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Saturday, 31 January 2015

An interview with actress, Adrienne Wilkinson.

Adrienna as Captain Lexxa Singh, leader of the Renegades &
winner of the title of 'gorgeous gal of the galaxy'.
THE PREAMBLE 'IT'S ALL ABOUT ME, ME, ME', BIT

I guess I'm not alone in this. There are no doubt an incalculable number of TV shows and films that I've liked over the years, in fact far too many to mention on here. In addition to that number, there have been a significant number that I have well and truly loved - again, probably too many to bore you with here today. There are also a select number from the world of television and cinema that have left what con only be described as an absolute indelible mark on me, so much so that for one reason or another I have developed something of an obsession with them. This obsession often begins immediately  at the time of release, sometimes that obsession simply appears and grows as the years pass.

I would like to add at this point that this obsession should not be regarded by those involved in the relevant productions as something to be worried about - I'm talking in the sense of them thinking they might be the recipient of a Stephen King Misery number 1 fan type of scenario. They'll be glad to know that my medication over the past few months is now working fine and the voices are no longer advising me to write my 100 emails a day to Helena Bonham-Carter. In addition, my therapist has now convinced me that it was time to dismantle my seven of nine mural that adorned my living room wall - apparently it could be construed as obsessive stalking or something......well at least that was what the restraining orders stated. No, I'm much better now.

So you could imagine my delight  at some news this week (and with it, my therapist and overworked legal teams level of dread thus increased). Indeed, it was news that could probably have only been surpassed if i'd received an invitation to judge a Princess Leia slave girl competition. ......I said I was better, not completely cured.

Erm, lets just sit here & look at this picture for a while.........
The reason for my delight was managing (thanks to new BFF of The Fifth Dimension, Ellen (hottie) Dubin, to snag an interview with another actress who during her career has had her fingers in enough Sci-Fi & fantasy pies to make even the most hardened geek dribble at the mouth with excitement. If that wasn't enough, one particular TV role of hers was certainly more than capable of fuelling the fantasies of many a male viewer (or female viewer for that matter). The series was Xena: Warrior Princess and ranks as one of my aforementioned obsessive televisual viewings. The actress concerned is the talented and gorgeous Adrienne Wilkinson, who played the duel characters of Livia and Eve, the daughter of Xena.

If that isn't enough she also plays the part of Maris Brood, the sexy female Jedi in the Star Wars video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Finally - and I may well be leaving the best until last (so breath, Stuey, breathe), but the actress in question is also to take a pivotal role in the new Star Trek production  - Star Trek: Renegades, a professionally produced television pilot to be presented for a possible online series and will also feature such Trek luminaries such as Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, Manu Intiraym and Tim Russ.

Take a look at one of the official teaser trailers for Star Trek: Renegades.......



So let's see; that's Greek myth/fantasy, Star Wars and Star Trek nerds catered for - and if like me you fall into all three of those camps, well, need I say any more?.....


Let me provide you with a few bites of information about the lovely Adrienne....



"Adrienne Wilkinson may be best known for playing Livia/Eve, the sometimes warrior, sometimes saint, daughter of Xena on the TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess," the most widely watched show in the world during its six year run. She started on television in an episode of "Sweet Valley High," and moved on to "Saved By The Bell: The New Class," "Chicken Soup for the Soul," and had several guest appearances on MTV's show "Undressed." She starred as Nikki on the US version of the dramedy series, "As If." She has appeared in guest spots on the series "Angel," as a cheeky flapper from the 1920s; as Linda Browning in NBC's popular soap opera "Days of Our Lives;" 'Phoebe in disguise' on the eighth season premiere of the WB show "Charmed;" Melody on the ABC show "Eyes;" and was the love interest of Dr. Ray Barnett on the hit NBC drama "ER," where the plot of a spectacular building collapse nearly killed her character. Her most recent projects include playing Captain Lexxa Singh in "Star Trek: Renegades," as well as series regular roles in the sitcom "Goodnight Burbank" and the soap "Venice: The Series." Adrienne has also recently starred in "The American Failure," "Cyril," and the action/horror film "Raze" as well as as radio series "Suspense."

