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Trent Reznor is my hero of moment [Sep. 14th, 2007|09:05 pm]
James Everett

When your US label, Interscope, discovered the web-based alternate reality game (ARG) you'd built around Year Zero, were they happy for the free marketing or angry you hadn't let them in on it?

I chose to do this on my own, at great financial expense to myself, because I knew they wouldn't understand what it is, for one. And secondly, I didn't want it coming from a place of marketing, I wanted it coming from a place that was pure to the project. It's a way to present the story and the backdrop, something I would be excited to find as a fan. I knew the minute I talked to someone at the record label about it, they would be looking at it in terms of "How can we tie this in with a mobile provider?" That's what they do. If something lent itself to that, OK, I'm not opposed to the idea of not losing a lot of money (laughs). But it would only be if it made sense. I've had to position myself as the irrational, stubborn, crazy artist. At the end of the day, I'm not out to sabotage my career, but quality matters, and integrity matters. Jumping through any hoop or taking advantage of any desperate situation that comes up just to sell a product is harmful. It is.

I need to remember: not every license/property/IP I work with is faceless, some of them have real people behind them that care about the work in ways I might not.
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Finally finished uploading... [Jan. 28th, 2007|06:26 pm]
James Everett

Itsukushima Torii
Originally uploaded by JamesEverett.
The final selection of photos from my trip to Japan are now on Flickr. About time.

-3,836 photos taken
-300 put in Flickr set James in Japan 2006
-First upload to set, Oct 23 2006
-Last upload, January 28 2007
-Annoyance at self for time taken, immeasurable

I wonder how long it will take me to finish tagging and adding comments?
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Flip Shot [Dec. 6th, 2006|01:57 am]
James Everett

Flip Shot
Originally uploaded by JamesEverett.
So I'm gradually getting all of the photos posted. Up to the second day in Kyoto (7 days into the trip) but I'll go back and tag and annotate later.
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Updating quickly [Nov. 22nd, 2006|01:16 am]
James Everett

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...and with few comments. I'll have to fill in the story of TGS another day.
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Rocket Whale? [Nov. 19th, 2006|10:24 pm]
James Everett

Rocket Whale?
Originally uploaded by JamesEverett.
Finally adding more photos from Japan. (Sorry Chiaki!) I'm going to update these every two days until I'm through all of them. It just takes longer than I ever expect to pick out the good ones and then organize and resize them for posting.

I need to return to Japan before long. I can still feel the energy of Tokyo thrumming in my bones, the pain in my feet that didn't matter because the music was so good, and the overwhelming sense of different that appeared around every corner.
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First Japan Flickr Update [Oct. 24th, 2006|12:27 am]
James Everett

Originally uploaded by JamesEverett.
I wanted to get at least a few of my Japan photos up so I just took an hour and dug through the first 3 days worth. This is ridiculous. 3 days, 58 photos I posted, and there's a story or note to go with most of them if I take the time to write it up. I have to get ruthless and pick just a few next time, cut it down and keep it simple.

The story of my trip will end up being told in the descriptions of the images. Feels like the best way to keep it all straight.
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I am returned [Oct. 12th, 2006|02:34 am]
James Everett
Back from Japan, and it's messed up but the culture shock upon return to North America was greater than arrival in Japan. May have something to do with dropping my stuff at home in Montreal, getting a shower, then hopping on a bus at 10:30pm to Albany, NY. Get into Albany around 4am, crash in a super dingy Ramada, get picked up by Morgan, Kate, and Jason at 11am and go to Hudson NY. Which is very small town America. Head go *squish*.

Morgan and Kate are two of the bestest people in the world. No Joke. Morgan is also my lead designer at work and the guy who got me to come out to Montreal in the first place.

M&K are returning to their native Australia in two weeks.

This is simultaneously awesome and sucky. Awesome because it is the perfect thing for them. Morgan's new gig is with Pandemic Australia and they're going to let him run rampant. Sweet. It's been a while since the dynamic duo has lived in oz so they're happy to return. Goodness abounds.

But it sucks because we've wanted to work on something together for a long time now.

Ah well. Life goes on and it's a small business. We'll do it again another day.

