Maybe we jumped off the mark too quickly. Social Networking does take up a lot of time and when you don’t have time or anything much to say about your project because you are just having meetings with people and are waiting for responses. I’ve found about 5 hours a week that I could put into other aspects of the project is being used for social networking. We are going to make a decision this weekend because maybe just maybe we are wasting time. Not just our time but the time of the people that we are trying to connect to. When We decided to share our journey a while back perhaps we were just too excited. Maybe we should leave it until we have a solid commitment and just stick with showing you preproduction stuff then production etc… When there is nothing to say why say it at all. Sometimes silence is better than thousands of words. Action is definitely better. What do you think?
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OK Furry Fandom
Now that you know that there is going to be a Spellsinger film, we want you to know about our competition.
We want your support!!!
Could you use a spare $100?
All we want you to do is tell us why you like Spellsinger. It can be a single word, a sentence whatever you are comfortable with. It can be a voice recording , a video recording, using your phone, your webcam, whatever you want to use to get your message across . It could be you in your furry costume with a placard as a jpeg.
Pretty easy huh?
The winner with the most creative , daring, unusual or unique entry will win the grand prize of $100. We know it’s not much but that’s all we have at the moment. I’m sure we can throw in some cool stuff as well. You tell us what you want and if we can do it we will . We are meeting with Alan in April so an autographed copy of Spell singer might be a possibility. Or a T-shirt with one of our drawn by our artist Chris Wahl. These could make great runner up prizes.
All of the entries will get used to create awareness with the Fandom and fans of Spellsinger, so everything you give us is valued and won’t just sit in a drawer!
SEND ALL ENTRIES TO firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to your entries
Alan Dean Foster told the world about Spellsinger being adapted into a movie at at Rainfurrest 2011, which had 1420 Attendees.
I had no idea what a Furry was.
Then I realized that as a fan of Spellsinger, Blacksad, Chewbacca, the Muppets and those cute little Ewoks I was a furry fan. I just had no idea that there were lots of groups of people around the world that felt the same way.
When I discovered that there are legions of people out there that are fans of anthromorphic characters I was stoked beyond belief.
Here is a niche fan base for Spellsinger. There are only three main human characters in SPELLSINGER and THE HOUR AT THE GATE. The majority of the characters are Anthromorphic!
A whole world of them.
And what a cool world it is. There are such a variety of Anthromorphic Animals from gibbons to otters to raccoons, beavers, Koalas, she wolves, ocelots, rats, possums, rabbits, bats turtles and I have not even got to the dragon yet!
With each book come more characters, a tiger warrioress, A rune casting Koala, A demonic Kangaroo and a wily cuscus!
Best of all, the characters all have unique personalities. They are interesting to read about and have been well researched by an Author who loves animals and their habitats.
That’s why the fandom will love spellsinger!
Well we have one entry to win the $100 prize we put up a few weeks ago.
His name is Sam and he has been out there on the blog and the facebook page supporting us from the get go.
A True Fan.
Does anyone else have what it takes to enter out Spellsinger competition?
All you have to do is say why you like Spellsinger. It can be as simple as one word!!!
Send all videos/Webcams/Mobile pics /everything to: email@example.com
There will be a $100 AU prize for the best video sent to us!!!
Entries close soon!!!!
I rarely fail when I put my mind to something.
When I ask for something and I don’t get what I need, I change my approach and keep changing until I get the desired outcome.
We really need the support of our fans to drive this project forward.
We have an opportunity in eight weeks time to show just how popular Spellsinger is to the world, when Alan Dean Foster and I do a presentation at The Gold Coast Film Festival.
Two Weeks ago I posted the following:
“This is a terrific opportunity for us to promote the film to potential fans and investors and it would be amazingly cool to have something from the legions of fans to show their support on the big screen, so we are asking you to send it a video starring yourselves or holding a placard in your furry suit saying what Spellsinger means to you and why . It can be a wav file, done on a mobile, anyway you can!!!
All we need to do is show people your support.
There will be a $100 AU prize for the best video sent to us!!!
Please send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Despite offering a prize there has not been a response. Not a cracker. Not one of the 500+ people out there following the FB Page and the Twitter account and the blog took action. Not a solitary fun loving furry in sight!
