Sunday, 30 August 2015

monkey island flash version

Here's a rather old but still entertaining video.  It's Monkey Island, the whole story in just over 5 minutes.  I love this game so much.  I miss Lucasarts.

Rob



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james kahn interview

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to catch up with author and composer James Kahn while at a local comic con.  James novelized Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, PoltergeistIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies to name a few.  He's met Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and I just had to get an interview for The Bearded Trio.  Here's what James had to say:

You've novelized many blockbusters during your career. Which one gave you the greatest challenge?
Probably Poltergeist.  I had a one month deadline to write it and I wanted to incorporate a lot of new material that came from my own experiences, and weren’t in the movie.  I had to write 15 hours a day for 29 days.
     
Was there a movie you wish you could have novelized?
Yes, I was asked to novelize Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but I was head writer on a TV show by then – Family Medical Center – and had to turn down the novelization due to time constraints.  Would love to have worked on it though.

If you could give just one bit of advice to anyone writing their first novel what would it be?
Rewrite.  All writing is rewriting. Get down a first rough draft that’s at least a plot skeleton, and then later go back and flesh out the characters, give them some backstory, motivation, conflicts, desires.  And then go back and do it again.  Then wait a couple months, and do it again.  It only gets better each time, and you always want to show people your best effort. 

You were lucky enough to work on the set of E.T. How did that come about and can you recall the first conversation you had with Kathleen Kennedy and Melissa Matheson about resuscitation an alien?
I was working in an ER in LA when Kathleen Kennedy called the front desk and asked if anyone there could help her figure out how to resuscitate an alien.  The desk clerk knew I was a writer, so she steered the call my way.  Kennedy and Melissa Matheson, the screenwriter of ET, came down to the ER and two of us showed them how to run a resuscitation- I played the role of the victim (I didn’t yet know this was ET’s role).  They liked what they saw, so they invited several of us down to the set where ET was filming.  We all suited up in Hazmat suits and shouted out all that ad lib dialogue while we were pounding on ET’s chest 

I’m guessing this led to your first encounter with Steven Spielberg. How did that go? What was the director like in person?
et james kahn sceneYes, I met him on the set while he was directing the film.  He was a very nice guy, very low key, down to earth, excited about directing.  I gave him a copy of my first sci-fi novel, World Enough and Time.  By coincidence (or destiny) he told me he had a copy of it at his bedside – a friend had recently loaned it to him.  I asked if he’d like to make a movie out of it.  He said he was a little busy – but he passed the book on to producer Frank Marshall, who liked it enough to assign me the novelization of Poltergeist.

Any stories on Spielberg you would like to share that haven't been told before?
Just what a great director he was.  I got to watch him work that week of ET’s resuscitation.  Directing Henry Thomas, he got down right at kids’ level and talked to him like another kid describing the upcoming scene.  And directing the actual death aftermath.  It was so moving stage hands were crying 

You novelized Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. What was it like working with another of the bearded trio, George Lucas?
George was kind of distracted and overwhelmed by his own success.  He was very nice to me but clearly so much on his mind I didn’t get the feeling I had his full attention. 

Are you looking forward to The Force Awakens and if asked would you consider writing the novel to the film?
Very much looking forward to it.  JJ Abrams did such a great job of rebooting Star Trek, I think he’s going to do a great job with rejuvenating Star Wars – He’s also a huge Star Wars fan.  I’d love to write another novelization for them, but Alan Dean Foster is doing The Force Awakens.  I’d certainly love to do any of the subsequent films. 

As a huge Star Trek fan I can’t do an interview with you and not mention it. You co-wrote an episode of The Next Generation ("The Masterpiece Society") and was supervising producer on Voyager. What was that like writing an episode for TNG and what exactly were your duties as a supervising producer?
I wrote the TNG episode as a freelancer – it was a one-off.  That means the writing staff and
producers listen to my pitch idea, they like it, they say go ahead and write it, they pay me- and then I’m out of the picture.  They do all the rewrites.  As a supervising producer on Voyager it was much different.  I was in the writers’ room every day with the whole staff,.  I helped guide the story breaking sessions, sometimes I ran the room.  I sat in all the casting sessions. I sat in all the production meetings with all the department heads for every episode, contributing to set design, wardrobe, lighting, whatever needed addressing.  

Who was the biggest joker on the set of Voyager? I’ve heard Tim Russ likes to let out some emotion having played a Vulcan all day.
I actually didn’t spend much time on the set – much more on the writing/producing end of things.

When writing an episode of such a popular TV series what is the secret to keeping the consistency with the characters from previous episodes? Are you able to bring your own little interpretations?
Every writer brings a little piece of himself to the table when stories are created and scripts written.  A show with such a long history as Star Trek, though, there are certain conventions that have to be followed.  In dialogue, for example, you had to have a very good reason if you wanted a character to talk using contractions – most of the speech patterns were rather formal.