It's going to take me a while to sort through all of my Japan photos so I can just post some nice ones. Expect another update when I manage that. Japan is fantastic is all I can say, and Tokyo is definitely my favorite city in the world, followed closely by Fukouka.
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Surprising No One: Dancing is Good [Sep. 3rd, 2006|05:23 am]
James Everett
Just got home from getting completely rocked by an Atomic Hooligan DJ set at Metrolium's Summer Breaks. He made my week by playing Underworld's classic Cowgirl. I've never had the chance to dance to Underworld before. My happy level is off the charts. Now I must sleep.
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Long overdue update [Jun. 28th, 2006|01:29 am]
James Everett

Originally uploaded by JamesEverett.
So I keep neglecting this LJ, but my personal life simply isn't drama filled enough to post about on a regular basis. So instead every few months I quit lurking on my friendslist and post something. The trend continues. This being my birthday (well, up until an hour and a half ago) and all I may as well mark it somehow. (Outside of the requisite trouble making courtesy of Jason, Morgan, and Justin this evening)

First off, the picture attached to this post was taken with my happy shiny new camera. I hadn't done any shooting in ages because I was just so annoyed with my Pentax Optio 30. Image quality isn't so hot, the motors are really loud, and the action is slow. So a perfect storm of 20% off open box models and the availability of a Canon S2 IS at the local Future Shop lead me to pick one up. Wow. I shot with one of these briefly last autumn while my Optio was in for repairs and really enjoyed it. It's a bigger, heavier camera, but the 12x zoom, much better image quality, and most importantly Image Stabilization, makes up for it. So I've been shooting a little, trying to get used to the new camera. A few recent photos are up on my Flickr stream now.

Second, I'm going to take a vacation. Shock, horror. Technically I took a vacation a couple of years ago when I went to Scotland for 2 weeks. It was nice, but it was a family visit. Checking in with relatives is lovely, but it's not really a bounce about holiday in unfamiliar territory.

So due to a lucky draw at work netting me a tidy little bonus I'm able to take right off to the other side of the world. I leave for Japan September 16th and return October 7th. Very, very excited. I plan to see Jeff for a few days while I'm over there, hit the Tokyo Game Show, and visit other friends in Japan who I met in Vancouver. (Watch out Chiaki, this means you!)

It's late, I need to try and sleep, and I hope this little update finds you all well and happy.
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Traveling and updating. [Feb. 15th, 2006|11:57 pm]
James Everett

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Haven't updated in many moons. So here, have a stack of photos. Went to New York two weekends ago with a crew of 50 from work. We headed down there in a bus to see the Pixar exhibit at MOMA. Which we did. Unfortunately it was extremely crowded and there wasn't a lot of stuff on display. Coolest piece was a zoetrope constructed using various Pixar character action figures posed in different key frames. Spin the whole thing around really fast and then hit it with a strobe light. BAM! Animated dancing characters. Nifty. I could have spent a day or two in MOMA, but it was so incredibly crowded that I bailed after a couple of hours.

New York itself sure made up for the 'meh' of MOMA crowds though. Holy crap. It's like the whole world got scaled by 2 or 3. It's absolutely massive. I could spend weeks just walking that city and exploring, and I think I'd only cover a small fraction of it. You'll notice my photos are almost entirely of buildings. That wasn't intentional, but they were just so varied and interesting that I couldn't quit shooting. Must have looked just like the tourist I was. I shot over 400 pictures, only uploaded 70 or so. I don't rock nearly as hard as inri33r so my pictures don't have clever names. Never mind that my camera and skill just cannot compete.

The fact that my hands shake never used to bother me, but now when I start taking pictures it drives me nuts. Forget using any kind of zoom, the hands will shift the photo out of focus instantly. Whatever camera I get in the future will have image stabilizing. (Although my experiments with a variety of cameras while mine was in for repair showed me that IS only helps a little.)

The short version of other news: Work is generally excellent. I'm rocking the new project and the team kicks ass. They've pulled together a solid first-playable in record time and we're well on track to have a fun little game on our hands. Also, A2M is shipping me to GDC in March. Yay for GDC! Boo for San Jose! (Was in San Fran last year, but the conference center there is booked up this time so it's back to San Jose)

Also, I learned the basic steps of the Tango and fully intend to learn how to do it properly.

Also, also: Finally started going to the gym. First week. Everything hurts. Lots.
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