Next Screenings Director – Part 4 (Final)
I mean, I know I said this’d be out on Wednesday – but then my laptop died… BUT ANYWAY. The final part of the ramblings of a soon-to-be ex-screenings-director. For a quick recap, here’s this:
Part 1 – Screenings doesn’t have to be a big burden on your schedule, there are people there to help!
Part 2 – Getting people to come to screenings and how to (not) satisfy your audience~
Part 3 – How to be a screenings director without knowing (m)any anime, and why that’s okay!
For this final part, I’m going to be making it a little more personal. What do I hope for in a screenings director?
Let me start off with what you need:
– You’ll need anime to screen. That’s probably the easiest part though – hard drives are cheap and I can give you a whole bunch of stuff that I have to help you start off.
– You’ll need a VGA enabled laptop – 90% of the rooms that you’ll for weekly events will be VGA only. You CAN bring screenings on a USB and use the uni computers each week, but for special events a uni computer may not be available.
– You’ll need to be free twice a week. I know I said people can help, and they can; but if you’re full time uni, and working, and you only have 2 hours free a week – reconsider. People will help you if you need a week off or something, but you can’t abandon your position halfway through.
– You’ll need to be punctual. Arrive to your screenings on time, I’ve been late once or twice – but don’t make it a habit. Also, book your rooms as soon as possible. Early bookings = better rooms.
– English Subs, not Dubs. The majority of people in the club prefer and expect subs at screening. It’s just the way it is. I try and balance it out by having a semesterly “English Dub Special Screening”, which is generally a pretty fun time.
Now what do I want our next screenings director to be?
I’ll start off with something that’s applicable to all of the club’s executive roles, but I think is super important to screenings. You have to be welcoming, accepting and willing to talk to those who come to screenings. While we get the bulk of our sign-ups on the various O-days; people that miss it will normally come to Screenings or Game of Funs to join the club. As the ‘primary exec’ there, you are going to have to welcome them, smile, ask their name, and remember to tell them “Thanks for coming” when they go. You will be the first impression of the Anime@UTS for a small but important chunk of students. If they’re coming to your screenings to sign up, odds are they’ll keep coming to screenings for the rest of the semester. Some may be a bit nervous or embarrassed, especially if they’re first years – and the anime community isn’t widely known for its social prowess. A smile and a welcoming attitude goes a long way. This goes for all execs. If their taste in anime doesn’t match yours, or if you don’t like what they like, don’t be a dick about it. We like to have a bit of a laugh about people’s “shit taste”, but unless you’re paying out your friends, no one has bad taste – just a taste in anime different to yours. If you’ve made a new/potential member feel bad about coming to an event because you either disregarded them or intentionally insulted something they enjoy, you done goofed. *Though an aside, because there are always exceptions. If someone has come to an event and is flaunting their love of hentai, being derogatory to other members, or just generally just being continuously unpleasant to most of the people around them – yeah, that person can just bugger off.*
That got a bit real there… but yeah, the other main thing I want from a screenings director is an openness to member’s input. This is of course referring to the most sacred suggestions sheet.
I’ve had two rules for what I show at screenings:
1. No excessive fan-service. If the TV version looks like below in order to sell uncensored blu-rays, I’m not going to screen it. The most ecchi thing I’ve screened is No Game No Life.
2. No plot-ruining spoilers. Different people have different thresholds as to what is ‘plot-ruining’, generally I think I’ve been pretty good about it.
Apart from a few spoiler things I’ve shown (normally by accident – i.e. Gundam Unicorn), I’ve followed these two rules pretty well. That means that anything on the suggestions sheet is free game to be screened, unless it violates the two rules. So episode 159 of anime ‘X’, sorry, you violate the spoiler rule. To Love Ru, you violate the fan-service rule. But Moe show that I may not personally like? If I’ve got you, I’ll probably screen you. BL? Sure! I mean, my supplies are low, but if it’s what the people want~ Phantom requiem of the phantom for 6 consecutive Monday Screenings? I mean… I guess… if you want to… You may have your own ‘rules’ for screenings, but as long as it doesn’t preclude a large variety of anime that others may want to watch.
It’s fine to have your personal taste affect the screenings overall, I mean the sheer volume of Gintama that I’ve shown whilst being screenings director has made that abundantly clear; but some (crazy) people don’t like Gintama, and that’s fine. Just make sure there’s something at screenings for them too (Seriously though, I’ve never shown a Gintama episode without getting massive laughter. Gintama = literally the best screenings anime).
And so, this final post comes to an end. My last post as screenings director, and probably my last post on the site in general (Seeing that, if I’m not an exec, my posting privileges will be taken from me!) – No they wont [Vadim]. I was going to say my final goodbye or something, but I’ll save it for AGM~ I’ve had a great time in this club, and a great time as screenings director and meeting and laughing along with those that come to screenings. I hope that the next screenings director can have as much fun as I have had every week!
So once and for all: