WAPPING WASTE OF TIME
This week I was supposed to be subbing at one place but the paper chose to cancel my shifts (which they had booked weeks ago) halfway through Wednesday. So it wasn’t a good week but because I had the afternoon to myself and I had my camera, I decided to walk through Wapping by the river and take some photos as the weather was perfect, so here’s part one of four with some of the photos I have taken this week at Tower Hill and Wapping…
It’s not often that I’m invited to something unusual for a press screening but when I received the email invite for U2 3D at the IMAX at Waterloo, I thought I’d give it a try. It’s, as it sounds, an 85-minute concert film featuring Bono and the band filmed in 3D for the entire length. And it was a very odd experience at first: sitting in your seats while people throw virtual beer and Adam Clayton seemingly stands three inches from your seat. I admit that I don’t like all of U2’s musical catalog and some of the songs here like ‘Love and Peace’ and ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’ were in danger of disappearing up Bono’s fundament but the versions of ‘The Fly’ and ‘Vertigo’ were absolutely electric. U2 3D is a totally immersive experience and it really does feel like you are at the concert with the tens of thousands of Argentinians filmed here except without the difficult parking and the exorbitant ticket prices. This film takes concert footage to a new level and points the way to the future of the form. Directors Mark Pellington (Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road) and Catherine Owens, with Director of Photography Tom Krueger and Director of 3-D Photography Peter Anderson, have managed to pull off an impressive and memorable event. If you have an IMAX cinema then you could do worse than check this out but you do need to be a little bit of a fan of the band…
STUDIO SPACE FOREWORD
And the weekend started pretty well too. Checking my inbox this morning, I found Guillermo Del Toro’s foreword to Studio Space. We have been talking about this for quite a while now but, with him finishing off Hellboy 2 and being so busy, I didn’t know if this was going to happen. Suffice to say, it’s a great foreword and will cap off the book nicely with Mike Moorcock’s afterword.
The summer is going to be great, hopefully…
A PLEASANT SURPRISE
The week has ended very well indeed. After a week juggling freelance work and still chasing money from two invoices dating back to October, my friend Glen Levy at Time emailed me and told me to go to this URL: http://time-blog.com/nerd_world/2008/02/
I sent Lev Grossman a copy of the Annual and didn’t expect anything like this. So we’ve been covered in Time now which is amazing.
It all bodes very well for the next edition as we’ve also firmed up our Grant Morrison interview in the Annual.
THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW
I came back from the Moore signing only to find a lo-res version of Tommy Lee Edwards’ Doctor Who cover image for this summer’s TRIPWIRE Annual. It’s a gorgeous image and easily the equal of Duncan Fegredo’s magnificent painting from last year. So here it is with a detail crop of David Tennant…
MOORE OR LESS?
Today Gosh held a Lost Girls signing. Now available in the UK two years after its release in the States, Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie were scheduled to sign at the London shop. But sadly Melinda was taken ill and so it was just Alan. Moore hasn’t signed at a UK comic shop in about 20 years so it attracted a queue in the hundreds. I went along to take some new photos of Alan and get a quote off him for the Michael Moorcock feature for the TRIPWIRE Annual. I bumped into Dez Vylenz, who made the Mindscape of Alan Moore documentary which was a pleasant surprise as well as a few other people I hadn’t seen in a while like Barry, who used to be manager of Gosh who left it a few years ago.
So here are some photos of the signing, the queue that snaked around outside and the man himself…