Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Del Toro!

Good news for HOBBIT fans! Del Toro formally confirmed his directorship of THE HOBBIT, and confirmed that Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf) were on-board. (An extensive conversation with GDT on TheOneRing.Net) This really gets the ball rolling for pre-production, and as far as Project Fiver is concerned, gives us new hope and a definite direction. For those of you writing letters with us, you can now send them to Guillermo Del Toro.

Signatures stand at 3167 now, not bad at all! I am collaborating with a few friends on a YouTube video introduction to the project, and hope to reach a wider audience that way. We don't have a lot of time in the evenings, but it should be done by mid-May.

And on a personal note, I'd just like to geek out for a moment at a recent P5 supporter: Richard Pini. My brother and I didn't agree on much as kids, but we both loved the ELFQUEST comic that Richard and his wife Wendy Pini created. We'd bug the comic shop guys so much to get the most recent issue in stock, we even bought a cassette tape of some fan-penned Elfquest songs (which I now know as "Filk"). My brother even wanted to get plastic surgery to remove his pinky and extend his ears so he'd look like the characters! FiverFriend Maddy also loves these comics, and emailed Richard to sign the petition. Not only did he sign, but he added a link to Project Fiver on ElfQuest.com! Thanks Richard!

And if any of you haven't read the ElfQuest comics, do yourself a favor and pick them up or Read them online . The original saga is just 20 issues, and is still one of the best comic narratives that I have ever read.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Mrs. 3000!

Woot! We've just passed the 3000 signature mark! Thanks to everyone who is passing this on, and all of you who sign it and check back on the progress. I'm getting lots of great comments on the petition.

While we are writing letters to Peter Jackson and other stars of the Lord of the Rings films, our hopes for PROJECT FIVER's success lie in the "Six Degrees" connections of people that sign it: Someone might have a daughter who's married to a Production Assistant to a director, or see the same therapist as a Key Grip for WETA, and pass this along to them. This "Six Degrees" effect has already resulted in many friends getting back in touch with us that we've lost over the years, and we're thankful for that as well, it's just icing on the cake.

I want to take a moment to thank someone personally. My friend Jay and I go back to our years as "Gem Clear Warriors" at Lipscomb Hall at the University of Georgia. He's always been a talented artist, and has recently turned to making ceramic buildings in miniature. Sometimes we use them as set pieces for gaming, but all of them are incredibly detailed. He made this Hobbit "Treasure House" for Melissa in a single day. Isn't the work on this incredible?

Hobbbit House Hobbit House

It's just the perfect size to keep Melissa's "One Ring" and Fellowship Brooch in. (Back in 2004, a Fellowship of Nine pooled our money to get her the Jens Hansen ring from the same mold as the ones they used in the films.)

So thank you for your support and signatures. And keep them coming!