So, my AccessReel colleagues and I did a review of the movie THOR at Swancon (the annual Western Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention) on Saturday the 23rd of April at 7.30pm. At the Hyatt in Perth. Plaza 3. On Friday, Darran, AccessReel editor, said to me, “Hey Phil can we use your van to move the THOR standee that Paramount sent?”
Now if you own a van, you learn to expect this kind of thing. “Sure,” I said, unfazedly, because I was imagining a piece of cardboard the approximate dimensions of THOR star, Chris Hemsworth, the ripped Aussie actor. Which sounds more pervy written down than it was in my mind.
Turns out we had to build this thing. Turns out that rather than a unobtrusive supermarket type display, which is what I had in mind, the two main bits of the standee had to be assembled at Darran’s Northern Suburbs pad and then transported to the hotel in Perth. Turns out watching the movie itself would have taken less time.
About an hour into the build, which was more or less like an Ikea flat pack job with chunky cardboard panels that had a similar thickness and strength of a Billy bookcase, Darran, who used to be a cinema manager, said, “Thank God this isn’t a difficult one of these.”
Finally we had an upright piece that had the width and length of double bed and a winged base, which I mentally named “Plymouth Rock” that I managed to trip on every time I stepped over it. We drove it into the hotel and brought it up to the main floor via the loading dock. This took four people.
Then Darran and I spent numerous minutes tightening wing-nuts and slotting the correct tabs home. “Finishing pre-fab furniture in a hotel lobby” wasn’t on my bucket list, but if it had been, I feel I could cross it off now. As we attached the “cap” panel to the rear supporting column, we had to tilt the structure forward and managed to get Thor’s Hammer in the path of the State Opposition Leader Eric Ripper. He’d just opened Swancon and was taking a look around.
In the end, it looked pretty good and I realised that there was a lot more to building one of these prefab displays than I had ever thought about. To the numerous cinema employees I know, who obviously put together much more complex standees all the time – RESPECT.