A Filmmaker's Diary
Interested in knowing more about NOTHING SO STRANGE, the creative process and the nitty-gritty details of finishing
and promoting a landmark documentary film? Director Brian Flemming brings you his sporadically updated
"production notes" -- his personal diary, and your inside peek, on the project and the issues it explores:
Hey, Do You Have a Theater? - December 13, 2002
Brian and the rest of the Nothing So Strange team look into self-distribution.
"Nothing So Strange": Soon in Surround Sound - September 16, 2002
Brian spends the summer learning how to make sound bounce off the walls.
New York Times Award for Original Vision - June 21, 2002
The film is finally eligible for an award--and it wins.
Landless - April 17, 2002
Brian does not join the ranks of the landed gentry at the Taos Talking Picture Festival.
Next Up: Taos - March 22, 2002
The film heads to one of the country's most beloved festivals.
Two for Two: We're in South by Southwest - February 28, 2002
The film gets into the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and is called a "crackling good movie" by Variety.
Slamdance Re-cap - February 1, 2002
The press descends on the film in Park City.
Let the Parties Begin - December 27, 2001
Getting into a film festival ain't all gravy. Sometimes you have to go to parties.
We're Going to the Dance - December 20, 2001
The film gets accepted to the Slamdance Film Festival.
Ethics and the Assassination - August 29, 2001
The famous photograph of "Blurry Man"--possibly the assassin of Bill Gates--introduces an ethical dilemma during editing.
My Analog Habitat - July 4, 2001
In the service of equal time, Brian praises the low-tech elements of the filmmaking process.
Return from "Bat Boy" - May 5, 2001
Brian returns from the successful stage production of 'Bat Boy: The Musical' and gets back to his other project.
My Digital Habitat - March 21, 2001
Brian shows off the gadgets he uses to edit the film while staying temporarily in New York; plus the OTHER "MacArthur Park."
The MacArthur Park Mailbag - February 14, 2001
As a valentine to all nothingsostrange.com readers, Brian stops updating this feature as often--the "Diaries" go from weekly to "occasional."
Back to Business - January 17, 2001
Brian officially retires from Gates-assassination gossip-mongering and concentrates on the movie. Plus: A new MP3 file; and a QuickTime movie of the 3D progress.
Jack is Back! - January 10, 2001
Brian celebrates the return of Jack Perdue and his "Bill Gates Is Dead" mega-site; also a follow-up on the "Bill Gates Must Die" song; and more press for the movie.
Who is the Martyr? - January 4, 2001
Brian pores over the mysterious "hero120299" newsgroup posting. Plus: Citizens for Action; a brewing controversy over a Bill Gates song; and Viewer Mail.
The Perfect Storm - December 20, 2000
The media discover "MacArthur Park," and Brian Flemming is ready for his close up. Plus: Links to many articles about the movie.
Waiting for News - December 13, 2000
Still no definitive word from Citizens for Truth about what happened two weekends ago, but there are some tantalizing clues. Plus: The long-promised MP3 of in-progress music for the "MacArthur Park" score; Brian shows off some terms he learned in Music Appreciation 101; and some JPEGs of the 3D animation of the Baker killing scene.
Secrets - December 6, 2000
Brian potentially shot the ending of the film this weekend, but he won't tell you what it is. Plus: Photos from the Citizens for Truth conference.
The End is Nigh? - November 27, 2000
Brian wonders if the upcoming Citizens for Truth conference will signal the official end of shooting. Plus: Updates on editing progress, a couple more JPEGs (including a storyboard sample) and a cheap shot at Al Gore.
Caught in the Crossfire - November 22, 2000
MacArthur Park's director reluctantly begins his Web journal by wondering why you care. Plus: A summary of the genesis of the film, an inside look at the creation of forensic 3D animation, four JPEGs related to the film and a cheap shot at George W. Bush.