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INFINITE WHONIVERSES – Coming this Summer, The Doctors who saved Christmas!

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Here’s something I hadn’t planned to do this weekend, make an update for IW. I’ve had litrally no time to work on it, but now I’ve got my mornings free again (for the moment) I’m trying to catch up on the backlog of things to do that haven’t been done yet.

17 videos from last year, a dozen from this year, a bunch of stories (a dozen submitted!), hikes, pitches and jobs to apply for. Yep, the juggling Octopus is back in town, yay. Already missed a few deadlines for a few jobs, so trying to do something about the half dozen still being advertised.

ANYWAY- IW will happen toward the end of the year. Got the Summer to sort it. The NeoDoctor Stop-motion vids will be part of it, once I’ve got voices sorted. So here’s another poster/cover- a taste of Things to Come!

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STILL LOOKING FOR A SILVER LINING

59417548_2408654962487097_8479767392367411200_nI have been trying to get a job/Commission in the Media Entertainment industry since I was 15. I am now 45. I live in a small semi-detached Council house, in what’s been called a deprived, poor town in the North West of England, believe me, the Media Elites don’t come knocking on my door!.

Most people in my situation would have given up by now, I’m a persistent bugger. I decided to do what I could by myself and have made over 520 videos over the last six years and four published short stories, none of which I’ve been paid for. I have applied for a number of jobs at Disney, mainly with Lucasfilm and gotten nowhere. I’m still looking for a Silver Lining though.

My Hiking videos are my main passion, recording my experiences as I go along. I am having an epic catch up editing and posting, though I’ve started a new project that might take a while to finish.

The other main show is The Tiglet Show, which developed a few years after I started using my Tiger puppet as a hiking mascot back in 2012. This was mainly taking pictures of Tiglet to add to my hiking blogs, then ‘he’ began presenting hikes and it grew from there. I made other videos as ‘spoof’ trailers- A Game of Paws/TigTrek/Tigwars and even puppet Les Miserables!

So, putting a lot of ideas into the pot, I cooked up The Tiglet show, which was zany and had a few notable characters- Professor Von Ool, Ruby the Woozibot, Ewan the Supersheep and The GrumpyCats, my version of Waldorf and Statler, criticizing everything.

Other things I have tried are Tigcraft- craft making, which I’m not very good at and Mrs. Tiglets Cookery Blog, which again wasn’t that great.

Another thing I have been doing for nearly five years is Dr. Rrr, a puppet version of Doctor Who, so Tiglet is The Masterrr, Roary is Dr. RRR! And so on. I’m also doing stop-motion with Dalek toys and working on a couple of Short Film ideas. The first of these should be ready in the Summer.

Here is the link to my Youtube channel, most of the things I have mentioned are on my Creativity and Imagination playlist- The Tiglet show/Tiglet reads the Woozies at Chester Writers and other ideas- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjtNT2TXlmlRaiC3q78WTb1

On Linked In I have listed all my experience, skills, courses, certificates, publications and projects, of which there are 30.

Although that only lets you list fifty skills on the skills section and won’t let you change them, or at least it doesn’t for me! Other skills I would include are- that I am a Big Thinker and strategist, attuned to details and analytical/conscientious. My goals at the moment are looking at ways of turning Narratives into Metanarratives, thinking about the Bigger Picture. Marvel has done it with the Avengers storyline. Star Wars desperately needs a new direction.

All my projects are also listed on my Linked In profile, which I have used as a template for my new CV/Resume-

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All of the above I wrote as an Essay for DISNEY/ABC 2020 WRITING PROGRAM over a week ago. I had to include two Scripts and a resume. Semi-finalists will be notified in November, with the Program starting in February2020. Do I stand a chance? Hell no!

I might actually make a new category/videoblog page. Call it something like- Frustrations of a Middle-aged Writer from the Backstreets of Nowhere. ‘Cos that’s what it is. The place down the back of the sofa where nothing really changes or improves. Stuck in the same old rut and going round in circles, chasing my own tail like Ouroborous. It’s my own Innovative Dilemma, but I’m still searching for a solution.