Her film career includes the lead role in "Reflections," (directed by Barry Caldwell and starring Zoe Bell, James Morrison, Louis Lombardi, Jim Beaver, and Matt Long), and "Lakeshore Drive," (written and directed by Michael Grais and starring Adrienne and Peter Dobson). She also appeared in the film "Pomegranate," was the female lead in the Sci-Fi channel film "Alpha Force" and Missy Blue in the film "The American Failure." Adrienne's producer credits include the films "Perfection" and "Seconds," which showcases a woman's triumph over depression and self-injury.

She is sought after for her voice over work, which includes more than 50 characters in video games, cartoons, and commercials. She stars as the voice and on camera likeness of female Jedi Maris Brood in the "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" video game franchise and can be heard as the character 'Daughter' in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

Adrienne is also known for her charity work, which includes a focus on literacy programs, animal welfare, and children. Her website (www.ADRIENNEWILKINSON.com) hosts an annual charity auction each November which helps to support families dealing with medical expenses."


THE INTERVIEW BIT.......


OH. MY. GOODNESS.
Q) It's safe to say no doubt that Xena: Warrior Princess hit something of a chord on so many levels. What are your memories of playing the deliciously dangerous hellcat that was Eve?

She was a hellcat, wasn't she!  I have what feels like endless memories of that adventure...memories of the cast and crew and of New Zealand in general.   To this day it is one of my favorite jobs.  I loved getting to shoot such an epic show, in such an extraordinary location and nothing was better than getting to work with that cast.  I remain friends with most of them to this day.  It was a truly wonderful experience. 


Q)  Besides the obvious reasons why we guys loved the show, it also reasonated strongly amongst women. Why do you think this was so? 

I think Xena was ground breaking television.  It was rare at the time to have a show helmed by a woman, and even more rare to have her be a bit of an anti-hero or 'not perfect', and rarer  still to be a woman of action.    I think the show resonated mainly because of the performances that were able to capture the nuances of humanity and the journey of redemption the lead character was on.   Sure, everyone  likes to watch a beautiful woman kick some ass...but if that was all the show consisted of, people would have grown bored in one season.   What kept people interested was the emotional journey the characters were on and the obstacles they were facing and challenges they would overcome.    Xena was a heroic figure...but also beautifully flawed and human and that made her someone so many people could relate to as they were on their own journeys of love and redemption and survival.


Q) So how many Xena swords/costumes did you manage to keep & do you secretly wear them when the mood arises?! :-)  

I wish I could have!   At the end of the show all of the props and costumes were auctioned, so sadly I was unable to keep anything.   I think almost everything is owned by the fans at this point.   There are 2 items in particular that I wish I had been able to keep - one was the helmet, which was so cool, and I also loved the wrist gauntlets. 

Q) Fans of Star Wars: The Force unleashed game will know you as the voice of Maris Brood. Was the character modelled on you? Because the resemblance is noticeable.  

Yes, myself and the other 4 main characters were the physical models as well as the voices of the characters.   We not only recorded the material but did all of the motion capture and filming required to create the game.


Q) How do find the process as an actor doing work such as that and did they film your mannerisms/expressions as well as put the voice to the character? 

I loved working on that project.  We recorded the voice work over a period of about a year and half, but the majority of it was filmed over the course of about 3 weeks at The Presidio in San Francisco - where LucasArts was located.    We filmed it inside their large voice studio - but we were not only recording voice, we were all set up in our motion capture gear and we were performing the scenes as full scenes with physicality and not just voice - and we were able to record with each other (where most voice work is done alone).  The sessions were also filmed and all of those pieces were married together to create the final product.


Yup.
Q) You will be appearing in the upcoming Scifi series NOBILITY alongside a friend of The Fifth Dimension, the lovely Ellen Dubin. What can you tell us about the series & your role in it?   

Yes, so thrilled to be working with Ellen on this project.  She and I play 'Eujins' which is a futuristic and superior race of humans that is at odds with 'regular' humans.  I play Lt. Ara Eris, her second in command and  am a bit of a 'bull dog'.   My job is to protect her and I take it very seriously.  


Q) I asked Ellen to dish some dirt on another friend of The Fifth Dimension, Bill Oberst Jr, but she couldn't. So how's your chance to give me the real insight on Ellen Dubin. Queen Diva, right??!! 

Love Ellen.   Can't say a bad word about her.   Working with Ellen is like dancing or playing jazz - we just naturally gel and are able to coordinate with each other effortlessly.    It was an absolute blast to get to work with her.


