When you’re ready … and they’re not

Sometimes, you just have to wing it …

That’s the position all of us here at Kitsap A&E found ourselves in earlier this week when we scheduled cover art for the release of the summer blockbuster movie “Jurassic World,” that would feed readers in to either a review or feature — or both — inside.

We knew it would be tight. The first press run for A&E is Tuesday, and our sources for the materials we needed were vague on whether we’d get anything in time.

We didn’t.

An hour before our off-the-floor deadline, we had no review. No preview. No puff piece, no making-of sidebar, or Chris Pratt feature, or Bryce Dallas Howard retrospective. No Interview with the Dinosaur.

We had a quick staff meeting, and the assignment finally fell to me: Phony something up.

I was, after all, the logical person for the job, for three reasons: 1. I have decades of experience knowing very little about subjects that I go ahead and write about anyway; 2. Having been a sportswriter in a past life, the instruction “20 inches in 20 minutes” leaves me completely nonplussed; and 3. … who am I kiddin’? I’m the only one here.

This link:

http://www.kitsapsun.com/entertainment/movies-the-dinos-are-back-and-of-course-theyre-hungry_89188087

will take you to what resulted, and what readers who get that first press run of A&E got this week. I offer it here as a curiosity, as an example of what we in the “go-with-what-you’ve got” line of work do on those occasions when we’ve got nuthin’.

In retrospect, maybe “Interview with the Dinosaur” might not have been such a bad idea …

— MM

MM columns, Movies

About michael c. moore

Michael C. Moore covers arts and entertainment for the Kitsap Sun. He's been a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 33 years, at the Sun since 2001 and in his current post — covering music, art, theater, film and other A&E fare, since 2006. He's a 1978 graduate of Washington State University, and lives in East Bremerton with his daughter, Kate.

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