Interview with Alec Hazikian, Winner of The Dark Knight Rises and Chrysler’s Imported From Gotham City Contest – Part Two

Welcome back to part two of our interview with Alec Hazikian, grand-prize winner of the Imported from Gotham City contest. Let’s pick up right where we left off on Wednesday.

Forward Look: In part one of this interview, you mentioned having the chance to meet The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan. What did he have to say about the spot? Did he give you any advice in general?

Alec Hazikian: It was only a week before the film’s release, so he was quite busy and our encounter was brief. I recall him being impressed by it taking me approximately five hours to put the piece together. I honestly would have loved to find out who the other finalists were and what motivated [Nolan’s] final decision. Maybe one day we’ll meet again and I’ll get to ask him.

FL: You were in LA for editing, then in New York for the film’s premiere. Which was the more surreal experience?

AH: Honestly, they were equally surreal. One has seen so many premieres and footage of celebs and coverage throughout the media…it was all just like a familiar ocean. Being part of it would probably only be different for a famous person.

Being the subject of so much coordination was odd and surreal. I am the winner, and I have to be taken from here to there and have a schedule. Being in a state-of-the-art video and sound finishing facility, whose services were arranged for my work, definitely made an impression. Not to mention everyone’s good nature and sincerity.

Another surreal aspect arose when, about one week later, the first Man of Steel trailer was released by Warner Bros. To think that the place I had done my commercial’s finishing might have been the same place where that particular piece was also completed, perhaps around the same time, it tickled me. However good the film might be, I very much enjoyed that teaser.

FL: The spot aired on national TV. Did your friends and family get together to watch it?

AH: Just the family. Friends DVR’ed it, or saw it online.

FL: In 10 or 20 years, what do you think you’ll remember most about this experience?

AH: I supposed the nature of the after party, held at the New York Public Library. It was the highest concentration of famous faces I’ve seen not made out of wax. I was there with my close friend, who I had invited. There was very limited seating, and we both ended up using the marble stairs of a large stairwell to sit and eat our very well-catered meal. Low and behold, within a minute, here came Ron Howard, all by himself, to sit down and do the same.

Also, the fact that I found out I was the [contest] winner at 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and was on a flight to LA the very next day at 7:30 a.m. Hollywood can certainly be fast-paced. The nice accommodations and car services made up for the rush.

Congratulations again to Alec and thanks to all who participated in the Imported from Gotham City contest.

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