The new “Brave” movie by Disney/Pixar is coming out tomorrow on Friday, June 22. The movie takes place in 10th century Scotland and features a skilled archer named “Merida.” By all preliminary accounts, this is going to be a great movie — it already has a 78% fresh rating from RottenTomatoes.com and it’s generating a lot of buzz for it’s excellent attention to detail in accurate archery, beautiful music, great storytelling, and so on. And while it is a computer-animated movie, I know from experience that this sort of movie appeals to adults as well as kids, and geeky adults at that … I saw movies like this, as an adult, long before I had my son. I think the demographic is particularly good here for getting “Brave” movie-goers interested in the SCA!
So how to do it? My thought is to have a bunch of our local members meet up, wearing GARB, and watch “Brave” together. It would be a fun group activity AND we’d get people asking about who we are and what we do, generating interest and excitement for SCA. I’ve already spoken to our local movie theater about having a table in their lobby, and they’ve agreed … and they are giving us some free movie tickets! So we’ll be hanging out in the lobby in the afternoon, then all seeing the movie together for the 7:00 pm showing. Should be lots of fun! And perhaps we’ll interest some people in our wonderful organization.
To prepare for our excursion to the movie theater, I’ve created two flyers specific to “Brave.” I offer them both to anyone within the SCA who would like to use them for recruitment purposes. Both are in PDF format and are “fillable,” meaning you can replace the paragraph at the bottom with information about your local group. I’ve also created artwork for the flyers, and I’ve Creative Release Form giving anyone in the SCA permission to publish it in any SCA publication, including print, web, and electronic. It’s just a simple drawing of two archers in the style of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry — the one of the left is a true representation of an archer in the tapestry, but the one on the left is my artistic representation of a red-haired girl in a blue dress, who may or may not look like Merida!
Here are the two flyers — click the images to download the fillable PDFs:
If you use these, I’d love to hear how they worked for you.