On a dark, cloudy, overcast and rainy day. I’m still looking for a silver lining.

 

GREY DOMINION FIRST ANNIVERSARY- AND I’VE GONE AND MISSED IT- OOPS!

Yes, that’s right Troopers, life’s been so hectic and busy recently I’ve gone and forgotten it has been a year since I launched Grey Dominion. I had made a few shots of the GreyLord in October 2017, but last April/May I went to Pierhead, then New Brighton and then Woodside Ferry in Birkenhead to shoot a spaceship over the River Mersey.

Anyway, I’ve remembered now- no new video updates, but ideas are flowing- it’s just finding the time to get things done. Thank Zod it’s half term next week!

Let’s see what I can come up with eh?!

 

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LIFE’S A DRABBLE- GREY DOMINION IN 100 WORDS

From a Billion light years it came.

In the blink of an eye, flying through voids, past galaxies. into the Milky Way, then the Solar System and into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Battlesaucers rose to greet it with fire. It decimated them, itself undamaged. Dissidents and GreyTroopers watched as it landed by the hills.

As Lucius and his friends arrived, the back of the Triship lowered. Two tall figures strode forth. They were like Greys, but coloured blue and green. Kairus and Gairus, Emissaries of The Greater Dominion.

The lies of the Grey Lord exposed at last.

Here comes the Gamechanger!

 

It was at Widnes Comic Con a couple of weeks ago when Local Author Andrew Lennon showed me his book of Drabbles, a collection of Short Stories, each one exactly one hundred words.

So I wondered if I should have a go. Leafing through my notebook, I found that I had gotten close with the narrative of the last Grey Dominion trailer- Here comes the Gamechanger. 132 words.

So I cut down, swopped round and changed it so it would be exactly one hundred words.

So, not a monumental update but something new, ‘cos life’s a Drabble!

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A long time ago, between 2017 and 2018, it was good times for Star Wars. Disney announced two new trilogy movies, one by Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson and another by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. That was before the dark times, before the slowdown… Last week we found […]

via Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie Trilogy Helmed By Benioff & Weiss, Another Streamed Show May Be In The Works — Comics Pit

Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie Trilogy Helmed By Benioff & Weiss, Another Streamed Show May Be In The Works — Comics Pit

 

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU PART 3- THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR WARS EPISODE 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE AND A RE-EVALUATION OF STARWARS THE LAST JEDI A YEAR ON (AND A WEEK LATER THAN PLANNED!)

StarWars_3D_OneSheet%20(Medium)-5628It was the 20th Anniversary of Jar Jar Binks being inflicted on the world last weekend. Well, more than that. The Origins of The Empire/Clone Wars/Imperial Senate/Jedi and Darth Vader are all introduced here. All the brief hints/mentions from Episode 4, 5 and 6 get fleshed out in the Prequel Trilogy.

 

There is more than meets the eye going on, while Podracing/trade disputes and Binksy are just distractions and toy marketing opportunities for Lucas, the deeper story is of Palpatine’s machinations and manipulations of the Senate Trade rules/ the Jedi and the Sith-coming out party with his alter ego Sidious and sacrificial Sith Darth Maul.

While it was something unexpected, it did set the scene for the rest of the saga. The shocking death of Qui Gon Jinn was like the execution of Ned Stark at the end of Season 1 of Game of Thrones.

I Might have to look for some cosplay ideas- Trooper Bob hasn’t made an appearance recently, but something new sounds good. Though Dewie the Wookie went down well at Widnes Library and Comic Con, so heaving him around looks like it may become a new thing for TVP this year, oh yay!

 

While one of the best films of all time is Star Wars Episode 5- The Empire Strikes Back. I was initially disappointed with the release of the Last Jedi in December 2017.

I went to see it twice, once by myself and then with my nephews Andrew and Ben.

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and The Force Awakens was released, there were comparisons drawn with A New Hope, but TLJ seemed to be a complete rip off of Empire Strikes Back.

