A few weeks ago I worked on the press junket for the new Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
Usually what happens is that I am in a room with another cameraman, a room producer, and an audio person. There are two cameras; one camera shoots the actor (or director) and the other camera shoots the interviewer. Then we sit in a room for a long day and each interviewer gets less than five minutes to get out their questions. The actor just sits there and takes it. Most of the questions are the same. Usually there are over 75 interviewers per day.
This one was fairly different. We had Tom Felton, the actor that portrays Draco Malfoy, for the beginning half of the day. He was a great guy and really down to earth. We chatted in break periods and actually signed my wife’s copy of The Half Blood Prince.
Let me know what you think it says. I think it is, “Jennifer, Best Wishes, Luck & Love, Tom Felton.” Then there is some other stuff at the bottom. Maybe it’s some special witch stuff that I don’t understand.
Right before lunch we had the producers of the Harry Potter video game. The cool thing was they had two Wii stations set up so we could test out the game.
Then after lunch we had Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley. She had a very proper English accent that I don’t really remember from the films. Her accent is much different than Tom Felton’s accent.
This was a fairly tame press junket as opposed to others that I have worked on.
For a more interesting story check out my blog about the Iron Man Press Junket that I worked on:
Iron Man Press Junket Blog
Next up, I’m working on the press junket for “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”