Q) The upcoming brand new Star Trek series STAR TREK: RENEGADES is getting all us Trekkies in a bit of giddy excitement.  Are you ready for just how serious Trek fans take this stuff?! 

"Boldy going" etc etc etc.......
I think I am.  I feel like the Xena  and Star Wars fans were a great way to prep me for the inevitable attention that this Star Trek project will receive.   The property is so beloved that I know we won't be able to make everyone happy - but we are certainly working hard to make this project sizzle on screen.   It is a darker Star Trek than has ever been on screen.   It is entirely loyal to the world of Trek, but also shows parts that have been unexplored by now.   The great part of production is that 1/2 of the cast were Trek veterans and 1/2 of us were new to the franchise - so it was this great mix that created this potential new series.


Q) How much  can you tell us about the character of Lexxa Singh?   

Lexxa is a decentness of Khan Noonien Singh.  She is genetically gifted and has a very complicated backstory that has left her full of anger and with revenge on her mind.   She is the captain of what is essentially a black-ops team.   Doing the missions that have to be done, but that can't be publicly acknowledged.
Standing room only for a radio show...

Q) I've been lucky enough to have heard a number of episodes of the excellent radio drama series SUSPENSE from Blue House Productions. I believe you appeared in about 18 of the 24 episodes of season 1. How does your acting, in terms of how you use your voice, differ when doing a radio piece than say, TV?
  
On radio you can be far 'bigger' than you would be on screen.   Suspense is especially fun because you are free to be so over the top and dramatic.  But aside from that, I don't find that I change how I use my voice.   I think the voice is one of the strongest elements that creates a character and I pay close attention to how I use that with any character regardless of it being on camera of off. 


Q) I have to congratulate you on the COOL AIR episode in particular , as a H.P Lovecraft 'freak' I was pleased that it remained relatively faithful to the source material. Had you read the story before? 

No, that particular story was new to me, but I loved it.   So alternately creepy and compelling.  I love that SUSPENSE is a mix of old material revisited and new material with a retro flair it gives us a lot of themes to play with and multiple perspectives on those themes.



Q) So what does the future hold for Adrienne Wilkinson? 

I hope everyone will follow Star Trek Renegades - it will be released later this year.  And there are many fun projects on my plate at the moment including a fun guest-star appearance on Star Trek Continues as well!    The best way to keep up with me is to visit:  www.AdrienneWilkinson.com  and www.imdb.me/adriennewilkinson




I'd like to say a huge thank you to Adrienne for taking the time out of her incredibly busy schedule to chat with me, and in the process, make a long-time Xena-phile very very happy.


So check out her official Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AdrienneWilkinsonOfficial?fref=ts

Adrienne's Twitter link is @Yo_AdrienneW

The website for the Nobility series can be located HERE

The Blue Hours Productions website, which produces the Suspense radio series, can be found RIGHT HERE

The website for the much anticipated new Star Trek: Renegades can be found RIGHT HERE








Sunday, 25 January 2015

Starfall sci-fi webseries - support the Indiegogo campaign

At the beginning of January I published an interview with the legend that is actor Bill Oberst Jr. and specifically, his involvement with a brand new science fiction project - Starfall, an exciting new science fiction webseries due to air in 2015At the time of writing this (3.23pm on Sat 24th Jan 2014 if you really want to be precise) there have been nearly 2000 views of the blog article - and more keep being added each day. 

A couple of weeks ago I published another interview, this time with the very talented and ever so delicious actress, Ellen Dubin regarding her varied acting career and similar involvement with the Starfall project. At the time of writing (now 3.28........ so sue me, I'm a slow typist!) there have been going on 1000 views of the blog piece, and once again the number is steadily increasing each day.

So far I have identified and narrowed down the reasons for these pleasingly high numbers of visits in such a short period of time to my blog to three equally strong possibilities;

1) The lure of a brand new webseries that boasts a superlative cast backed by a production team full of genuine passion and intent to produce quality science fiction.

2) The substantial respective fan-bases of Mr Oberst Jr. & Miss Dubin.

3) The fabulous quality and dare I say it, perfection, of this blog.

Yes you've guessed it -  it's just any excuse for me to look at a picture 
of Ellen Dubin again.
Now of course I'm far too humble of a man to suggest that it must be the third of the above options. However let us just say that somewhere out there in the Universe on the distant Planet Stuey, the decision that all the success is quite simply all down to me has already been made. 

