One of the aspects of the John Carter Facebook Group that gave it a boost when it first got started was the fact that it began as an alliance between filmmakers who worked on the film, and fans who liked it — and felt that the film had gotten a raw deal on a number of levels. The origins of the Facebook group are recounted in John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood — here’s the passage dealing with it:
On the morning of March 14, Jessen [Erik Jessen, one of the editors on the John Carter team] started a Facebook group with the long and grassroots sounding name: Take me Back to Barsoom! I Want a JohnCarterSequel! HeaddedfellowcrewmemberSarahSmithasafellow administrator, then sent an email to me via The John Carter Files “Contact Us” feature:
Would you mind mentioning a Facebook group that I started? It’s called Take Me Back to Barsoom! I Want John Carter to Have a Sequel! People can just enter Barsoom or John Carter, and it should pop up. Most of the Emeryville crew are members already. THANKS!
When I received the email, I was intrigued. “Emeryville Crew” referred to Pixar and the production crew of the movie, and in reflecting on it, this seemed like a further evolution of the fan/film-maker alliance that had started with Stanton tweeting about the fan trailer.
Could this amount to something?
I checked out the group on Facebook and joined.299 There were 60 members, and as Jessen had said, most were from the films‘ “working level” production team. I announced it on The John Carter Files.
It did amount to something — as has been pretty well established by now. The group remains quite active, most recently sponsoring a special benefit screening of the film on December 1, and continuing to bring in about 50 new members a week with total membership of 11,500.
Anyway — today on the group I came across this exchange between Sue Rowe and Daniel Presnell on the public wall of the group — and exchange which illustrates this kind of relationship.
John Carter made it into the Top 10 best VFX films of 2012! The bake-offs were last week…Will it make it to the top 5 and get to the Oscars??? Hope so!
Here is a Youtube interview of Sue Rowe.