Friday, June 13th Ryan and Steve loaded the model into the Uhaul van I had rented. Ryan and I were leaving at 5am (which means I took a nap and got up at 3:30am) the next morning to drive up to The Grove, our load-in time was 7am. The only great thing about that hour is that you can actually get to Los Angeles in 2-ish hours.
The unveil wasn’t till 11am so we had some time to grab even more caffeine and second breakfast after set-up. The event itself was very quick, Tony Revolori who played Zero joined us again for the festivities. Once the unveil was over there was a small reception where Andy & I enjoyed some Boy with Apple martinis and desserts while Ryan & Tony did interviews.
The foot traffic through The Grove was great, those stopping to take photos and ask questions were genuinely impressed, many had actually seen the movie, while others really believed The Grand Budapest Hotel was a timeshare. It stayed overnight, so people were able to see it on Father's Day.
Our next stop was on Tuesday, June 17 at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment lot. Thankfully we did not have to transport the hotel but we were there to share the model with their employees. I applaud the folks at Fox for doing these type of employee appreciation events, because I know it takes a village. So many people touch this movie and many are not on the production side. However, we did appreciate the thorough questions and curiosity stemming from those who do work in production. Most came en route to the employee cantina, some brought Mendel’s boxes to be photographed with, some brought their significant others who love LEGO and some brought their kids.
The last destination took us to A+D Architect and Design Museum Los Angeles on Thursday, June 19 for the opening reception of their new exhibit S,M,L,XLA. Who knew we’d end up with our work and our names in a museum? For our friends and family who didn’t get a chance to see the completed model, you have a chance to check out The Grand Budapest Hotel made of LEGO through August 31.