I find it extremely complicated to determine what time it is. I know exactly where I am right now, though. I’m flying 11887 m high, with the speed of 879 km/h over the Philippine Sea, approaching Australia slowly – far too slowly.
Already I’ve travelled halfway around the world – starting from Helsinki to London, from there to Hong Kong where we endured a five-hour pit stop, and now we’re about to do one more stop at Cairns, then Brisbane. All together, that makes around 30 hours of travelling, which is quite enough for one man.
Luckily, we’re going to stay in Australia for about two weeks, so we get to adjust a little bit…
I decided to write you daily about our trip to this huge plot of land almost exactly the other side of the world from where I live – so bear with me, Director’s Diary is going Down Under, without any idea what are we going to find from there. The thing is: things are heating up as the shootings come closer, and as Australia is a completely new card in the deck, we need to be very efficient checking it out as carefully as possible.
I’ve been enjoying myself on this flight, it’s almost like I was travelling business class. First, the Cathay Pacific has a nice little feature in every seat: a power socket. This means I can work through every flight without a problem. In addition to that, being a tall guy I am, I managed to get the front row seat with the foldable baby care tables which I’ve been using as my desk for my books and my laptop.
The trip didn’t start very well – my laptop broke just few days before the flight was about to leave, and I was devastated. But as so many times before, HP came to help me, sending a brand new EliteBook for me… For the first time in my life, I feel I’ve finally found a computer I really like. It has power, but what impresses me most are the small details, like mobile connection (you can stick a SIM directly to the machine), an integral web cam (yeah, no big news, but to me it is) and stuff like that.
So that’s what I’ve been doing most of my flight – setting up the computer, watching Star Trek (I’m doing my Trekathon thing – to those who don’t know anything about it, check out more info here http://trekathon.posterous.com), and sipping beer. Unfortunately, not sleeping. It seems I’ve failed my evasive actions concering the jetlag, and it’s going to be hell, I promise.
The schedule dictates that for the first week we’re going to be around in Brisbane and Gold Coast, checking studios, meeting stunt people, casting, scouting, discussing budget, working with the art department and so on. Then, we’re flying over to Sydney for the last week, where there’s more casting, scouting and the last three days we’re spending with the Australian geek community at the Supanova event!
So, quite a lot of exciting stuff coming at you. My intention would be to blog and vlog and twit as much as possible, so keep reading this blog and my Twitter account @LeonBlank.