Save BC Film Continues…


BC NDP leader Adrian Dix was in Los Angeles meeting with production company executives on why they choose British Columbia for filming: it’s our world-class film crews and our locations. In British Columbia, production companies only receive 33% in payroll and labour costs.Any production accountant and production manager will choose the cheaper option and have their production filmed in Toronto or Montreal. The film industry is a multi-billion dollar industry here in British Columbia, commercial and other industries depend on the film industry.

Yet the premier doesn’t believe that’s the case. She says it’s not “sustainable” for our economy… Wait? How is it not sustainable when film brings in more business where they spend quite a lot of money? Not to mention local municipalities get extra revenue streams for charging film productions location fees.

Adrian Dix hasn’t said anything on what an NDP government would do. It’s pretty frustrating when politicians are politicizing people’s jobs. No one has came forward with an answer.

Come on Adrian and Christy!

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Save the BC Film Industry


Please sign the BC Film industry petition on Avaaz.org, here.

While a lot of supporters of the film industry here in British Columbia have signed the petition, I still encourage you to sign it. The BC Liberal government has been impervious on what they intend to due to provide competitive tax breaks for film production companies (they keep saying they’re going to do something about it but we still haven’t heard on what they plan on doing and we probably won’t until during the election or after election day and by then – it will be too late and thousands of British Columbians in the film industry will be without work). Your favourite show or movie that is filmed here spends a lot of money in both payroll taxes. Not to mention PST & GST soon since British Columbians were lame in voting against the HST.

They bring a lot of business to British Columbia and they generate revenue streams not to mention they employ a lot of people at a given time. Please take a few moments out of your day to sign.

Thank you.

The Last Resort series finale


For those who aren’t familiar here is some background on this television series: the Last Resort was a military fiction drama television series airing on ABC in the United States and Global in Canada. The series was based on the crew of a fictional Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine the USS Colorado. They pick up a US Navy SEAL team returning from a covert clandestine operation from Pakistan. When they leave Pakistani waters, the crew of the Colorado is ordered to fire a nuclear missile strike against Pakistan that could ignite World War III.

 

Captain Marcus Chaplin played by Andre Braugher  refuses his crews orders. The crew unable to return to the United States in fear of being charged with high treason come to call the fictitious island of Sainte Marina in the South Pacific. The show follows key members of Captain Chaplin’s Colorado crew: Lieutenant Commander Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman, Underworld), Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) and Chief of Boat Command Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2). Joseph Prosser is one of Chaplin’s primary antagonist alongside Julian Serrat (played by Sahr Ngaujah) who is the leader of an organized crime syndicate that believes he runs the island.  This show was excellently well casted and I wouldn’t have done anything else if I were the show’s casting director. They were all strong actors who portrayed their characters believably.
Midway through the season Captain Chaplin allows a Chinese dignitary on the island who establishes an embassy/consular office on Sainte Marina. Since he’s in dire need of an ally for political support, food and supplies for his crew and the island inhabitants he’s desperate to put a deal in place. In the finale we find that the Chinese of course manipulated the predicament they were in and send several Chinese vessels to break the US-led blockade of the island.
The series also has a secondary plot back in the United States that follows the story of Kylie Sinclair (played by the beautiful Autumn Reeser) and Sam’s spouse Christine Kendal (played by Jessy Schram). Kylie Sinclair plays a lobbyist for her family’s defense manufacturing company that has expensive equipment that makes the Colorado unique. She learns the truth and the conspiracy at home that goes up to ladder of the Executive Branch of the United States government.
Chaplin returns to the Colorado  in hopes that they’ll intercept the Chinese. He has been made aware by his XO Lieutenant Commander Kendal that there’s a contingent of his crew plotting mutiny led by the COB Prosser. Prosser takes over the Colorado and replots course for the US-led blockade of Sainte Marina… But… the mutinees get mutineed by another element and replots course for the Chinese. Chaplin and Sam break away from being held captive in the crew mess for engineering where they are able to change the heading for shallow waters. Sam is able to break into the communications to request that the Colorado be destroyed.
When the Colorado is beached on the coast of Saint Marina the crew surviving the mutinees manage to escape. Captain Chaplin refuses to leave with his XO Sam and that he won’t allow the Colorado be destroyed due to her imminent destruction. The series ends with the crew coming home after sensible information comes to light about corruption.

