Nihongo benkyo o shitte imasu! I’m studying Japanese! It’s well known that the quickest and most comprehensive way to learn a foreign language is total immersion. As a result, I’ve told my friends and co-workers that, for the time being, I will only address them in Japanese and I ask them to only speak to me in Japanese as well (Nihongo hanashite kudasai!). There were some complaints. And no wonder. Their Japanese language skills are atrocious! All the more reason for them to take part.
I’m amassing a bunch of questions in the mailbag that I’ll start tackling tomorrow. For today, to those asking whether I’ll be blogging while in Tokyo – of course! I’ve blogged through two of my Tokyo trips, the last one starting with this entry: http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/11/23/november-23-2008-tokyo-day-1-the-sock-hunt-the-dalloyau-vs-pierre-hermes-macaron-throwdown/
Following in the footsteps of Spambait (http://spambait.wordpress.com/) and the Weird Food Purchase of the Day (http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/11/26/november-26-2008-tokyo-trip-day-4-kaiseki-feast-porking-out-sweets-and-such-and-the-weird-food-purchase-of-the-day-japanese-ice-cream-edition/), and ( http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/08/20/august-20-2008-production-update-more-guest-announcements-and-the-weird-foodmedicinal-purchase-of-the-day/) today I kick off what will hopefully be a recurring feature: the Caption This feature.
How it works – I post an awkward pic and you guys provide an appropriate caption to describe the photo. The winner gets…well, I haven’t decided what the winner gets. But it will no doubt be something very cool that can be cherished forever, like a piece of prop fruit, a personal video message from Script Coordinator Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, or a pair of Louis Ferrera’s shoes I’ll sneak out of his trailer.
Contest rules: There are none. Enter as many times as you like!
Contest ends midnight (PST), Monday August 3rd, 2009.
Okay, we all set? Here’s the pic. Caption this:
So, 45 pages into the season finale and only partway through Act III, I face a tough decision. One script or two? I poked my head into Brad’s office today to give him the heads-up. He’s doing the pass on Sabotage but has planned to write Episode #17. Given that #17 is the only story we have yet to break, it will probably be shifted to season 2 (provided we get that much sought-after pick-up) if my one script becomes two, so I didn’t want him actually starting work on it in the days ahead. Just in case.. After some discussion with the other producers, it was decided that I would proceed and simply write the script I want to write, then take stock at the end of this long weekend. If it’s only slight longish, I’ll simply trim it down and end up with a very tight single script. If I’m outrageously long, I’ll reconfigure the act breaks and end up with two scripts.. All good, except that there’s a just as likely third scenario I fear: I‘m long, but not outrageously so, and end up with a firm script and a half.
Well, guess I’ll know by Tuesday.
In today’s pic ensemble, let’s check out the Stargate: Universe crew in action…