I have to ask myself: Why?
We must have done something completely wrong to not get one single response.
So we are going to ask you guys what you want?
How would you like us to connect with you and with others?
All replies and comments are gratefully appreciated.
On a lighter note maybe we should hire this guy…
Variants of the Muppets have been on Television since 1955 when Jim Henson created Sam and Friends.
The Muppets moved into guest stars on The Jimmy Dean Show, Saturday Night Live and The Johnny Carson Show, before Jim Henson got Lord Lew Grade to commit to THE MUPPET SHOW.
From 1976-1981, the Muppets ruled television and have been a part of my life since childhood.
Then came the movies. The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, Muppets take Manhattan. The world knew who the Muppets were.
Kids loved the Muppets.
Henson moved on. He had other worlds to make and other achievements to pursue.
Other than The Muppets celebration of 30 years (1986) The Muppet Family Christmas (1987) and The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990) , a few video shorts and the Cartoon Muppet Babies (1984-1991).
That was all the world had to remember the franchise other than lots of repeats and videos.
After Jim Henson passed away, there was a revival of the franchise
A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Muppet Break Out (1993)
Muppet Classic Theatre (1994)
It’s not easy being green (1994)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Muppets Tonight (1997-1998)
Muppets from Space (1999)
The Muppets were bought for $680m in 2000 by the German media company EM.TV
EM TV sold them back to Henson’s family for $89m in 2003.
These were produced during this time.
Kermit’s Swamp Years (2002)
It’s a very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
The Walt Disney Company bought The Muppets in 2004. Under Disney there has been:
The Muppets Wizard of Oz (2005)
Statler and Waldorf from the Balcony (2005)
A Muppets Christmas letters to Santa 2008
After four long years, The Muppets came back in a movie simply titled “The Muppets”.
At first I was a little skeptical. The storyline sounded a lot like “It’s a very Merry Muppet Christmas movie”, which I must say was terrible. It was worse than terrible it was without soul. It was a nasty little movie
But nevertheless I was curious. This time there have been viral campaigns being muppet videos like Bohemian rhapsody since 2009, which have been crazy and designed to create awareness to the adult audience, a reminder that the Muppets had not left the building and to attract the same crowd that they did on Sam and Friends all those years ago.
Here is a link to a very good article with some of the videos
When we went to the cinema yesterday, I saw giant muppets in vending machines and muppet movie deals with drink holders and Kermit keychain clips. All sold out. We kept the popcorn holder…
As the lights went down we saw that there were lots of children in the audience and secretly hoped that a new generation would be interested in the muppets.
The movie was perfect. It was very cleverly designed.
The Muppets are a faded old brand. They knew it and pointed this out a lot in the film visually (Dilapidated theatre, characters separated for years, dissention, and a chart from a TV network showing how off the chart they were in terms of relevance/pop culture)
However what separates this old brand from others is their message. The Muppets brand message is strong. Family, Hope, Togetherness, Friendship.
Then finally the Muppets were being Muppets and their unique craziness and violence reigned supreme from the Swedish Chef to Gonzo and Marvin and the Muppetones. There were many scenes paying homage to The Muppet Movie including Rainbow Connection and even Sweetums at the same used car lot!
There were lots of songs including a flock of Chickens singing Forget You (Cee Lo)
There was also star alignment from Whoopi Goldberg (A stalwart supporter) to Jack Black, Selena Gomez, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris , Judd Hirsch, David Grohl, and Rico Rodriguez.
Having Stars on the Muppets and brand association is a part of their original success
Kids loved it.
This movie was a lot stronger than anything the Muppets have done since Muppets from Space. It has brought the brand back into the public eye.
The reason that I have taken the time to write this is that we are facing a similar challenge with Spellsinger. And the Muppet case study gave us quite a valuable insight into rebranding and reconnecting with our audience.
I’d like to bring the following article to your attention.
“According to French newspaper L’Express, burger chain Quick will promote the 3D release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” by way of a commemoration fit for Jabba the Hutt: with character-themed, double-decker burgers.
The ad campaign, wielding the slogan “choisis ton côté de la Force” (choose your side of the force), will begin on January 31 and end on March 5.
