So softly and sweetly, life's red rhythms flows... Trum thump. Trum thump. Trum thump...
–from the novel, There were no Mirrors in Nanny Kohatu’s House, started in June, 2000.
~Peace. Posted by Horiwooodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
Renewed are the blades that were broken, the crownless have again been made King.
from the novel concept, first started in Hollywood 18th March 2012… still being finished and written.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.10.12~
Avatar Solar Array – James Cameron’s latest project:
MNN.Com reports: Back in May 2011, after relocating his production company to the MBS Media Campus, director James Cameron constructed a massive solar array to power the next to Avatar sequels.
“These are things the studios need to be thinking about,” Cameron told the Washington Post. “When I do my next film, we’re going to go much farther than we did in terms of running a green set.
There is nothing more powerful than ideas whose time has come, filmed on landscapes that are resources rich. ImagiNATIVE writers are the world's first architects of a future new world and new frontier.
–The way of global film sales marketing patterns observed over a few years now.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
–Winston Churchill as a writer, storyteller, peace maker and boozy warrior leader.
Developing a sustainable film industry in New Zealand really comes down to investing in New Zealand writers more and fostering relationships with the world’s best screenwriters too. It is vital that New Zealand encourages writers, as writers become the billionaires after all the effort has gone into producing successful film franchises. We need some Maori billionaires in New Zealand. Maybe some could write their way into the history books invisaging a cinematic light to project the new way.
We must write films from New Zealand, as if we don’t other people’s written ideas of the South Pacific, will be written about our territory. So, it makes sense to always be writing our own version of the world and attaching our definitions and meanings of landscape of the South Pacific to our own words and ideas in our films. We can write futuristic films, yet the messages in them attached to our landscapes have a resonance all over the world for the good.
We have the locations and enough filmmaking capability now in New Zealand. We just need better scripts, film franchise ideas created in New Zealand and a belief in fast tracking screen-writers to a global level of writing ability. Film crews travel (actors included) to where whoever has the best ideas - to collaborate on – film projects of significance.
New Zealand is soon to become that place even more so, then we have been already on some major film projects.
So what kinds of writers could happen in New Zealand? As a precursor to Mitt Romney‘s rise in politics as a star figure for the US, novelist Stephenie Meyer was a Mormon housewife of Arizona, who mimicked the UK’s JK Rowlings star template as a novelist.
Meyer’s story as a humble writer is one of a stand out success for relativiely new billionaires. Meyer’s novel ideas, even created a brand new studio to make her novels into films. It was then aquired by Lionsgate to import a strong youth audience following into Lionsgate’s entertainment brand.
The young actors cast in Meyer’s films now lead California’s box office (Kristen Stewart being one). JK of course, mimicked Brit authors like C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien to find her own voice as a single parent writer. Magic was JK’s theme of children learning at school. Meyer’s was a voice of fantasy, romance, angst – youth under threat. Meyer’s creative literary bent, was a huge hit.
What this tells us: Perhaps we need to invest in single parents and-or Kiwi housewives more. (more…)
“Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production.
“For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performancecapture actors (in animated film sequences like Avatar sequels) because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent.”
–James Cameron eyes up casting Chinese actors to grow his brand of films into China’s new frontier.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
RUSSIAN BREAD PASTRY SHOPS, ATHANSOR WINGED BEINGS & MOTORBIKE KIDS – 5 PEOPLE WE’RE READING RIGHT NOW – 10.9.12
Proof that Russians can never get enough butter, or lard, is this photo of Russian pastries in Hollywod. Combined with US Shadez of blonde, it’s what soames pearly whites would chomp for breakfast. Not a hardship!
Anyway, five people we be peeping right now.
1. Liam Stewart
3. Amatai Pati
There was a white horse, on a quiet winter morning when snow covered the streets gently and was not deep, and the sky was swept with vibrant stars, except in the east, where dawn was beginning in a light blue flood. The air was motionless, but would soon start to move as the sun came up and winds from Canada came charging down the Hudson…–Mark Helprin.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.9.12~
FORMER NEW ZEALAND’S NEXT TOP MODEL, DANIELLE HAYES, IS SHOCKED THAT KAWERAU’S DIVERSE SCHOOLS ARE BEING MISTAKEN FOR A TIGHT SCRUM SITUATION!
We the people of Aotearoa are “the bridge over troubled water” in such global times.
