Why “Blood Kiss” Deserves Your Attention

Hi. I didn’t want to do that thing where I don’t blog for months at a time. Really, I was going to be Mr. Blogs a Couple Times a Week at Least. That’s what they were going to call me.

But then I started a podcast with some friends and it was (and is) a great way to get my opinions on current media things out there in a way that I enjoy. Plus, hey, talking is easier than writing. I should know; I’ve been writing a lot more this year. Yeah that’s right, semicolons. I’m on my game. Except this blog has fallen by the wayside a bit, and that’s unfortunate because blogging is cool, or at least cathartic. What an age we live in, eh? You can express yourself and ramble and get off topic and oh that’s right I had a thing to discuss and that’s why I’m back here.

Blood Kiss is a movie from Michael Reaves about 2/3 done with its Kickstarter campaign. The good news is it’s reached its minimum funding goal, so it’s definitely happening. The bad news—not even bad, really, more of an addendum—is that making a feature length film with only $60,000 isn’t easy. Especially a 1940s noir period piece about vampires. Costumes, effects, locations, behind-the-scenes tributes to the Beast, craft services. Moviemaking is some tricky stuff! And there’s a world of difference between sixty and a hundred thousand where indie budgets are concerned.

So the more people who donate to the Kickstarter campaign the better. I like Kickstarter a lot. There’s been some controversy recently over the studio affiliations of the Veronica Mars project and Zach Braff’s thing, and I certainly have my opinions where those are concerned, but that’s not relevant here. Blood Kiss is as indie as they come, the exact sort of project crowdfunding was originally supposed to be about. The money it raises is the money that will be onscreen, so if you want to see it, hey! Give it some money, and you will. Just to be clear for those new to or wary of Kickstarter: This isn’t a charity so much as a preorder service. You can contribute however much you want, but at $17 you’ll get your own copy of the film. The more you give the cooler the rewards. Nothing weird or charitable about that. You’re paying for things that don’t exist yet, but they will, because the goal’s been reached.

So why this project? Well you should read this or watch this to find out all the details straight from the source, but it’s been written (and will be directed) by Michael Reaves, who I didn’t realize until now was responsible for improving my childhood a fair amount by penning episodes of Gargoyles and Batman: The Animated Series—both formative works when I was a wee thing. He’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease, but because the creative urge transcends such limitations, that hasn’t stopped him from writing. Blood Kiss is a passion project, a vampire noir film set in 1940s Hollywood. Beyond that I only know two things: Its vampires aren’t the loving kind; they feast and murder and repulse major studios. And secondly, the script is good enough that Amber Benson (Tara, from Buffy. As in, that show I just blogged about extensively over seven months? Yeah) and Neil Gaiman (GAAAAAAAAAAAH. Gah) have agreed to act in it. Yeah, that’s Neil “My favorite author/role model/reason for living/I’ve pre-ordered three signed copies of his next book” Gaiman, as the kids are calling him these days.

So I’m INTERESTED. Just a little. You know. It’s not in my top ten movies of all time…but that’s pretty much just because it doesn’t quite exist yet. Wait never mind, stop the presses, just saw in an interview that Amber Benson is singing in this thing, like she did in “Once More with Feeling,” the Buffy musical episode. Her song “Under Your Spell” was a beautiful, catchy number about love, magic, and cunnilingus. And Neil’s a vampire? Yeah wow, screw it, top ten.

Which is why I donated a little money, and if anything I’ve discussed here (or linked to) has intrigued, inspired, or excited you, I’m sure it would mean the world to everyone involved with this project if you were to do the same.

The Origin of Inspector Spacetime

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that WAS slick. So very much.

Anyway, apparently Graham Chapman of the Pythons was the Sixth Inspector. And Stephen Fry was one of them. Seriously, utter madness. Check out the tvtropes page, the huge fandom tumblr, and if you’re really loving it, donate to the Kickstarter.

And all of that, once again, came from this:

Okay, I seriously need to stop thinking about this before I implode.

Tim Schafer and Double Fine are about to Change Everything

Well THIS is insanely exciting. Double Fine (dudes behind the fantastic Psychonauts and a bunch of other cool things, led by equally cool Tim Schafer) are funding their next game entirely through Kickstarter.

This means: No game studio enforcing any influence on them. No interference between developers and consumers. And most importantly: A massive step in artists getting funded directly without relying on the typically accepted industry parameters. Increasingly notable entertainment entities are using Kickstarter (Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer funded their fantastic tour over the site) and this is phenomenal proof that consumers WILL pay for entertainment if they have faith in the people making it.

So sorry, video game publishers, but piracy really doesn’t seem to be that much of an issue if these cult status developers can raise a quarter million dollars over the internet within hours of announcing their project. In fact by now they’ve probably reached their goal a month or so ahead of time. Fancy that, it’s almost like the creators aren’t obsolete, the publishers are. This is going to help everyone realize it, and over the next few years we’re only going to see more of this as publishers in every industry realize that they’re in an adapt or die situation. Prepare to witness most of them die, by the way. Adaptation’s a real bitch.

But for now, donate here, because there’s an awesome little adventure game on the horizon. $15.00 and you get the finished product and the opportunity to watch them create the whole thing as it happens. I’m thrilled to see where this goes.