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Becoming Khaleesi, Part 5: The Event

When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!

The night of the SideReel Game of Thrones Season 3 Premier Screening finally arrived!  For those who have been following my earlier posts in the “Becoming Khaleesi” series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4), you’ll recall that this was the big event my costume was for.  Finally I would get to become Khaleesi, and I would have dragons!!

We held the event at the Variety Screening Room, which is an awesome venue.  There’s a lounge, bar, bathrooms, a giant statue of the Kung Fu Panda, a popcorn machine, and 49-seat stadium style auditorium, with full on projection, sound, curtain, the works.  Plus, a portion of the (very reasonable) rental fee goes to the Variety Children’s Charity, so we felt pretty good about renting from them!  I should note that the people running this venue are incredibly nice and helpful.  I so want to have events here again!

My colleague (the crazy one who started the GoT photoshopping silliness that inspired this party) and I arrived at the venue just after the catering did; we delivered the booze, got into costume, and greeted the 30 or so Sidereelers and guests who descended upon the venue, some in costume, some not (boo).  Finally I got to reveal my costume!  Alas, fair readers, you will weep to discover that some of the following pictures are blurry and/or dark.  Womp womp.  But in the close ups you can actually see my purple contact lenses – yay!

The Reveal

The Reveal

Some other details included trading cards of the sigils we all had created using Join the Realm, and a beautiful poster of the sigils, created by our senior visual designer.  Seriously, click on that thumbnail – it’s awesome.  Another of our designers put together an awesome pre-show animation of these sigils, projected on the screen while we drank and ate before the screening.

Welcoming the Audience

Welcoming the Audience

After herding the group into the auditorium and welcoming them to the screening, we watched a few warm up videos:

Then we introduced the rules of the drinking game.  Drink whenever you:

  • See a nipple
  • Hear “Jon Snow”
  • Hear “king” or “queen”

And finally the screening began…  What can we say about “Valar Dohaeris”?  It caught us up with several main characters, but neglected many others.  The GoT universe is vast, and one 55 minute episode can’t begin to cover all of the story lines.  But this post is not really about the episode, is it?  So lets just say there was lots of drinking, shouting at the screen, and general happiness that a beloved series was back on.  And then it was time for the after party…

We literally paraded up and down Market Street in our costumes, with Khaleesi leading the charge, foam sword in hand.  People stopped us to take our picture, or to take pictures with us.  It was amazing.  We walked from 2nd St. to 4th St., then doubled back to New Montgomery to House of Shields.  Sidereelers have a track record of getting thrown out of here, but we went for it anyway – Game of Thrones and House of Sheilds just seemed right together.

Khaleesi Leading the Parade Down Market Street

Khaleesi Leading the Parade Down Market Street

All that’s left to say is that a good time was had by all… especially Khaleesi:

In the wee hours, laughing myself silly

In the wee hours, laughing myself silly

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SF Premiere of Game of Thrones Season 3

This week my darling husband brought me to one of the coolest events I’ve ever gone to.  HBO hosted a screening and party for the premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones.

My ticket to the screening

My ticket to the screening

As I mentioned in my last post, eight cast members, the executive producers, and George R.R. Martin himself were there.  Not to mention lots of tech people, several of whom were seen wearing Google Glass (as were the EPs).

Creators & Executive Producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff trying on Google Glass

Creators & Executive Producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff trying on Google Glass

The event was put on by The OutCast Agency, which handles PR for lots of cool companies, including Pinterest, where my hubs works.  OutCast gave Pinterest 30 invites to the screening, with plus-ones.

The event was held at the Palace of Fine Arts, and there were a dozen or so greeters on the path from the valet to the entrance, all dressed in GOT-esque costumes.  Naturally, we took lots of pictures with them.

With one of the greeters

With one of the greeters

Once inside, we took our seats in the auditorium, and watched the backstage “VIP red carpet” on the big screen.  There we saw the 8 cast members, the 2 executive producers, George R.R. Martin, and some HBO brass talk to the press.  Then the CEO of HBO took the stage and introduced all these people to the audience.  We saw a 3-minute recap of season 2, then watched episode 1 of season 3, then watched a trailer for the rest of season 3.  Yes, the episode was awesome.

I confess to not knowing the names of the actors who attended.  But their characters’ names I do know!  We saw Arya, Sansa, and Catelyn Stark; Margery Tyrell; Jon Snow and his wildling girlfriend Ygritte; Samwell Tarley; and Jamie Lannister.  And yes, Jamie Lannister is that handsome.

Following the screening, there was a moderated Q&A with Weiss, Benioff, and Martin.  Martin said he’s working on book 6, and expects it to be 1500 pages.  And he’s also planning a book 7, of equal length.  Weiss and Benioff said they’re hoping they get to tell the whole saga in their show, but you never do know with television, do you?  They also discussed some interesting subjects, like the fact that GOT is the most pirated show on television.  Most of that piracy comes from Australia, where the episodes are delayed 6 months from the air date in the US.  That factoid led to a bit of a chat about how the Internet is changing the consumption of entertainment; they speculated that the current practice of scheduling releases of episodes and films on different dates in different countries may ultimately have to change.  They also talked about how Twitter and web forums have brought about a sense of communal viewing that television audiences haven’t had before, in the way that cinema-goers experience a screening as a group.  All very interesting conversation.

Q&A

Q&A

After the Q&A we went into the party.  The food and drinks were totally on-theme, and the nerds and superfans were stoked.

Taking it all in

Taking it all in

There were costumes on display, a couple of living statues, a DJ in costume, and the best part of all, we got to take pictures on the Iron Throne!

Me on the Iron Throne!

Me on the Iron Throne!

Now if only we could go to one of these every week!

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