Swancon Movie Screenings
We currently have a good relationship with Reading Cinemas Belmont. They sell Swancon the cheap tickets, which Swancon then sells to the fans. The rate the cinema charges goes down as the volume of tickets sold goes up, so on a small movie, the Swancon may make nothing, and on larger screenings they may make a non-trivial sum.
Movie screenings are a win-win-win: the fans get to see movies cheap with other fans; the Swancon keeps their name at the front of fans' minds; and the cinema captures business that would have otherwise gone elsewhere.
The labour investment necessary from the Swancon end is that you need one or two people to remind the Swancon list; accept ticket reservations from fans via phone, email etc.; contact the cinema with numbers on the day; and stand in the foyer and accept money and cross off names. At least one person has to be in the foyer right up to the start of the movie: don't expect every last fan to be early.
- Choose movies to run screenings for
- Liaise with cinema management to book screening times for chosen movies
- Liaise with the yourself/marketing to promote screenings
- Liaise with the Treasurer to handle takings from screenings
- (If applicable) Liaise with the co-running Genghiscon contact
- Create and print tickets
Movie screenings are primarily a social server to provide the communittee with opportunites for social gathering and are less about fund-raising. Since Swancon is only once per year, the movie screenings help to keep Swancon in the minds of our members and show them that the committee is functioning and active. If you sell the tickets in 2 tiers; member / full price, it will also entice people to pay their membership early.
We are not currently share movie screening events with Genghiscon but would like to.
- Prepare a list of the movies that are going to be released from present until next March, and ask for suggestions from committee/community members.
- Introduce yourself to the appropriate Genghiscon committee person, and discuss if they would like to co-run screenings. Remember; there will be a bit of non-co-op between February - Easter as the GC switch-over is in January.
- Introduce yourself to appropriate cinemas close to the CBD. We have a *exceptional* relationship with Reading Belmont and I would not advise changing.
It is important that even if you speak to them in person or on the phone get them to send an e-mail confirmation. If there is any doubt on the night you can show them a copy of the e-mail, and there will be no confusion as to the price. (I have defiantly had the “We don’t usually charge $11 and there is no manager on tonight...”)
- For each movie you need to decide if you are going to show it in 2D or 3D. The community is pretty much moved to a preference for 2D. For quality; look at weather the movie was shot or edited in 3D. If a film was shot in 3D, 3D is better; if it was edited in post 2D is better. Some of the movies that did not do well will only show in 3D. Keep in mind there are people who physically cannot see 3D movies.
- Once you have confirmed what date, place and movie you are going to show call up the cinemas and book it in. (or confirm that Genghiscon has) they will be able to book you in for a date but not a time until the week of the screening. Advertise on Facebook, Twitter, the Website and send out to the mailing list (done by making web post). It is okay to have the time as TBA 'til the Monday before the screening.
- Make sure someone changes the event notices to the right time. If a screening starts at 6:30pm, write “arrive at 6:15pm for a 6:30 start”, there is nothing that makes a treasurer more frustrated than having to sell tickets/count money and miss the start of a movie. Send out a reminder to the mailing list.
- At some point, draw up the tickets. There should be a template floating around and you should print at least double of what you expect to arrive. Make sure you number them on the back. (this helps us keep track of what has been sold)
- On the night of the screening make sure you have; the tickets, a list of people who have RSVP’d, (which you need to compile) a cash float (organize with the treasurer to be there, or to pass it on beforehand) and at least 1 other committee member to help out.
- On the date of the screening, make sure there is someone there early, with the above example, the screening is 6:30, people will start arriving as early as 6:00 and possibly be waiting for you.
- Approach the team leader/manager/groups person, to say you are here, ready to go and pass them a copy of the ticket template. (the ticket-taker will use it as a reference point)
- Don’t stress... most con-goers understand that you are volunteering, and are happy to socialize, take your time with each exchange of money to tickets. Usually there would be one person holding the tickets and marking off the RSVP’s, and the other person doing the exchange of moneys.
- At about 5 minutes before the start of the movie, (or once you’ve marked off all the RSVP’s) count up the moneys. Check that the amount you marked off as given tickets, matches the amount of tickets you have left, matches how much money you have (excluding the float). If possible get two people to count, so you are sure there is going to be no mistakes. (This can be done post-movie if its an early movie)
- Approach the cinema team leader/manager/groups person, and sign the cheque to pay for the tickets. This can either be done before or after the start of the movie. They will give you a receipt. Keep it! The treasurers needs it for their records.
- Split the revenue (profit) with Genghiscon (If applicable) straight 50/50 Treasurer will give GC a cheque.
- Note down the incomings, outgoing and revenue and add to cashbook.
- Start from 4. Rinse and repeat 10 times!
At the start of the year:
- Prepare a list of movies (about 10)
- Introduce yourself to Genghiscon / the Cinema
For every screening
- Agree with Genghiscon on a movie, a rate, a location, and a date
- Make a booking with group sales at the cinema
- Spam people with advertising
- Check back with the cinema on the Monday before, and advise everyone
- Print the RSVP’s list and Make and print a sufficient amount of tickets
- Organise the cash box, EFTPOS and cheque book to be there
- Have someone arrive early to co-ordinate with Genghiscon and the cinema staff on duty, setup table, Banners, A4 Movie signs can be pinned to table cloth.
- Count the money and pay the cinema
- Divide the takings with Genghiscon
Movies posting procedure/checklist
- Event Creation
- Create event, copy existing template event).
- Check if Reading have published screening times Here.
- Check 24 hour time is correct
- Check synopsis
- Check ticket sales close time
- Upload image
- Don't set individual Price Level ticket sale limits
- Enable Donations
- Online Service Fee: 100%
- Box Office Service Fee: 100%
- Ticket notes: "Please collect tickets from Swancon Desk"
- Checkout Time Limit: 30 min
- Preview event and test all links
- Get 2nd person to proof read and publish event
- Mailout/Newsletter This is not yet ready for use.
- Purpose: Marketing
- Select events -> Event Date -> All Dates After -> 2015 -> Select All -> Make Selection
- Reply-to: Eventsemail@example.com
- Get 2nd person to proof read and publish event
- Event Creation
- Can be sent out from Ticketbooth events page "Share this event:" top right corner.
- Create the event (Check 24 hour time)
- Event options -> Advanced -> Show more options
- Website URL: swancon site
- Ticket seller URL: Ticketbooth page
- YouTube URL: Trailer
- To: Public
- Share on Swancon committee as announcement
- Website and send out to the mailing list (done by making web post).
- Click Username -> Dashboard -> Content Administration -> Content Blocks -> New Block
- Copy existing event, summary line is not sent in emails, it must be in the body of the page.