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Me And Mark Twain Tonight!

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

The other night Elaine and I got a rare treat – to see Hal Holbrook perform his incomparable one-man show as Mark Twain at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center.

Marc and Hal Holbrook

We were third-row center and it was a phenomenal performance, with Twain as timely as ever, speaking out against corporations, bank fraud, unemployment and war.

Twain has long been one of my favorite writers and I actually own both the American and British first editions of HUCKLEBERRY FINN from 1885.

I’ve loved Hal Holbrook’s performance as Twain since I first saw it on TV when I was a kid in 1967.  Elaine saw him onstage in the role around then, during the Vietnam War.  It was such a blistering and controversial performance that one man in the audience stood up and yelled, “Piss on you, Mark!” and stormed out of the theater.  Holbrook said nothing until the man departed, then – still in character – made a rejoinder about some people getting too hot in the kitchen, a quote directly from Twain.

Holbrook started performing as Twain when he was in his twenties, and it took three hours to apply the makeup to transform him into the seventy-year-old writer (who died in 1910 at age 75, one hundred years ago).

Now Holbrook is 85, actually ten years older than Twain, so no age makeup is needed (just a prosthetic nose, eyebrows and a moustache).

Mark and Dick Smith

Mark and Dick Smith

During the 1967 CBS telecast, Holbrook was made up by the legendary makeup genius Dick Smith, who also made up Dustin Hoffman as a centenarian for LITTLE BIG MAN (I guess with my friend Norman Corwin’s 100th birthday this past Monday it’s my week for writing about centenarians).

Incredibly, the man sitting next to me the other evening at MARK TWAIN TONIGHT was Dick Smith himself, now 88 and still fascinating and utterly charming.  He told me he took up makeup because he had an unhappy, friendless childhood and figured makeup would help win him friends – which it did, in spades.

After the show, we went backstage to talk with Hal Holbrook.  I was so impressed with him and moved by the fact that he’d just lost his beloved wife Dixie Carter.  Many of his dear friends were backstage to congratulate and comfort him, including Delta Burke, with whom he and his wife had acted on DESIGNING WOMEN.

Even after hours on stage, Holbrook was courtly and clear-minded as ever, taking time to speak to the many well-wishers.  I told him that when I was researching THE TWILIGHT ZONE COMPANION years ago, the show’s brilliant cinematographer George Clemens told me he was a relative of Mark Twain (whose real name was Samuel Clemens) and that he recalled when he was a boy meeting Twain, who gave him a signed complete edition of his works.

What an honor and a pleasure to witness one of the greatest actors of our time bringing alive one of the greatest writers who ever lived.

And Holbrook’s no slouch as a writer, either.  Check out his book MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!  AN ACTOR’S PORTRAIT, first published in 1959.  I brought my copy along with me and got both Holbrook and Dick Smith to sign it.  What a wonderful time!

To read more about Holbrook and his performance, log onto http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/05/hal-holbrook-speaks-out-against-republican-party-leaders.html

And to watch Holbrook perform Twain from the landmark 1967 broadcast check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_rTMNnxwSE

All good thoughts your way,

Marc

Me And The Moon Landing

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

Went to the Los Angeles Festival of Books last week at UCLA, my alma mater (now that’s a story for another time…) and spent the day browsing through wonderful tomes old and new, checked out a fun exhibit on Huckleberry Finn at the Powell Library, bought a Fahrenheit 451 t-shirt for the gym (I try to stand out when I can).

Also spoke to the editors of McSweeney’s, who’d wanted me to write a piece on THE TWILIGHT ZONE a couple of years back, which I never got around to doing.  If you’re not familiar with McSweeney’s, they publish truly distinctive and delightful magazines and books, all for the love of it.  I highly recommend them.  I’ll be emailing them shortly to see if they’d like to excerpt or publish in its entirety the memoir I just finished on my mother.  I think they’d be great fun
to work with.

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

I also took time out at the Festival to talk with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon (had he thought about it at the time he might’ve said, “This is another small step for a man…”).  We talked about an issue close to both our hearts – sending men to Mars.  Buzz is lobbying for a permanent manned station there – hell, I’d be happy starting with just landing a small group of scientists there for a short duration.

