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Talking with Barb briefly last night about SLiTHER. When I told her that it was made in Vancouver, she wondered why I hadn't ever moved out there.

It disturbed me.

I know why I never moved out to LA/Hollywood. I've been there, and I didn't like it. Moving out there without already having a steady job in the film industry would be really risky, and it's not my kind of place.

But Vancouver...

I've never been there. Hell, I've never been to Seattle or the PACNW. And now that I have some friends out there in the land of grunge, I could probably make a vacation type of visit. Particularly since I now actually have a job that provides for paid vacation time.

Vancouver seems to be something of a Mecca for sci-fi and horror movies and TV series. The list of productions shot there is pretty amazing. And sci-fi/horror is definitely in my genre.

But there are those pesky practical considerations. Like income and citizenship and crap like that.

At one time in the not so distant past, I would have never even considered the possibility. I figured I was a Minnesota boy, born to stay. Sure, I lived in Colorado for a while (Eastern Colorado, really more of a suburb of Nebraska), and I did my time in the Gulag, lookinmg forward to coming home the whole time.

But home really isn't home anymore. Home is the Big Broken Box™, which even though is less broken is still not home. It is very much Box, place for stuff.

The old crusty home is where the heart is kinda leaves me cold, because my heart isn't really anywhere anymore. Yeah, I have friends here. And my Mom lives a few hours away. But really those things are the only things that are keeping me connected here anymore, and ma's gettin' up there in years.

I really like the idea of making my way as a filmmaker. And I do believe that it's possible to do here in the big bad city. I think I might even know what direction to take to make it possible, and I wanna go there. If I eventualy go to Vancouver, I want it to be from a place of success, to make movies and not to just hold lights or hump cables.

I have to have both patience and the motivation to move my ass. And I need the creative spark to juice up.

Spring is a time of rebirth. Maybe it can be a time of growth, too.


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Mar. 29th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
wonder what kind of movie the lj collective f-list could write.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Chaotic and full of drama.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
The biggest barrier to anyone (even Canadians) to living in Vancouver is cost of living. It's unimaginably expensive to live there.

Part of that is due to the Canadian goverment offering stupid-cheap tax rates to Hong Kong businessmen who were fleeing HK when it reverted to Chinese control.

However, James tells me the hookers and strippers are the best looking he's ever seen in Vancouver. So that's a plus.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe I can visit just for the hookers and strippers.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, and stop talking to Barb. You rarely come off a conversation with her with anything like an upbeat mood.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
My moods haven't exactly been upbeat with or without her lately.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
I've got a place for you when you visit.
even if you come to just check it out, I'll show you some nice places and I feel that it IS expensive but my income is keeping up.
I can't afford to buy a home but that's only partly due to market issues. Mostly I've been a fucknuts with money.

sometimes I think it's a dumpy diving little town where everyone knows your fucking business cos it's so small but, hell, it's home.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't come to live unless I had something lined up that would support my rock-n-roll lifestyle.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
no, of course I understand that.
but I kind of thought you might check it out first, see what opportunities and whethere the vibe feels right...

but, in any case, you wouldn't have to shovel snow and there are certainly trees and if you're a ballsy person, you can swim in the ocean. I prefer warmer water but I'm a goddam jamtart.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
I need trees and real water.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
this little corner of reality has water, and seagulls which I can hear right now, as I'm on False Creek.
but trees are sketchy city trees.
this is the city and I'm looking to leave it.
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
sorry, I'm becited about you people coming west, even to visit.
False Creek
Mar. 29th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)

1) It's not called the Emerald City for nothing.
2) Lake Sammamish, Lake Washington, Lake Union & little Green Lake... as well as the Sound. (Plenty of water for this Lake MI girl).
3) You're cute, smart & you're a codegeek: You already have citizenship in the community here (if you can stomach being near the Evil Empire). :-)
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well then...
wishing you an easy & joyful partuition. ;-)
Mar. 29th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
*smiles* I have heard that Vancouver is wonderful, in many ways.

And you may find that you really like the green lushness of the Emerald City, too.

Vacations are good. *nods & smiles*
Mar. 29th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I came very, VERY close to the idea of moving out to Vancouver. I was planning on going to VFS for a while, until I heard that it's really a joke of a school. READ: Really fucking expensive, and they don't teach you all that much anyway. I imagine it's pretty much like MCAD is here. :P

I still want to visit the area, and I've always entertained the idea of moving out there someday.
Mar. 30th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
From what I hear Vancouver is fun!! Someday I hope to visit! If you get there first send me a postcard ....
Mar. 30th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
I would pretty much miss you if you moved.
Mar. 30th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
If I did, it wouldn't be soon.
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