If San Diego Comic Con is the Coachella for nerds, then lets just say Moviepilot gave me backstage passes for every act! From a quick chat with Daniel Radcliffe on the AWESOMENESS of Daredevil, to Liam Hemsworth looking me deep in the eyes as he answered my question, here's how SDCC with Moviepilot changed my life!
San Diego Comic Con. A nerd haven filled with surprised and unexpected encounters that can make or break a geek at any moment. All year long the worlds biggest geeks salivate over Comic Con teases from studios and networks. Who will be there? What EXCLUSIVE trailer will premiere? HOW DO I GET INTO HALL H WITHOUT CAMPING OUT 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE?! Geeks like me who, only 1 month and 2 weeks ago, was crying herself to sleep because of not snagging SDCC tickets before they sold out. Every moment that passed by bringing the days closer to SDCC was like a bullet to my soul. I would not be one of the select few to view the inevitable Comic Con exclusive X-Men Apocalypse trailer, and so what was there left to live for?! When suddenly my twitter notifications blow up. Ok, I'm cool, but I'm not cool enough to get notifications on Twitter; Something was up. Opening my Twitter account and entering my messages, I was pleased to see it was Moviepilot, whom I've been a creator for for a year. It was a lengthy message but in short it said "SDCC" and "Are you free July 8th-12th?"..... as in YOU'VE BEEN SELECTED FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO COMIC CON WITH US CAN YOU MAKE IT?! That was the moment I died.
Ok, not really, I am definitely still alive. Obviously. SO of course I said yes, a paid in full trip to geek heaven?! All I could think is what did I do to deserve this, when Moviepilot assured me that they were loving my the posts I was doing for them! Who knew blogging about my favorite nerdy things that no one else really understood would get me here?! Then when I found out Moviepilot partnered with Entertainment Weekly to get exclusive content from the biggest celebrities I almost died. Is this real life?! How was I going to be in the presence of actual superheroes and not pass out? Little did I know how many superheroes I was going to actually be in the presence of, let the fun begin.
Day 1 - The Odds Were 100% Absolutely For Sure In My Favor
Settled into the luxurious house Moviepilot rented for myself and the other creators on this glorious SDCC journey (the unequaled Rose Moore, Traelon Randolph, and Ly Velez) set out with our Press passes in hand for Day 1. Ya, we were press, not fans, and it made us feel cool, like we were part of the Comic Con Elite! My schedule for the day? 12 pm The Hunger Games Mockingjay panel in Hall H followed by the VERY exclusive Mockingjay Press room. Say wha? Ya, Moviepilot got me, ME, into the Mockingjay press room which is like, SUPER hard to do. Back to Hall H though, you see...
Hall H is the big time, and people camp out for DAYS to get in. Like legit camp, outside, tent and all, for DAYS. Ain't nobody got time for 'dat! I'm a fangirl but I also like warmth, shelter, and sleep, so camping out was not my thing. Regardless, I said hey, let me try my luck. Turns out my press badge was worth more than I imagined. Turns out Sean Bean, you can in fact walk into Hall H! That I did, right into the press box! BOOM!
As much as I would have loved to stay, I had somewhere important to be aka The Mockingjay press room (internally screaming!). I waltzed into the room to a a very capitol-like spread of gourmet salad, wraps, sweets, fresh lemonade, and more! Don't mind if I do....I barely had time to munch and take a caffeine break before the cast of The Hunger Games Mockingjay walked in and sat feet, FEET, in front of me. As if life couldn't get better, I was selected to ask a question in this very large room of other inquiring press. I directed my question at Liam Hemsworth, who dreamily looked directly into my eyes to answer....swoon. Look forwrad to that coverage in a separate article *wink wink*.
After regaining consciousness (JK, I didn't pass out, almost, but didn't) I made my way to the showroom floor to meet up with my other Moviepilot creators and explore all the booths and grab the freebies! SO MANY FREEBIES! By the end of the day we were already beat...and it was just Day 1! I could already tell more epicness was to come!
Day 2 - My Name is Oliver Que- I mean Barry Al-GAH! Amie Bohannon!
Rise and shine! Day 2 in bustling downtown San Diego has begun and there is no time to waste! Excited for my first shot in the Entertainment Weekly/Moviepilot suite in the evening, I had extra pep in my step, but I had no idea what the day really had in store. I began my day in the press room for one of my favorite shows The 100, and the cool thing as the press room ran so late a lot of press had to leave, so I ended not having to share interviews and got one of one with some of the cast! That's a pretty cool deal considering in round-tables you are usually lucky if you get one question in!
On a high, I again walked the showroom floor with the Moviepilot team, had some lunch (Mexican food was definitely the official food of the trip LOL), and then it was my time in the blessed WE/Moviepilot suite where some of my favorite celebs would be hangin out with us like it's no big deal. Walking into the small room was exciting but made me extremely nervous...I was going to play Taboo with celebrities on camera, but I suck at Taboo! Come on Amie, put your game face on! My day began with Mr. Robot stars Christian Slater and Rami Malek coming in, both of whom are just literally lovely, coming in the room for some Taboo! Surprisingly it went awesome and both Kristin (my Moviepilot co-hort) and Christian and Rami and I won 6 points each! Tie! Rami totally put his arm around me in the video BTW and I was freaking out like crazy! Later, the cast of The 100 came in (yes, I saw them twice in one day which was heaven!) for some fun Would You Rather questions. Bob Morley, my favorite on the show, (Bellamy Blake) shook my hand for the second time in the day, and, well, I blacked out.
