Next Screenings Director – Part 2

For those who didn’t read the last post – here’s the brief: Blah blah last semester as directer, blah blah seeming lack of people applying to role blah. Blah Encouragement blah tips blah blah change your mind! — Great! Just scroll down the page to read all of part 1 (Seeing that no one seems to post here </3 ) And let’s get into it! Part 2 – more bad stuff (But why that’s okay!).

University students and anime watchers are fickle creatures, so anime-watching university students are hard to please! So let’s talk about two things: Getting these mystical creatures to come to screenings, and how you can never please them!

So, first off, you can never really get a hold of how many people will come to screenings – and it will never be a constant amount for the entire semester. In my first semester I had several screenings that were empty for the first 40 or so minutes, and many more where there was seldom more than 2 people showing up! Meanwhile, the first screening of the semester had the room literally overflowing! Then the first semester of this year (2015) had a first Monday screenings of over 49 people showing up (I counted) – and then the rest of the screenings had a constant amount of around 10-15 people. What changed? Well – First semester last year was in building 5, and first semester this year was in building 11! Even though the walk is just an extra 5-10 minutes or something (I’m a fast walker), that distance was deemed too far! So tip no.1 – try and get a screening room within the main cluster of buildings.

But you know what university students will travel miles for? Free food! A good way to get club members involved in a screenings is to involve food in some way; whether that be free pizza, ice cream cake, or even just delicious delicious candy (for Halloween). Food will get people that wouldn’t usually come to come, and once they’re there they’ll bond together with others which will increase the odds of them staying! Because really, while a convenient room and free food will encourage people to come; it is the other people that also show up that really increases numbers. If people become friends or build a bond during screenings, that’ll make them want to keep coming back! And remember, you aren’t a bystander – you can be that friend that makes them want to come back as well!

Though be cautious, whatever you screen will be terrible. Which brings me to point number 2 – you will never be able to please those who come to your screenings. Right now we have a club of well over 300 people – and maybe around 50-100 ‘active’ members. Every single one of those active members like different anime – or better than that, they all hate different anime. During my 2 years of screenings director, I’m pretty happy to say that I’ve shown a very broad range of anime. I’ve shown everything from Moe to Tragedy, Crime drama to Character studies, Romances where nothing happens and straight up Yaoi. Every individual (3 hour structured) screenings, I try and balance to have something for everyone… which is apparently a great crime. I’ve gotten a few comments and messages saying “Oh, I’m not coming because you’re screening *****”, while that same show is something greatly requested by several others! In the span of 3 weeks I got messages telling me to show more old stuff, and that I show too much old stuff! What do you do???

The answer is… nothing! :D I’m really just warning you that it WILL happen, since there is nothing you can do about it! I’m not going to tell you how to run your screenings – when you’re director you can run it any way you please; however, I would say to show a large variety of things. As screenings director I’ve had 2 goals: Help people have a good time at screenings, and (I feel like this is equally, if not more important) introduce people to shows that they’ll enjoy! If the result of that is a couple of people talking smack and saying they won’t show, that’s their loss! All my favorite moments as screenings director is when an anime’s ending credits are rolling, and a member comes up and asks what the title is; or when people take a photo of the series I’ve written up on the board so they can look through it later. When someone starts an unfamiliar anime by saying “Oh, what’s this? I haven’t seen this”, and then I hear them laughing or see them staring intently at the screen – that’s what makes it all worthwhile! I mean, I feel like my greatest accomplishment as screenings director is sharing my love of Jojo and Gintama to a fair amount of people!

But yeah – on that positive note, that’s the end of part 2! Summary? People feeling welcome and bonding with other people will increase numbers, but food and a convenient room will help foster the initial stages; and people will complain about whatever you screen, but ignore them because variety is the spice of life and will help other people find stuff they love!

SEE YOU IN PART 3 (or at screenings)