On a side note: Beyonce Knowles (pictured below) won a swag of BET Awards in music (one even for music video directing). This post is not about Beyonce. It’s about another angel, who arose to be a guardian of her people in a more visible way. Pictured above.
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Here we go:
People in politics, should perhaps not get their schooling models, mixed up with their rugby.
For example, primary schools, intermediate schools and high schools – should not be squished to make one rugby scrum.
A news report: Judicial review challenges decision to close school: A judicial review is underway in the High Court in Rotorua challenging the decision by the Ministry of Education to close Kawerau Intermediate School. Former NZ Top Model, Danielle Hayes, who is also a former pupil of the intermediate, was there to lend her support.
Anyway, the very disturbing footage can be seen on Te Karere News. [Click on Danielle's photo to view].
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The Geothermal potential of Kawerau should be a shared development venture, with the young people’s people at these schools. At best, it is our young people’s potential we serve into a better way. Or not.
Round up is a farming tool – and should not be a tactic of governance as a norm. (more…)
Reading journalist’s Kerre Woodham‘s column in yesterday’s paper, I was surprised to learn that Sir Owen Woodhouse is both 95 and also a fan of the iPhone. Who even knew Sir Owen was 95 already?!
In a column titled Remarkable Kiwi puts Others to Shame, Kerre writes after meeting Sir Owen in a Napier airport lounge that, Sir Owen is ”a member of the Order of New Zealand. A decorated World War II hero. A Supreme Court judge. A Privy Councillor, the man who worked to even up the division of matrimonial property in the 1960s and the architect of the ACC. Devoted husband, father and grandfather.” A fan of Jane Austen e-books he reads on his phone, Woodham found Woodhouse ”interesting, interested, razor sharp and delightful company.”
I never met Sir Owen, as he was always working on all of that important sticky stuff Sir Owen does for the government’s tricky pet projects as someone’s whose not lexically challenged one iota. However I was quite charmed by the late Peggy Woodhouse (Lady Woodhouse) with her thoughtful, gracious, intelligent, discerning, kind, wise and compassionate wairua. Her eyes shone with kindness and grace. She was a true Kiwi gem and a beautiful person. I have also only met Kerre Woodham once as well. In a line up of local celebrities, Kerre by far was the most interesting and involved of everyone in the room at the time. Always fun to boot.
Woodham also wrote of Down syndrome children in her weekly column too. Knowing Peggy, she’d want the column about the down syndrome children to feature more than words written of her and her main man. You see, Peggy was a rose. She wasn’t an English rose, she was better. Lady Woodhouse was a distinctictively Kiwi rose. The fragrance from her life, housed within her slender frame considered everyone fairly and equally in her presence. This trait is reflected in both her daughters, although Margie perhaps has her mother’s mercy side in full bloom on any given day. Although Susan has her mother’s style down pat.
As it’s Queen’s Birthday Weekend, what an apt time to talk of children in families who have down syndrome, right here in New Zealand.
Woodham writes: “There’s been a subtle, but important, refocus when it comes to the screening of pregnant women for Down syndrome.
The National Screening Unit will now advise women that screening is available – rather than offering them the opportunity to be screened.
The SavingDowns organisation, a lobby group of parents and siblings of Down syndrome Kiwis, says the onus is on potential parents to request the test.
It’s a subtle shift in emphasis but an important one because a growing number of people, health professionals included, believe that Down syndrome in itself is not a good enough reason to terminate a pregnancy.
And I would concur. It’s a personal choice and not everyone is going to think the same way, but having worked with a number of Down syndrome children and adults, having enjoyed the humour and the wit and the work ethic of a number of young men and women with the condition, I can’t see how anyone would consider a person born with Down syndrome to have any less right to be on the planet than those born free of it.” (more…)
Q. If you were to recommend a novel to read while on vacation in Australia, what would it be?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.4.12~
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
— W. Somerset Maugham
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.1.12~
Always write with spirit.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.5.11~
Hollywood’s no.1 box office heavyweight, Mr James Cameron makes me smile today.
As guest commentary I’m going to run with The Hollywood Reporter’s full report on his appearance at CinemaCon 2011. As I never wrote this story, you might want to read it here at it’s original source, to be fair to this website’s hits rate.
