At lunch today one of my co-workers says that there is some trucker sunbathing in the parking lot. Apparently this guy pulled his truck into the parking lot to catch some Z’s and also to get a quick tan. I figure he parked the truck like that so that no one “on the ground” could see him, however we were the eye in the sky. Luckily this guy didn’t mind having tan lines.
Today was an absolute nuts day. So crazy indeed because two awesome things happened today and they both involve Blogging and trips.
First Off I found out this morning that I won the FuelMyBlog/Picapp Blog World Expo Contest. I posted the most picapp images over on my blog Google is Not God. Yes there was some strategy involved. I wanted to win and win badly so I didn’t want everyone to be checking up on how many photos I posted. I also posted on average 10 images a day, that would be 5 posts with 2 images each, from July 18 to August 15th. The work paid off because I ended up with the most and no I have won airfare to and from the event, hotel and admission to the expo. Can you say WICKED SWEET!!!
The other crazy thing that happened today was that I was contacted by WOM World / Nokia. They sent me a Nokia 3555 to test out and review a while back and I did so. Then I sent that phone back and got a Nokia 5310 to test. I was planning on writing up my review of that phone today but before I could I got the e-mail from Colin. You see, WOM World / Nokia is teamed up with NokiaProductions to create a user generated feature length movie that will be directed by Spike Lee. Well that is great and all but that is not the best news. Colin e-mailed me to ask if I wanted to go to LA to film some famous movie death scenes to enter into the competition to be in the movie. Here is what he said.
I’m writing to invite you to take part in a mobile film challenge in LA on August 20th as part of a new Nokia project. We’re only inviting 4 people, and it should be a pretty exciting day, so I hope you can join us.
I know you have already been involved in Nokia Productions, in our mobile film challenge, we hope to get you involved in creating some content for the movie, and generally being part of a unique social media experiment. We’d like to challenge you to come out with us into L.A. and re-create 2 famous movie death scenes, using whatever props and locations you can find. We’ll lend you Nokia devices to record the scenes and one of the project’s assistant directors will be with you to advise and help out. We will cover travel costs and fly you over to LA as well as supplying a hotel for the evening. The scenes will be submitted to the Nokia Productions site with the chance of being used in the final film, and you can rally your community to give you live online help and feedback throughout the day and submit death scenes of their own. We’ll then head to a Dave Matthews concert in the evening to relax!
The best death scene submitted to the site is also in with a chance of winning a ticket to the Hollywood premiere of the final film.
I asked Allison if she would mind me being gone for a night or two to LA. She was cool with it because of the awesome opportunity. I then asked my boss and she was wicked excited about it. You might recall that I’ve made a video or two in the past, this time however I have to recreate a famous death scene from a movie, actually two of them. I’m not sure if I will have actors or anything but I want to at least do the scene from the Princess Bride where The Dread Pirate Roberts squares off with the Sicilian. I think that brings plenty of comedy to death. Before you go balking at filming death scenes you have to realize what the whole project is about, the project theme is humanity and it is in three parts, Birth, Life and Death.
I get my flight info and hotel booked tomorrow. What a quick notice and turn around. So incredible. I got the itinerary later this evening and it looks like a jam packed day.
11:00 – Meet with Colin & Donna from WOM World / Nokia and other attendees for meet and greet at the Hotel Angeleno on the crossroads of Brentwood and Bel Air.
11:30 â€“ Create Famous Movie Death Scene One
13:00 â€“ Lunch
14:00 â€“ Create Famous Movie Death Scene Two
15:30 â€“ Head back to Hotel for time online, to upload created content, and mash-up final Death Scenes
17:00 â€“ Dinner at Hotel
18:30 â€“ Leave Hotel (in taxiâ€™s) heading to the Staples Center for Dave Matthews Band concert.
23:00approx â€“ Leave Staples Center and head back to Hotel (in taxiâ€™s)
09:00 â€“ Breakfast and Hotel checkout.
10:00 â€“ Depart Hotel
So all in all this was a pretty amazing day to be a blogger, and specifically to be Me as a blogger. I knew that accepting the chance to review the phone with no pretense no compensation it would someday pay off. I also knew that if I worked really hard I’d get to go to Blog World Expo again. I just can’t believe that it all came together on one single day.
Does anyone have any ideas for things I should film as famous death scenes. I won;t do major blood and guts ones, something different, not gory, not terribly violent or bloody. Something that will stand out. My first choice is the scene from Princess Bride. I need a couple other ideas though. Please Help.
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