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PostSubject: The Last Jedi Worldwide Release   Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:03 am

Hi all,
Echo down here in Miami, Florida. Greetings to all. The Last Jedi is coming out this December 15, 2017 and I was wondering if The Saber Legion is doing anything as far as a worldwide event for it. We just got another member here in South Florida and he and I are thinking of reaching out to 2-3 of our local movie theaters to see if they'd be interested in having us come and do a lightsaber performance at their theater for opening day. Obviously, time-willing we could 2-3 across opening weekend at different theaters but before we start approaching them, we'd like to know what is the greater community doing for it and if there's a way we can pool our resources to use the same "voice" when we approach these movie theaters. We just want to make sure we're not stepping on toes here or re-inventing the wheel. 

If nothing is planned, is this something we can discuss or plan? Was something like this done for The Force Awakens?

Thanks and looking forward to seeing the feedback on this thread!
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PostSubject: Re: The Last Jedi Worldwide Release   Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:55 pm

Alfred,

In Texas for the Force Awakens we worked with Santikos in San Antonio and performed at the Palladium. For Rogue One, we worked with the Alamo Draft House in Austin. In the past there wasn't a global effort in coordinating with movies theaters across the country. Local temples seemed to find one willing to have you participate in. As a bonus both theaters gave us tickets on the for the Thursday night opening. 

I would start planning in October. Reach out to your local theaters. Find the theaters with large rooms or stages that will have room for you to perform. Partner with the theater and explain top them that you are trying to enhance their movie goer experience by adding to the atmosphere of release night. 

Keep in mind that many theaters do online pre-sales these days. Days of long lines on premiere nights are gone. You may not get a large audience because people can now wait till the last minute to enter the theater. 

Either way, start planning now.... if you need any assistance do not hesitate to reach out.

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PostSubject: Re: The Last Jedi Worldwide Release   Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:00 pm

What's the Saber Legion?  Is that another saber group?  For the release of TFA and R1 our Temple was invited to an out lying suburb of Edmonton and performed there for the crows, posed for images and such.  Because the large movie chains run preshow featuring ds now and not at midnight the chances of our performing at these larger chains are rare.  We still see the first showing there as a group and Temple but we don't get to perform, if we pose for images it's just because we as fans are doing it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Last Jedi Worldwide Release   Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:30 pm

Hi all, got some great news and updates and wanted to share here and help. First off, @Jason F/Ky-Wan, I didn't realize that I had typed Saber Legion. Yup, another saber group that's full-contact. I join their meet ups down here and I slip from time to time between my group - SaberCraft, our group - Saber Guild and their group Saber Legion. So many sabers, so little time. Sorry about the slip. 

Thank you for your never-ending guidance Paul. I followed your advice and reached out to our local IMAX here in South Florida and they are setting us up. They're blocking tickets, and reserved places in the Priority line for us as a team for a number of times for opening weekend. I worked out a deal where those who perform will be able to buy tickets for that particular showtime but they must come and perform. Our group has been moving at a slow pace recently doing their submissions but something tells me, this will be a fire that will spark their motivation to get their shots done. I'd like to provide the letter here that I sent the theater in case any of you want to copy/paste when you reach out to your local theater. 

Here's what I wrote that got my foot in the door:

Hi, I represent a local lightsaber performance group called Saber Guild that does work with local conventions and various non-profit groups and we wanted to know who to contact regarding setting up an event to the public to support the upcoming Star Wars release: The Last Jedi with live performances of lightsaber choreography. Is it possible if you can point me in the right direction?

Short and sweet and to the point. Assuming they respond back to you, they'll probably ask what Saber Guild is and this is where you have your 30-sec elevator pitch ready. Rather than send them a link, I figured to lay it out quick and easy and cover what they need to here - what do we want and whether it's going to cost them anything:

Hi thank you for getting back to me. So Saber Guild is a Star Wars volunteer non-for-profit performance group recognized by Lucasfilm. We are a global group with chapters all over the world.  During a performance, our goal is for the audience to experience the Star Wars universe. We strive for screen accuracy in costuming and character portrayal so we dress up in full costume as Jedi and Sith and we can perform lightsaber combat choreography. There is no actual "combat" as everything is choreographed. We also just do photo-ops where the audience takes photos/selfies with us. As far as cost - there is none. Any money provided would be donated to a Cause but this is not anything we request. These are a number of partners that we've done work with in the past: http://saberguild.org/charity-work/. We do this simply to help spread the love of Star Wars. We have a number of folks that will be attending the movie at the YOUR THEATER HERE who are purchasing tickets already and the most that we'd request is to have a section of seats blocked for us. The only reason to have anything blocked off is because none-of-us would be able to stand in line as we would be dressed, walking around, performing, etc... This is done only out of good-will and not for profit of any sort. We are available to come by the YOUR THEATER HERE or your offices at any time and drop off any additional support material or to discuss further details.

From that point, it's just back and forth working out details where they may either invite and comp the tickets or just block off the tickets so we can purchase before they're available to the general public. I figured to share this to help anyone out who's trying to set this up as quick boiler-plate letters. Thank you again for the tips and May the Force be with Y'all. Cheers.


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PostSubject: Re: The Last Jedi Worldwide Release   Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:48 pm

Please note that we should not use the term "authorized" by Lucasfilm. "Recognized" is a much better word.

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PostSubject: Re: The Last Jedi Worldwide Release   Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:30 pm

Loud and clear. I'll modify any further copy to ensure that we use "recognized" rather than "authorized". Sorry for any confusion that I may have caused.

I went ahead and modified it above and edited out "recognized" to ensure no confusion. Again, sorry for the misunderstanding.
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