Given the recent discoveries about liquid water – a key requirement for life – and methane releases from under the surface – a strong marker for life – I think it’s vital we go there as soon as possible.  Several keen-eyed men and women could accomplish a great deal more than a long-distance robot in this case.  Not that I’m against the probes we’ve sent, they’re great, but imagine how much harder it would have been to find fossils of early hominids in Africa had we only been able to look for them with slow-moving long-distance machines.

I don’t think our government will ever be sending men to Mars, there’s no short-term political advantage (and the corporations don’t want it).  I think there’s only two ways we might have a chance of getting there – either China will do it for the prestige (and I’m thinking of writing the Chinese premier to suggest it) or private citizens will fund and mount a Heinlein-style by-our-bootstraps kind of mission.

I’ve actually thought of proposing the latter to some billionaires and other like-minded spirits.  I plan on calling it Wiki-Mars, and it would require a small number of folks to each donate a big bunch of money or a big number of folks to each donate a small bunch.  (Hopefully, it would be both.)

I want to see Man on Mars in my lifetime, and I’m not getting any younger.  I’ll bet you do, too.  We don’t want to revert to a point where there are no humans in space, no drive to move outward.  The best part of our race is our curiosity, our desire to know.  (The worst part is that we kill each other, and everything else we can get our hands on.)

One thing I didn’t mention to Buzz Aldrin was my experience of the Moon landing, which proved quite memorable for unusual reasons.

I grew up in the Beverlywood neighborhood of west Los Angeles, just south of the Fairfax district, and all the white people I knew until I was a teenager were Jews.  I was thirteen on the day of the Moon landing, and for some reason I was in the Toluca Market at the corner of Robertson and Pico, a cavernous grocery store that has been gone for decades.

I have no idea why I wasn’t sitting in front of a TV; given my passion for science fiction you’d think that’s where I’d have been.  But no, I was standing in this market, in line with my groceries.  All the other habitués were the regular clientele of the Toluca, Jewish old ladies who spoke Yiddish as their first language, many of whom still bore the tattooed numbers on their forearms given them in the camps.

The Toluca was piping in the audio from the Moon mission over their speaker system.  And as the Eagle touched down we all fell silent, listening to this miracle, myself and these women who had survived the Holocaust to hear two men land on the Moon.

Had my grandfather not escaped Poland before the Nazis moved in, I knew I would not have been alive to hear this, as I’m sure many of these women had lost countless loved ones in the ashes.  But there in that moment we had survived the worst of Man to be part of the best, amongst the cabbages and grapefruit and chicken breasts.

I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in the world.

All good thoughts your way,
Marc

Me And Ray Bradbury Part Two

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm
Marc & Oscar

Marc & Oscar

Wanted to chime in with some more fun details about my visit with Ray Bradbury a few weeks back.

One of Ray’s great friends was the brilliant actor Charles Laughton.  Ray recalled that the first time Laughton came over to his house, he towered over one of Ray’s young daughters.

“I’m very fat!” Laughton said to her.

“Yes, you are!” she replied.

Ray told me that one time he was over at Laughton’s house, soaking in the swimming pool with him.  Laughton was about to play King Lear, and he asked Ray’s opinion on a number of questions relating to the play.

“Why are you asking me that?” Ray asked.  “I’m not an expert on Shakespeare.”

“I know,” Laughton replied, “but you’re my ricochet board.”  He was using Ray to test some of his own thoughts and ideas.

Laughton is a phenomenal actor, and if you’ve never seen his performances I urge you to check out such films as RUGGLES OF RED GAP, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and THE CANTERVILLE GHOST.  Then of course there’s NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, the only film Laughton directed, which is just spectacular.

Ray and I first became friends, by the way, when I made an audio version of MOBY DICK comparing the best performances from the film of it Ray wrote for John Huston in the Fifties, the miniseries of the Nineties, and an amazing LP recorded in the Fifties with Laughton doing a phenomenal turn as Ahab.  You can hear it on www.zicree.com

When I saw Ray that day a few weeks back it was around the time of the Oscars.  Ray and I generally meet in the back room of his house that serves as his office and meeting room.  It’s crammed with all manner of items from his fabulous career – original art from his books, numerous editions of his work from around the world, other magpie accretions from his storied life.

Sitting smack-dab in the middle of all this is the Emmy he won for the television adaptation of his book THE HALLOWEEN TREE.  But at one point I also noticed an Oscar sitting within arm’s reach.

