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WOD Game A2

The following is an In Character blog entry by my WOD character. None of its real, its all made up.

Monday October 22nd, 2006

Just had a meeting with the lawyers. We’ve only been back in Toronto for half an hour. ‘Nuff Said. Back to work. We told Jack everything.
Things are getting a little wierd around here. My BS crashed around 9 and I did’nt feel up to driving home so I crawled into the back of the van and slept like a log. About 10 minutes ago I woke up and the van was full of Ladybirds. Dozens of em. Friggin ladybirds. They wer’nt in there when I closed the door and crashed. Any its October for fucks sake. What are they doing this far north?Skybourn treated it like a joke.
Take the above entry and add a dash of x-files and that’s what’s like round here at the moment. Jack and Sky just came back from a grub run. They met johnjohn. You remember, the homeless guy we occasionally put in a rubber suit and pretend he’s a gribbly. Anyway, they met him on the way back from the store. Problem was it werent him. Same clothes, same cart, same greeting but it we’rnt his face. Acted like evrything was normal. At this point I was too tired to care.
Woot. Julie’s given us the day off tomorrow. We’re all going to meet at Maples and drink till the room spins.
Spent the last hour transferring all the raw footage from the Belfast shoot to the hard drive stack ready for sequencing. Got home before hand and that bloody cat from next had done its business on my window sill again. I swear, next time I’m, gonna slapshot that cat accross the street.
Listening to: Some Greenday track on
Feeling: A hellofalotbetter.
Wednesday October 24th, 2006
Bleary eyed, thats a good description for the office this morning. I don’t feel too bad this morning. Eggs, milk, yogurt and “I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter!” mixed together in a blender and left overnight in a fridge. A “traditional” MikMak hangover cure according to dad. Although he’s strangly silent on what the recipe was before the introduction of I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter. 🙂
Last night, I apprently won about $2 at poker. That would explain the stack of pennies on my kitchen counter. Sky and the Boss dont seem to be on good terms. Maybe something was said last night. I remember something about a phone call. I know Boss did’nt stay till the end.
Checked the bank, did’nt get paid. Again. Gonna have a word with Julie.
Saw a news report while finishing up the postprod on the park interview. Body of a homeless guy was found murdered last night. Sky and Jack reckon it was JohnJohn. The real one not the fake one.
That’s not all, apparently Sky made the paper yesterday. He was at a charity ball in honor of some starvin’ marvin’s. Problem was, he was photographed hobnobbing with celebraties in Toronto when we were 700 miles away in a different country. Unless Sky’s started manifesting bilocality then the WS-Ometer has just topped the scale.
WTF is going on? Did we actually die in that crash after all? Have we slipt into some parallel dimension, are we going crazy? Knowing my luck it’ll be that last one.outer limits
Ta da, With Jack’s help we finished the rushes in record time. All in all, its a damn-fine episode. Not eaxctly 60 Minutes quality but the best episode yet for the show. Still got a week and a half till the deadline so we should at least get some sort of bonus or attaboy but as usual the jerk just insults the work again.
Why am I still working here?
Got some time before we’re needed again. Studio needs to OK it with the legal guys before they air the episode. I hope wherever Lisa is she’s not going to be embrassed. We tried to not to do the usual crap and make her look insane. I hope we’re doing the right thing.


WOD Game A1 – (Episode 13: Black Beast of Belfast)

The following is an In Character blog entry by my WOD character. None of its real, its all made up.

