Congratulations to Patrick and Jennifer for their contribution to the The Avengers Movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do. Stay to the end. Watch the part of the movie where there are screens passing by showing appreciative citizens thankful that The Avengers have saved the world. Patrick is there. He is one of them. He’s the one getting a Captain America shield tattoo.
Jennifer, Patrick and the tattoo artist got credits in the movie too. Almost at the very end of the credit roll, you’ll see a line where Jennifer’s video (she shot this on her iPhone) is given attribution.
BTW – you can watch Jen’s video on Youtube where it was first posted back in 2009.
Why All The Secrecy?
We were sworn to secrecy by Marvel Comic. Really. Here’s what happened.
Patrick had designed a version of the Captain America Shield. Patrick’s version had cracks in it to show how well worn it was from all its battles. While in Connecticut one day, he decided to get this tattooed onto his arm. Jen was right there and captured the magic on her iPhone. They posted the video onto YouTube.
A few months ago, Patrick got an email from someone claiming to be from Marvel Comics. They wanted to use his video in a movie. They needed releases from him and Jen.
Now, for those of you who know Patrick, you know he’s a big fan of the comics and his favorite character is Captain America. As it turns out, Captain America is one of the Avengers. So, for Patrick (and his tattoo) to be considered for a roll in this movie was more than he could handle. He was ecstatic!
Would he give permission?
So, the first challenge they faced was to locate the tattoo artist. Marvel Comics didn’t know who he was and, for the next three weeks, it was iffy as to whether they, or Jen and Patrick, could contact him. Patrick remembered where he got the tattoo, but the artist wasn’t there. It turned out, he was somewhere in San Francisco on vacation. Patrick and Jen tried emailing him, but didn’t get any replies. Without the tattoo artists permission, Jen’s video clip might not make it into the movie. The release date for the movie was coming up and everyone was getting nervous.
Well, eventually, Marvel Comics tracked him down. The artist agreed. Jen and Patrick agreed. They all had to sign releases. Patrick and the artist for their image to be used in the movie and Jen for her copyrighted video to be used.
The releases made it very clear that no one could talk about this until the movie was officially release on May 4th. It was a secret.
That’s right. We couldn’t tell anyone.
But what about Youtube? …well, there’s no mention of the movie on Youtube. It’s just Jen’s video that’s there, as it has been since 2009. So that was OK.
Could we really keep the secret? Yeah. Sure. Besides, there was the danger that Marvel would decide not to use the video at all. It could drop Patrick to the cutting room floor, as they say.
Anyway, all of that is moot. We can talk about it now! It’s there!
An so, on Friday, a bunch of us were at the theater…the Patrick America Clan? And, sure enough, when Patrick’s smile came up on the big screen, we all whooped and cheered. Folks around us had no idea about why. We did this all over again when the credit roll came by.
(FYI – Jen and Patrick attended the midnight showing earlier in the day. So, this was their second time to celebrate.)
How did we like the rest of the movie?
Amazing! …it’s exciting, interesting, very funny. We loved it. Highly recommended…especially the Patrick part.