|Yup. That's pretty much what ya got.|
The Martian Queen and I shot some quasi-interview stuff today for a webcast. I'll blog it when it comes out. This, then, is my favorite freeze-frame.
By "favorite" I mean, it's the most ridiculous one.
|.68 caliber rifle is actually a Tippman 90 air gun. Licensed by, oddly, the United States Army. What I liked about this is how it has four Picatinny rails along the barrel so we can put whatever stuff we want to on it. I don't like the silver hose, so that will have to be masked. And the magazine is non-working anyway so we might just modify it so it looks like something else. My fantasy is to put a faux video monitor on the top rail like a video-scope.|
|We actually have two of these Delta .68 guns. The very top barrel is the magazine, actually. It can be removed.|
|I got this off of eBay just because I thought it looked cool. The top barrel is the magazine, the bottom is the charging handle -- no kidding, you cock it like a shotgun. Yeah, it even has a safety button. No need for CO2 [EDIT: I am an idiot, of course it needs CO2, but you still have to cock it every time to load a new ball in the chamber.]. Note that the trigger guard makes this weapon un-fireable by someone wearing gloves.|
10-15 poses of the principal talent on some sort of green/blue screen. Please make sure that it is flatly lit with out stylized lighting or depth of field.
Additionally, 15-20 hi res screen grabs from the movie.
|The schedule, archaic, for Android Masquerade. Generated from Celtx. This schedule has no basis in reality.|
Signals Of Fury: SRC Stall #14: Total Retribution (2011): If you've ever wondered how a group of filmmakers could so completely flush away a $1.5 million budget, wonder no more.
|Korbin's apartment is fairly iconic. The built-in lighting and the ceiling are very nice. I want to sink the background into a very earthy red/brown. Also, the bed will likely be permanently in place rather than rolling away.|
|Android Barbara needs a very specific sort of look. Lots of contrast I figure. She should be immediately striking.|
|These pictures are actually of the woman who plays Zorg's secretary, Sybil Buck|
|I completely forgot there was a cat in this movie. A kind of derpy cat.|
|The Queen of Mars in Android Insurrection. Well, the character she played was much more grim than this. But you get the idea.|
Squier (Fender's Indonesia-made cheap brand) makes the Classic Vibe and Vintage Modified Jazz Basses. It's pretty much a '60's reissue with cheaper... um... everything. Wood, electronics, hardware, the works. Funny thing is, they play really well and sound pretty good. With upgraded pickups, they sound great. They're pretty inexpensive. A lot of pros are using them as reliable back-up basses.
In the fantasy world I live in there are some good, isolating, flat, wide frequency-response headphones with a boom microphone on them. And they're cheap. It's my fantasy world and I can have anything I want there darn it!A step up would be the "Highway One" series from Fender or the "Roadworn" series. Both Mexican-made, and both really good basses right out of the gate. No mods necessary. Both can be found used for good prices.
|The Mouse wears headphones.|
|Dave Wolfe at the drums with 2/3rds of the microphones.|
|A closer view of the drum "overheads".|
|Blogger being able to handle animated .gifs is a new thing, isn't it?|
|This was the "everybody close your eyes and we'll tell them that we all blinked simultaneously" actors taking direction test. You can see how well that went.|
|A vastly more right showing of the Dragon Girl cast.|
|22/11/87||Meadowlands Arena||East Rutherford, NJ. USA|
Songs From The Wood, Thick As A Brick/Steel Monkey, Farm On The Freeway/Heavy Horses, Living In The Past/Serenade To A Cuckoo, Budapest, Hunting Girl, The Waking Edge (intro)/'Classical' Instrumental/Keyboard Solo/Drum Solo, Wond'ring Aloud, Skating Away..., Jump Start, Too Old To Rock'N'Roll..., Aqualung, Locomotive Breath/Thick As A Brick (reprise), Wind Up
|I didn't have my camera with me so you'll have to be satisfied with this X/Y pair.|
|Plus you can tell from her right hand that she's an alien.|
|Also, why can't science-fiction motorcycles look this cool? And why can't I have one?|
|The updated super-sexy version.|
Well, I feel you can sort of tell when it goes into my own voice. Paragraph-to-paragraph it's mostly the structure of the original book. But all (or most) of the sci-fi things have been made sci-fi-ish. So guns, details about his armor, the existence of androids, those sorts of things I just made up.Obviously the android stuff is new. But what about the story? Is the way the story unfolds from being on the way to the Xenomorph AI's compound and then going back and describing other missions the way it worked in No Easy Day?
By and large, yes. The structure of No Easy Day is very very good.
So, why on earth did you do this?
There are two major bits of story that I altered. Well, three actually. One is the story of the search for an Army soldier who was captured and still hasn't been found. I felt uncomfortable about making a parody story about that so I made it about a Skinny General who'd defected instead.
The other thing is finding the Brain Bug. In Owen's story the whole point to that mission was that they did a hard mission but were successful and they had no casualties. Instead, I made that mission have a whole impact on the rest of the War.
The third major thing I altered was the way the "helicopter" (which is actually a drop boat in my story) crashes. I give a reason for it. Plus I make the narrator more of a hero by having him figure out how to save the mission.
Owen's parents were missionaries, but obviously not for the Machine God. Obama is now Atredes and Washington is Beijing. The "Skinnys" and the "Bugs" (or Pseudo-Arachnids) are from Starship Troopers. Of course I had to be snotty and make it so that although we're fighting the "Skinnys" we'd been concentrating on the males rather than the females and the narrator is deliberately and spectacularly unreliable.
I do make fun of Owen's complaining about paperwork and treatment of prisoners and "Governor Atredes". Also, I cut out the very ending of the book because it wasn't interesting. Obviously Owen does not have a chip in his brain which helps him control combat armor. And Usama bin Laden was not a Xenomorph Artificial Intelligence. As far as you know.
I thought it was funny. When I was reading the book I thought "This would be even better if they were wearing servo-powered armor and were hunting the Xenomorph AI."You wrote/re-wrote/heavily edited a book just because it amused you?
You got it. I read No Easy Day and thought that the story was so cool it needed to be retold in space.Other than Starship Troopers, what else do you reference?
Man, there's a lot of stuff. Very briefly there's The Forever War (the bit about the blades inside your armor cutting off limbs and sealing you in, also the notion that there's heat-venting at the back of the suits). Also the notion of the HUD and the chip in the brain is a cross between Old Man's War and the Jeff Somers Avery Cates novels.What about the Machine God?
There's a Machine God in the Warhammer 40,000 novels. But I think I was thinking more about the God-Emperor in the Dune universe. I can't think of a direct analog of it.How much of your inspiration came from Owen's anti-Obama stance?
Well. A lot actually. It made me think about how unreliable narrators are. And I wanted to see the logical conclusion of Owen's ideology. I thought that it was interesting that although Owen is so clearly (I mean, he says so) anti-Obama yet every single successful mission he talked about occurred after Obama became President. I thought that was interesting. So the "parody" part of the book is mostly about that.
|The new Darth Vader hospital.|