Birthday Countdown: 2009

2009


Did you know…

The longest non-stop online working-hours were approx. 23 hours at the Cherrybomb World Premiere.


A look back…

ICM11Ice Cream Man started into 2009 with a series of exclusive interviews with cast and crew members from Cherrybomb. More exclusives, including a new interview with Rupert, came from the Cherrybomb World Premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival, and the Film Festivals in Dublin, Belfast and Los Angeles.

When the film was not picked up by distributors, Ice Cream Man worked together with the sales agency Little Film Company, creating the Cherrybomb Distribution Campaign to collect signatures and convince distributors of the fans’ interests in the film. ScreeningAfter running the campaign for a year, over 15.000 people had signed up as supporters and several distributional deals had been made. Ice Cream Man and the Little Film Company also organised an exclusive screening with fans and possible distributors to prove to the latter the fans’ positive reaction to the film.

More Exclusives came from the Premieres of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London and New York City, and from the Press Opening of the Harry Potter Exhibition in Chicago.
Additionally, Ice Cream Man conducted an interview with author Julie Halpern, who had written the book Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, in which the main character has a crush on Rupert Grint.

Despite a busy schedule for Exclusives, the staff was busy on the site. The Gallery was re-launched after yet another crash, and hard work went into the creation of three new subsites:
On 14 June, the fanzine Grintastic was launched by staffer Michelle to highlight the thoughts and talents of Rupert’s fans. The Press Site was published on 29 September, being the largest archive of print and online articles and interviews about Rupert Grint, a project by several staff members and aided by fans. Finally, the Filmography was released as the spot for detailed information on Rupert’s acting projects, put together by staffer Karo.

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FilmographyFrom 2004, a short filmography had been part of Rupert-Grint.us, but by 2009, with 4 non-HP-films under Rupert’s belt, we launched Rupert Grint Filmography, a subsite with extensive details about Rupert’s feature films, his TV and Voice Work on 25 October 2009.
On 4 January 2011, the Filmography received an Extension, now also containing information on Soundtracks and DVD/BR, Quotes and further filming details.
The Filmography is being kept up-to-date along with Rupert’s projects, and we were happy to finally add facts about Rupert’s first stage work for Mojo last year.

GrintasticOn 14 June 2009, we launched Grintastic, a subsite that was created as an interactive online fanzine. As we had seen, many of Rupert’s fans were gifted writers and fanartists, so we hoped to create a place where the fans’ work would be highlighted. Grintastic was also meant to become a place for contests, polls and fan-written reviews.
However, with the end of the Harry Potter series, we became so busy with Rupert’s now far more diverse projects, so that Grintastic is currently lying dormant.
[to be continued…]


Sam’s story:

Sam (2)My name is Sam and I live in Spokane, WA. I’m an insurance adjuster and mother of two. I came to The Ice Cream man as a shipper, and a warrior for all things Rupert, Ron, and Ron and Hermione. I remember I was having a comment war on Leaky with some ridiculous people who were either insulting Ron or Rupert, when Quetta said ‘Hey, you should totes come to the forums at this site.” I became a forum member and BOOM, mod city.

I’ve been a fan of Rupert since he was cast in Harry Potter. I would say Prisoner of Azkaban was when I lifted my eyebrows to think there was more to him than just a greatSam (3) Ron Weasley. The thing that made me a vocal and supportive fan of his was my combative nature and my inability to tolerate him being cast aside. I felt like some other actors got all the attention, but he had the bigger skill. That was how it started, but as I grew as his fan, it turned into a respect for his talent and a pride in what he accomplished and what he would do. Now, I consider myself a fan of Rupert Grint not to fight his battles, but to wear a badge of pride for everything he’s done and will do.

I started off at the site mostly hanging out at the forums. I like to debate and discuss ad nauseum. Because I was spending so much time on the site and talking to some of the lovely women who ran it, I decided to help out myself. My duties mostly included modding. If memory serves me, I also wrote a lot of content for our magazine and our site. I know I created posts as well. But I remember my time at Ice Cream Man mostly as one fulfilling mod duties on the forums.

Sam (1)My best memory at the site came around the time of Cherrybomb in 2009. I got the privilege of interviewing Glen and Lisa, the directors. I made an international Skype call to Ireland and spoke with them for nearly an hour! I couldn’t believe my luck. They were so polite, and intelligent, and so much fun to speak with. I felt respected and validated in my love of Rupert. I got to speak to the people who also saw his potential and talk about Rupert and Film for a long time. It was an amazing opportunity that the site afforded me all because I was a fan willing to work. This website really does treat fans like family.

I’ve had to relinquish my staffing duties due to a very demanding job and two children under five years old, but I’ll always be loyal and grateful to Dawn, Karo, and all the ladies for their amazing site and the amazing opportunities it afforded. Attached is my old staffer photo, a picture of me as penelope clearwater and my best friend as Hannah Abbot at the DH release, and a picture of my baby gingers which stole me away from the site.


A poll:

Harry Potter series
Harry Potter series

Thunderpants
Thunderpants

Driving Lessons
Driving Lessons

Cherrybomb
Cherrybomb

Wild Target
Wild Target

Into the White
Into the White

Charlie Countryman
Charlie Countryman

CBGB
CBGB

Super Clyde
Super Clyde

Mojo
Mojo

Which is your favourite Rupert Grint project (so far)?

  • Harry Potter series (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Mojo (21%, 7 Votes)
  • Into the White (15%, 5 Votes)
  • Cherrybomb (12%, 4 Votes)
  • Driving Lessons (12%, 4 Votes)
  • Wild Target (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Super Clyde (6%, 2 Votes)
  • CBGB (3%, 1 Votes)
  • (The Necessary Death of) Charlie Countryman (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thunderpants (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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What were your highlights in 2009? Let us know in the comments below!


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