As Hollywood’s reigning King of The Box Office in America, here’s what James had to say in a story penned with good humor too, by Carolyn Giardina: “Higher frame rates offer “the potential to improve showmanship,” the director tells attendees at ChinemaCon.
LAS VEGAS — Calling the current use of frame rates in digital cinema “inadequate,” James Cameron urged the industry to consider shooting and projecting movies at rates higher than the standard 24 frames-per-second in a demonstration he presented Thursday at Cinemacon.
Taylor Lautner is pictured here with Disney’s Demi Lovato.
Getting incarcerated always sucks. Yet fun people normally do get incarcerated a lot because they threaten systems. So thankfully, I haven’t been incarcerated much in life. Lol! Taylor Lautner fancies himself as a heroic victim, overcoming incarceration as a Young Hollywood movie theme. Yawn! No, it actually sounds brilliant for a teen to think that deep towards a hero fighting for justice, in the evolution of his Hollywood career. Very Matt Damon.
This kid is really Tom Cruise and Matt Damon of his generation, fused behind one teen mug to spark new film franchises. Taylor has that potential. He’s an industry all on his own as a teenager.
Anyway, enough waffles and maple syrupy talk of yabba dabba doo actor/ action star comparisons: According to Hollywood Gossip, “The Twilight Saga star has signed on for a big screen adaption of Incarceron. He may even produce the movie version of Catherine Fisher’s novel. The project still has far to go, as a screenplay has not even been penned yet, but Lautner would play Finn, a prisoner trapped inside a futuristic jail.”
Great! Inception, without Chris Nolan‘s tricky play on a timeline, or actors sleeping through most of the film? That could work.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~
Who did not enjoy Avatar? We learned that anyone whose bomb or trigger happy is antiquated and that virtual Indigenous People all combined into one tribe, painted blue with corn braids and feathers are really all of us who care about saving the planet.
Now Avatar‘s main cast are talking up a sequel. Here’s the main points of what’s been hyped at this early stage:
It’s Out There: “It’s going to be really cool and out there,” Australia’s Sam Worthington tells moviefone.
[Image via Laura Likey]
On James Cameron wanting to be Moses: “He’s still writing what he calls ‘The Bible’ and detailing the world. Once he’s detailed the world — more so than it’s already detailed in his big brain, anyway — then, he said he can write the script, and we can go explore the world. Things like going underwater….going in the floating mountains.”
On the saving the planet theme: “What’s the new dilemma? Is it just humans coming back, or is something even bigger than can threaten them, threaten the world? We can look at our world again, and see that we know we’re hurting the environment, and we know we can do things about it. But what else are we doing that’s wrong…?”
To read more vague thoughts from an actor who has not yet been fed the script that does not yet exist in full, go here to MovieFone. I swear Worthington could be the next Elena Kagan because that interview was pretty impressive at giving away little.
We also have to remember that the novels are meant to be arriving on book shelves before the film (according to James own words) and even before the film script of the sequel is ready. We also have to realize, that James Cameron was last spotted with Andrew Adamson brainstorming the concept of turning Vegas’ acrobats into 3D movie-telling mythological ideas.
James is in no rush to do an Avatar sequel–he’s happy just taking each day as it comes. Smart man.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.19.10~
Hollywood Actor Cliff Curtis has Courage To Love the Middle East
Hollywood actor and film producer, Cliff Curtis holds his early edition copy of Courage To Love, the new Romeo & Juliet novel by author Robert Ellis. The modern story of forbidden love that is set in Israel and the Gaza strip, is getting good early buzz in Hollywood. Curtis describes the book as being “beautiful.”
Of this pivotal novel, Curtis features here in his hand, filmmaker Bill Birrell says: “I have been looking for a human scale story about the Middle East: but one that will both entertain and provoke. In short I believe Courage to Love is it. Not since Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize-winning writer, has an author distilled these conflicts into such human terms. Put another way, while the story touches on significant issues, it is really a tale of two young people and their struggle to be allowed to love each other.”
Cliff, a newly wed himself, is all about love these days and furthering love’s potential in a world wind epic romance he finds himself caught up in, in his real life. His Hollywood career also has elevation. Curtis currently stars as Firelord Orzai in M. Night Shyamalan‘s 3D film franchise, The Last Airbender and has just signed on to two films starring opposite, Zoe Saldana (of Star Trek and Avatar film franchises fame) where he’s cast as Zoe’s closest family member. Coming up, Curtis will also star with Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis.