Monthly Archives: July 2009

Friends from home

I shall spend today in LA hanging out with two of my best friends in the whole world. It’s been 18 months since I last saw them in New Zealand and I can hardly wait. Everyone needs these sort of people… their people, people designed especially for them and vice versa. I think that is the joy of friends and one of the real purposes in life.

Today feels like intermission in my journey, a break from the dream. I’m even going to leave my computer at home.

Burgers, Icecreams & Mountain Dew

I am changing, dissolving, morphing evaporating into something that I have never been… If there was ever an example of becoming your environment well it’s me. Three months ago my discipline was almost military; I was up at the crack of dawn, I was as fit as a navy seal, I was a lean mean kiwi fighting machine.

But now I must confess that fast food America has beaten me, I tried to swim against the tide in an ocean of your grease but the current was too strong and my will was to weak. I no longer have the ability to walk past Cracker Jacks without breaking stride and I am an easy target for the ice-creams that solicit me on every street corner. As if this wasn’t bad enough… I now find myself up to all hours planning my internet strategy.

So now it is official… the rural rugby playing kiwi is dead.


Authentic storytelling

People often ask me what I like the most; do I prefer to write, to direct or to act? To me it is an impossible question… a similar question would be to ask me whether or not I prefer white chocolate or dark chocolate? I just love chocolate; these are my creative children and I love them all equally the same.

The core essence of each of these crafts is authentic storytelling. One way to be authentic when you are telling stories is to not think too much, to try not to manipulate the situation by telling the sort of story that “you think” other people want to hear. Popular culture is clothed in this sort of bullshit and it loses it’s soul when it dresses all its artists in the same uniform.

I believe there is a uniquely human voice inside each artist that is trying desperately to speak, it takes courage to throw away the road map and start listening to your own internal GPS.


So it’s 3am and I am sitting in a chair in a studio in Burbank having just spent the evening talking with Tolga Katas; the visionary creator of Flyxo, a global high definition video delivery system.

It’s fascinating to talk with someone who is at the cutting edge of everything that is new in technology. It may surprise you but being on the cutting edge is very much like fighting in the front-line. It isn’t safe or comfortable, in fact it’s dangerous because you are risking everything for something you believe in.

Visionary people need courageous supporters and colleagues; people who believe in the strength of their vision and are prepared to fight with them in the front line. Nothing great ever happens without a vision; and great things always carry with them severe obstacles; many will stand and fight for a while only to become disillusioned. In the end only the Visionaries remain to fight their way through into new territories… that is why it is they who get to raise the flag.

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In the next two weeks I shall be approaching Pet food companies and inviting them to partner with us in our search for Scrap. It seems like a fantastic opportunity for the “right” corporate partner to me. Who wouldn’t want to put the most famous 3-legged dog on the planet on their pet food packet? I could really do with your help though…

If you have a blog, website or face-book page then please take our promo video on You Tube and syndicate it on your site.

If you have friends who love dogs or films then send them an email or a tweet with a link to the video and encourage them to vote for your favorite tripod.

I so appreciate your help and support in this adventure, I could not do it without you.

4th of July – Freedom Quiz

Here are seven great quotes written about freedom. See if you can match the authors to the quotes…

1. “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

2. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”

3. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”

4. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

5. “You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.”

6. “Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.”

7. “Better to starve free than be a fat slave”

Authors: (In random order)

Clarence Darrow
Martin Luther King Jnr
Albert Einstein
Benjamin Franklin
Kahlil Gibran