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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Like Hanging Out With An Old Friend.

Whenever I read an interview with writers of series (whether books or movies) that are returning to write another installment they always seem to talk about the experience like they're hanging out with old friends.

And I totally understand that.

At the moment I am taking a short break from working on Last Stand (boo hoo) and have in the last couple of days been reworking (ie completely rewriting) the script for for what I hope will be my first feature film.

This script is something that I have been working on in various different ways for at least five years. It started off originally as a plan for a TV Series and has undergone many refinements since then. Everytime I get stuck on a project I always seem to come back to this one.

(okay the next is a little off topic)

I should mention that since becoming a fan of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series I have developed a sort of longing for what she has with that series: the massive intricate universe of her own creation and the fans who obsess over every detail therein. If any project of mine could measure up to that (in my eyes at least) it would be this one.

(back on topic)

Returning to these stories and characters of mine I find myself flowing through the work without any of the thinking and creating usually involved in my projects. This is simply due to the utter familiarlarity I have developed for my created universe and the fact that for me these characters exist.


P.S. There are absolutely no wizards involved in this project.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Things That Almost Killed Me Today

Well today me and the Sheppmeister went to the EKKA which was pretty good but not as good as it used to be.
Anyway over the course of the day I had a lot of near death experiences (even for me):
* On the way to Shepp's place I was overtaken on a roundabout by a wanker on a motorbike, not using a different lane he used the same lane I was in. I almost had a heart attack.
* Sheppo, knowing my low tolerance dragged me onto some of the poorly maintained rides, there is nothing worse than hearing the safety restraints rattling about while you spin at high speed 20 metres above the ground.
* An edgy horse that got spooked by a helicopter came very close to trampling the both of us.

Glad I made it home alive

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A Blast From Da Past

I was going through a bunch of discs looking for something (which I didn't find) and stumbled across a whole bunch of student films (which I aint gonna show) as well as this my first "proffessional" job. This was shown on a big screen as part of theatrical production by a Brisbane musician named Avra. Oh BTW the song is not my taste so I'd suggest turning the volume down or off:

I'm going to get drunk and watch this again

Another Crappy Work-toon

Due to unpopular demand here is another crappy cartoon done at work.
Okay this one happened at work Sunday night.

Suffice to say it was a quiet night.

I'm off for a nap

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Robbo's Top 10 Lists - Movies

Okay since I'm a filmmaker (albeit not too successful yet) I thought people might like to know what movies I like. Unlike most people my taste is very eclectic, ranging from cartoons to horror and almost everything in between:

Top 10

10. Interstellar 5555
An excellent anime sci-fi story set to Daft Punk's Discovery album. The animation is by Leiji Matsumoto, the legend behind many 80s anime hits.

9. The Princess Bride
A hilarious fantasy story starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.

8. Police Story
Jackie Chan's landmark film that changed the way people all over the world look at action and made JC films uninsurable. The stuntmen involved refer to it as Glass Story, watchit to find out why.

7. Mamiya Kyoudai
While by no means the best film starring Kitagawa Keiko it is certainly the most entertaining and quirky.

6. The Karate Kid
The film that made people believe even a scrawny geek could be a champ if they learned Karate. A stand out for being one of the first films to normalise Martial Arts.

5. The Evil Dead
Bruce "the Chin" Cambell's first foray as Ash in Sam Raimi's debut film is one of the best horror films ever.

4. Clerks
Here is where Kevin Smith's Jersey Chronicles began, made for only US$25000 it is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers everywhere.

3. Beauty and the Beast
My all time favourite Disney film and the inspiration for my love-life (when I have one).

2. Azumi
Japanese pop-idol Ueto Aya playing an awesome assassin in feudal Japan. The amazing finale sees Azumi face 200 enemies solo.

1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
A truly unique blend of genres and techniques but more importantly a truly enjoyable film.

Next time it'll be my Top 10 Beers

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Whoa!!! I'm off to the Beach Dudes

This has nothing to do with any of my projects but I just have to mention it.

Indiana Evans, probably my favourite actress at the moment not to mention absolutely gorgeous, has signed on as the face of Aussie surfer-girl clothing brand Aztec Rose for the 2007 season.

This summer is gonna rock.
See ya at the beach