think it qualified as a “piece” of Blade Runner history when compared to something like a prop, an actual set piece or a first draft version of the script. Those are pieces of ‘real’ Blade Runner history and some of them were shown at the event. The BluRay suit case being signed by Ridley was just redundant next to that poster.

  15. 15 David
    July 1, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I attended this event, second row center, and I have to say, it was something I will never forget. BLADERUNNER is probably my all time favorite film, ever since I watched it in it’s original release, some 25 years ago. It’s always been a dream of mine to see this film presented like it was on that glorious Saturday. And the Q&A was the icing on the cake. I drove down from the San Francisco Bay Area. Being on the backlot, in the exact spot where the film was made was a serious rush. I have no quibbles, though being able to take a photo or two would have been nice. But my ticket is hung with pride next to my “Final Cut” one sheet. On a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a audience that was as quiet through the entire film as this one was, and there were 500+ plus in attendanc

  16. 16 One of the 10
    July 3, 2008 at 1:12 am

    I was one of the 10 participants in the walking tour and in the sake of fairness feel compelled respond to Jeyl’s comments regarding the tour and the gifts.

    I can partially understand Jeyl’s disappointment in regard to not receiving an autograph or personal photo op with Ridley Scott but I don’t agree with his assessment of the event nor share his sentiment.

    To the contrary, I was moved by the contribution that everyone . . . certainly not the least of which Sir Ridley Scott himself . . . put forth to make this important event successful.

    The tour was anything but awkward . . . Ridley Scott was in fact very warm and jovial and put a concerted level of energy into the tour on a hot afternoon. It was very much a unique opportunity to interact first hand with the Director in a fashion that most will only watch via behind the scenes clips.

    It was almost as if we were on a scout with him . . . leading us around the lot at a pace most couldn’t keep up with while recounting the various locales as if he was going to shoot them all over again. It truly was a rare opportunity to experience the lighting quick manner in which he dissects a location, sees the entirety of the scene, and communicates to his crew.

    Considering my already saturated depth of knowledge regarding the production, I was pleasantly surprised and very much enjoyed the “stream of consciousness” manner in which he guided our tour. He gave us a glimpse into his creative process and for that I was thrilled.

    I felt very fortunate to take part in this great event.

    In closing I might suggest: “Dude, I think you missed it!”

  17. July 5, 2008 at 9:01 am

    One of the 10: “Dude, I think you missed it!”

    First off, E-Mail me! Second, I think that’s a pretty fair comment, but just understand that I wasn’t the only one of the 10 (Or even the 500 attendees who were there) who came to this even with a different perspective.

    Though it sounds like you definitely got what you wanted out of the tour, many of the 10 who came to this event had certain goals in mind, and a lot of those goals were anything but unreasonable or intrusive. In the end, some of those goals were achieved, while some of the simpler ones were not. I’ve heard Mr. Scott talk a lot on the subject of Blade Runner and it’s production so when you say “Dude, I think you missed it!” in regards to his tour, you’re probably right. But I didn’t miss ‘ANYTHING’ important. I didn’t miss greeting Paul in person and wishing him the best, I didn’t miss you or the rest of the 10 who attended (Heck, you SIGNED my badge! Ty ty!), I didn’t miss shaking hands with Ridley Scott and I didn’t miss the chance to meet Charles De in person. So while I didn’t appreciate Mr. Scott’s “stream of consciousness” in the same way you did, I did walk out of this event a much more richer and experienced individual. I just had some gripes about it that I personally found to be a little goofy on Mr. Scott’s part.

    :)

    – Jeyl

  18. 18 One of the 10
    July 7, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    My point in stating “I think you missed it!” was to suggest that your expectations superseded and eclipsed any ability you may have had to appreciate what actually occurred.

    I don’t know what information you may have brought upon which to base those expectations, but I personally had no idea what to expect and therefore found the entire experience very unique.

    I can’t really relate to your point of view. You continue to describe Scott’s contribution as “awkward or goofy.” I think one could make a case for stating “a backlot tour” could lend itself to being a tricky thing to pull off, but as I stated, I felt the manner in which Mr. Scott chose to conduct the tour was very engaging.

    I don’t know who among the other participants of the screening or the tour you are speaking for . . . but no one that I’ve spoken with has had anything less than favorable remarks. I could point out that you really do not have a leg to stand on in regards to your goals. Whatever those goals were, you brought them with no promise they would be realized. If you went home disappointed, hmm . . . that is kind of your own fault, isn’t it?

    I could also be more positive and offer my impression that in the course of Ridley Scott’s career, he has never stopped moving forward to spend one iota of time or energy resting on his laurels. He certainly has never done anything like what we witnessed for personal gain or promotion . . . so I do believe we were participants in a very unique event.

    Look at it this way. Everyone was there to do what they could to help out a great guy and his family.

  19. July 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Hello folks — also “one of the ten” here… I felt that all who produced the event did a fantastic job — and the entire event made for a truly a special and engaging time, which was made all that more unique and important knowing that all in attendance were contributing towards helping Paul and his family. To read an article I wrote up about the event, which includes commentary about the screening and the backlot tour with Scott thereafter, you may go to: http://www.alienexperience.com/index.php?view=article&catid=38%3Aarticles-and-editorials&id=192%3Awb-studio-backlot-tour-with-ridley-scott&option=com_content&Itemid=8

  20. August 2, 2008 at 10:05 am

    “Whatever those goals were, you brought them with no promise they would be realized. If you went home disappointed, hmm . . . that is kind of your own fault, isn’t it?”

    One of the 10, you’re right. It was my fault. My expectations were set and not met. The lady who was with us (who shall remain unnamed) felt the same way I did, as did the man from Europe. The real problem here wasn’t our expectations, but common decency. When we were told that Mr. Scott doesn’t sign autographs, we all felt suckered in some way. But than they said that he would sign our boards in the end. Huh? I thought he didn’t sign autographs. It turned out that he didn’t sign the boards, so I guess they meant that he doesn’t do autographs more then even the staff had thought. Than when the highest paying winner of the 10 VIP passes got not one, but TWO autographs from Ridley Scott, that’s when I started thinking that Mr. Scott was kind of a jerk.

    And I cannot emphasize this enough. I’m not rich. I’ve only been in the real working world out of school for a year and a half. By the time the trip was over with, it had cost me more than half of my life savings. I really wanted to meet Ridley Scott that badly. I figured that if someone gave so much to help an individual they didn’t know whose going through tough times that Mr. Scott would have the simple decency to sign the back of my badge as sort of a thank you. You would also think someone in charge at this event would have told Mr. Scott that some of the people who won the VIP tour badges were:

    A. Not very rich
    B. Spent a lot of money to be there
    C. Are great admirers and supporters of his work
    D. Traveled great distances on short notice to be there
    and finally
    E. Expect at least an autograph

    All those things along with trying to help save a good man’s life and 9 out of 10 of us weren’t worth one autograph. You may think of my desire to have Ridley Scott’s autograph to be too high of an expectation, but it certainly has more weight to it when you show your friends and family that you attended the event rather than showing them an umbrella that you can get at wowcoolstuff.com.

    I’m sorry for not being positive on this occasion that is, and should be labeled as a once in a life time moment to meet a person with such caliber as Ridley Scott. I just didn’t like it. I’m not saying your opinion about the event is wrong and I’m thankful that you were able to get something out of it. I’m sure many people did. But is an autograph really too much to ask for under the circumstances of our visit?


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