“What this for?” I asked.  I didn’t remember his winning the Emmy, although he has snagged any number of Pulitzers, National Book Awards, Hugos and even is a Commander in the French Legion of Honor.

“Oh, a neighbor gave me that.  He won it years ago.”

I asked Ray if he’d mind me getting a photo with it.  “Be my guest.”

What great fun… and what a wonderful friend (with a wonderful neighbor!).

All good thoughts your way,
Marc

Regarding The Industry’s $70 Million Dollar Ageism Settlement

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Hi, guys,

I just wanted to chime in on the announcement that the major networks, studios and agencies have agreed to pony up $70 million to settle a class action age discrimination suit for writers.

It’s common coin for most folks to believe that ageism is really sour grapes expressed by those who just can’t cut it any more.  But if you look closely at the stats on how the Industry has changed over the years – especially in television – it tells quite another story.

Of my writer friends in their fifties, most – including Emmy winners – have become discouraged and left the business.  Those still working have gone from job to job to job, with no gap in their work or earning record.  Like reliable cash crops these of course are the clients the agencies want, the ones who are easy to place, where it isn’t “too much trouble” to set meetings.

There’s a document called the TV Tracker List that collates all the writer-producers on every network comedy and drama and records who represents them.  It’s an eye-opening list.  Almost every writer-producer on every network show is represented by one of the major agencies.  Let’s name them:  CAA, Morris/Endeavor, ICM, UTA, Paradigm, with a far smaller scattering repped by Gersh, Rothman Brecher, Kaplan Stahler, APA and the Alpern Group.

This is a major sea change from how TV operated just a few years ago, as is the way shows assign scripts to writers.

For most of the years I worked on series and on most of the shows on which I served on staff, we’d get a twenty-two episode per season order.  The writing staffs were small, sometimes only three or four writers, and half of our twenty-two episodes were freelance assignments.  That meant that there were at least eleven slots per year where a freelancer could prove him or herself, could find a way to start climbing the ladder.

That’s no longer the case.  On most shows, they’ll only assign two freelance slots as per WGA requirement, and usually give the assignments to their assistants or others in-house.  Or they’ll just take the fine and have no freelance assignments, because it’s easier all round.

Many of the shows on which I landed on staff came from my writing a freelance script that got me in the door.  But without that opportunity and without one of the major agencies representing a current writer, how can one possibly get on the radar?

As for entry-level staff writing jobs, there’s a hitch there, too.  The edict has recently come down from many of the studios that their shows are only allowed to hire low-or-entry-level writers from winners of their Fellowships (NBC/Universal, ABC/Disney, Warners, Fox).

So upper level writers only get hired if they’re repped by top agencies, low level only from the Fellowship winners (and I just heard that one of those fellowships had six thousand entries, with only twelve chosen).  With the exception of that odd, out-of-left field writer suggested by a network or studio exec.

So for older writers, is it ageism keeping them locked out?  Who can say?

But I do know this – of my friends who are still working in network series television, there’s not a one that’s not represented by a major agency.

Which is not to say I intend to offer a message without hope, for that’s not helpful, nor is it true.  You just have to look for the exception to the rule, and for guidance from those who know.

Some years ago, I had lunch with the great Horton Foote, and he told me a story that has meant a good deal to me over the years.  After he wrote and won the Oscar for the screenplay to To Kill a Mockingbird, tastes changed and he couldn’t get arrested, his career dried up.  He was going to give it all up and become an antiques dealer but his wife, a realtor, said she’d support him, that he should just keep writing.  He wrote steadily for ten years without being hired.  Then he penned Tender Mercies, which got shot and won him his second Oscar, and his career was back on track.

So keep writing, keep striving, keep hope.  Or as I often like to say, “Be happy, be kind, be brave.”

All good thoughts your way,
Marc

Top Showrunner Helps Supermentors Students

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Hi, guys,

Folks often ask how our classes differ from those offered by others, and I wanted to share what happened this past Monday night as an example.

We asked our students one week earlier if there was someone they’d like to have come in to coach them each individually.  Previously, we’ve had showrunners, big feature screenwriters, directors of shows like BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CSI and HEROES, creators of hit shows, etc.

