Last night I saw a movie 5 months before it is going to be released. It was crazy, because all I knew beforehand was a list of movies that it was like, as they haven’t even named the movie yet. They had me sign a non-disclosure agreement so I am limited to what I can tell you. But what I can say is that it was by Paramount Pictures and it was a crime-drama.
I didn’t think it was that big of a deal at first, until I got there. They had a metal detector to get into the theater and a half-dozen guys in suits that looked like secret service agents. Apparently there are people out there who would bring their cell phone into the theater to record a movie. This screening company was not going to let that happen. So much so that they had people survey the audience with night vision goggles to see if any one had smuggled in recording device.
Companies that allow you to watch movies before they come out
Now, not all screenings are like this. Most of the one’s that I have gone to in the past were finished, had a title, and were being shown only weeks before the official release. If you want to be able to see movies for free that are completed you can sign up at www.Gofobo.com. All you need to do is fill in a little about yourself, and, if you meet the criteria of the audience they want to preview the movie, they will send you an invite via email.
If you are into watching movies way in advance that are not a finished production, you can sign up at www.TheScreeningExchange.com. The cool thing about these movies is that they actually WANT your feedback; What you liked, what you dis-liked, or what you thought was missing. I really liked this aspect of the screening last night because, although it was a great movie, there were holes in it. I felt like I had the ability to tell the movie studio what it was lacking and tell them how it could be better. I guess the only way to truly know if I had in impact is to go see the movie again in November.
One last thing you should know is that this is not always so glorious. You are taking a gamble because you have no idea if the movie is going to be good or not. Also, it is a decent time commitment. Often you need to get to theater 3 hours in advance and stand in line. This is a huge struggle for me because I hate lines.
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Have you ever been to a movie screening? What has your experience been like?