Very soon, on October 7 2018, Doctor Who will make its way back to our TV screens for the 11th season of the modern TV series. And when it does, it will in many ways be a whole new program, compared to what we saw last: a new Doctor (with a new gender), new companions, new showrunner. Probably a new version of the theme song and a new opening title sequence, a new TARDIS set and a new sonic screwdriver. And certainly a new story direction, with plot-lines like redeeming the Master or identifying the Hybrid a thing of the past.
Continue reading 12 Times Doctor Who has Reinvented Itself
Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #25, and for the sixth week in a row, we’re talking about superheroes, though with a different slant this time.
How would you do an Escape Room with a superhero theme?
Continue reading Weekly Geeky Question #25: A Superhero-themed Escape Room
So, point of clarification: I’m 48 years old currently, having just celebrated my birthday yesterday. I’m not 49, but that this year is actually my 49th year of living. When I celebrate my 49th birthday, that means I’m completing my 49th year, not starting it.
And I know, it’s not really a “bucket list” if the deadline isn’t the end of your life…when you “kick the bucket”. Indeed, maybe it’d be better to call this a “49th Year To-Do List”. But that’s catchy sounding, don’t you think?
So this is a list of things I’m hoping to have achieved by the time that me being able to say “I’m 48 years old” is cold and buried in the ground. What do I want to have achieved / completed / accomplished by then? That’s what we’re looking at here. Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List
Today is the end of me being 47 years old. I’ve been writing all year in one way or the other about how 47 is my favorite number, and now we’re here at the end of the year and all I can wonder is, did I actually do justice to this iconic moment in my life? After all, I don’t get to go back and do it again.
Can I, indeed, think of 47 things I did or experienced this year that made the year notable or cool?
Let’s try! Continue reading Looking Back at Being 47
This is my 800th post on Blue Towel Productions; the 800th time I’ve written a bunch of stuff, added a few links, and then hit “publish”.
I haven’t mentioned all this since I hit 600 posts, so maybe with this I’ll be establishing a new tradition. We’ll see.
Continue reading 800th Post (Congrats to me, and so on)
In the past, I’ve shared how amongst my family’s personal holiday traditions, one of my favorite is the Martian Kings–little toys from the Netherlands that my wife’s sister and her husband (who used to live there) sent to us over the years. Originally, they were just decorations for Sinterklaas (a Dutch celebration in December that bears some similarities to Christmas), but the Martian Kings (as my daughter described them) stayed for Christmas. Continue reading The Death of the Martian King
It doesn’t make me famous or anything, but a while ago a fellow blogger, whose work can be found over at https://scifipie.me/my-blog/, must have come across some of my movies and I decided to ask me for an interview. He just sent me a list of questions to answer in an email, so it wasn’t very interactive, but it was the first time I’ve discussed my filmmaking at length with a complete stranger, so that was interesting. I also mention in it a few projects that I was hoping to have completed soon at the time, which are still not done, so that’s a bit sad.
Anyway, the results of this have just recently gone online, and you can read them here.
Avoidance is a simple film exercise produced by the media training program that I lead. Continue reading Avoidance – a short film exercise
Warning: This post starts off pretty geeky, but ends up kind of religious. If that appeals to you, then by all means, read on.
I love Christmas and I get excited about giving and receiving gifts. At the same time, I often feel let down after the whole experience. Continue reading Christmas Gift Highlights, and What Really Matters
Recently, I had a minor epiphany about myself and some of the films I’ve made over the years.
A question I’ve pondered from time to time regarding the whole activity of film making and story telling is how much do you focus on “message”–that is, the underlying meaning behind the plot and characters on the screen–as opposed to “story”. Naturally, there is no reason a film can’t be strong in both, but what should be my focus, especially in the writing and development stage?
Continue reading Not Meaningless After All? (Musing on my Movies)