As my day in the suite reached it's end, I happen to wander on Facebook to check out how others were faring in the world of SDCC. That's when I saw a phot of my good friend with the ONLY PERSON I had a goal to meet at SDCC, the Green Arrow, Stephen Amell. I screamed over FB message HOW IS THIS HAPPENING WHERE IS THIS!? She tells me he is doing a limited surprise meet and greet at Nerd HQ and it's almost over, in fact, they had cut off the line! That, however, could not stop me. I took off running out of the Hard Rock hotel like a mad woman! Nerd HQ was a tad of a walk from the convention center so there was no time to waste. Dripping sweat I make it to the line, I can barely make out intelligible words, but i managed to pity talk my way into the already closed meet and greet line. Nerd HQ staff, I owe you my life. Within minutes I was the last person to walk into the arms of mister Stephen Amell, and good lord it was magical. He thanked me for waiting and we both commented on our sweaty states ( I mean, I was bad, I have never ran so fast in my life) and then I was off holding a shiny portrait of me and the Green Arrow.
Oh no, it gets better.
Walking in a blissful state to the Hard Rock to meet up with MoviePilot, I accidentally bump into a a stranger pretty hard. I'm clumsy so I'm used to it, as I look up to apologize, suddenly the only word I can get out is GRANT?!? IT WAS GRANT GUSTIN AKA THE FLASH! What is my life?! He laughed put his arm around me, offered to take a selfie, which we did, and walked away into the WBTV party that turns out was about to start in the Hard Rock. Suddenly aware of my surroundings, a slew of CW stars began to pass me, including Arrow's Emily Bett aka Felicity Smoak. I was just at the right place at the right time, that my friends is what San Diego Comic Con is like.
Day 3 - Fangirl and Proud: My Casual Conversation with Harry Potter
Exhausted...the events of the last 2 days plus the fact that you basically spend 24 straight hours walking had just done me in. This however was not the time to give in! I must find strength! I was on the first shift in the EW/Moviepilot suite and the we had a hefty list of celebs making their way in! Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Radcliffe to name a few. NBD. In the suite the Moviepilot team touched base, it would be an intense 2 hours of bringing celebs in and getting them out in a timely manner to please their publicists. We can do it! Kristin and I divided who would be interviewing the celebs easily and fairly by our faves. We were a seamless team...and then the celebrities started pouring in. Henry Cavill, freaking Superman, the cast of Agents of Shield, Fantastic Four, and SUPERGIRL! Ya, by then my fangirl was showing. Though it was when we were moments away from the cast of Deadpool coming in with it's lead actor Ryan Reynolds, that I started to lose my cool. I would be speaking to Ryan Reynolds. Me. With Moviepilot's support I kept my cool, and during our game of Would You Rather, even got Ryan Reynolds to sing... and while he was singing, it wasn't the camera he was looking at, IT WAS ME! So basically Ryan Reynolds serenaded me.
Watch the video HERE!
I needed to sit, because up next was Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy... yup. This is real life. Kristin took over has host for this one, but amazingly I still got to be apart of it. Turns out Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy are two really REALLY cool dudes! They just walked into and met all of us, shook our hands (AHHHH!) and had fun little conversations with us! WHAT?! Daniel and I quickly chatted on the awesomeness of Daredevil and how he needs to watch it ASAP while James chatted it up with Moviepilot's Brit, and before we knew it they were gone and we were dead. Ok, not really, but close, and you can watch the awesome video that came from it here!
As if I could handle anymore, Moviepilot creator Rose managed to get us into the DCTV panel in Hall H that we were VERY late for and we got to watch the Arrow and Flash panel live! Two of my favorite shows! It was the perfect end to my day!
Day 4 - This isn't goodbye...it's see ya real soon
Here we are, exhausted, star struck, but with no desire to go home...this had been the week that geek dreams are made of, and we had made a lot of good friends. We packed up, grabbed lunch, and hit the road. Moviepilot gave us 4 creators the most incredible experience ever, and honestly no article I write could ever pay them back! It's been a year since I joined Moviepilot as a creator and they continue to make me apart of the Moviepilot family over and over again and bend over backwards to give me experience and opportunities I otherwise might have never had. As we drove back to the Moviepilot office and prepared for our flights, I realized how lucky I am and all the creators are that Moviepilot is looking out for us, the fans. I'm still completely shocked that I managed to survive the week, especially being in the same room as Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy at the same time, that just is not something I ever thought would happen to little 'ol me.
So to all you geeks, fans, nerds, bloggers, film and TV lovers out there, I wish for you a week like I had at San Diego Comic Con 2015 with Moviepilot. Keep it geeky, and love long and prosper.
THANK YOU MOVIEPILOT including Andrew Marco, Aaron Kelly, Dana Abeln, Julian Arde, Josh Weinstock, Britt Frizzell, Kristin Lai, the Moviepilot suite camera crew, and EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS WEEK HAPPEN!