I felt conflicted about both the story and characterisation. Especially Luke. The opening battle looked like it was in slow-motion. Then, partway through. After the bridge was blown out, Leia suddenly comes back to life and flies across space. Then over halfway through the film a new character turns up, takes over and belittles one of the main new characters in a shockingly sexist way while there’s a slow chase, a very slow chase, like two tortoises racing takes place.

And they were just a few niggly-wiggly plot points that should have been weeded out in draft form or at shooting stage or even edited out of the final cut.

So I didn’t know what to make of it. Fast Forward to the summer and Youtube is on fire with critics and fans ranting about this, that and Solo. I guess it was easy to follow the bandwagon, seemingly betrayed by Lucasfilm and Disney.

Anyway, I read the novelisation and it seemed to make more sense. Luke’s story is expanded, Leia’s training is alluded to and the moment I referred to as ‘Mary Poppins in space’ is actually described quite well, from Leia’s point of view. It isn’t the first time someone has used The Force to do something extraordinary and impossible- how about Luke scoring the bullseye with those Torpedoes against The Death star? Stretching out a hand to make his Lightsaber fly out of the ice and disarm a Wampa? Acrobatics on Dagobah and Bespin and other examples? Even Yoda spinning round fighting Dooku made me gasp, other people cheered and a few jeered. The Cinema was packed for Episode 1, but not for 8.

THE major difference with the novelisation is that everything is given a backstory, an explanation or a reason to happen. Even Holdo is more sympathetic. It’s more rounded and deeper- actually seeing the events unfold from each Characters Point of view, not something that can be done easily in a movie.

And yes, having seen the DVD again, it does make better sense; even Laura Dern’s Holdo is a bit more likeable, with the sexist put-down line cut.

Still not the best of the bunch, but after reading the book version, it’s okay.

 

So, question becomes- what’s next? There’s enough material to cherry-pick from Legends to make a few new Trilogies and Series from. Old Republic/origins of the Jedi/ Sith War/ Founding of the Republic etc. The new trilogy could be episodes 10/11 and 12, but Prequels-to-the-Prequels or something else. With the 50th Anniversary in 2027, perhaps Lucasfilm should adapt the MCU Model- have films out in phases, this is phase 1 still. Phase 2 could be set in Another Galaxy far, far away, phase 3 the cluster of galaxies and so on.

It may be the Creative direction the franchise has needed.

Just a thought.

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MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU PART 2- DEWIE THE WOOKIE AT WIDNES LIBRARY AND WIDNES COMIC CON @THE STUDIO

Saturday was Widnes Comic Con, Part 2 at The Studio, the live-music venue and only part of the Queens Hall Theatre complex still standing. I decided a week ago to give my Chewbacca doll a shower and take him along, as I said I would in my last brief post.

I was going to follow up with thoughts on Phantom Menace and Last Jedi, but that’s proving to be a large essay-in-the-making, so to make a trilogy I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the event, plus the side-trip to the Library.

It was different from the first time, making use of the stage, so floor space had rows of Traders and guests, with Local Authors in the front room while a side room had craft activities. Very small scale, but nice and cosy, although a bit sparse on actually comic books. The thing I find at these smaller events, rather than MCM or Monopoly or the larger organisations is there are fewer crowds, especially early on. Space will be an issue with future events, like the Doctor Who one in November, something I thought about a couple of years ago when I began looking at the logistics of putting something on myself. The cost of doing it put me off, but it is interesting to see how the Studio have done it, while the approach by the management of Halton Lea was to get an outsider to do it for them and use several empty units. Either way has worked out fine, but I’m left wondering if there could be something of a more co-ordinated approach.

With the Library, it was a bit different. When I did my placement there in 2005/06 we had a Harry Potter day and a few years later a Doctor Who day, but the person who organised those left. I heard that there was a Star Wars Day event on- turned out to be a couple of craft tables and Lego-building, but took the Wookie anyway. It was a different trip than usual.

So, not a bad day, different, and I have even managed to edit a couple of videos and photos, which makes a change.

Now all I’ve got to do is finish my original essay about the 20th anniversary of the Phantom Menace, which should’ve been done yesterday, but I saw Avengers instead!