What if the People on the Titanic could have Tweeted?

April 13, 2012 04:11 by Brandon
      

From the 3D release of the epic 1997 film to the 100-year anniversary of the ship's sinking, it seems like the Titanic is all over the place lately.  But one U.K. publishing house is remembering the ill-fated luxury liner in a unique way:  The History Press is using historical records to "live-tweet" the experiences of the ship's passengers and crew.

My coworker Adam sent me a NY Daily News article that poses the following question: "If the captain of the Titanic had a Twitter account, what would he have written as the ship sank?"

The History Press began tweeting about the voyage a month before its departure date, and since has written about a variety of subjects from the perspective of many different people including the captain, crew, passengers from both first and third class, officers, engineers, and reporters and photographers.  Rare photos are also shared by The History Press' new account, @TitanicRealTime.  According to the NY Daily News, "In addition to ominous updates foreshadowing the impending tragedy, the tweets include photos of passengers and crew, details about the luxurious facilities on board, and information about the ship's technical specs.

But what history buffs are likely most looking forward to is the series of tweets that will be sent out the night of April 14, "the night the Titanic hit the fateful iceberg and sank."  According to Ross Britton, Marketing Executive at U.K. publisher The History Press, minute-by-minute updates will be sent out, updating followers on what's happening to everyone on the ship.

Follow @TitanicRealTime on Twitter now for access to exclusive tweets written as if social media had existed at the time.

Titanic Back in Theaters, Bigger than Ever

March 28, 2012 03:57 by Brandon
      

Last night, the 1997 film Titanic, which was written, directed, co-edited and co-produced by James Cameron, finally returned to the big screen.  That's right; after 15 years, the film is being re-released.  But this time, groundbreaking technology will help to kick it up a few notches. 

According to Reuters, Cameron told reporters that the 3D re-make adds to the Titanic experience: "I just think it makes it more immersive," he said "It kind of turns up the experience to 11 instead of 10." The 3D version of Titanic will hit theaters in the U.S. and England on April 6 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's fatal crash.

Some are criticizing the famed director for "cashing in" on the tragedy's 100-year anniversary.  But Cameron doesn't look it at that way -- he sees the re-release as a way to remember Titanic and its history.

"I was fascinated by the story, I was fascinated by the history, the people that were heroic, the people that lost their lives. I was genuinely touched by the tragedy when I was there at the wreck," he told reporters. "I think the film is a good focusing agent for that at this time when we should be remembering the wreck and its message, the disaster and its message for all of us."

The London, England premiere was attended by big names like Kate Winslet and Billy Zane, who both starred in the film.  Leonardo DiCaprio was unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Dark Knight Rises

December 20, 2011 07:52 by Nicholas
      

$1,001,921,825.

That is how much money 2008's The Dark Knight grossed in worldwide sales. Who knows exactly how much the movie made in DVD sales and rentals. 

The film is #3 on the Top Grossing Films in the United States, just falling short of Avatar and Titanic. I saw the movie in theatres twice and continue to watch the movie regularly. When the movie came out in theatres, promotional products such as custom imprinted playing cards and custom imprinted t-shirts were in high quantities. To this day, stores continue to sell items from the movie.

While news of a conclusion to the series has been known, no footage had been shown until this week. A trailer for the conclusion, Dark Knight Rises, was released earlier this week is leaving people spellbound (the linked video has 1,119,935 views as of December 20) but continues to leave more questions than answers. The trailer features nemesis Bane, a taste of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Joseph Gordan-Levitt as a young cop who helps out Batman.

What kind of promotional products will we see for Dark Knight Rises?