While it received an average 5 million viewers in the US, ABC decided not to order a full 22 season or renew it for a second season. They allowed the series to continue it’s full thirteen episodes with a conclusion. While I was disappointed that this show wasn’t picked up for a second season or it’s back nine, I’ll have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the series finale. It gave closure unlike a huge cliff hanger most shows get treatment for.

Thank you Shawn Ryan.

My 2012 in review


January 

I started up my blog and promised to write more (oops). I got extremely addicted to Minecraft (thank you James) and built a lot of cool stuff.. I wrote my a blog post on my opinions about shootouts in NHL ice hockey.I tried throwing a contest but no one entered (cue waterworks)… I wrote my first blog post about a television series finale.. I think the show was called Chuck?

February 

I met the owner and nephew of Internet Airedale celebrity Sunshade. Sunshade’s mom was an excellent source of Airedale Terrier info. Not to mention I absolutely adored Jaffa. We are like totally best friends now… I also debated about getting a tattoo… I haven’t really decided on what to get yet…

March

I picked up the third game of the Mass Effect epic trilogy. I made a funny picture for it. I also blogged about my opinions about the game too. My first dive into video game reviewing.

April

I tried doing a 2012 playoff hockey pool but no one seemed interest in doing it with me. I wrote a blog post about my 2012 NHL playoff predictions, boy how I was off the charts… I wrote another ice hockey related post in response to my friend’s post. Yeah.. I’m a dork, so what? I wrote a heartfelt blog post about a beautiful dog named Cisco being killed by a policeman in my adoptive hometown of Austin, Texas *tears*. 

May

I participated in a experiment conducted by friend, Madman Matt (teehee). 

June

I watched a lot of UEFA Euro Cup football. And I made some predictions. More predictions and again. I wrote a very angry blog post on dog owners that don’t pick up their dogs shit.

July

I went to Saskatchewan and since I didn’t have access to WiFi or 3G there I wrote a bunch of hilarious tweets. I posted a poem that my great grandpa Anthony Tyson wrote when he was a teenager before he immigrated to Canada from England. Emmadale and I I also happened to meet Miles and Emma of Miles And Emma internet fame! It was great to meet a fellow terrier adorer :). (Emma also found herself legs deep in a duck pond but don’t tell her I wrote about it.) I also posted a coffee soda recipe of my own.

August

I wrote a blog post about my experiences with the breed of dog I love. I know I didn’t blog about it but I also gained employment the week of my 27th birthday. I finally got a job in an industry I love: my first job as a production assistant in the film industry here in Vancouver. 

September

I wrote a blog post about my bucket list. My grandfather passed away at the end of the month. It was really hard.

October

I really wanted to write a blog post about my granddad. My granddad was also a huge dog lover and an admirer and lover of Airedale Terriers. So I found it fitting to talk about him and his love for the breed. And why I probably love them too. 🙂 I boycotted the NBC for about a month after they placed the television show Community on indefinite hiatus (this has now changed – all due to ME! lol…) I also discovered that Autumn is my favourite season of the year. I also did a gamer charity on behalf of the Children Miracle Network Hospitals and BC Children’s Hospital – I’m totally doing that again!

Sadly I stopped blogging much between October and now. Not a whole lot has happened in my life worth reporting. I do hope that I continue to blog again. How should I keep interest.

OH! OH! OH! There is one thing I forgot to mention to all of you is that we are looking after an Airedale Terrier puppy! We maybe keeping him but we aren’t too sure yet. I got to name him though! His name is Archer. I love him preciously. Emmadale loves him too! 😀