This time, they all said they wanted a showrunner (executive producer) on a current hit show.  We put in a call and a writer-producer who’s run a number of network dramas (and is responsible for the hit network show he’s currently on being on the air) came by the class this Monday night.

The Supermentors

The Supermentors

We went around the table and each student had plenty of time to talk about what they were doing, what their goals were and ask questions of our guest relating to their own careers and objectives.

But what was truly remarkable was that our guest was so thrilled by the energy, drive and sincerity of our students – and by the vibe of our class — that he decided on the spot to offer to personally make calls and open doors on their behalf.

It wasn’t hot air.  By the next day, he’d:

  • Called a major TV director for one of our director students to shadow.
  • Reached out to a top TV writer one of our producer clients wanted to meet with (and whose agent had previously been blocking her).
  • Set a lunch at the studio for one of our writing students to meet with and be mentored by a writer on his show (a lunch the showrunner plans to attend too).
  • Called his own agent to recommend he consider one of our writer students for representation.
  • Called a director and special effects guy to direct a scene for one of our actor student’s reels.

Wow!  This doesn’t happen with all our guests, of course, but the Industry pros we invite do coach each student individually and specifically, as do Elaine and I.

Our goal is to help our students cut through the Hollywood nonsense and get things accomplished.

Having a successful career in Hollywood truly only takes several factors to be in place:

  • Making sure your work is of solid professional quality.
  • Having samples (scripts, reels, etc.) that show what you can do.
  • Knowing how to present yourself and ask for what you want.
  • Having people help open doors for you.
  • Getting to the people with the power to say yes (most in this town only have the power to say no).

We help you with all of the above.

We have new classes starting next week, with a few slots left.

Don’t miss out and don’t wait.

This life is not a rehearsal, it’s the real show – make it one that’s spectacular.

All best,
Marc

Marc Goes Mad (Men, that is)

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Matt Weiner

Matt Weiner accepting an honorary CLIO (the Oscar of the advertising world) last year.

Last Wednesday was huge fun, as I wrap up recording the TWILIGHT ZONE commentaries for the blu-ray set (when complete, I’ll have done fifty-two episodes – one-third of the entire series).

That day, I drove to a non-descript location in Los Angeles, showed my ID and was waved through to the office of Matt Weiner, the Emmy-winning creator and showrunner of MAD MEN.

When I’d first compiled my list of who I wanted to do these commentaries with, Matt was in the top rank.  I’d never met him, but with his obvious love of the early Sixties and mass media I felt pretty sure he’d be a TWILIGHT ZONE fan.

And I was right.

The week prior, I attended a talk Matt gave at the Writers Guild to meet him and hear him talk.  I stepped up to him prior to the event and introduced him (my erstwhile staff had already contacted his office and learned he was interested).

Within days – despite his hugely-busy schedule working with his writing staff on the season four MAD MEN script – we’d scheduled a time to record commentaries on two episodes.

At the WGA evening, Matt had mentioned his interest in the Tarot, strong liberal convictions and fascination with the period of the Hollywood Blacklist.  Given this, I selected “Nick of Time” and “The Obsolete Man” as episodes well suited to his tastes.

These are two very different episodes, and I felt their range would give us plenty to talk about.

Arriving on the scene with Cali Rossen and Steve Les, who assist me in scheduling and recording the commentaries, we were informed by Matt’s assistant that he was swamped and might only be able to record one episode – so choose the most important.

I selected “Nick of Time,” but hoped we might snag both, if the fates were kind.

At the appointed time, Matt strode in (I should mention this was his office).  He’s a charismatic and brilliant man, attired in a sport coat very reminiscent of his show’s era.

We started rolling, and it was tremendous fun riffing on these episodes.  Matt, of course, found it so exciting that he ended up doing both episodes with me, and we covered a wide range of subjects, ranging from the Hollywood Blacklist to the history of superstitions and talismans in humanity’s past.

At the end, I gave Matt a DVD of the Takei TREK episode.  He broke out in a big grin and said, “You gave this to the right guy.”  Turns out he’s a big TREK fan.

Me And Ray Bradbury And James Dean And Charles Laughton

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Marc Zicree & Ray Bradbury

Spent the afternoon with Ray Bradbury this past Monday and it was marvelous, as always.

We sat in the back room of his house, which is filled to bursting with his books, awards, original artwork from his works, amazing, amazing.

