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The Unexpected

I did not expect my idea for a book of interviews with DJs and producers to get any kind of serious attention; this was October of 2000. But it did. I did not expect to land any seriously successful interviews: my 1st interview was with Paul van Dyk. I now believe I should have started with some local DJs…PvD was like a god to me. I was terrified. But it went very well.

Johnlee photography © 2013 420_0559v2
Johnlee photography © 2013 420_0559v2

I did not expect that the string of interviews that followed were as good as I thought they were but apparently, they were. And then the whole thing changed when I got an interview I was certain I would not.

Mr. George O’Dowd is often known as the singer for a group but he was a DJ before and a DJ after. The interview went well – enough so that all of a sudden, I began getting calls from record labels and PR firms who sent me bags of promos. This was April/May of 2001.

Fast forward. November 2000 – my attorney and I sent out fifteen proposals…there were at least six rejection letters and then one of the unanswered called me at home to let me know his company was going to pass on the project but he had a friend who might be interested. I was doubtful.

Johnlee photography (c) 2013
Johnlee photography © 2013 0418

I watched all of season one of Game of Throne in two nights, a week before season two started. By the time season three started I had bought all five books. Then I met a girl and things were off for a bit. I thought she was unexpected – what eventually happened was enough to make the relationship emulate any number of (relation)ships that have ever been utterly destroyed. And Truly Unexpected.

Johnlee photography © 2012 1307
Johnlee photography © 2012 1307

 

And so, now I find one of my favorite books has some unsettling parallels to a short story from 1979. George RR Martin.

Last thought for tonight:

“Increasingly, modern science pursues powers traditionally reserved for the Almighty. But those who encroach upon the province of the gods realize too late that the price for entrance…is destruction.”

 

Johnlee photography © 2013_sunset38
Johnlee photography © 2013_sunset38

Building “Blackline” (1 of 2)

“Blackline” began as a series of mental images I saw in my head throughout several years of hard partying nights clubbing in an area of Washington DC that was not NW. I first saw the word Nanotechnology in a book by William Gibson, “Idoru”

Then September 11th, 2001 happened.

Then the only girl I believed I could spend the rest of my life with died.

And then I got an agent, meetings were set but that fell through quite hard and I got involved with a strikingly pretty girl who closed me off to the world and opened me up to just how fast a downward spiral can occur and how engaging it can be to just give up and give in to dismissal of reality.

So everything shattered and then it was summer 2002 and I began looking at the pieces scattered all around and I saw something else; all of the above and a hell of a lot more began to rearrange and stack up and that’s how “Blackline” started.

It is now a multi-platform scifi-drama set in a world controlled by corporate city-states who wage a different kind of warfare to control the newest biotechnology and shadowy agents fence stolen data. Seven full length screenplays, a cable network series and three video games.

What’s been shot is an extended trailer and a prequel which is made up entirely of material deleted from the 1st screenplay (to get the story moving faster)…that piece is called “Blackline: Michelle” and yeah, even that got severely truncated to save time however, the ‘polite quickie’ cut is on my writer/director/producer/editor/dp demo reel, “polarized entropy”
Attached here are some stills from the production of the extended trailer; we used two aircraft hangars, hotels, office buildings, high-rise conference rooms and a hell of a lot more. And believe you me, it took metric fuckton of talking and paperwork to get it done…

And now there’s enough of it to make a pitch but we’re not there just yet.