Saturday, June 23, 2007

Moves

Recording pushing back to mid-July, probably, and depending on mixdown and other factors, we'll share our first demo sometime between August 10 and 20. Link here, and if you're on my list of trusted opinions, you'll get an email.

First arc is plotted, now writing must begin.

However, complete sentences are evading me at the moment.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Forward

Rehearsal tonight went very well. The actors are beginning to inhabit the roles a little, and I'm learning what I want from them in terms of performance. It's hard to remember it's all in your head, and I can see it, but removing oneself from one's head in order to hear what's really going on.

Any way, it's all going very well. Recording first part of July, I think. You'll be able to hear by August 1.

At least, in theory.

Epiphany

Just realized this morning that while Knight's Tour is full of references and characters are based on various things, the base influences and inspiration on this work have come more from my increasing knowledge of how other creators work. Ellis, Fraction, Welles and others have recently said things (in Orson's case had things said about him) about how they work and why they chose a particular thing to use in a story. That's really what's been driving this whole idea. The Independents of Independence. These guys are the reasons I'm trying this venue.

If I can be half as successful as one of them, I'll be extraordinarily happy.

Just wanted to share.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tid-bits

Below are a couple of bits I wanted to share with you regarding the test reel for Knight's Tour. They are offered without any comment or context. Enjoy:

MUSIC: Show theme swells up and continues under

NARRATOR: GREAT MINDS OF HUMANITY HAVE SPENT LIFETIMES EXPLORING THE MYSTERIOUS LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE. TRUTHS ARE REVEALED AS TECHNOLOGY PROGRESSES AND THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS GROW EVER SKYWARD. FORCES BOTH BENIGN AND INSIDIOUS WORK UPON EACH OTHER TO CREATE TENSIONS THAT CAN ONLY BE RELEASED NOISILY AND VIOLENTLY UPON THE GREATER POPULATIONS OF EVERY DIMENSION.

TONIGHT, THOSE FORCES GATHER EN MASSE TO CONSPIRE AGAINST ONE HUMAN LIFE THAT WILL BE THRUST FRONT AND CENTER INTO A CONFLICT IT CANNOT UNDERSTAND. MOVES WILL BE MADE AND SPACES OCCUPIED IN THIS CONFLICT THAT WILL UNIFY EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE INVOLVED.

IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO PREDICT THE NEXT OPEN SPACE ALONG THE KNIGHT’S TOUR AFTER WE PRESENT “TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO”....

...........


ERIK: (groans) Oh, god…

ROSE: No, not god. Me. Now, you can make all the noise you want. This might take a while.
ERIK: (whisper) Why?

ROSE: Because there’s a very bad man in the back seat of my car waiting to kill me if I don’t take care of you. You’re collateral: a pawn in a much, much larger game.
ERIK: (grunts) Nuh, huh, no. Won’t ---

ROSE: Oh, you can’t stop me, Erik. And your friend Stuart? He won’t stand any better chance when it’s his time.
ERIK: Ungh. (gasps) St --- Stu ---?

(SFX: A knife into a melon. A slow stabbing sound.)

ROSE: Breathe. It’s tough, but you can if you try. You’re going to die by slow turns as you drown in your own blood. Look at me. (beat) Hey. Hey! Look at me. I’m going to go to your house next.
ERIK: Nnnnnngh! (coughs) No!

ROSE: Oh, yes. And if you think this is bad, I’ll do worse for your wife. Before I kill her, I’ll make her watch me take your children apart at the seams. (sweetly) It’ll be so touching, all of them together…

(SFX: A knife into a melon. A slow stabbing sound.)