Thursday, December 11, 2008

Want To Be Heard? Write Summit & Go See Twilight Tomorrow

I'm getting lots of emails from fans who have some definite opinions about some of the different reports that have come out regarding the filming of New Moon: Replacing Catherine Hardwicke, film budget, replacing Taylor Lautner, rushing to get the film into the theaters, etc. Though opinions on these different issues vary with individual fans, the one thing that everyone agrees on is that the movie should stay true to the book Stephenie Meyer wrote. Everyone expresses that they want the film makers to "get it right."

It is the responsibility of the fans to make sure film makers "get it right" and preserve the integrity of Stephenie Meyer's stories and the characters which fans all love so deeply. Most emails I get are from people who want to "do something," "send them a message," or "be heard." The most effective way to do this is to write directly to Summit and share your concerns or kudos with them in a letter sent through the mail... like on real paper and with a stamp on it and everything! 

Summit Entertainment 
1630 Stewart Street, Suite 120 
Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA

How is this effective? 
  • Online petitions are a farce and do not work. 
  • Emails are easily deleted and do not work. 
  • Using profanity does not enhance a message (nor your IQ). 
  • Death threats or threats of bodily harm definitely do NOT work and are illegal. 
Taking the time to write your message down and send something tangible to the film makers will be taken seriously. It sends an underlying message that you are a human being who cares about something and you deserve their respect. The more letters they receive from individuals, the more they will realize that fans do matter. 

Imagine if you were going out to get your mail and you had the usual couple of bills, some junk mail in the box, and a giant bag as tall as your waist full of letters from thousands, even millions, all over the world sitting there waiting for you? What if you got that same sack of mail, or even 2 or 3 bags of that mail every day from individuals everywhere? You couldn't simply ignore that people are trying to tell you something. That makes a definite impact!
  • Use a tone of respect and courtesy. 
  • Include your name and country/state.
  • Be professional. 
  • Get to your point(s) right away. 
  • Lengthy letters are less likely to be read completely. 
  • Don't be afraid to write again.
Prove that fans matter on 12.12.08.

On we are planning a TwilightMOMS Night at the Movie. We've passed this on to other fan sites and are hoping that all fans everywhere will take part by going to see Twilight in theaters Friday (tomorrow) 12.12.08, which was the original release date set for the movie. 

It doesn't matter what time you see it, or if you go alone or with a group, the point is... on 12.12.08 JUST GO. With enough people participating we will bump up the movie earnings on that particular day and $how Summit just how much they need and want fan support in order to succeed. 

To sum it all up: 
  • Writing and mailing letters to Summit is effective, writing to me is not. 
  • Going to the movie Twilight on 12.12.08 and letting the almighty dollar send a message is effective, doing nothing is not.
Twilight has a very unique fandom and when we work together for a good purpose we can accomplish amazing things! We made Twilight a hit at the box office regardless of the fact that no one in the movie industry took the film seriously. We brought the movie millions of dollars! We set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a female director! We took relatively unknown actors and put their names into the industry everywhere! We took "known" actors and made them into international superstars

Sounds to me like if fans had something to say... the wise thing for Summit to do would be to listen.


Anonymous said...

You hit the nail on the head, Lisa!
Thanks for everything you do!

Mary Ann said...

Lisa, as always - wise and well said. I'm off to write a letter to Summit. :-)

Rebecca said...

Lisa - you are absolutely correct. I think that your list of what we should do is dead on, and I will be following it to the letter! Thanks for being the voice of wisdom while everyone seems to be freaking out.

JoanneMaria said...

Lisa-We are so lucky to have you on our side!!!

Scully said...

Lisa, part of that post started to venture into Brocktoon territory there and made me LOL.

"Writing how strongly you feel in a letter is OK. Typing it on a death certificate is NOT okay."

Well written, well said (your post, not this comment) and I agree 100% about not emailing and writing on tangible and deliverable PAPER! All hail actual correspondence! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the Summit address and advice. I am going to write a letter and get my friends on board too. I am so upset that there is talk to replace Taylor Lautner. There are ways to make him look older.