well, we're back from Bermuda, and things are back to business, and business is good. First off, The Lance will be back and ready to go - we'll have the next publication out in by Tuesday next week. It's going to be great. I haven't opened an InDesign work file in almost two months - I almost forgot how to drop an object - which is simply inserting a photo onto a page. Yikes.
While I only really did two things at the office today - get the layouts to the editors and change a couple of alarm codes for new staff - I must have spent an easy three hours on the phone today getting everything and everyone back in place (again, this is the first paper in almost two months).
BUT there is other good news, too
While I was away, there were two days of shooting for The Extent, and the report from my associate Executive Producer, and the creator of the show, Jay Nassr, says that absolutely everything has been going fantastic. When we were creating characters, a man named Mickey Dhutta developed a man named Luther - and we casted a guy named Steve to play the part (not an actor, he lays flooring for a living).
Apparently Steve has turned some major corners in his acting and has been rocking the role we made for him - which is awesome to hear. I just finished the set list and emailed it out to the crew and we're ready to finish up business on that set. (For the record, to suggest that there's some serious connections that link us all up in the universe - Steve gave me a call and we chatted about filming and some of the scenes as I was typing his name. Cool, eh?)
So that's good stuff - we have an excellent set put together that carries the majority of our shooting for the first season of this show, and we're going to be able to finish up with it by the end. That's a major achievement.
And, to make matters even better - there's an Online show coming out soon that was just bought up by Warner Brothers called Blood Cell: check out the trailer.
So this means two things, and both of them are good. First, there's a market for Webseries and Second, that there are buyers in that market - all of this bodes well for The Extent. We don't need a gay title like "Blood Cell," either.
More good business
The next cool part of my day of being back in business includes the final sale of that George Antoine Belcourt article I was mentioning all those posts ago. My partner in crime, James Mays (whose teddybear runs a blog here) has been in touch with The Beaver Magazine (a Canadian historical magazine) and they've confirmed that they are going to purchase the article that we put together. To quip my partner verbatim:
Ryan!So that's awesome news. We knew that The Beaver was interested in the stories, but they wanted the stories flowered up a bit, decorated and made real pretty. James doesn't like that sorta shit - so he asked if I was up for it. I was.
Break out the champagne! Beaver bought the story.
Wait 'til the cheque arrives! Whoo!
Did I pretty it up? Well, instead of giving it a verbose floral vernacular, I instead read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and built a running conceit about the Ware Steam Wagon and transformed it into a freakish creation of humanity that ran amok. Flowery indeed. Plus added a hint of Late Victorian prose (but only a hint).
And to top it all off:
I managed another high score on Hell Kitchen for Facebook. 247! That's a big score! That was awesome, too.
BTW: I don't know quite how to classify this (www.scottrogers.org).