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Behind-the-scenes of the 'Tron' issue

By APRILL BRANDON
Dec. 15, 2010 at 6:15 a.m.


The staff here that creates the weekly Get Out entertainment section is an unusual bunch. And by unusual, I mean we're all basically a bunch of huge geeks and pop culture junkies (albeit we're all also incredibly good-looking - except for Meredith, who's just good looking).

So when word started getting around there was going to be a "Tron" sequel, the geekiest among us (re: the guys) began planning this issue out in detail.

Mind you, that was about a year ago.

Cut to a few weeks ago, when the excitement had yet to die down and our weekly Tuesday meeting went something like this:

Creative Director Ryan Huddle: "OK, so I have some new ideas about the 'Tron' issue ..."

Me (entertainment reporter): "Um ... shouldn't we talk about this week's issue?"

Ryan: "Sure. This week we've got a bunch of entertainment stories. OK, now I was thinking for the 'Tron' cover, we could ... blah, blah, blah ... geek speak ... design term ... Jeff Bridges ... more geek speak."

Multimedia Editor Robert Zavala: "Yeah, and then we could ... blah, blah, blah ... even more geek speak ... random reference to the uncanny valley phenomenon ... blah, blah."

Copy Editor/Page Designer Meredith Cash: "I'm hungry."

Me: "Can I do a story about how hot Jeff Bridges used to be?"

Everyone else: "No."

Me: "Then how hot Ryan Reynolds is?"

Ryan: "He's not even in the movie."

Me: "He's still really hot."

Meredith: "I'm still hungry."

And there you have it. Of course, there was some actual planning that went on, but for the most part, that's about as productive as our meetings get.

But the point is, when we do these big, movie-themed issues, we do them because we love movies. Whether centered around "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" or making an entire 3-D issue about 3-D movies, it's a labor of love.

And I do mean labor. From conception to delivery (and any other random pregnancy double entendre you can think of), the issue comes together, piece by piece, with no shortage of deadline pressures and frazzled nerves (mostly stemming from the fact that the micro-managers on the team are angry that "someone" didn't get their story in on time, even though she told them repeatedly her legitimate excuse that her dog ate them). But in the end, it's all worth it when even just one of our approximate seven readers gets a thrill from looking at the cover and reading it front to back (or even skimming it; we aren't picky).

And so, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed making it (even Meredith, who stopped whining once we got her a sandwich).

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