Friday, February 06, 2009

What Kind of Day It Has Been

I guess the major update is that I resigned as Creative Director of Interzone yesterday. It was a result of a lot of things accumulating at once. You many already know that I’m not big on the sharing of personal details, so I'll just say it was a very amicable break and the door is still open for me possibly returning in the future. I want to say that the team at Interzone was one of the best I have ever worked with. I honestly have never seen such a high percentage of the team be so bought into the product and willing to do what ever it takes to make it work. Nick, my boss, also had some very nice things to say in my ‘I leaving’ email thread about how I transformed the game from where it was to something both development and corporate could buy off on. It was very mushy and I’m expecting an excellent letter of recommendation.

Pralines and CreamAt the moment I’m sitting here trying to enjoy my last day of relative normality before I have to actually put some sort of plan in motion to move back to the United States. There is all sorts of stuff that I'll have work out such as selling the car, furniture, white goods (what they call major appliances here in Australia), etc. I even splurged and had an ice-cream (pralines and cream in a waffle cone of course) to help cushion the chaos that will start in the next few days.

Currently though, I am going a little nuts trying to find some reference in this episode of the Gilmore Girls (Christopher Returns) of when Lorelai made plans to meet Luke. In going through the episode several times I have found all sorts of mistakes. Reflections of the crew in the window, shadow of the mic, and one scene where Christopher says that tomorrow is Saturday making it Friday night, which is when they should be having the weekly dinner at her parent’s house. This is also the second time that Dean mentions that he has a motorcycle though he told Lorelai that he didn’t have one when she first grilled him about dating Rory. And this whole thing about what was said the previous night at the dinner table, they never made it to dinner. I also think it’s raining in the baseball game scene in the beginning and that they are filming under tents or something. You can hear the rain and occasionally see some heavy raindrops. Anyway, I have finally figured out that the plan with Luke was set up from the previous episode and that is the night she is supposed to help him paint the diner. I probably would have figured out that faster, if I had let the episode finish instead of stopping it and going back to the beginning. Oh I am so going to write a nasty email to Bendis for doing this to me!

I have also decided to take a break from my current audio book, “Of Fire and Night” the fifth of seven books in the Saga of Seven Suns series by Kevin J. Anderson, to listen to “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. It is written in classic Gaiman style and I give it a thumbs up. You'll probably find it in the “Young Adult” section of the book store but don't let that fool put you off.

The Graveyard BookOne thing that I have been wondering about is why they aren’t pimping Gaiman more on his movies? There was no mention of his name in the advertising of any of his movies so far including the upcoming “Coraline”. He is a best selling author with a rabid fan base. Why wouldn’t they at least toss out a “Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman” in the ad? Granted, the fan base being as rabid as we are, most of us knew about each movie long before it was presented to the unwashed masses.

Edit: I accidentally clicked the wrong thing and added Gaimen instead of Gaiman to my dictionary and didn't notice Neil's name was misspelled all over the place. Fixed.


Anonymous said...

You misspelt Neil's surname. Clearly too much Gilmore is going to your head (or maybe just your keyboard). Its all downhill from here. You'll get to season 7 and find out its cancelled, and I'm guessing that it won't be pretty....

Anonymous said...


We will truly miss you. I can't speak for others but my morale took a huge tumble at your announcement that you're leaving.

You're an ornery bugger sometimes, but boy you know what you're doing and you stand by your convictions. I, for one, respect that.I will relish my experience working with you, and having been a contemporary with you. I do hope we can work together in the future! :)

-Anonymous Interzone employee.

Joseph B. Hewitt IV said...

Thanks for that. And thanks for all the email that I've gotten. Everybody has been saying such great things about me and I'm really touched. I just can't imagine that I'll find another place with such great friends to work with.

I really hated that I had to resign. I put it off for as long as I could, but another blow hit me that previous weekend and I have to deal with that.

You guys better get the game out so we can kick the competition's butt; because seriously... wtf are they thinking with that pile of crap?

BTW, "What Kind of Day It Has Been" is a Aaron Sorkin reference. It was the title of the last episode of the the first season of Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60.