April 9, 2006
hallam foe blog
[Giles Nuttgens & David Mackenzie discussing a shot.]
A few months ago I wrote about my friend, Dave Mackenzie, and his upcoming movie, Hallam Foe. We even let people download the script and have a read.
Dave, as you might also remember, was also the director of Young Adam, the movie I kept yammering on about two or three years ago ["The best Scottish movie ever", which, I'm happy to report, I think still holds true today].
To make a long story short, the shooting of Hallam Foe has begun, and they've just started a movie blog, called "Get Your People".
[As in, "Get your people to call my people". Heh.]
David sadly is too busy on the shoot to write and manage the blog. Instead, he's recruited another friend of his, Colin Kennedy, to write it. Also, other people from the production cast are contributing. But it's really Colin's baby.
The good news is, Colin is actually a full-on member of the production crew already, not just a blogger-for-hire. He's also a filmmaker in his own right.
So the blog is now up, in rough form. The writing is coming along nicely, however the design still need to be done. But I thought I'd let you all have an early peek, anyway.
Get Your People is not the first major film blog [Right, Gia?]. That being said, I believe there's a lot of unexplored territory in the film-blog-as-marketing-device, still waiting to be discovered. So I'm interested in seeing what happens.
More importantly, David is an old and dear friend of mine, and I want this film to be sucessful. So I'll do what I can to help.
What sayest thou? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
Posted by hugh macleod at April 9, 2006 4:24 PM
Went over to the blog, and find that they're truncating the damned entries. I've left a comment asking them to not do that.
I'm sure it's a wonderful blog, but I will certainly not be reading it on the site if the entries are truncated.
I've just subscribed to the atom feed via bloglines, and thankfully they're not nipping off the feed posts. Which is how I'll be reading the site anyway.
I'm looking forward to this film.
Did you get any further feedback about the 'open source scripting' process?
I agree, Roy, and I left a similar comment.
Good to know about this blog. Thanks for the link.
I agree that blogs-as-marketing-devise is definitely going to be important in the future.
Personally I'm trying a blog-as-film-funding-device. Would love to know what you think Huge?
First off, I'm glad you're finally making your long-promised appearance on the Hallam Foe blog :-).
Secondly, I don't know what the problem is with truncated postings. I much prefer them when looking at a blog directly: that way you can more easily see an overview of multiple postings at once.
Besides, if you want to see postings un-truncated, you can always use an RSS reader: isn't that what "serious" blog-readers do anyway? The Hallam Foe postings always show up untruncated for me in Bloglines (though of course it depends on precisely how the RSS feed is published).
More importantly, I posted a comment to that effect at http://www.getyourpeople.com/archives/2006/04/sitting_in_the.html#comments about the above but also about how most blogging systems today do not really provide a way to facilitate the CONVERSATION between commenters to a blog. Normally, only the blog's author will get notified if someone posts, and the RSS feed is generally not updated when new comments are made to a posting. The RSS feed will be updated if the CONTENT to an old posting is changed, but if someone comments to an old post, and you are another reader of that blog, you will probably not see it. Case in point, Hugh, I'm sure you didn't see my response to your comment. This is to my mind a missing link of the whole blogging experience.
Lastly: is this kind of thing useful and interesting ONLY as a "marketing device"? I thought you and David were onto something much more interesting than that when you posted the screenplay and referred to it as "Open-source filmmaking". Judging by the vitriol of some of the responses ("I'll sue you if you use a comment I make") it definitely touched a nerve.
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