New interviews! JMSN / The River and the Road

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I've been writing on-and-off about music and other things forever, but since joining up with Hello Vancity I've recently had the opportunity to try out something I've never done before: interviews!

In February, I spent 20 minutes with rising R&B star JMSN in the basement of the Electric Owl before his show. I've transcribed that session HERE. We were able to cover some new ground regarding JMSN's lyrical approach and production techniques, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Hell of a nice guy, too.

I also interviewed local indie-folk outfit The River and the Road via email for a portion of this article. It's a shorter piece, owing to the email format, but has some insightful answers from the talented duo. Check it out!

Scarlet Vengeance – Screenplay complete!

Finally completed! Clocking in at a healthy 96 pages, "SCARLET VENGEANCE" is my fourth screenplay to date, and my first original spec script. I'm inordinately proud of this one– an over-the-top, darkly funny revenge fairytale, hatched from a 1986 time capsule and fermented to 180-proof toxicity in the big city heat.

LOGLINE:

[ACTION / THRILLER / CYBERPUNK] In the grim future of 1999, an orphaned teen girl joins forces with a mysterious femme fatale to carve a bloody path through a corrupt corporation’s mutant militia, implode a designer drug empire, and exact revenge on the demented executive who murdered her family.

SYNOPSIS:

In the dystopian cyber-future of 1999, there is no justice… only vengeance!

On the hunt for stolen company secrets, a sadistic corporate scion massacres the family of a former employee. There’s only one survivor– the family's blameless teenaged daughter, Scarlett. Now an orphan, Scarlett awakens from a coma with a bullet in her brain, a few more in her Uzi magazine, and a burning need to make someone pay.

On a bloody path of revenge and revelation, Scarlett wages war on the BioDyne Corporation, aided by her mysterious mentor Tricia. A beautiful femme fatale, Tricia may have an agenda of her own, but she may also be Scarlett's only hope for warmth in a cold world. Together they descend into an urban apocalypse to uncover the reasons behind the massacre of Scarlett’s family, inflict justice upon the lawless city, and take down a deadly designer drug empire.

As corporate shark Carver takes a personal interest in the duo and unleashes hideous plans of his own, Scarlett is forced to confront the twisted secrets of the BioDyne Corporation– and those of her own wounded heart. Can one go too far in avenging the unthinkable? There's only one way to find out: Go as far as possible.

Payback's a bitch, and her name is Scarlett.

4Cats Motion Storybooks

During my year-long stint at 4Cats, I was responsible for researching and writing course material and storybooks for 4Cats classes. I began with biographical and critical research into the artist, which I would gradually compile into a roughly 10,000-word curriculum detailing the artist's life, career, major works, humourous trivia and anecdotes. With the curriculum finalized and approved, I distilled the curriculum further into roughly 500-word storybooks to give children the broadest introduction to the artist.

With the books written, I passed the material to the head illustrator to create the images accompanying my words. I didn't have any input into the visual aspect of the creation, but our combined efforts resulted in published editions similar to the ones shown below. These can be found in 4Cats locations internationally.

When each book was done, I combined the visual assets with supplied voice recordings to create 5-minute Motion Storybooks, using minimalist After Effects animation and editing to bring the illustrator's visuals to life. The videos are only available to 4Cats customers, but I also created a number of trailers which 4Cats released online. Here are a few below!

Jean-Michel Basquiat – TRAILER from 4Cats Arts Studio on Vimeo.

Keith Haring – TRAILER from 4Cats Arts Studio on Vimeo.

Salvador Dali – TRAILER from 4Cats Arts Studio on Vimeo.

Will Write For Food: Hello Vancity

devin-townsendTwo of my passions are music and writing, and I've chased the opportunity to combine them. Since 2010 I've been writing music-related articles on-and-off for Bandmark, and recently I've begun contributing to Vancouver news and event blog Hello Vancity. This month I've been to The Commodore twice for some killer shows, and have written about them here: