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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-06-28 07:38
Subject: [cancer|movies] Filming the Roadtrip to Mordor
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Tags:cancer, child, documentary, fundraiser, health, movies, new zealand, radiantlisa, travel
From an announcement by Waterloo Productions:
Roadtrip to MordorAuthor Jay Lake has been given 3-6 months to live. Before he dies, he's going to take his daughter to New Zealand. We want to make a documentary of their trip.

This is an effort parallel to the Lakeside documentary, also from Waterloo Productions. Producer Donnie Reynolds wants to follow me, [info]the_child and Lisa Costello to New Zealand. We'll be touring both the South and North Islands in the company of the redoubtable team of [info]danjite and [info]khaybee. Donnie wants to fold this into the larger effort of documenting my life and death.

Note this fundraiser isn't to pay for our trip. I did that out of the overage of funds from the Acts of Whimsy fundraiser last spring. That's already down to all of you who supported and contributed with such incredible generosity. This effort is to get Donnie, his second cameraman and all his equipment from Texas to New Zealand and back. The whole project is off budget from Lakeside.

This is important to me because the trajectory of my illness means I'll never make it to Antarctica like I'd hope. New Zealand will by my last great adventure shared with my daughter and with Lisa. I hope you'll consider helping Donnie out, because we can tell more of my story, and [info]the_child's through this process.

I live every day in spectacle here in the decline of my life. Let us make of it a grand spectacle. If you so desire, you can help Donnie out here.

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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-06-28 17:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll never make it to Antarctica like I'd hope

I keep thinking that you have ulterior motives for Antarctica, very Lovecraftian motives...
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User: deborahjross
Date: 2013-06-28 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Make it grand and glorious and irreverent and passionate.
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2013-06-28 20:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Deirdre and I will be in Wellington, NZ for the NZ natcon 'Au Contraire' between Thursday, July 11 and Monday, July 15.

That's going to be the second running of Au Contraire, We also attended its earlier incarnation in 2010, and then took a leisurely drive the length of North Island to Auckland, so I can recommend a few stops of interest:

1. In the foothills above Wellington, Zealandia is a must-see. It's a wildlife refuge protected against exotic predators, about the only place in the world you can see NZ's native fauna and flora as they were before the intrusion of and dominance by European species.

2. Te Puia and the Rotorua region. Rotorua is a geothermal and volcanic region in the ancient caldera of a supervolcano (thus the large lake, Lake Taupo, in the middle), and also the biggest centre of Maori culture. Te Puia is a pretty good Maori cultural and arts/historical settlement, next to a pretty flamboyant set of hot springs, hot mud pools, and geysers. Daytime and nighttime programmes.

3, White-water rafting on the Kaituna River. We didn't, but hear it's spectacular. Also, you can see the Huka Falls for free, just off the roadside.

4. 'Hobbiton' movie set. It's on a farm outside the town of Matamata, north of Rotoroa. We arrived at Matamata a bit too late in the evening to go. The place got rebuilt a second time after the LOTR trilogy closed, when they got funding for the follow-on Hobbit trilogy. (You pay the man and go on a guided tour from either Matamata or Rotorua or Auckland.)

5. Weta studio tour, if you can swing that. Not sure what's involved.

There are filming sites that Peter Jackson used all over both islands, so there are tours galore, if that's your thing.

South Island has many of the more dramatic outdoor natural attractions, such as fjords, glaciers, and such. The 'fjordlands' region in the southwest is said to a particular stunner.

Best Regards,
Rick Moen
rick@linuxmafia.com
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amphigori: bfly
User: amphigori
Date: 2013-06-28 22:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bfly
Hum, I posted a comment with links to an attraction and a restaurant and your journal marked it as spam. Does that mean you won't see it at all and I need to re-post?
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chessdev: alien
User: chessdev
Date: 2013-06-29 06:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:alien
Oh man...I'm sorry to hear this. 8-(
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