“Hey,”I greeted Rob as I walked by him chatting to Ivon Bartok.
“Hey,”he replied before turning to resume his conversation.
A seemingly innocuous exchange, but one I found somewhat odd given the circumstances. After all, I hadn’t seen Rob in days and, at the very least, I figured he’d want to catch up. But no a big deal. I figured he simply wasn’t in a talking (to me) mood and moved on. About an hour later, my cell phone rings. It’s Rob, phoning to apologize. Apparently, when he’d seen me this afternoon, he’d assumed we’d already caught up. I had told him all about the fan dinner at Fuel, working on my producer’s edit of Broken Ties, and running the camera test for Whispers. Except – I hadn’t. It wasn’t until he was home that Rob realized he didn’t, in fact, speak to me. He’d actually read my blog instead.
Which is one of the nice things about doing this. You rarely have to repeat yourself because once it’s an official entry, all you have to do is direct the curious over to josephmallozzi.wordpress.com. “Hey, Joe, how was your weekend?”asked Kerry one morning. “It’s all on the blog,”I replied. “So, what did you have for dinner last night?”my mother once quizzed me. “Haven’t you been reading the blog?”I countered. “Morning, Joe. What’s new?” “Just read the damn blog!”
So for Kerry, Mom, and Rob – no need for conversation. Here’s the update: I’ve finished my producer’s cut of Broken Ties. Paul came in to take a look at it and, after much discussion, we both agreed we’d need to re-shoot the cafeteria scene (Paul is particularly fond of the bath gag). We’ll also need a pick-up of Ronon drawing his sword, the warriors falling back (rather than looking like a bunch of downcast extras shuffling off to the catering truck), and the B-side hits. I’m very close to completing the pink pages on Whispers and, now that the script is almost bulletproof, my concerns switch to prep – and specifically the fog. We had an impromptu fog meeting yesterday afternoon to discuss the options open to us which included tenting, shooting through smoked glass, and having the VFX department help out with some visual enhancements. Also, got the first audition streams for Teldy and Dusty, and am very, very pleased with the candidates so far. Round two tomorrow.
Hey, if anyone is interested in reading some of the Hugo Award nominees for Best Novel, free electronic editions of four of the five nominees are available to members of this year’s WorldCon. Head over here for the details:
Thanks to Lou Anders for the heads up.
Rob, by the way, also dropped me an email to let me know about a very kind gesture on the part of one of my favorite Vancouver restaurants. For the months of April and May, Bistrot Bistro will be donating 5% of their Tuesday evening revenue to help local kids struggling with juvenile arthritis. Info here: http://www.cassieandfriends.ca/events.shtml
Off to one more fan Fuel dinner tonight. Marty G. is so excited, it’s all he talked about today!
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday gal Allie.
Today’s pics: More snaps from the fog creature camera test for Whispers.