This article, previously posted on a different site at noon, today, 11/10, has been removed from that site. Please read about my fan experience here. I have to say thank you to Twifans for inviting me to share this story on your site.
If you are in the front of the line or, like me, in the back of the line attempting to camp out for the Breaking Dawn premiere you are feeling a bit abused by Summit Entertainment this morning.
Here is what happened so far today (as of noon on 11/10) from someone who wants to be a camper – me.
Summit had made it clear in previous announcements that the line wouldn’t start until 6 AM, but that didn’t stop fans from wandering around the L.A. Live area all night waiting for a line to start. At 3:45 AM, Summit security, who were not wearing anything to identify themselves as security, started moving everyone to an empty parking lot across the street from the Marriott, but made it clear that it wasn’t the line. Everyone gathered in a tight bunch waiting for instructions that didn’t come other than “stay off the sidewalk!”
Security attempted to move the crowd back from the corner/intersection where everyone was gathered, facing L.A. Live. They continued to send fans over from other areas where they had been gathering around L.A. Live telling them that the lot we were in was the place to go.
At 5:45 AM, the head of Summit security, Charles, who is wearing jeans and a John Deere hat and who in no way looks official, gathered people at the back of the parking lot, away from the intersection. Part of the group followed him and he very quietly instructed us to get in groups of six, spread out through out the parking lot, be quiet, be calm. Do not rush up to the front and ask me to pick you. I will pick whoever I want. I’ll be back in 15 minutes.
The people that had followed him listened and did exactly as he told us to do while the rest of the people continued to stay in a mob at the corner. A few minutes after 6 AM the gym class theatrics began. Charles, at his discretion, walked around and started pointing at groups to cross the street to get in line for bracelets. He often was picking large groups or people from the mob that he had instructed not to form. He made eye contact with members of our group and other groups on multiple occasions, but then didn’t give us the go ahead to cross the street.We felt like we were being treated like school children hoping to be picked by the popular kid for the kickball team. We watched people who were not part of groups that were chosen jump/cut in line, but security didn’t even notice. By that point everyone felt too intimidated by the bully system to even step forward to point out the line cutters.
Our group continued to follow his original instructions of wait in a group, stay calm and quiet, and don’t rush him. we were rewarded with literally being the last group to cross the street. At one point we thought we were being picked when we would have been the second to last group to cross the street and he told us no, not us. Again, we felt like we were being treated like children.
The fact is one man at his discretion based on whether he liked the way you looked or not decided who got to line up in what order. There was nothing fair about this system. Even those who got picked first are not happy about the way it was handled. It wasn’t fair for anyone. A lottery or a raffle whether this morning or ahead of time online would have been a fair system. This method definitely wasn’t the answer. Fans are upset and discouraged. Search @SummitEnt, #CampTwilight, #TentCity, or #BDPremiere on twitter and you’ll see the fan reactions.
It’s 11:45 AM and we still haven’t been given any instructions as to what is going to happen when the main tent fills up or how many people are in line. We have not received any instructions. No one from Summit has spoken to us since we were placed in line. We are distraught and disappointed and many are saying they will never do a Twilight event again. I’m sad to say, I understand why.
Summit has informed me that there will be multiple camp sites and everyone in line will get to camp and experience the Camp Twilight/Tent City events. I expect it to be hours before I get a wristband, let alone set up for camp. Stay tuned to HisGoldenEyes.com for the news from the Breaking Dawn Premiere camp experience this weekend. It hasn’t started well, but hopefully it will get better.
UPDATE: At 5 PM I finally received a wristband, #743. We were told to come back at 6:30 PM to go into Camp #3, which is in the middle of the closed street. We will then have to move at 7 AM tomorrow morning so they can tent the area and return whenever that is completed. We have been informed, after 11 hours since this this started, that we will not be on the carpet. We will be on the bleachers.
UPDATE #2: "Disgruntled fans" were featured on various local news stations at 5, 5:30 and 6 PM this evening. Fans who traveled from Miami, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia spoke on camera and the offending Summit hired security guard who caused all this drama refused to speak on camera. At 6:50 PM they started allowing people to set up in Camp 2 followed by the currently un-tented Camp 3. Since Camp 3 is going to have to pack up in the morning and move out while the area gets tented we optioned to not camp tonight. So while we're registered for Camp Twilight we are in a hotel room hearing Twilight play in the distance while we have no Camp Twilight home until possible mid-day tomorrow. One of our group has already given up and gone home. I don't usually get emotional and I was being the positive one in our group all day, but by mid-afternoon I started shedding tears and right now I'm a bit of a mess. My group spent more than 11 hours in line today, and all we are getting is bleachers seats thanks to the discretion of a bully when all we did was follow "his" rules.