However my self delusion does seem to have some boundary it seems, as I will have to freely admit that the real reason for the popularity of my recent posts are due to a definite combination of the subject matter and the marvellous people I've already mentioned. I suppose for now I will just have to be satisfied with the knowledge that in one of my many alternate realities I am indeed the King Blogger of the world, and at this very moment am probably being refreshed by Lena Headey, Helena Bonham-Carter and Eva Green, who are all taking turns to serve me chilled drinks by a swimming pool while fighting with each other to decide which of them will fan me gently with an olive branch first......

So this week (back in reality) I had the opportunity to chat a little with Starfall creator and executive producer, John Ellis and so decided to pass on a little more information about the webseries and it's progress towards broadcast.

But before I go any further - let me send your way a quick reminder about what Starfall's story is..........


"Right chaps - I'd like your best hero pose......
but don't get in the way of Ellen..."
The 150 years since the galaxy first knocked on Humanity's door was marked by a Solar System-wide civil war and nearly a century of human enslavement. Then came “emancipation,” heralding in a new era where human beings would be accepted as equal members of the galactic community.

It hasn't quite worked out that way.

Aboard the frigate Ardri Jennet, Lieutenant-Captain Will Hunter and his flawed, secretive crew—working for the same people who once promised, but failed to protect Humanity—now struggle against prejudice and bigotry in a galaxy that views humans as backward and barbaric. Certainly not equal.
Some very nice concept artwork of the ship's bridge

And a new threat will rise, one that challenges ethics, skews allegiances, overturns priorities. Hunter and his Jennies will battle external foes and intimate betrayals in their determination to do the right thing in a galaxy gone morally grey. And suddenly lethal.

This is STARFALL."


So what is the status of the series at this point? Well I'm glad you asked.

As I've previously mentioned, the pilot episode has been completed and will hopefully be ready after its post-production work for a release later this year. The major focus for the team is the current Indiegogo campaign, which has two main aims. 

The cast have a good laugh at the 2 who fell for the annual 
'glue someones fist to their head' competition.
The first is to provide a more informal appeal to those supporters who didn't get a chance to contribute to the Starfall webseries previously elsewhere. The second aim of the current Indiegogo push is to ensure that the funds they raise will go toward post-production (CGI, sound design, music) and marketing, to keep the team on track for the show's premier and their delivery of Perks. The rewards have been scaled back and simplified, to further ensure they can meet their obligations to the interested parties. 

The link for the Indiegogo page can be found at the bottom of this article or RIGHT HERE.

This is the major focus of the team right now. Essentially, the nature of independent sci-fi productions mean that the more people who read and hear about Starfall who in turn can be converted into fans and contributors the better. The team want to make this the very best thing that they can - with nothing held back.

The perks for contributors are suitably mouth-watering. For example, the initial offer is a basic Digital Swag Bag that consists of a special thanks in the credits, a Kindle or PDF of the prequel novel, "The Essence of Humanity," by J.E. Ellis plus a HD download of the webisode. The perks then steadily increase in excellence until the final offer which is a whole range of digital and hardback goodies, credits and incentives plus The Whole Shebang!  - Which is essentially a lifetime, all-access VIP pass to any Starfall event: cons, premiers, anything Starfall, anywhere, anytime. Does not include travel, lodging or meals, or any third-party event fees. But once you're there, you have complete access!

For a taster of what went in to the making of the pilot episode, then have a look at the video clip below......




The simple fact is that that John and the team are not satisfied with making what they believe is already a quality TV show, they intend it it be the most talked about and successful science fiction programme around!

So please my dear reader, pass the word around so that we can not only make the Indiegogo campaign a success but in turn become part of an exciting, rewarding and successful slice of space opera heaven!



The Facebook page for Starfall can be found RIGHT HERE

The Twitter link for Starfall can be found by searching for @StarfallTV

The Indie Go-Go link is https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/starfall



Saturday, 17 January 2015

Suspense: A radio drama series from Blue Hours Productions


This Interwebby world wide online malarkey is pretty fabulous isn't it? Now I know that it has its share of detractors, and some of the criticisms made of this new digital existence may certainly have more than a grain of truth behind them. I for instance love with a passion many aspects of Social networking, I twit and facebuckle on a daily basis to my cold heart's content. However, even a rampant narcissist such as myself finds certain aspects of people's online behaviour a trifle strange at times. For example, I went out for a rather nice dinner last week with my family to a splendid restaurant in Aberdeen where the service was fine and the drinks were flowing. However at no point when the quite delicious meal was put in front of me did I think to stop everyone from starting their meal and say out loud.........