Wednesday October 18th, 2006
So we started filming this week on episode 13. Finally got the go ahead from the network after two months. It’s going to be about the “Black Beast of Belfast”. Woo scary. Probably just another local legend about a devil dog like Black Shuck or the Beast of Bodmin. We got a timeslot at the old hanger to do the intro this morning.
Skyborn hammed it up as usual. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether he takes it seriously or not. It was the old dusty library intro again. The usual old books and dim mood lighting. Anyway got a long drive ahead of us. Figure its going to take 2 or 3 days to drive from Toronto to Belfast, Maine.
Thursday October 19th 2006
So this is Belfast. It’s a quite little town. Looks quite nice at sunset. You’d never expect that a “creature of blood curdling terror” lived here. :-)Got some good stock shots of the town after dark, most of the place was shut up. Suppose we can slant it that everyone’s living in fear and no one goes out after dark.Got some prelim concept sketches of Black Paw done. Not quite happy with the design personally. It’s a little too, well demonic. Looks more like something out of a werewolf movie than a ghost story. Which is apparently the angle we’re going for. I’m gonna download some images of timber wolves to see if I can get a better reference model.We’re staying in some little B&B just of the marina. It’s a nice enough place and the owner agreed to do a stint in front of the camera. Better call it a night. Gotta be up early for some sunrise shots and day views of the municipal buildings.
Friday October 20th 2006
Just stopped for a bite to eat in the diner. Belfast is a lot livelier during the day. Its gonna be difficult getting the right atmo with all the people going about their daily business as if nothing is happening. Spotted a good location out by the Unitarian Church. Shoot it at night with some dry ice for fog and it’ll make a great creepy shot.Pulled the bike out of the trailer to get some distance between me and the boss. He’s been up to his arms in small-town politics. Getting permits for the shooting and stuff. Skybourne’s been doing the research thing most of the morning. We really need to get a new intern to do this crap. Just gotta make sure that JJ doesn’t break them this time.There’s some really creepy woods on the outskirts of town, especially by the river. Thought I spotted something a few times out of the corner of my eye. Probably nothing. Gotta meet Skybourne at the library for some shots.
Nice day of shooting. Got a good few hours worth of footage in the process of being transferred to hard drive. Taking an early lunch in the Belfast Arms while the laptop does its business. It’s a family restaurant type bar so it’s pretty quite.Been doing some more work on the animatics for BigPaw. Boss okayed the general design, based on a large black wolf. Rather than going for the usual red eyes, we’re gonna go for feline eyes that reflect light in the same was as a cat. It’s actually quite spooky.Here comes Sky, looks like he’s got a lead.
Seems like the lead is a girl called Lisa. Apparently she’s a fan of the show and a mythology student to boot. Kinda cute too. Be a shame to blur face out like we usually do to interviewees.
That’s interesting, the owner of the manor farm on the outskirts of town owns 2 thirds of the land in Waldo County. His sighting was what brought us here. Apparently he died a couple of dies ago. His heart gave out is what people are saying. Reckon we can twist it so that he died of fright after seeing big paw. Turns out that he sold most of his land to a company called Synergistics. Their one of these bin conglomerates that you don’t here about. Not sure how we can use that but apparently the town has a new landlord.
Finally back at the hotel. Been a busy night. First filmed an interview with Lisa in the park. Chose a bench with some bushes behind it. We’re gonna digitally insert some blinking eyes in the bushes in post prod. Implying that *something* was watching us. Sky’s gonna have one of his internet aliases point it out on the boards the day after broadcast. The old insert a ghost that we didn’t see when filming ploy.Also did a couple of variations on an encounter with black paw. One with Sky tracking it, another with the boss in his Steve Irwin get up acting as a local. “guide” and the third Blair witch style. The “what the hell are we doing chasing phantom dogs in the rain” spiel from sky. Each end with a snap zoom on something doglike silhouetted on a hill in the distance.
Just finished an artist’s impression of Big Paw. Really impressed. Took me about two hours but I think I really captured the essence of the story we’re trying to get across. Damn, got be up at dawn tomorrow.
Saturday October 21st 2006
Finally finished the shoot. Got a dawn shot, the empty school, and a quick shot of some bar where the scared locals are no longer coming. Used up all out tapes and memory cards by four o’clock. Boss is settling the bill with the hotel, Sky is chatting up Lisa leaving me to load the van. Again. It’s a living I suppose.Got an email from dad. The Panthers beat NSCC at hockey last night. Go Panthers!
Looks like we’re giving Lisa a lift back to Bangor.
Sunday October 21st 2006
Lisa’s dead.
It started to rain really bad after we left Belfast yesterday. Had to drive real slow. About an hour out of town … something happened. We all saw a black shape, dog like with eyes. Gold but rimmed in blood. A car coming in the opposite direction swerved in front of us and we flipped of the road, rolling down an embankment into some trees. I swear we died, I felt it. Then everything was back to normal. I screeched the van to a halt. Sky turned to check on Lisa and the Boss and screamed. Lisa’s head was all messed up. Look like she’d been whacked with a sledge hammer in the face. On been in a car crash. None of use were hurt and the van was just as dented as we left it.Boss called the cops and Sky fed em some story about how we found her on the road but didn’t realise she was dead until we started moving again. They believed him. Guess he’s a good actor afterall. I need a drink. Lots of em.

