sean holland

George Harrison’s Handmade Film Company was making Shanghai Surprise with the newly married Sean Penn and Madonna and  The Tube wanted to shoot a Making Of documentary to feature in our next series.

I didn’t really get to talk to either of them but, one afternoon, I watched Sean and Madonna shooting a scene. As I did so, George Harrison suddenly appeared and came bounding over to speak to me. At first I was really star struck. Not only had I always been a Beatles fan but I’d also always been a huge fan of George Harrison in  particular. I loved his solo music and identified with his frustration at being a songwriter in a group which already had two great songwriters in it.

I had met all sorts of people in my life and had been thrilled to interview Paul McCartney but, because the Beatles were such a phenomenon, to find myself chatting casually with one of them was odd at first. It must be like that for them all the time, like being a member of the Royal Family, and everybody either smiling inanely or behaving oddly towards you. However, after about two or three minutes, we really got on very well and made one another laugh. At the end, he said, ‘Listen, stay in contact,’ and he gave me these numbers and said, ‘Give me your number and when we’re back in England and I’m having a party, I’ll let you know – come over. It’d be great to see you. Let me know what you’re doing.’

At that point he had to go over to where Madonna and Sean Penn were loudly complaining to the producers about the hounding they were receiving from the press. The producers were listening and sympathizing, but one of the pair said, ‘You have no idea what it’s like! We can’t move out of our hotel. They’re on to us wherever we go.’ I then heard George say, in his completely deadpan way, ‘Well, I was in a group once meself, and we had a little bit of that, you know.’ They both completely ignored this and kept rabbiting on about their concerns. Nobody noticed except me.

—  Jools Holland, Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts. (2007)

1028 days ago I started this blog with a post about a color correction session for episode 6 of Korra. Today was the last of those sessions for the series. I still love this part of the process, as it is the final polish on the picture, gelling everything together and making it pop. Thanks so much to the Korra colorist, Randy Beveridge, who did such a killer job, played awesome music, and provided the good vibes. Thanks to Sean Holland and all the techs at Level 3 Post for making everything run so smoothly and keeping the sessions cozy.

*This would normally imply that we were finished with the picture on the finale, but we are still cranking on a handful of retakes. We’re using up every last minute we have before delivery to make this one-hour look as good as we can!

I Can’t Bounce

A man by the name of Sean Holland was the victim they were stitching into for the day.

“Holland was found dead at his home with a gunshot to the chest. Cops think it’s a suicide, we don’t,” said Maggie as she swiped through pictures of the victim. “He was one of the head lawyers at his firm. He just lost a case. Everyone at the company said he took pride in what he did and wouldn’t stop until justice was served. He was the lawyer of the plaintiff who was robbed of some very valuable things. Fisher is investigating the plaintiff to see if he’s the one who did it.”

“What kind of stuff did he get robbed of?” Kirsten asked.

“Jewelry, artwork, some money,” Maggie answered simply.

“How rich was the guy?”

“Rich enough to probably hire a hitman.”

“Why aren’t the police interested?”

“Fisher says they believe it was a suicide because of the location of the bullet, the level of seriousness he took in his work, and the fact that he was being prescribed anti-depressants,” she explained.

Kirsten stood up. “Let’s go see if this guy truly killed himself.” She went into the dressing room and changed before entering the main lab with everyone busy.

“Lights at twenty percent!” called Cameron as Ayo helped her into the fish tank. “I need a go, no go for Stitch Neurosync,” he said. The routine was the same as always. “Alright, Cinderella, you’re turn. Can you hear me?”

“Yes, Prince Charming, I can hear you,” she said in a dull tone.

Cameron couldn’t help but smile. “Alright. Initiate Stitch Neurosync in three, two…one.”

***

Kirsten was thrown into Holland’s memories. She took a deep breath as she opened her eyes to see what was going on.

“Talk to me, Buttercup. What’s in there?” Cameron said into the comm.

“I’m in the courtroom. His hands are shaking. He’s nervous.” She looked over a few papers. “There was little evidence that the things were stolen. He feels like he doesn’t have enough to present.”

“Tell me about the papers,” said Cameron.

“Just a few photographs of the plaintiff’s house. Nothing special. Could easily just been insurance fraud or some sort of revenge to the defendant.” She paused for a moment and looked around. “Judge is ruling. Says the defendant is innocent.”

She was shot into another memory. “This one’s different…” she said softly. “Very different…”

“How so?” Cameron asked on the other end.

“H-he’s not drunk. Not stoned. I-I can’t tell what it is…” A girl walked into the memory in just lingerie. “Oh. He’s horny,” said Kirsten plainly. “Cameron, get me closer to his death.”

Cameron typed some things into the computer and got Kirsten a few moments before he died. “Alright, you should be able to see the person who killed him.”

Kirsten listened in on the conversation.

“Look, I’m sorry. I-I did the best I could with what we had. I’m sorry. But I held up my end of the bargain,” said Holland.

“Yeah? How’s that? Why don’t I have what I asked for? Why didn’t it work?!” Kirsten got closer. It was the plaintiff.

“Look, Bill, I’m sorry. I-I thought it would work. I thought it would work just as much as you did. Marcus should be in jail,” Holland said.

“Marcus was the defendant. Research him,” Kirsten said aloud.

“On it!” called Linus.

“He should be in jail for killing my wife! But you let that one get away too!” yelled Bill.

“You’re right. I-I’m so sorry. Th-the jury a-and the judge can be wrong sometimes.”

“Sometimes?!” Bill scoffed and pulled out a gun, holding it to Holland’s chest. “Well, hopefully they’ll be wrong about this too.”

“Kirsten, bounce!” Cameron yelled.

Kirsten typed in her name and exit pin code, but she didn’t get out. She opened her eyes but saw the same scene. “Cameron, I’m still in his memory.”

The gun fired. She felt everything. Her body jolted up and she groaned in pain. Then the scene reset.

“Look, I’m sorry,” started Holland again.

“Kirsten, what the hell happened?” Cameron asked as he ran over to the tank.

Kirsten’s eyes were wide open. She was still in Sean Holland’s memory. “I-I’m still here…” she murmured.

Cameron ran back to his station and went through everything. “Kirsten, everything checks out. You bounced.”

She shook her head. “No…no, I’m still in his memory. I know I am.”

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My review of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Well when I was much younger, they did a remake in 1988 Peter Graves was still Jim Phelps, but the rest of the cast was all new. I loved this show it only lasted 2 seasons but lets just say I was obsessed. When Tom Cruise made the first film in 1996 I was so excited and I loved it. Ethan Hunt follows the theme of the original series beautifully and I love him.

I was excited for Rogue Nation, and I was not disappointed the humor blended well with the extreme action. I love all the awesome tech, can’t have an impossible mission without it. This was the best one so far. I really do recommend it especially if you like action.