Happy Halloween!

Yes, I know Halloween was yesterday, but I didn’t get this post ready in time (big surprise there). I seem to over-complicate things more often than not, so I decided to just write a quick note and add a cool new image to let you know I am still alive, still working away on this little film, and still extremely grateful for the chance to be doing so.

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A few weeks ago, I had the unique (if last-minute) opportunity to fill-in for an absent ‘break-out session’ presenter during a Digital Media department conference held at a local university (UVU). With about 45 minutes warning, I grabbed my laptop and made my way through truly horrendous campus traffic to the large auditorium with only moments to spare. The keynote speaker was cinematographer/DP Munn Powell of Napoleon Dynamite fame (who was thoroughly entertaining and informative); after a brief interlude I was privileged to share with about a hundred students the process of getting started with The Price, including my initial emails with Mr. Gaiman, the Kickstarter campaign, Comic Con, and everything else to this point. I had a wonderful time, and enjoyed talking with several audience members afterward. It seemed to be well-received, as the department chair, Arlen Card (brother to author Orson Scott Card), asked me to come back and do it again for a larger, more diversified group tomorrow morning. (I’ll let you know how it goes — hopefully they’ll record it, and if they do I will post some of it here.)

My thanks again for all of the kind messages and positive encouragements; they continue to provide a powerful curative for those dark and discouraging thoughts that try to squirm their way into my heart from time to time, and stand as a reminder that there are many others besides myself who haven’t lost the faith.

About Xtopher

Director of The Price, and Owner/Creative Director of Silver Fish Creative, LLC.
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28 Responses to Happy Halloween!

  1. Jordi Kroon says:

    Thanks for the little update!

    Good to hear you had fun at the uni. If you can share the presentation I’ll definitely be interested in seeing it.

  2. Tad says:

    The new visualization of the cat threw me off for a moment… specifically, the eyes. But then the idea of said feline taking on a demonic presence gave it proper context, and I think it looks BA! Cats have quite a range of expression and language with their eyes, and your rendition carries that language into the unspoken supernatural. This is the “cat” that I’d like to have in my corner, WTSHTF!

    And once again, I’m inspired by your dogged perseverance, in the face of told and untold adversities, to create the vision you have in your mind for this particular story. And I’m sure that your impromptu presentation is inspirational as well. Godspeed to you, sir!

    • Xtopher says:

      Hey Tad — a heart-felt thank you for your kind words and thoughts! Yeah, I know he (The Black Cat) looks intense, but I figured he’d have to fight fire with fire in a way. I chose to make the eyes glow in the animatic version, and was happy with the way it felt overall; glad you like it now too! :)

  3. Michela says:

    Thanks for the update. It’s cool that you got to talk about your work at a conference and will again soon!
    Definitely still keeping the faith and looking forward to seeing this awesome-looking film! ❤

    • Xtopher says:

      Much appreciated Michela — faith is all about believing in things that may not yet be seen, but are true none the less. :)

  4. Cat MIhos says:

    wonderful!!!
    thank you for this update with the black cat!

  5. sandra getgood says:

    Very glad you are hanging in there…. when your work is done, we will all be very proud of you . Thanks for the update!

  6. Uncle Doug says:

    Christopher, It’s in the genes… you have an uncle who over-complicates things, regularly!

    • Xtopher says:

      Mon oncle! Great to hear from you (all the way from Hong Kong, no less)!!! Well, if it is indeed a ‘genetic deficiency,” then I am proud to be in such distinguished company! Love you both!!!

  7. Brenda says:

    Thank you my super-talented cousin. Enjoyed the update :)

    • Xtopher says:

      Thanks for the flattery Brenda — especially because you know me! (I was gonna say “Your check is in the mail,” but I guess we Venmo our bribe money now, right?) 😉 Love you!

  8. Dave Stevens says:

    X24!

    Great update! I am keen to see your speech delivered to the university crowd, and hope you can get a recording of it for later presentation to us, your ardent fans!

    The cat image is excellent! The color of the glow in the eyes is spot on – a very supernatural hue. It’s that attention to detail, in concert with your amazing artistic talent that is going to make The Price a spectacular short film when it is completed.

    I will end this note by quoting the words of our favorite (if not only) Applied Design teacher, Mr. Wiebe…”Keep up the good work. You’re doing a fine job.”

    • Xtopher says:

      Dude!!! The Mr. Wiebe quote quite literally made me laugh out loud! :) And thanks for the many kind (and variegated) words of encouragement, dear friend! I shall endeavor to elevate my elocution in tomorrow’s lecture in hopes of engendering a favorable response … and hopefully keep the lot entertained! 😉 (Glad you dig the hellacious-hue on TBC’s peepers too, btw.)

  9. Jeffery Lay says:

    This project is taking a long, long time, but then you’ve had a lot to deal with during it, and I’m glad to hear you’re still focused not just on doing it, but on doing it right. It’s a wonderful story, and I loved your earlier cinematic. I do look forward to the eventual result, and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. Please don’t give up!

    • Xtopher says:

      Thank you Jeffery; no, I won’t give up, and will continue to strive for balance between all of the everyday needs (including providing for my family) and more concentrated time on this project.

  10. Adele says:

    Love the picture!

  11. John Funderburg says:

    So happy every time we get an update! I know it’s been a long process, but I haven’t lost faith, and I’m still very excited to see the final result! Good luck with your university talks, and keep up the great work :)

    • Xtopher says:

      Thank you John! All of those positive ‘vibes’ keep me going! :) The lecture went well & the film students in the audience got a real kick out of the fact I worked on the infamous Troll 2.

  12. Thank you so much for the update. Of all the stories Neil has written, this is a sentimental favorite. The first video is amazing; I post it every year around Halloween. The second one is sure to exceed expectations. I cannot wait to see it.
    Please count on me for continued support.

  13. Sioux says:

    Awesome!
    You can do it Chris! Keep going – I’m boosted by another kickstarter I backed coming to completion (Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother project), so I have faith you’ll be next. I can’t wait!! Meeeooowwww!!!

  14. ranti says:

    It’s a delight that one can share their work and passion with future generation. I’m glad to hear your talk was well received and you have another chance to talk to a wider audience. I hope it will inpire them to do great works like yours. If the talk is recorded, I’m looking forward to hear it later.

  15. Julia Whitenight says:

    Kitty!!!

    I love that you’re still working on this doggedly (though not without frustration, sounds like — hang in there!).

    Selfishly speaking, the fact that you still have your head and hands in this project that has seemed to take on a life and timeline of its own is … inspiring. I used to be more dogged, but recently gave myself permission to abandon some things that seemed to be too out-of-control, too removed from my original ideas, too mired in ambivalence, or just … too difficult. Some ventures *should* be cast aside for the right reasons, but I haven’t had those, only excuses. It’s kicking my butt to watch you persevere. Painful in a good way. I mentioned this was all about me, right? 😉

    Anyway, I love that you had this opportunity to step outside the process and talk about it to people who are almost certainly going to have — or have had — to figure out how to slay (or tame) their own creative dragons. I also would love to see a video of the talk if they recorded it.

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