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Photographing John Carpenter [Jun. 20th, 2012|10:30 am]
kyle cassidy
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The new Top Sekrit Projekt is launched. I want to go to Los Angeles and do a portrait series of movie director John Carpenter, the man responsible for Halloween, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China, The Ward, Escape from New York, and many, many others. I could use your help with the Kickstarter:

Photographing John Carpenter

As for how this came about, there are some things that I know and some things that I'm speculating about.

A few months ago I discovered that there had been a remake/prequel of "John Carpenter's The Thing" I wasn't sure how this could have possibly happened without me knowing about it. So I raced to the local bookstore and plopped down $30 for the DVD. That night I tweeted:

.@trillianstars was woefully underwhelmed at my gift of the 2011 remake of "the thing" Feb 04, 2012

and then ... an hour later:

Oh dear. WHY DID NONE OF YOU WARN ME ABOUT THIS HIDEOUS MOVIE??? Not looking good. At all. Feb 04, 2012

and then about fifteen minutes later:
It's like a scene by scene remake with hotel clerks instead of actors and no Kurt Russell. Feb 04, 2012

and that was all we could take. We shut off the movie about 45 minutes into it, flung the DVD across the back fence into a neighbors yard and went to sleep.

I'll have to speculate now to make up the connective tissue between this known series of events and the next the following morning, but I imagine that John Carpenter and his wife Sandy were sitting on the back porch of their posh Los Angeles estate and one said to the other, "I wonder if anybody's talking about The Thing on Twitter." And they searched, and found my Tweets and then looked through others and then fell in love with Roswell and #morningCATface and then clicked on my website and looked at all the pretty pictures and I awoke to an email from Sandy King Carpenter that said "you should come to L.A. and photograph John" -- which sounded like a fantastic idea to me. I'd never seen a really great photo of him, I mean, I'd seen plenty that showed what he looked like, but nothing as awesome as it should be. And I don't mean some tacky thing in a graveyard with a fog machine and a couple of cheerleaders in torn dresses, I mean a serious portrait of the person. So we started emailing back and forth about how to make this happen.

The Kickstarter went live at noon yesterday and it's about half-way funded.

I'd love it if you could be part of this.

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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2012-06-20 03:25 pm (UTC)
Most recent photos I've seen of Carpenter are from a TV show he did, "Body Bags." Made him look all Halloweeny.

The guy deserves a formal, Elder Statesman portrait.

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-06-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2012-06-20 04:27 pm (UTC)
Does anyone NOT fall in love with Roswell?
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[User Picture]From: maehymn
2012-06-20 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad this will run over my July payday, so I can get a print. How awesome is this!
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2012-06-20 05:15 pm (UTC)
Done. You know what I say to myself these days? "Yeah, this is an awesome project, but is it KYLE CASSIDY awesome?" Damn you for screwing up my bell curve.
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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2012-06-20 05:22 pm (UTC)

Just watched Big Trouble in Little China last week....

I love that movie! Haven't even attempted the "remake" of The Thing. Hollywood needs to stop touching movies and come up with some original ideas.

You live a charmed life Kyle!!! amazing.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-06-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
glad you like it. my eyes glaze over at about 20 seconds on most videos so i want to keep it Very Short.
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[User Picture]From: greygirlbeast
2012-06-20 06:05 pm (UTC)

Speaking as someone whose seen The Thing (1982) about one hundred and fifty times (this is not an exaggeration), yeah, the prequel isn't great. There's a LOT wrong. The CGI doesn't work most of the time, for example.

That said, you should have stuck it out. The ending is actually pretty bow tie.
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[User Picture]From: skreidle
2012-06-21 02:39 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: petitbout
2012-06-20 07:33 pm (UTC)
There are many John Carpenter movies I love - The Thing is just one of them :p
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[User Picture]From: sarahray
2012-06-20 08:49 pm (UTC)
I've been reading your blog forever, comment rarely, yet I am a huge fan of your work and general overall artistic approach. I threw some dollars your way!!
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[User Picture]From: twistedcat
2012-06-21 03:21 am (UTC)
money's tight, but you're welcome to borrow our guest room.
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[User Picture]From: keirf
2012-06-21 06:42 am (UTC)
I'd not seen Kickstarter before - what an interesting concept.

Hopefully the portrait won't just be a head with a large forehead looming out of the darkness...
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[User Picture]From: snidegrrl
2012-06-22 08:59 pm (UTC)
Excellent serendipity! You put your you stuff out there in the world, and the good things come back to you. Congrats!
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