There has been so much going on that I think I will use the excuse I always use for having not written in a long time. No really, there has been a lot going on.
Well, OK, I will tell you as much as I can remember.
As of July 2, 2012, Galaxy Sailor Productions new office is open. Not just an office where I run around alone with my stormtrooper helmet making laser gun noises while my dog sleeps in the corner. I mean an office with other people in it. Yeah, really, other people. I have other people, and they work with me. They only do it because I pay them. However, isn’t that the best reason?
We are open for business. Jena Bodell, Harriseon Howes and I are all moved in with Evan Phillips to move in soon. The space itself has been a remodel from the ceiling to the floor. Many of the walls needed to be cleaned and resurfaced, as well as painted all the way around and some new sheet rock areas. I filled enough holes to make the place seem like I was in a war zone and covered up the weird slathering of liquid nails holding up strange paneling. A good layer of new carpet and the office was ready to move in. It’s a great set up – we have a main area for guests, clients and video games, with a back room dedicated to editing machines and gear storage. I am truly loving it.
Now that we are up and rolling with our doors open, GSP has a lot of projects on our plate with what we hope to be more and more coming. Recently, we have been fortunate enough to have worked with Yahoo! Sports filming a short doc about Lopez Lomong, shooting for Microsoft with CMD and filming with a New York City agency for an Intel piece about Portland food carts. We are all still working on a ten video series for ODOT and have started getting a series of RFP reports out to businesses. As I say to Jena often: We’re working!
This last week had me down in San Diego for the annual Comic Convention there. San Diego ComiCon is a trip, in the physical sense and in the metaphorical sense. The drive was a long one, taking nearly eighteen hours to get there and about twenty to get back (side trip). The experience was what was in store for me at ComiCon. Day one had me checking in and browsing around, seeing what was there to see. It was Friday that made all the difference.
As I made my way to the con, I was wandering the streets near there to get my barrings. I went past a building that had a giant YouTube sign outside. I was looking around wondering why there was a line, when I bumped into a woman on the street. I wasn’t even looking forward, so this was totally my fault…that I bumped into Felicia Day. Not that we talked, but I can say that I bumped into her in San Diego, and perception is 100% of the game, right! So, having to get to the con and meet up with people, I was determined to make it back to the YouTube Fan Lounge, as I later found it to be called.
SDCC has a ton of things to do, most all of them requiring a massive line and a lot of time wasted getting to that desired place. I could have watched spoiler footage of Pacific Rim, or of The Hobbit, plus there was much to be had in the 10 year anniversary panel of Firefly. There was no way I was going to sit and wait fourteen hours for that…no way. So my time was spent looking about.
When I decided to return to the YouTube Fan Lounge, I as greeted by a guy name Arlando, and writer with Machinima Prime. We got to chatting and, of course, I outed myself as a wanna be film maker the first chance I got. Then it happened. Next thing I knew, Arlando was introducing me to directors, producers and people of caliber inside the inner workings of YouTube and Machinima. I was freaking out, to say the least. Now, for me, I assume that no one will remember me in any extreme, but that may be that one – just that one – that might. The next thing I knew, I was handing out cards like a mad man. The great part was, I received them back. So without any intention I got a bunch of great contacts that I am now trying to assemble so I can respond to them.
Getting to see new work by Sandeep Parikh, listening in on a Felicia Day live Vlog cast and seeing the new HALO trailer for the web series Forward Unto Dawn didn’t hurt any at all!
Oh, and I met Joss Whedon. I got to give him my business card. I am still crazy about the whole thing!