Warren Ellis is closing down the forums at The-Engine.net
THE ENGINE will close a little before midnight UK time on August 31 2007.
The first year was about getting creators together and facilitating conversations that didn't have anywhere else to go. The second year was about just providing people with an interesting place to talk. Two years is enough. Time to move on.
Which is a great pity, but better to go out on a bang than a whimper. Warren, like the net, never stands still. For those of you who never came across this wonderful forum before, go and check it out before it shuts for good.
Warren has mentioned it briefly and so too have Torrentfreak and .NET magazine, so as a fully paid up Angel, it seems right to mention it as well. A Swarm of Angels is a new initiative to create and produce a £1m feature film that is funded and crewed almost completely via the internet. The film will be Creative Commons licensed and could well mark a new way to create indie films. It’s exciting and there are already well over 700 talented people on board. It has indirectly become a LinkedIn equivalent for creative types as well. Join up and contribute. Full details can be found here and here.
Lots of interesting stuff from the last ten days or so.
With a new job approaching, I felt the need to perhaps retrieve some normalcy from past time when work was five days a week. A quick dive into the local comic store got me the latest slices of action from the mad genius that is Warren Ellis.
The second collection of his Global Frequency series has been out for about a month now and is well worth it. What immediately strikes you as you read each instalment is the discipline it probably requires to keep each story down to just 22 pages when epics like Spiderman have finished after fifty years. No wonder that Warner Bros commissioned a pilot based on the GF characters. Disappointing though that the pilot was rejected by the board after filming was complete.
One thing about Warren’s storytelling is that he is addicted to finding new ideas in technology, the internet and the cultish side of things. A wide-open mind is required to read his stuff, especially some of the more extreme episodes of GF, which most horror films should aspire to. Much more accessible then is his current mini-series, Ocean, set out on Jupiter’s moons. It’s only half way through its six issue run but already includes the malevolent, self-interested corporations of the Alien series mixed with motifs from Arthur C.Clarke’s Space Odyssey series. Given its name, I wouldn’t be surprised to see elements of James Cameron’s The Abyss at some point either. So far it’s great, but yet another three months before it’s conclusion. Grr.