So I’ve already told you about a new model I’m trying out – turning my film ideas into books first and publishing them on Amazon. My first novella, Touch was received surprisingly well. It was the first of a trilogy of novellas I was planning to write – after getting the three books out, they will then be available as a bundled, single novel.
The face of film is changing. No one’s unclear about that (double negative – suck it, bitches!). Digital distribution is actually a thing now. You’ve got entire series coming out that are Netflix-exclusive or Hulu-exclusive. Redbox has funded feature films. (No good ones that I’m aware of, but it’s only a matter of time). Web distribution is actually making people money. The game is changing every day. After almost 100 years of the studio model and its stagnation we’ve all witnessed in the last couple of decades, now everyone is flailing about wildly trying to figure out what the “next big thing” is, or if there even is a new big thing.
Well, I’ve come up with an idea, and the night before last, I took the first step toward putting into action. Continue reading
We woke up. It was premiere day.
And I had no ticket to the film.
Well, there was nothing for it. What was I going to do, not go to the red carpet? After flying halfway around the world?
We made our way into downtown. We’d seen them laying down the red carpet last night, and had seen many of our new friends from Monday’s party already lining up on the street along Courtenay Place, preparing to camp overnight. Their enthusiasm was amazing. We re-took pictures with some of them, partially because their costumes were still so cool, and partially because we had been having too much fun at the party to remember if we’d already gotten photos with them or not. Continue reading
So one of the things I was supposed to do while in Wellington was deliver some bags. A good friend of mine back home named Severn Lang designs custom leather purses, murses and so on. You can check out his site here. The guy does absolutely fantastic work – in fact he’s been helping me design leather for my upcoming series, Quest. I could not be happier with it – the guy is a pro, and his attention to detail is incredible. He’s the kind of guy who will watch a movie like Immortals and go, “Yeah, the armor looks cool, but the leather parts are made with bison. I mean, what the hell? It’s ancient Greece, they would have used goat or cow.” Maybe you’re the type of person who finds that pedantic, but I find it awesome, and it’s definitely what you want in someone who’s designing props for your film project.
Severn’s been designing bags for Gwen McTavish, the wife of Graham McTavish, for years. Apparently Graham used to wear one of Severn’s bags on set all the time, and pretty soon other actors and some of the film’s higher-ups started getting bags from him as well. I brought three of them with me to New Zealand to deliver to Gwen, for three of the Dwarf actors. So on Tuesday morning, our third day here, I called Gwen and found out where the bags were to be delivered. Continue reading
So how was my day 2 in New Zealand? Well, this happened:
Buuut, of course, there’s a little bit of story first. Continue reading
I’m back in Wellington.
It’s all just as I remember it – and I mean JUST. The town barely seems to have changed in a year and a half, except that it’s currently riding high on Hobbit Hype. Continue reading
I just watched the lights of Los Angeles recede into the darkness behind my plane.
Today was, I think, the longest day of work I’ve ever had to endure. The universe seemingly refused to acknowledge the fact that I was leaving by making the time go more quickly. Everyone at work kept wishing me a safe trip, which was nice, but only made me think about it more, increasing the delay. Continue reading