He asked what I was working on, and I told him I was just now determining which screenplay I’ll write next, with a mind toward directing it.  I mentioned one story I’d been working on – one he quite liked – and he said, “If you don’t write that first, I will.”  Great praise indeed.

I’d attended his play RAY BRADBURY’S WISDOM – 2116 a few weekends back, which proved to be a marvlously inventive musical derived from his MARIONETTES, INC. stories.  Ray had originally written the piece for the great actor Charles Laughton and his wife Elsa Lanchester (best known as the Bride of Frankenstein) over fifty years ago, with FRANKENSTEIN director James Whale intended to direct it in on stage.  But when Whale died plans were scrubbed.  But Ray had also done some set designs for that project, and these were resurrected for the new version, which was dedicated to Laughton and Elsa.

With that in mind, I brought Ray a DVD of THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, the great 1933 movie based on H.G. Wells’ ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, with Laughton unforgettable as Moreau.

Ray was delighted with the gift and told me of when Laughton took him to Disneyland for the first time in 1956, one year after the park’s opening.  Laughton took him on the Peter Pan ride first, and Ray noted that as they moved through the park the crowd parted for Laughton like the Red Sea.  And when the two boarded the boat for the Jungle Ride, Laughton immediately became Captain Bligh (his classic role from MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY) and threatened to keelhaul everybody!

Ray also told me of the time he met James Dean in person, also in 1956, at a screening of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.  He told his companion, “I see suicide in him.”  “What do you mean?”  “I see it in all of him, in his eyes, in the touch of his hand.  He’ll be dead within a year.”  And so he was, in a fatal highway crash.

Ray’s working on a new book of short stories and will be having another signing at MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BOOKSTORE in Glendale in two weeks.  Not too shabby for an 89-year-old.

But then I think the truth lies in something Ray told me not too long ago.  “I have a secret to tell you,” he said and gestured for me to lean in close.  Then exulting he said, “I’m thirteen years old!”

True, wonderfully true…

Neil Gaiman & Me

In Authors, Fun, Good Folk, Twilight Zone, Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

Just spent the day with Neil Gaiman in his hotel room, recording audio commentaries for the TWILIGHT ZONE blu-ray. What great fun!

Marc Zicree & Neil Gaiman recording commentaries for the Blu-Ray edition of The Twilight Zone

Marc Zicree & Neil Gaiman recording commentaries for the Blu-Ray edition of The Twilight Zone

For those of you who don’t know, Neil is the amazingly talented writer who wrote CORALINE, the Sandman comics, the recent Newberry Prize-winning GRAVEYARD BOOK and the Hugo-winning novel AMERICAN GODS. Not to mention he co-wrote INTERWORLD with my great friend (and “World Enough and Time” co-writer) Michael Reaves.

Neil was in town to speak at Royce Hall and take meetings. He’s a remarkable fellow, very down to earth, enthusiastic, bright, charming. And British.

But what I hadn’t realized until I saw him on the Harlan Ellison documentary was that he’s also Jewish. As am I. As was Rod Serling.

So I suggested that one of the TZ episodes we do be “Deaths-Head Revisited,” in which a concentration camp commandant returns to Dachau after the war only to find the ghosts of his victims have been waiting to mete out justice.

It’s a terrific episode, and talking about it with Neil was remarkable.

Then we did “In Praise of Pip,” which was shot at Pacific Ocean Park, a long-gone amusement park I used to attend as a child. In fact, I actually navigated the same mirror maze Billy Mumy is seen running through! It was old-home week. (And later Neil emailed me that doing that commentaries made him “ridiculously happy, too.”)

What was meant to be a two-hour recording session turned into five hours of great conversation ranging over many, many subjects (and pizza). Neil told me of the book he’s been working on about China and I related the plot of Love, Gloria, the memoir about my mom that I just completed and which my New York agents are now submitting to publishers.

Neil was fascinated by what I told him about the book, and I followed up by sending him the manuscript. Neil’s reading it now, which thrills me no end. I so look forward to hearing his reaction.

