I was invited by Sony Pictures to attend the SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE press junket in Los Angelos. As my first junket, I was curious to see if the reality was like what I’ve seen portrayed in the movies.
The SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE took place in Los Angelos which meant that I got to trade snow in Cincinnati for some much-needed sunshine, even though it ironically rained on my second day and rain is a RARE occurrence in LA. If you look really close you can see the Hollywood sign at a distance from my hotel room balcony at the Four Seasons.
What is a Press Junket?
A press junket is the promotion of a film where press and media have opportunities to interview actors, directors, producers and other key people who are part of making the film. Depending on the film and the budget there are various activities and events that correlate with the promotion for the film.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Movie Screening
We started the junket with a screening of the movie at the local AMC Theater. You are not allowed to be on your phone during the movie while watching a screening but I did get a few pictures before the movie started. The dress for the movie was super casual just like when you go any other time. (but I still overpacked with lots of options…just in case) The movie honestly exceeded my expectations. The types of animation in this film are truly something new to experience that makes you feel like you are inside of a comic book at several points throughout the movie.
The Movie Plot
Bitten by a radioactive spider, teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into Spider-Man. He must now use his newfound skills to battle the Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other dimensions.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Movie Trailer
I was asked if I was nervous about the interviewing portion of the junket the following day but I really wasn’t. At the end of the day, they are just people who have worked really hard at their craft and happen to have pretty awesome careers. I was seated with 4 other writers and the conversation was really organic.
We had about 10 minutes to interview each group of talent. (I’ll be sharing more from those interviews in another post)
- Shameik Moore & Jake Johnson
- Luna Lauren Velez & Christina Steinberg
- Chris Miller & Phil Lord
- Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey/ Rodney Rothman
I really enjoyed a glimpse of the behind the scenes access to the promotional process. After watching the movie and talking to the talent I left the experience with a greater understanding of the movie and the passion behind the WHY of the creative process.
Join Me at a Local Screening on December 8th!
Adventure Mom has your chance to see Sony Pictures’ latest film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE!
The advanced Cincinnati screening is THIS Saturday 12/8 at 11:30AM at Xscape Northgate 14.
Claim your passes here: http://www.sonyscreenings.com/SPIDERVERSEnedraCINCY.
(Each pass admits 4, and are on a first come, first-serve basis.) Make sure that you get there early!
In the meantime, check out the trailer here: http://www.intothespiderverse.movie/#.
Thanks again to Sony Pictures for inviting me to attend the SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE press junket.