I never did follow-up…
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth; MC Steve Sansweet had some amazingly kind things to say about both RvD and RvD2. I’m paraphrasing here, but it was to the effect of “When they announced that they were going to do a second one, we all wondered how they could possibly top themselves. But they did. Great work.”
I may be reading into things, but that very brief kudos holds a lot of information between the lines. To wit:
-I assume that the “we” means, generally, “folks at Lucasfilm,” potentially up to and including Lucas himself (to whom Sansweet has a direct line)
-They were aware of — and apparently liked — RvD well before RvD2 hit the scene
-They were paying enough attention to us to notice that we had announced a sequel in the works. This also means:
-They were aware of our call for donations before the film, and are almost certainly fully aware of the fact that we are selling DVDs. Regardless of the fact that the donations were true, voluntary donations, and the content being sold is legally ours to sell, both could have raised some hackles, and the fact that LFL has not only turned a blind eye to our activities but actively praised those activities’ product is worth my gratitude.
I may be cynical about what LFL is offering the fans these days, but there can be no denying that they do know how valuable those fans are.
So thank you, Steve Sansweet, Atom, and Lucasfilm. I probably wouldn’t have given two shakes if you didn’t like the films, but it does mean something to me that you did.
- Oddly, a category that did exist in previous years, and the one for which I actually thought we would be in the running — Best Action — was omitted from this year’s competition. ↩