"Hang on, hang on everybody. I really need to get my phone and take a picture to show the rest of the online world what I am about to eat!!!"

I just don't get it. If someone could explain to me why people do this (when often the food looks like utter crap), then that would be rather fab.

Nor do I get some of the 'keyboard warriors that feel the need to attack and belittle  another person online with no cause for the consequences, but that's a story for another time.

The past few years have seen entertainment industries begin to change and adapt to the new cyber environment, with perhaps the movie and music industries acting as prime examples of the metamorphosis that is still taking shape. Indeed, the music industry has changed immeasurably since the pre-download and streaming days, and with it the money that artists and record companies once made by the millions certainly being affected by the opportunities that the Interwebby world wide online thingy offers we mere mortals in terms of access to music. It's difficult to say just what the future holds for music in terms of production and whether certain forms will endure, the current Rock scene for example is in a pretty dire state and shows little sign of seeing the influence it once had in contemporary music. Though on a selfish note, being able to download every single available recording from Tom Waits (legally of course) has made me very very happy and a unapologetic lover of downloading .

It's been noticeable too since I began this blog a couple of years ago to see how the sci-fi & horror genres particularly have benefited (in output, not necessarily in overall quality) from the new and ever increasingly exciting and cheap opportunities that the cyber world provides. The current indie horror scene is awash with new productions together with an ever thriving indie sci-fi community. Though it's not just new and wonderful methods and formats of entertainment that have profited from technological advances, because other more 'traditional' mediums have not only survived the cyber revolution, but have in fact seen something of a resurgence. This week's article is a prime example.....

This week I was contacted by John C. Alsedek who enquired as to whether my couple of readers would be interested in finding out about his company's production of the radio anthology series Suspense, which is a revival of the classic CBS Radio series which ran from 1942-1962. 'Who cares about the readers???!!!' I thought to myself......I'm certainly interested!

'Hmmmm" I then said out old to myself, 'Maybe I should continue with this new fangled method of actually doing a little research before I go all effusive and glowing about a venture'......So before I put finger to keyboard I asked John to send me a couple of episodes to listen to first. This would achieve two things; firstly I would be able to be make an informed decision about something (some would say, for a change) and secondly; I get some stuff for absolutely free......

John very kindly gave me access to three episodes from their first full season, one of which immediately caught my eye. It was only an adaptation of perhaps one of my very favourite stories from one of my very favourite authors; 'Cool Air', by H.P. Lovecraft. The story was originally written in 1926 and was an immediate hit with Lovecraft's fans when it first appeared in the classic publication Tales of Magic and Mystery in 1928. 

I was naturally more than a little reticent before hearing this particular broadcast, after all, we Lovecraft aficionado's can be a rather 'keen' bunch when it comes to people messing around with his work. However, I had no cause for concern, for the Blue Hours Productions adaptation of Cool Air is rather wonderful. For a start it remains true to the original narrative with the narrator (though here it is a woman rather than a man in the original story) starting proceedings by informing us as to why a simple "draught of cool air" is the most detestable thing to her. We learn that after a long search for accommodation the character has had to settle for a less than desirable room in converted housing in a less affluent part of town. The habitation she decides upon itself is less than remarkable, save for the strange chemical smell that pervades from the floor above where the narrator learns that a reclusive old man who was once a doctor resides. In due course the woman and the doctor become unlikely friends - that is, until a shocking discovery is made........

The changes to Lovecraft's story in this adaptation by John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes are skilfully and faithfully written and clearly show a genuine appreciation and sympathetic appreciation of the source material. The episode itself is wonderfully acted slice of SUSPENSEful drama (see what I did there?....I'm here all week btw) with a nicely authentic melodramatic introduction and narration by the wonderful voice of Daamen Krall.

The character parts are also nicely acted, particularly in the case of Adrienne Wilkinson who carries the main role with style and confidence. The fact that this feels such an accomplished and successful episode is made all the more remarkable considering that it was the team's first recording back in 2012!

