Marvin the Martian, on his inability to blow up the planet Earth.
This is the mission graphic on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
I have plotted like Marvin (except for the destroying the Earth part). I have paced like Marvin. And some would say, that I have even dressed like Marvin….
So what does one do when confronted with the aforementioned delays?
Keep plotting. Metaphorically speaking, the Earth will still be there to destroy tomorrow.
So… needless to say, I had an interesting fall:
September found me for a month in Harwich, MA in full pre-preproduction.
I marched in the Harwich Craberry Festival parade behind the Team Waystack truck, poster in hand, reminding everybody that the Moon will be coming to a sandpit near them…
We also had a booth at the Cranberry Festival itself, meeting lots of new folks, proudly showing off props and gizmos….
From the brilliant work by JP Cummings, our concept artist:
...turned into amazing reality by Spat, our armorer, at Spatcave Studios...
...to the final, color-corrected and composited test shoot footage:
I had a ball. Making movies, heck making ANYTHING is hard work. And as you can see, the best thing about an endeavor like this is that you get to meet a whole slew of new people with a whole slew of new disciplines that inevitably make you a better filmmaker.
There has been such an outpouring of talent that has come forward since the fall that I’m honestly both amazed and humbled.
And through that time, I realized that this is quickly becoming Harwich’s movie and not mine.
So to that end, I feel that I need to raise the bar a bit higher. Not only what I want FOR the movie, but also what I want it to BE and SAY. I want it to be something that we all can be proud of.
Yes, during all this the economy was in a tailspin. And yes, we had investors drop out or tell us to hold off...
Yes, all that was happening at once. But what can one do?
I prefer to look at the positive.
Yes Shockwave, will be made.
Yes, we will make it in Harwich.
And yes, it will be a friggin’ blast.