In these matters, I take my lead from Chris Sims. He started out as an amateur comics journo with his own site, Chris's Invincible Super-Blog. At some point down the line, he became a professional comics journo with Comics Alliance, but couldn't bring himself to abandon the fanbase he'd built up on his own blog over the years. So, he still posted when he could on The ISB, but at the same time he used it to announce his frequent contributions to Comics Alliance: not just with a straightforward link, but also with additional commentary and the occasional bit of material from the cutting-room floor.
So yeah, what I'm doing with these Mostly Film articles - such as today's piece on the Terracotta Far East Film Festival - is a similar sort of thing. Except Sims gets paid for at least one of his writing gigs. And he's contributed to a book - Write More Good - that you can buy in proper shops, not just as print-on-demand. But apart from all that, similar, right?
I'm quite pleased with how quickly this review came together - I was taking notes on my phone at the end of each day, and was able to deliver a first draft of the piece by 11am the day after the festival finished. A few bits and pieces have come to light since then, and rather than confuse the Mostly Film editing process with them, I've decided to share them with you lot. Think of them as DVD-style Special Features, or maybe Bonus Beats if 80s dance records are a better cultural reference point...
- There was an audience vote after every film: I mention it in passing in the context of Petty Romance (which was popular) and Child's Eye (which wasn't). The runaway winner of the audience award, though, was Sam Voutas' Red Light Revolution, which gives me an excuse to use the picture at the top of this page.
- A couple of official movie sites I discovered after the article was submitted: Petty Romance and Karate Girl. No English language content on either of them, so just click around and see what you can find.
- Thanks to the magic of YouTube, we can now all enjoy the karaoke stylings of Tak Sakaguchi at the Terracotta Festival party.
- Contrary to what they suggest in Choy Lee Fut, there is no place called Thames Town in the United Kingdom. There is one just outside Shanghai, though, which looks like where those scenes were filmed.
Everything else you need to know is in Terracottadammerung, published on Mostly Film today. I shouldn't be hitting you with another one of these for at least three weeks now, promise.