Posts tagged ‘thailand’
Website advisory and crowdfunding copy for English versions of this breathtaking new retreat, opening its doors to culturally conscious and environmentally-minded travellers in 2016.
You can learn more at www.theislandhideout.com
September 10, 2013
You only need to know that it’s real…
It seemed like a grand idea at the time. Self-discovery! Personal improvement! Spiritual progression! Ten days at a remote Buddhist retreat in southeast Thailand. Eighteen hours each day to focus on ‘mindfulness’, in whatever task was assigned.
The wake-up bell at 4AM. Using candlelight to wash and dress oneself. Bare feet on cold, wet grass. Orion’s jewelled belt pointing the way through the jungle from a sky made of black velvet.
The sexes sit on opposite sides of the sand-floored sala. This divide persists for the duration. Separate dorms. Dining areas. Walking paths. Eye contact is discouraged. A deeper, deafening silence.
And then the day truly begins…
January 24, 2013
A belated Happy 2013, one and all! Another year brings a firm resolve, fresh inspiration, and exciting new projects to share. I’ve been teasing feature film developments for what seems like an age, and with the challenges inherent to raising capital in the world of indie film, it’s high time to attempt a more traditional narrative. Something with multi-quadrant audience appeal, international market support, and potential franchiseability. One of those rare industry blips where the rewards clearly outweigh the risks. And, it should go without saying by now, something with multiplatform aspirations carved into its atomic structure from conception.
A little over two years ago, I committed to a ‘work vacation’. It was to be an exotic change of scene, with the hopes of finishing the first draft of a Telefilm-funded screenplay I had pitched, and getting my physical health in line after years of late nights, table-sized Canadian portions, and ungodly levels of caffeine and sugar.
I would end up choosing Thailand. And, for two incredible months, I would write…and learn the ways of Muay Thai.
February 2, 2012
The southeast Asian adventure continues…
Special props must be given to Canuck indy sensations BEND SINISTER for the awesome tunes.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world, folks!
February 12, 2011
Stuck with a shitty camera in a beautiful location?
Just grab some trance-y tunes (MOBY is always a strong contender), add some trippy filters (iMovie’s ‘Romantic’ comes to mind), muck about with shot timings (x20 speed? Why the hell not!), and voila: call it a Dream Sequence!
Hey…it worked for David Lynch on Inland Empire :P
January 10, 2011
A 5min montage of my Thai boxing adventure, shot on an old Panasonic LUMIX cam with additional iPod Nano clips. Music by Godspeed You Black Emperor!