If you haven’t already seen it posted over on the Indiegogo page or over on Twitter, I’ve recently talked to Paul Alves and the crew of The Book Guys Show. It was one of four interviews that were supposed to happen this past week … and it was the only one that actually took place. Yes, Project Mayhem keeps being plagued by bad timing, outside interference and bad luck. One could start despairing, if one wouldn’t know that a crowd funding project isn’t over until it’s over. So don’t stop believing and other inspirational blabla. Seriously though, it’s only two more weeks and it might look dire at this point, but the outcome of the project is still wide open. Read more
Someone please pass me the [insert prefered condiment here] because it’s time to eat my words. Remember when I talked about the crowd funding plans for This Way Lies Mayhem and said/wrote: “(…) with all likelyhood it will be Kickstarter. If you want to put a number on it … 93% … that’s a good number. So if it is that certain, why not use the name Kickstarter already?” (That was over here, in pt.3 of the production diary). Uhm, well, turns out … it’s not Kickstarter. In all fairness, I did mention that I might be using a different platform. Like Indiegogo, for example. And I did give that possibility a 7% chance. Now the crowd funding has started, and the the project that you can find here is indeed on Indiegogo. Here is why … Read more
Okay then, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story.
On April 6th, 2013, the BBC ran the 8th episode of series 4 of the (new) Doctor Who. An episode that saw the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) take his new companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), to an alien planet for the first time. And episode written by Neil Cross. And an episode that featured one of the finest pieces of writing – in the form of an epic speech by the Doctor – not just in the history of Doctor Who. That speech reminded me of the very reason why I am a writer and a story teller. And I couldn’t help but wonder if part of the speech might be an homage to another famous (movie) speech – one that I found defines the very reason why I am dedicating my life to telling stories. Read more
It’s totally fine to recycle a story previously posted on my music blog (that’s NeverMindTheBuzzkills) here, right? Right? Of course it is. At least when it is filled to the brim with geeky goodness and nerdy, uhm, something else with “n”. And the following sure is, giving classic album artworks with a Star Wars, Scott Pilgrim and Harry Potter twist, as seen on this episode of The Nerdist’s Just Cos series. So here goes, a loan from NMTB: Read more
I don’t like being in front of a camera. It’s that simple. Whether it’s for photos or video, I never could stand being on the business end of a lens. As a result, I have developed quite the camera dodging skills over the years (not the kind the characters in This Way Lies Mayhem utilise, but still). Of course, if you want to create a crowd funding project with the best chances for success, creating a video is a must. So I knew I had to do it. Which didn’t change the fact that it dreaded doing it every step of the way. With the start of the crowd funding scheduled for the first week of April, the inevitable video shoot was scheduled for the last weekend of March – a weekend where pretty much everyone I knew was enjoying some days off over the long Easter weekend. And, quite frankly, the fact that the video shoot did happen was the only thing that did go as planned that weekend. Read more
The crowd funding project for This Way Lies Mayhem kicks off in a little over a week from now, which means that the current (pre)production consists of me chasing the last few elusive replies and numbers, so I can finalise the budget this week … before I record the video for the project on the weekend. That’s a whole lot of work to do. It’s just not really exciting to report to you, dear reader, on how I write emails to people to remind them that I am still waiting for answers and that I’m running out of time. However, I’ve been waiting to re-post the following in the Production Diary for a while now, and today’s the day in which I give you the music that inspired the writing process of This Way Lies Mayhem. Well, I say I give you the music … I don’t really. I give you a list. But you can still read and compare. Which songs do you know? What do they mean to you? And which new/unknown songs are you going to look up on YouTube right after reading this? Read more