Posted by Peter Rasmussen on March 30, 2007
Last night we had our cast and crew screening of Stolen Life. In the time leading up to the screening the projectionist was being very thorough. He wanted to do some last minute tweaking to the sound and picture. Lucas our mixer had arrived early, which was great. He and the projectionist made a few minor adjustments to make it like baby bear’s porridge “Just right”. I was starting to think about everyone who was about to arrive. In my head I was going “Just leave it”.
Everyone’s in and seated. Instead of the dreaded long speech Jackie and I chose this moment to give Phillip the award from the Machinima Film Festival in New York. Paul Marino had brought it over to give to us at the festival in Melbourne. We were going to do the whole “envelope please” thing but we skipped it an got on with showing the movie.
Sitting there in the dark.
With a comedy it’s easy. If they laugh at the gags it’s good if they don’t laugh at the gags it’s bad. Stolen life has humour in it but there are no thigh slappers. So I’m listening to the audience. What does that sound mean? Is this scene working? Are they getting it? The applause cut in at the beginning of the credits.
We’re in the foyer. Film industry fans aren’t necessarily sci-fi fans, but they all got it. They were excited. They were into the characters and into the story. Someone herded us somewhere. We’re in the pub. A friend kept buying me drinks. I kept drinking them. Rude not to.
A fan overseas connected us with Mat who lives in Sydney. It was great to meet another genuine Tex Murphy fan. We talked for quite a while. Mat has been doing a kind of fan fiction in the form of radio plays inspired by the Tex Murphy radio plays. Before that he had no special interest in sound work now he’s doing sound design professionally.
I enjoyed introducing people to Maurice who does research with real robots at the University of New South Wales. He seemed to really get into the movie.
Cards were exchanged people wanted copies of the DVD to show to people. Piazza was eaten. Having gone so well with a non sci-fi audience I’m really looking forward to seeing how much hard-boiled sci-fi fans get out of it.
Stolen Life is a feature length Machinima movie starring Claudia Black of Stargate and Farscape and Chris Jones of Tex Murphy.