This little Trygve went to market:
Made it back from the 2003 American Film Market in Santa Monica. I had the best intentions of posting
some updates while I was out there, but in between the hotel firewall that blocked ssh and ftp connections,
days that were booked solid, and my own general laziness, it didn't happen.
(Not that anybody's likely to have lost any sleep over missing out on a week-and-a-half of my journal
entries ... unless, of course, more readers than I suspected have been relying on my random
ramblings to put them to sleep.)
So I'll just have to remember some of the high points of my trip in one big blogulatory blurt.
I didn't have a lot of time for socializing while I was out there, but I did manage to sneak away
from the film market a time or six. Went out to dinner on the last night I was there with
Sean Young (and, by the way, she and
her manager designed and maintain her website themselves, which I figure has to be pretty unusual
for a star as well-known as she is). When we'd met, she asked me if she knew me from someplace;
I didn't think so, but I did manage to restrain myself from making any "Blade Runner"-based jokes
about synthetic memories. :-)
(l-to-r: Greg Joelson, Mark Steven Grove, Sean Young, Trygve Lode)
Maybe it's an entertainment industry thing--after a while, everybody looks familiar
and sometimes it's hard to remember whether you'd seen them before in person or if it had
just been on TV.
Earlier in the week I'd had a rather amusing instance of not being recognized:
I was standing next to a poster with a fairly good-sized picture of me on it and someone came up
and, pointing at the picture of me, asked if that was the actor who played the "Warlock" character
in the Warlock movies. I had to tell him that it wasn't the same guy and though we did have a short
conversation after that, he never noticed any similarity between the poster and the person (me) standing
next to it.
Sometimes I got recognized as me...and occasionally I got "recognized" as someone else.
There were certainly a lot of familiar faces attending the market, so maybe it's not so
surprising that people would be on the lookout for recognizable people.
On the first day, I realized that I was sharing an elevator with bodybuilding legend
Franco Columbu who was there to
promote his own Ancient Warriors Films. Turned out that he was staying just a few doors
down the hall from me.
(l-to-r: Franco Columbu, Trygve Lode)
I also got to enjoy having dinner with
Tane' McClure, fresh from
the set of "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde," and spend a while hanging around
with Christopher Atkins (who, mysteriously, doesn't seem to have an official
website; maybe we'll have to talk about this).
Among other things, Tane' was at the AFM to promote her new film, Trance, and her new film
company, New Legend Films.
Christopher Atkins has signed up for a three-picture deal with
Nandar Entertainment and I got
to check out his new digs at
L.A. Center Studios.
When we were there, they were just getting started constructing the sets for
Wes Craven's upcoming film, "Cursed," on one of their six
soundstages where they'd recently filmed "Terminator 3."
With Christopher Atkins and the rest of the gang at Nandar gearing up for filming "Rogue Assassin"
out here later this year, I hope they won't be too dismayed by how much smaller my place is than
the L.A. Center Studios soundstages.
...as long as I tidy up a bit first, maybe they won't notice. :-)