Much like the Galactic Senate itself, Quick seeks to broker peaceful compromise by offering three galactic-themed sandwiches for Chewies everywhere: the Dark Burger, the Jedi Burger and the Dark Vador Burger (whose spelling was seemingly lost in translation).
For those drawn to the “quicker, easier, more seductive” lure of the Dark Side, the Dark Vador [sic] Burger sports a fittingly black-hued bun.
If the Jedi burger is your chosen one, the bun unfortunately lacks a Yoda-esque green dye job. And for those feeling more Sith-like, there’s the Dark Burger fashioned for Darth Maul – because nothing says evil like a sprinkling of poppy seeds.”
Seeing this new agreement between French fast Food company Quick and the Star Wars Franchise for the 3d release of return of the Jedi, I began to think about Fast food and Spellsinger movie. Who will we align with?
How far will we let the food kings take their creativity?
A Double Mudge Burger, Clothahump shake and a side of Pog fries?
That just doesn’t sound right.
A Free plastic cup with every order? (Collect all 12)
I know that it happens all the time and I know that there are food stores that are in the toy making business. I have also read about the misery of the factory workers in the third world that work tirelessly to churn out this stuff.
I know that brand alignment is big business and does help with spreading the success of your film but it is almost like selling your soul and then there is the environmental impact of such decisions.
25 minutes of fame and 24 ovals of plastic rubbish?
It just does not feel right to me.
You might think I’m crazy but this series is more important to me than anything and there are more opportunities out there for the true fans than fast food outlets
If we were going to align with a restaurant chain it would have to meet our branding and not be tacky. It would have to compliment the movie and provide a true experience for the fans to enjoy and remember and be more than plastic cups and gimmick food!
The first truly inspiring phrase that ever struck me in life came not from a politician, a famous figure of history or an athlete.
The words were uttered by a wise science fiction character called Yoda on Empire Strikes Back.
Do or do not. There is no try.
These words gave me confidence and have given me confidence my entire life.
So I’m not usually the nervous type. Granted there are people who get jittery at the drop of a hat before an interview or if they think they’re being followed or they worry and worry and become nervous wrecks about something they believe they cannot fix or achieve.
I have not worried like that since the last time I sat university entrance exams. And I only worried because I knew that I had misplaced my priorities and that now I was going to pay for my lack of foresight.
I barely improved my score from the previous attempt.
But I did get into university. I found a way. You see while my academic scores may not have been the highest; I had 2 things going in my favor.
I was determined to go to university and I would do anything I could to get there.
I was a fine actor and had starred in a lead role that year in the local Theatre circuit. You didn’t need a tertiary score for acting, you only needed ability.
So I auditioned.
I went to one local university and failed to impress.
I went all the way to Toowoomba and still failed to impress.
Then I found out about James Cook University. I rang and discovered that they had already been down to Brisbane that week. So I asked if I could send a video audition and they accepted my proposal.
I worked out my pieces, hired a camera and got a good friend to film me.
I got in.
I’m not sure whether it was based on my talent or my appearance (As I later discovered was the reason I got the lead role at the Theatre) or whether it was my passionate enthusiasm and drive. I would like to think it were all reasons.
Most importantly, in the end I achieved my goal. I did this through knowing exactly what I wanted, changing my approach and being determined.
These three skills coupled with my unbridled enthusiasm are really going to help us to get SPELLSINGER up.
Hope you all had a very Happy New Year and thanks for reading!
Gawd, my readers must be thinking. It sounds like a high school composition, like What I did on my Christmas Break. And it may do but it’s important for you guys to understand where my passion for SPELLSINGER came from. It’s not something that happened yesterday. And if you think I’m some suit in LaLa land that’s been pitched a book to make a movie then you’d better read on.
About 23 years ago I was in my local library in Ipswich Queensland and was starting to expand my reading horizons by looking at more adult fiction.
I had discovered Don Pendleton and his one man war against the Mafia Mack Bolan when I was about 14 but that was as far as I had gone.
My parents were into Wilbur Smith and James Clavell but I just couldn’t relate to them. Their writing did not resonate with me.
At 16, It took me 15 attempts to read Shogun. And to my developing adolescent mind ,God it was boring.