I am genuinely delighted to see that classic radio drama is not only surviving in this modern hi-tech age, but indeed seems to be thriving if the number of affiliates broadcasting the Suspense series is anything to go by (more of which later). I, like countless others both here in the UK and in the States, will have found memories and experiences of great radio drama. I'm sure that we're all far too young to have experienced the heydey of great radio back in the 1930's & 40's, but I have no doubt that classics like the truly stunning Orson Welles production of The War of The Worlds are known to many. There have been countless other series that have enthralled generation after generation, including offerings such as Alfred Hircock presents and also the eponymous original Suspense series which produced over 900 episodes of quality suspenseful drama.

Here in the UK we've had a fine tradition too of classic radio drama with standout examples such as Dick Barton, numerous sic-fi & horror adaptations and perhaps my favourite of them all, the daddy that is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy......Holy Moly, how I loved that show.

So allow me to let you in on some details of how radio suspense drama is not only alive and well, but in the hands of Blue Hours Productions, is bloody well thriving.

In their own words, Blue Hours Productions are

" Purveyors of Retro-themed programming for radio, television and the Interweb since 2010". 

Formed by John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes it all started off seemingly with just a few ideas between them that they thought were a little cool and interesting. Now, just over four years later, Blue Hours Productions include a diverse & talented group of actors & Musicians, with whose help they produce one of the worlds most popular radio drama's Suspense. They also have a number of other exciting projects in the pipeline.

As of this moment in time the team have completed their first full season of 24 episodes, and have actually recorded 10 episodes of Season Two (2015) already.

It's all extremely exciting for Blue Hours Productions for two reasons. First, they feel that they are well and truly hitting their stride in terms of scripts. As in all ventures of a creative nature (particularly ones that may not be as common as they were in their heyday) Season One was a continuous process figuring out what worked and what didn't, whilst at the same time producing drama of the highest quality. Believe me, from listening to three of the 24 episodes so far, they have well and truly achieved this aim.

It doesn't seem though that John and the team are resting on their laurels, they have a continuous desire to further and further perfect their scripts, both in terms of the originals and the adaptations (the latter because they're finding a lot of great old pulp-era stories that they will be giving giving a significant tweaking).

Secondly, it seems that they also have a great and ever-growing pool of acting talent. When Suspense first began first started, there was a great deal of emphasis of the talents of the aforementioned Daamen Krall (their narrator) and Adrienne Wilkinson- who were each in at least 18 of the first 24 episodes.  Whilst both will still feature greatly in season two, the show's rising popularity now means that this is a much wanted place for the Californian acting community (and maybe beyond) to ply their talents. For example, season two will feature two fabulous friends of The Fifth Dimension, the legend himself that is Bill Oberst Jr. and the talented and ridiculously gorgeous Ellen Dubin. 

If that wasn't enough, names such as Camden Singer ('Annabelle'), Charles Rahi Chun ('The Interview'), David Blue ('Stargate Universe'),  Kin Shriner ('General Hospital'), Michael Teh ('Sleepy Hollow'), Mike Powers ('The Transporter 3'), and Vic Mignogna ('Fullmetal Alchemist') will also feature in the upcoming series.

If you don't believe me just how good the Suspense series is (and I wouldn't believe you if you treated all I say with barely concealed disdain), well as a matter of fact not only do the audiences love the show the critics do too. The fact is that Suspense is up for a Peabody Award, which is simply put the radio equivalent of the Oscars or Emmys. 

The selection process of the Peabody awards are famously rigorous in nature and just to be considered as being in the running is rather splendidly excellent!

To find out more about Blue Hours Productions and the fabulously atmospheric radio drama Suspense, then all the following splendid outlets are available:




The Blue Hours Productions website can be found RIGHT HERE

The Facebook page for Blue Hours Productions is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hours-Productions/230197658751?fref=ts

You can also find them on twitter via @BlueHours

Sunday, 11 January 2015

DNA ONE - An Indiegogo project to send your DNA into Space.