That night, Neil invited me to a cocktail party he was hosting in honor of Henry Selick, director of the marvelous CORALINE. I invited Henry to do commentaries on his favorite TWILIGHT ZONE, and also had great conversations with Heather Graham, Felicia Day (who is so remarkable in DR. HORRIBLE’S SINGALONG BLOG) and Stephen Fry. And oh yeah, comic book sensation Grant Morrison also said he’d like to do commentaries on TWILIGHT ZONE, too.

What a wonderful day – and the best part of all was getting to know Neil better.

All good thoughts your way,

Marc

James Cameron & Me

In Directors, Good Folk, Science Fiction, Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Went to the WGA screening of AVATAR the last week and had the chance to talk with James Cameron and also his producer Jon Landau.  It was enormously inspiring.

Marc Zicree & James Cameron at the WGA screening of Avatar

Marc Zicree & James Cameron at the WGA screening of Avatar

James has made some of my favorite films, which I watch often – especially ALIENS and the director’s cut of THE ABYSS.  What I find most moving and impressive about his work is the level of his ambition, which is not just to create fine films but to actually change how films are made, to raise the bar each time.

I think for each of us this is an important lesson.  I know in my own work I always strive to create something I’ve never seen before, something original and true to my own life.

Fortunately, I’ve often succeeded at this goal, whether it was with “World Enough and Time,” “Far Beyond the Stars” or even THE TWILIGHT ZONE COMPANION.  I’ve found this extremely gratifying.  And it helps to hear guys like Cameron speak, as it serves to re-inspire me.

It was also great to catch up with Jon Landau.  Jon is the brother of Les Landau, director of STAR TREK – TNG, DEEP SPACE NINE and VOYAGER.  Les was attached as a director on my project MAGIC TIME some years back.  It’s been awhile since we spoke, but I’ll be getting in touch soon.  I know he’ll be tickled that since we last talked I directed my own STAR TREK episode too.

Jim Cameron had mentioned some very interesting things, including that he’s working on a novel of AVATAR that will go much more deeply into the backstory, and that there’s a strong likelihood he’ll be doing an AVATAR sequel.

He also went into some detail on the original opening he shot for the film, which takes place on earth.  I imagine we’ll eventually see that as an extra on the DVD.

It was also great fun to learn that Jim Cameron is a STAR TREK fan – I gave both him and Jon copies of “World Enough and Time.”  The thought of Cameron watching my work is quite a thrill.

More adventures to come…

All good thoughts your way,
Marc

Lost Mars, Savage Donut, & Pink 5

In Authors, Fun, Good Folk, Good News, Uncategorized, Work on January 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

It’s been an exciting week – I pitched the LOST MARS miniseries and two pilots to Sam Raimi’s company, including SAVAGE DONUT PARADISE, the new one I just finished writing, and it went very well; they’re avidly reading the material now.

A still from The Time Element - the lost Twillight Zone pilot

A still from "The Time Element" - the lost Twilight Zone pilot. Click here to watch it on YouTube!

In addition, I did two new audio commentaries for the TWILIGHT ZONE BLU-RAY DVD, the spectacular first-season episode “The After Hours” starring the stunning Anne Francis and directed by my friend Doug Heyes, and “The Time Element,” the famed lost first pilot of TWILIGHT ZONE. The Serling script was shelved by CBS in 1958 and then filmed as an episode of DESILU PLAYHOUSE starring William Bendix. This episode has never been on home video and will be a remarkable extra for the set.

Beyond this, I had a wonderful breakfast meeting with Marti Resteghini, a development exec with web series network Koldcast. She’s now reading CONTROLLERS, the pilot I wrote with Steve Altman, which I think would make a great web series – especially with me directing it!

Poster image from Trey Stokes' Star Wars parody "Return of Pink Five"

Marti recommended that I meet Trey Stokes, an extremely talented director and special effects guy. Trey did a trilogy of STAR WARS fan films revolving around Stacy, or Pink 5 as she’s known, as she makes her delightful and ditzy way through Lucas’ first three films — PINK 5, PINK 5 STRIKES BACK and THE RETURN OF PINK 5.. Marti emailed me the links and I watched all three – they’re terrific fun, impressively made. Check them out at http://www.pinkfive.com/

I’ll be emailing Trey shortly and I’m sure – as with when I met Iain McCaig – that we’ll find we’re kindred souls and end up collaborating one way or another.

The universe is so full of talented souls. It’s always such a thrill to meet new ones…

All good thoughts your way,
Marc