Call to Arms

As they say in the movies, “It’s quiet… too quiet.” Yeah, sorry about that but I’ve had a lot on recently.

Here’s the deal. In October last year (2013 if you are visiting here via Google and the date is not otherwise obvious) I had to stop editing ONFILM magazine due to the inconvenience of not being paid and had to find another gig. Cinematica was taking up a lot of also-not-being-paid time and, even though it was an enormous amount of fun and enjoyed by many people, it was impossible to justify financially the amount of time it took every week. Kailey leaving was probably the final straw.

FH_COVER_May2014Since Christmas I have been working as editor of FishHead magazine in Wellington, firstly as interim, then as former, and finally appointed to the permanent position in March. Learning a new magazine and a new market as well as getting a handle on the business side of things has meant that I haven’t had any time to keep these pages up. This may shock you but I haven’t even been able to watch as many films as I used to.

Anyway, FishHead is almost under control, Nine to Noon is chugging along and the private life is in the best shape ever, so it’s time to reinvigorate my  personal expression engine — Funerals & Snakes. In June you will see a new look here and a return to regular reviewing. Subscribers to the email newsletters will also get their weekly updates once again.

Most importantly I will be launching a new weekly podcast to replace Cinematica. There were a few things I wanted to do in the podcasting space that I wasn’t able to do with the old format and recording from home in the evenings was only one of them. There’s a new name, new format and new brand coming in June but some of the most popular aspects of Cinematica will be staying the same – not least Kailey Carruthers, newsgirl and sidekick; my Ed McMahon if you like. She’s contractually restricted from reviewing any films for a bit but her presence will be awesome and fun as always.

In order to get this show on the road (literally in some ways) I need to generate some funds. We need gear (the Cinematica studio kit belongs to Simon and the Light House) including a small mixer that can accept a Skype feed, some microphones, headphones, etc. We also need funding to allow us to go to Auckland to interview festival guests who won’t be coming to Wellington and to generate some branding and design work. I want this to be a first class piece of work, something that all involved can be proud of, and I want professional standards to be maintained throughout.

To this end I have created a PledgeMe campaign for a small portion of the startup funding required. You can find it here: http://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2118.

Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t hesitate to fund this myself but the $10,000 hit I took this year on the whole ONFILM adventure – in case you were wondering publisher Mediaweb have gone into receivership leaving a trail of debts across New Zealand – means I don’t have the spare capacity that I once had. Those of you who were sympathetic to my plight earlier this year might consider a donation to “New Movie Podcast” to be a way to help me out of that jam as well as ensure that I can continue to express my perspicaciousness to a world waiting with breath baited.

Regular listeners, readers and experiencers of my work might also consider a small donation as a kind of ‘pay it backwards’ gesture of thanks for the seven years of free movie reviews that I have birthed here. You might think that, I couldn’t possibly comment.

I’d love to keep producing words about film for people who appreciate them. I’ve loved doing it all this time and want to keep on doing it for as long as I can sustain it. Thanks in advance for your help.

Dan

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