Go Get Mr. Diehl

Just found this old clip I recorded while traveling across the country as part of the online version of “Vanishing Point” for Microsoft. It tells the story of how I was working on a film called “The Grave,” starring Craig Scheffer, Anthony Michael Hall, Donal Logue and Josh Charles, amongst others — and how I was unexpectedly struck by lightening on the day we were filming at a prison in Burgaw, NC. It was also the day I saw my first dead body…

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4 Responses to “Go Get Mr. Diehl”

  1. Somebody says:

    I apologize if this is a double submission. It didn’t seem to have worked the first time:

    Sorry that this doesn’t directly have to do with this post, but I was just wondering something. Though I don’t actually have a Facebook account, I’ve been checking the official Facebook page for The Seems every so often in the hope that there would be more news about what was happening with the fourth book and the TV series. However, I recently noticed that the post about the TV series had been deleted. Does that mean that the series has been cancelled, or is there some other reason for its deletion? If it has been cancelled, does that indicate anything with regards to the book as well? I’ve been looking forward to Book 4 (A Better Place) ever since it was announced (actually, ever since reading The Lost Train of Thought, I had hoped there would be a fourth book, and thus was especially excited when it was announced), and I had been looking forward to the TV series, too! I really hope they’re still happening! Anyway, it would be awesome if you could respond to this comment for me, even if it does turn out to be bad news (though I hope it won’t, obviously). I’ll check back here every so often for a while to see if you do. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hey, sorry it took so long to reply to this but things have been a bit crazy around here the last couple weeks. But thanks so much for your interest, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Michael Wexler handles the Facebook page, but I think he deleted that post because we’ve parted ways with our animation partner on that project. The truth is, they didn’t really come through for us on what they promised to deliver, so we’re in the market for a new partner. TV is an even trickier world than writing books, and tends to have a lot of ups and downs. I feel very good about the pilot script and show bible we wrote, though, so don’t give up hope. I certainly haven’t. The other reality we’re fighting with on it is that neither Michael nor I live in LA, so we can’t be in the room with people to close the deal. But I’m heading out there soon to work on the horror film I’m trying to make, and hope to get some face to face time on the Seems. If anything shakes down, I’ll be sure to let you know.

      As for Book 4, believe me, it bothers me more than anyone that we haven’t been able to deliver it. The biggest problems we face there is distance — I live in Jersey, Michael in Kansas City now — and the fact that we are no longer under the auspices of Bloomsbury Children’s books. Which means we have to find a someone else willing to take over and publish Books 4 and 5. Not an easy challenge. That said, I’m committed to the fact that Book 4 will be released even if we have to put out there ourselves. Hopefully, it won’t come to that, and being that Michael and I are in the process of writing two new projects together will lead us to the right publisher. Again, stay tuned for updates.

      Take care, and thanks again…

      John

  2. Andrei Tarchovsky (Nebraska Turner) says:

    Sorry for the late reply to your post. Surprisingly I haven’t heard ‘Vanishing Point’ yet, and I have no clue where to find it. I did watch that ‘Eldorado recording’ thing on your YouTube Channel.

    Also, looking at the comment above, you decided not to continue with the TV Show? I was pretty concerned and skeptical of the idea…I checked out their site and I think it would kind of ‘ruin’ The Seems if it was turned into a TV show aimed at children…Especially considering it was also going to be animation.

    Speaking of which, what happened to The Seems movie? I know you sold the rights, and Levi (or someone) wanted to make a movie about it, but right now, we haven’t gotten an update since…When you sold the rights…Anything new on The Seems movie?

    How’s it going with Who Got Net? and the whole Cassius short film? You should really up date your YouTube channel…I like the videos you post on there. As I said, it gives me a bit of a ‘nostalgia feel’ since most of your videos remind me of the places where I grew up.

    Another thing, you do post quite a lot on your Vimeo page. Unfortunately the ‘CassicusShot’ video was deleted for whatever reason. I did watch your video for Maddie though. That was quite sweet. Shame you haven’t made one for Jack yet…I’m pretty sure he’ll complain about it in the future…

    Anything new about Mr. Allen? And about your ‘two new projects’ are these Seems-related or are they a new series? Or what is it? Also, I see you have plans to make a Book 5? I’m gonna be very stupid here, but since you already got your book published by Bloomsbury, if you send them the draft, wouldn’t they at least take a look at it? The Seems did sell pretty well as far as I know.

    Hopefully we’ll get more updates, thanks and take care, John.

    ~Singing Off~

    • admin says:

      Hey — Sorry to keep apologizing for late responses, but I honestly didn’t see this one until late last night. Or I did, and my brain just doesn’t work as well as it used to. Too many concussions on the basketball court. Anyhow, let me take a moment to try to answer your questions and give you a quick update on everything…

      Vanishing Point. If you want to hear samples or buy the series, you can find it at http://vanishingpointradio.bandcamp.com. Honestly, it’s a bit all over the place in terms of story structure, but never had as much fun working on anything. Still hope to revisit this story world one day, probably in a documentary form…

      The Seems. Found a new animation partner in a great company called Submarine, super-smart and with a foothold in LA so Michael and I don’t have to do all the work on our own. And don’t worry, if by some act of the Plan we’re able to get it on the air, the one thing you can be sure of is that it’ll be true to the books. Or I won’t be involved…

      Mr. Allen. Just got my first peak at the sizzle reel DisruptiveLA is putting together to help us close our cast. Looked pretty damn cool, and feeling good about where this one’s headed. Like anything, it won’t happen as fast as I want it to, but at least it’s still kicking. If it gets to the point where i can post the reel on this site, I’ll be sure to let you know…

      Who Got Next and Cassius have morphed into a new feature length doc called “Blood, Sweat & Tears: A Basketball Exorcism.” Very excited about how it’s being received, I’m doing a sound mix next week and then going out with it. Thats’ why I took the Cassius stuff down — the next thing that goes up is the whole movie, and I might be persuaded to let you have a look at some point soon…

      As for posting on YouTube, the only things I put up there are these crazy dog videos I’m shooting on the side. Got two more on the docket, so be on the lookout. But Vimeo is the best place to look these days…

      Lastly, my work this summer with Wexler went very well, have one of our proposals done, just waiting on a piece of art before we go to publishers. Michael won’t let me discuss it, but it’s for the same readership that dug The Seems, though set fully in the real world this time. At least, a somewhat skewed version of it…

      I think that’s it for now. Hope to have good news on multiple fronts to share next time…

      Take care, and as always, thanks for you interest…

      john

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