This week I had quite possibly the most surreal requests yet for an article to appear in the Fifth Dimension blog. I must admit that when this little hobby endeavour of mine began to take off a couple of years ago I hoped that certain things would happen. Ambitions perhaps to be able to pass off my own views about films/TV etc, to deal with other like-minded individuals, to meet and talk to a whole range of creative individuals and possibly even get the chance to communicate with people I admire within the genres. Happily and rather surprisingly, all that as happened. I know, get me. Believe me, I still have to pinch myself.

I will freely admit that the request that I received this week has quite simply surpassed any expectations of what I might ever be asked in regard to this blog. Not only might those who know me be taken aback by the request, they may also be more than a little worried. They may be worried not only for the effect that I may have on the future of humanity on Earth, but also they may worry for the changes that I may inflict on the entire Universe.

Let me explain................

Earlier this week I received an email from a Taiwanese group asking me whether it was possible for me to feature in my blog their brand new Indiegogo Project “DNA ONE” which will be the first in history to send human DNA into outer space. If that wasn't enough, they would also in the process arrange for me to have my very own DNA sent into space too. That's right, my DNA could soon be winging and meandering on its happy way through the Universe with god knows the consequences for what (or who) may be in the way. I kid ye not.

Now I'm fully aware that there are many on this planet who would gladly testify in an open court of law  that having just the one version of me is probably one version too much. The possibility of my genetic make-up wandering around the Universe with the potential of landing on some far off planet or being discovered by some Alien race could just far too much to bear for some. The possibilities of my genetic imprint infesting otherworldly systems could potentially be remarkable in their outcome. After all, I've often thought that it was inevitable matter of time until I became the outright king of the work. Now it seems that even after I depart this mortal Earthly coil, domination and influence on a cosmic level may indeed be mine. 

But as usual I digress.............let me get back on track.


So what is the DNA ONE project?

"DNA ONE is both a genetics project and a space project. For the first time in all of human history, we will launch a capsule containing human DNA (in this case a strand of your hair), and let it travel into outer space."


When is this event going to take place?

"On May 20th, 2015, the rocket will launch into space, the location will be in the US. Since we are now negotiating with 4 private companies, the exact location of the launch pad is not yet known. It will be announced after we select the company."


Just how the hell are you going to get hold of a space rocket thing? They're big and expensive you know!

"We are now in touch with a private space company who specializes in the space cremation business. But instead of sending ashes to the moon, we will send our hair into space, and let it travel forever. Your hair will be placed inside a heavy duty capsule and it will be released from the rocket at an altitude of 200,000 km (after the rocket escapes Earth’s gravity)."

Er, why do you want my hair? It's not exactly in the same plentiful and bountiful supply that it once was!

"Space travel is humanity’s greatest adventure, but the greater the adventure, the more expensive is the price. Since you hair contain your DNA, it is the single light part of your body that we can afford to send to outer space. A single strand of hair that measures 4 inches long will weigh 0.45 grams on the average."


So in other words, my lifetime wish of cosmological immortality a la Emperor Ming is actually within my grasp?!

"Since this is the first project that will put human DNA into outer space, your name will be part of human history.

Secondly, you will be sure that a part of you will still be
in existence even after the Earth and all of the living things have disappeared.

Thirdly, can you imagine 23 years from now, you can say to someone that your hair is now reaching Planet Pluto? 

How cool is that?"


Damn Cool - count me in!!! So what happens now?

" STEP 1: You will be asked to send a strand of your hair to our HQ for processing.

STEP 2: Your DNA will be inserted inside DNA ONE.

STEP 3: DNA ONE will be sent to the private space company, where it will be installed inside the rocket.

STEP 4: Check the weather on launch, if its suitable, Launch will commence, if not,
reschedule the launch date.

STEP 5: Live feed of the launch will be available to all the contributors."


See below to watch the clip of the initial DNA ONE promotion



So I hereby go on record now as stating that I have my piece of hair and all prepared to be very soon to be winging its way to the DNA ONE people. The future of humanity may not exactly be in safe hands when my DNA starts travelling through the cosmos, but it sure is something to put on my blogging CV. And if nothing else, the chance that in countless years time when future races might stumble across my particular DNA and quite naturally want to recreate the individuals that once provided this genetic imprint, is simply too good to miss.

The fact that in an unknown future millennia there could be another me wandering around as only I do should be enough to put the chills into anyone!

BEWARE FUTURE!! BEWARE!!!!

If you are interested in contributing to this quite frankly wondrous venture, then please see the following link for more details: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dna-one