It was a whirlwind weekend. I was headed to LA to the press junket for Indigogo film The Bounce Back and to meet actor and producer Shemar Moore when a plane crash at SFO delayed many flights and caused panic over the city. Counting my blessings, I arrived about 3 hours late, but only missed part of the party, the best part was yet to come.
One of our group members, Jamie taped this fabulous interview with Shemar about the film…
Before everyone went their separate ways, we grabbed a group photo.
Plus a one on one shot that I immediately sent out to my social media channels.Just in those few minutes I found Shemar to be charming, fun-loving, and genuinely happy to be with us, a media group like no other!
As the interviews concluded, a few of us headed to the war room in the Hyatt, Century City awaiting Shemar and slowly his crew began showing up. Anticipation for the Twitter party was rampant online as fans were eager to “see” actor Shemar Moore make his appearance via the live interaction.
Shemar arrived and we began our venture into a live Tweet chat with a celebrity of his caliber. In no time the #ShemarMoore hashtag was trending worldwide and his fans were throwing out questions left and right and Shemar did his best to keep up with all the excitement. I had my phone out as well as my laptop and I was tweeting and retweeting my heart out and trying to filter comments and replies from men and women all over the world who admire this fine actor and who want to support his new project!
Shemar had his manager and some other associates with him in the suite with us and they were all in awe. Fascinated by the fanbase but also by the whole virtual world that we as social media have brought him into, they asked us to explain this phenomenon they are so new to. This was Shemar’s first live Twitter party and the overall experience couldn’t be more thrilling for us all, not to mention hugely successful!
Following the party, Shemar filmed a quick video thanking his fans for their loyalty and support. Not to mention a couple of us bloggers got a shout out and some screen time!
You’ve read my posts about The Bounce Back movie campaign, now read another perspective on why YOU should invest your money in this film, it’s written by Erica Pena-Vest:
Disclaimer: I am only a social media volunteer for the Bounce Back film campaign and am have not been asked to write this. My opinion is entirely my own and not meant to be representative of Shemar Moore, the Bounce Back film or its affiliates.
We are reaching the home stretch of this journey and I have often, during this process, heard people ask “Why should I give money to the Bounce Back Indiegogo campaign?”. It’s a legitimate question. One I’m going to try to answer and pray that you can better understand the importance of the campaign I am working on.
Movies are made everyday. Money comes from all kinds of places. Studios, investors, companies, sponsors…there are a million ways to raise money, so why go to the fans? Shemar has answered this over and over, but somewhere in the back of our heads we’re worried he’s ‘acting’ or telling us what we want to hear. It’s ok to admit it. I thought the same thing when I first heard about this project. He’s a wealthy man, and this movie is not a charity. The movie will make money as will it’s stars, so why should we get involved? What do we get out of it?
I can’t tell you how many times, as a blogger, I have been disappointed in a movie, especially this summer. My favorite movie as a kid was the original Superman with Christoper Reeve (remember that one?). When it was remade, I hoped (secretly I prayed) that it would be everything I wanted it to be. I wanted the feel of wonder, excitement, virtue and a return to the only truly altruistic character that has ever existed on screen (other than Christ). I was badly disappointed. The Superman I remembered and loved had turned into a Hollywood production of violence, confusion, betrayal and my hero even lacked the virtuous character he was known for. What happened? Have we really become THAT audience that is cynical and no longer believes in virtue and love?
That’s where the Bounce Back came in for me. Here’s a chance to help make a movie, have a voice, be at the screening, meet the star and director, have influence on a movie that is about the most basic and human concept in existence – LOVE. If ‘they’ the producers screw this one up, well, I might not believe in movies any more.
But I’ll be real honest, I know Shemar. I’ve met him, as have some of my friends and we can tell you one thing. That man IS LOVE. Everything about him eludes love, sensuality, sexuality, and sensitivity. I’m not even saying this as a fan. I am a fan, but you only need to spend two minutes with Shemar and you no longer feel that ‘I’m-about-to-faint-because-I’m-so-excited’ kind of feeling. It’s more like you just met the cute guy at the diner or you had a date with the quarterback of the football team. He’s real. He’s approachable. He’s the dream come to life. He’s the PERFECT leading man.
That brings us to the Bounce Back. Sure they could have gone to Hollywood for the money, but by coming to us, we have a voice. We can be part of something that’s going to change the way Hollywood sees us, the consumer. Right now, we are a $9.50 movie ticket to them, but after this, we are Hollywood producers and maybe, just maybe, they will start listening to what we want we think, what we want to see, what we believe in, who we want as a lead actor…and maybe next time, they won’t mess with Superman. Maybe. But we won’t know until we try. They won’t know what we can do, until we show them.
Let’s make this love story happen for Shemar, because it’s our love story. It will always be ‘our’ love story. No one will ever be able to take that from us. This will always be the time when we showed Hollywood that if only they would come to us, listen to us instead of talk down to us, we could truly make magic.
I can’t think of a better person to make magic with and for than Shemar Moore. Who’s with me?
I’m going to make an investment, can you?
All opinions are my own, I was not paid for this opportunity, we did receive a goody bag with promotional items.