I’d tried reading Lord of the Rings but the language did not connect with me. I found it stifling but I liked the fantasy elements. I’m not a scholar and I don’t pretend to be. I like being entertained when I read. I much preferred Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth and The Narnia series by CS Lewis. I loved to escape into other worlds and completely immerse myself these fantasies.
From an early age I preferred non fiction accounts because I could relate more to real stories than the stories that adults tried to tell to each other.
I have had copies of The Great Escape and Colditz Castle since I was 10. After I read the Wooden horse my brother and I started to dig a tunnel under the house which was discovered by my father when he stood on the entrance and promptly sunk up to his navel. Mum reckons you could hear him screaming down the street. Poor bastard was a Vietnam vet and probably thought there were pungi sticks waiting at the bottom.
Forward wind back to the library and I’m looking at the Adult Fiction section and I see a book called SPELLSINGER. I liked the title immediately and picked it up to have a look but the cover tells me nothing.
So I turn to the back and start reading.
Here’s this stoned Uni Student brought to this world that’s totally under threat from a strange alien source. I read quickly and as Jon Tom arrived at Clothahumps for the first time, I was hooked.
It was brilliant like a dark adult Alice in Wonderland without the old English and with quirky Characters that spoke right at you through the pages. I loved the vividness of the world and like my favourite children’s books it connected me with the fantasy immediately and I hadn’t even arrived at the Spellsinging!
It was the only book I borrowed that day. And by the end of the week I’d read it twice!
Now at the time I was 17 going on 18. I loved Rock Music and lived in what I feel was the best time for music since the 60’s. The 80’s! ACDC, Bon Jovi, The Choir Boys, Van Halen, Def Leopard, Iron Maiden Wasp, I liked all of them, much to the chagrin of my mates who could not believe that I liked The Cure as well.
The Spellsinging and Flor and Talea (Ie Girls and Rock and Roll)Really resonated. I liked both.
I was a huge fan of Minder (UK TV Series) and Mudge reminded me of Terry with a bit of Arthur mixed in. I loved the little fuzzball. His deviousness made me laugh. I have an Uncle that’s a bit like Mudge. He’s a stand up guy and always looking for a way to make a quid. When I was 9 we met my Uncle outside a topless bar where he gave a dog that I had for the next 25 years (Chihuahua’s live forever. They must have inspired the ever ready bunny)
The Spellsinging was another thing entirely. Thank You Alan. You introduced me to Jimi Hendrix. My folks were more into The Beatles, The Stones, Deep Purple, Cliff Richard and Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd. By the 80’s The Beach Boys had done Kokomo and I think that might have just come out because a lot of their classics were being played on the radio as well. Mind you like the Stones, The Beach Boys Music was also used in countless adds as well. So the music even though it was before my time, was universal. It was timeless in a way because it still stands up, even today. Have a look at The Beach Boys. They are reuniting (How peacefully I have no idea) after 50 years. I watched Mick Jagger dance and entertain for 2 hours and he’s over 60! Amazing man and better than a lot of people younger than him too.
The coolest thing was that Jon Tom made the music into magic. It was this spiritual connection with his music that I liked and the Gneechees and the fact that he had no idea what the results were going to be!
Action, Music, Strong Females, A Devious Otter, Magic and a Socialist Dragon in this amazing wonderlandscape. You cannot ask for more.
To my delight, The Hour at the Gate was like a roller coaster ride which I did not want to get off!
In a few short months I read all of the books at the time and followed Jon Tom and Mudge’s adventures with interest.
My favourite book in the entire series is The Day of the Dissonance. I love all of the Aussie Elements ACDC, The huge demonic Kangaroo, The Koala landlady. But I love the story and especially the irony of the Aspirin and Jon Tom surfing on Roseroar!
So there you have it. Now I have been reading this series every year sometimes twice a year for most of my life over the past 23 years and yet I find something new in it every time I read. The experience is awesome. I can’t think of another fictional book that has had this much effect on my life. Other than the non fictional account of The Great Escape which I devoted Four years of my life to to make a documentary, only to be pipped at the post, SPELLSINGER is the only fictional work that I am truly passionate about.
That’s why I like SPELLSINGER.
Now tell me, what is it about SPELLSINGER that you really like?