Well, Mike Tucker doesn’t think I’m mad, but he wants to meet up, so that could all change…
I know, I know. It’s been an obscenely long time since my last entry. The Soul Searcher DVD had me working flat out throughout January and since then I’ve been taking a well-deserved rest. I did manage to finish the second draft of the Shadowland script a few weeks ago, however. It’s still got at least one major problem in it, but I’ve sorted out all the unanswered questions that the first draft posed. Yesterday I advertised for more concept artists. As expected, some of the original artists have fallen by the wayside, leaving only David Ayling and Ian Tomlinson still working on it at present.
Last week I tracked down Mike Tucker and his company The Model Unit using this new-fangled information superhighway thingy. Mike was one of the main guys behind Red Dwarf’s fantastic model effects and his company now does all the models for Doctor Who – spaceships crashing into Big Ben, the new Daleks, etc. Anyhoo, I wrote to Mike briefly explaining my project and got quite a positive response. I’m now waiting to hear what he makes of the script. I expect he’ll think I’m bonkers.
Turns out the British Council really is useless after all. The BIFF e-mail is a lie. They send it to everyone to get you to part with the entry fee. Probably pull the names out of the Council’s catalogue of British films. And I’ve already sent the disc off. You guys just made my list. Taking Biff Tannen’s name in vain.
I got an e-mail from the Brooklyn International Film Festival (or BIFF, as in Tannen) the other day inviting me to submit Soul Searcher. The British Council had recommended it to them. Which was a pleasant surprise, since last time I spoke to the British Council they didn’t seem like they were going to be able to help me. Anyway, being invited to submit and being selected are two very different things.
I strongly recommend you visit the Superman Returns video blogs and watch blog #7: “The Call”. It amused me heartily. I know who I’m going to call next time I’m knackered on set.
The DVD replicators called yesterday to say that they had rigorously tested my disc and all was well, but suggested I make a few very minor changes to increase compatibility. I made the changes and sent off a new disc this afternoon. When they get it, they can go ahead and make the glass master.