You worked on William Shatner’s TekWar. Did you get to meet him and what was he like away from the cameras?
He could be a very nice guy. He could also be very demanding.  He liked my episodes, so he was always nice to me. 

Back to the Steven Spielberg now and do you still keep in touch?
I haven’t talked to Steven in almost 30 years.  Our careers just took us to different places.  He stayed in features, I stayed in TV.  He soared to the heights of a mega career, I ended up being kind of a working writer.  Everybody knows his name, not many know mine. 

Do you have a favourite John Williams soundtrack?
It’s hard not to love Star Wars. Indiana Jones is pretty great though.   

What are you doing with yourself these days?
Just starting to put together my own small indie feature, “Wrongside Bob,” A comedy/drama about a drifter with amnesia struggling to remember his past, running into a quirky old guy in a bar who’s desperately trying to forget his past.  It’s inspired by a cd of Americana music I released a few years ago, Man walks into a bar. 

How can fans keep in touch with you?
WWW.THATJAMESKAHN.COM
https://www.facebook.com/jameskahnwordsandmusic and
https://www.facebook.com/wrongsidebob

Rob Wainfur
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Saturday, 29 August 2015

film concerts live!

If, like me you're a fan of soundtracks then you may have been lucky enough to have listened to your favourite piece being played live by a professional orchestra.  The live experience of hearing and feeling the emotion being generated while the soundtrack plays is something everyone should have the opportunity of experiencing.

Thanks to FILM CONCERTS LIVE! that experience is possible.  Not only do they play some of the finest soundtracks in movie history but they perform while the movie plays on a big screen.  You may have seen this already on one of the extras on the E.T. DVD a few years back.

FILM CONCERTS LIVE! is a co-venture of IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency which if you're a John Williams fan will know they have close ties with the composer.  It's no wonder then that three of the films they are currently performing their magic to are actually John Williams soundtracks.  Home Alone, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the previously mentioned E.T.  The other films are Back to the Future which has the legendary soundtrack from Alan Silvestri and Michael Giacchino's Star Trek with it's powerful score.

The concerts are performed all over the world, from Australia to Europe and the USA.  One of the concerts will be taking place at the Hollywood Bowl in September and The Los Angeles Philharmonic will give the world premiere of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.  Sticking with Steven Spielberg movies and in December, lucky ticket holders in Switzerland will be able to listen to the  21st Century Orchestra at KKL in Lucerne perform the soundtrack to Raiders of the Lost Ark (one of my favourite soundtracks - Rob.)


If you're a soundtrack fan and want to experience a classic soundtrack being played live, and lets be honest who wouldn't?  Then head over to FILM CONCERTS LIVE! website and check out their dates.  If you do go to one of the concerts (or have already been) make sure you let The Bearded Trio know and we may post the photos on here.

You can keep up to date with FILM CONCERTS LIVE! On Twitter and Facebook too.

 Rob Wainfur
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It's hard to believe that 30 years after its release, there are still some things one can learn about Back to the Future and its sequels. CineFix has uncovered nine things you may not have known about these classic films. Sure, a few of them you probably already knew -- but I'll bet there are a few you didn't. For example, I missed #6 entirely -- and #7, who knew?!

(A little bit of adult language ahead, just so you know.)



Thank goodness for #9. Seriously!

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Friday, 28 August 2015

rebels season 2

THE MIGHT OF THE EMPIRE GROWS AND FAN-FAVORITE CLONE TROOPERS
DEBUT IN NEW EPISODES OF “STAR WARS REBELS” SEASON 2
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

The critically-acclaimed animated series "Star Wars Rebels" is set to debut new episodes starting WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

In "Star Wars Rebels" Season Two, past lives will be revealed and the destiny of our heroes will be changed forever.  The transformative new season resumes with Imperial oppression on Lothal growing stronger and the rebels seeking out new allies and additional resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost enlists some old friends: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so do their enemies. New Inquisitors are dispatched by Darth Vader and sent to crush any threat of rebellion. Through dangerous rescue missions, thrilling space chases, and spectacular lightsaber duels – the bond of our rebel crew will be put to the test like never before.

"Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One" is available on Blu-RayTM and DVD on Tuesday, September 1, and delivers all 15 action-packed episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material including cast and crew interviews revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series.


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stargate podcast

Tune in to Stargate Jogcast where I talk with co-host, Adam P O'Brien about the third episode of Stargate SG1, "The Enemy Within."  As usual we deviate from our main topic and talk Star Wars, Star Trek and of course Steven Spielberg.  I lay down a challenge to Spielberg fans with the hope they can find a certain photo on the web.

I also reveal my feelings on the current hype surrounding The Force Awakens.  I let it all out.


Rob Wainfur
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