WOD Game

Just started a new WOD game last night. Basic premise is that the characters are the cast and production of a cable TV show that investigates the supernatural. The shows are faked so the twist is that in the first session, the characters come face to face with the real thing. The three characters in the game so far are Ryan Skybourne (actor and host), Joe Johnston (Director). My character is detailed below.
Ryan Johnson
Born on the 14th August 1980, Ryan is a Mi’kmaw from Scotchfort Reserve 4 on the outskirts of Charlottetown, the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. Scotchfort is a Mi’kmaq reservation and is part of the Abegweit First Nation. The Mi’kmaq are an indigenous people native to the North Eastern regions of the Atlantic Coast and are the original inhabitants of the island. Abegweit is also the Anglicization of Epikwetk, the original Mi’kmaq name for the island meaning “Land Cradled on the Waves”.
Prince Edward Island (or P.E.I.) is the smallest province in Canada both in terms of size and in terms of population. With a population of 137’900, there are 31 towns and cities in Canada with greater population than the entire province. 13 in Ontario alone. The economy of P.E.I revolves around the three seasonal activities of Agriculture, Fishing and Tourism. The province currently accounts for a third of Canada’s total potato production and is a major producer of seed potatoes exporting to more than 20 countries worldwide. In recent years, tourism has eclipsed fishing as the provinces second largest source of employment. Despite a buoyant local economy, population growth has slowed, with only a 0.5% growth on the last census as the province experiences increased youth outmigration.
Ryan has three brothers (Michael 14, James 17 and Sean 28) and two sisters (Sarah 7 and Alison 24). Ryan did have a second older brother called Robert who was only a year older. However, when Ryan was 10 his father took him, Sean and Robert on a hunting trip. During the trip, Ryan tripped and accidentally shot Robert in the back with a hunting rifle. Because of the remoteness of the location of the accident, Robert tragically died before they could get him to a doctor. Despite the fact that the accident was not his fault in any way, Ryan has blamed himself ever since for his brothers death. Since then Ryan has not touched a firearm. The Johnson’s are not a traditionalist Mi’kmaq family despite living on the reservation. Henry and Margaret however did try to instil in their children a sense of their heritage and the family is active in tribal activities. The children were brought up to be fluent in both English and Lnui’simk, the Mi’kmaq dialect of Algonquian and by the time he was in high school Ryan could read and write the traditional Mi’kmaq hieroglyph alphabet. Ryan is proud of his ancestry and has made an effort to understand what it means to be a Mi’kmaw. Ryan however doesn’t believe that being a Mi’kmaw should define him as a person. Technically, Ryan is a Catholic. His family was never devout and the only reason he was baptised along with his brothers and sisters because it was expected. Ryan himself has not been to church since elementary school. Although the reservation is inland, Ryan’s father owns and operates a fishing boat that sails out of Charlottetown harbour. Fishing being the family business, Ryan spent much of his early teen years working on the boat with his father and older brother. Although he didn’t hate the work he never really enjoyed it and always wanted more from life than an adulthood with his arms deep in lobsters and fish entrails. His father, although disappointed, understood and supported Ryan in going to university and eventually moving away from the island to find work. He is still on good terms with his family and never misses a Christmas, Canada Day (July 1) or Treaty Day (October 1) celebration at home.
After graduating high school, Ryan attended the University of Prince Edward Island to study Media Technology. While there played on the hockey team with the UPEI Panthers. Although talented, it was clear he would have not career in the sport beyond university and Ryan played mainly for his own enjoyment. He is still an avid support of the team (as well as the other Panther teams) along with the PEI Rockets, the local hockey team and part of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Straight out of college, he landed a position at CBC, the Canadian state broadcaster. Employed as a news cameraman, Ryan quickly worked his way up the ladder. However, it all came to a crashing halt during the coverage of Hurricane Katrina. During a live broadcast from New Orleans featuring the stations premier on-the-scene reporter, Ryan spotted someone struggling in the water. Without a moments hesitation he dropped the camera (nearly breaking it) dived in and helped the person to safety. He became a minor celebrity over the event although the first he heard of this was when his father send him a clipping from the local paper (The Cadre, a UPEI student paper). For a brief period every other incoming call on his cell was from a newspaper, radio station or television programme asking for an interview. Ryan turned them all down not wanting the sudden attention for doing what he thought was the right thing. He did frame the newspaper clipping though and it is a source of private pride. Three weeks later, Ryan was forced to leave CBC for “unrelated reasons”.
After leaving CBC, found getting work in the industry was difficult. He was forced to take part-time work wherever he could find it. Working in convenience stores and gas stations, whatever would pay the bills. Eventually he was able to purchase some second-hand equipment. He began to do a little freelance work for the local cable station.
Ryan is just over 2 meters (~6’ 6”) tall and weights 91 kilos (~200Ibs). He has a muscular build and his hands and skin are rough from working outdoors when younger. Clean-shaven, he has blue eyes and short spiked blue hair. His skin colour is slightly darker than Caucasian and is indicative of his Mi’kmaq origins.Ryan has a tattoo of a Panther on his upper left arm, a remnant of a drunken night out after winning a significant hockey game at college. Although initially regretting it, he later got a second tattoo (a sunburst) on his right shoulder and upper arm. He also has two gold earrings.Clothing wise, Ryan prefers loose fitting garments that are easier to move around in. When on the job, he often wears a light waist-jacket that has a lot of pockets for extra batteries or tapes/memory cards for the camera and other equipment.