Friday, August 28, 2015
So when one wandered over to me while we were shooting yesterday, I gave him a little scratch on his neck, and then he didn’t leave my side for a while. I do miss Ricky, so the stray served as a good surrogate.
Last full day in India is today, then on to Sao Paolo. I’ve given up on keeping track of time zones at this point, so either have a good weekend, or I hope you had a good weekend. Or Tuesday. You catch my drift.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
What I learned was that the most important thing of all can be confiscated: Internet. The good sites, anyway. Forbidden from access for five days: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the site that hosts my blog.
But now I’m back online, and in Mumbai, after a mad scramble and rejiggering of itinerary through Bangkok. A torrential downpour (this really ain’t LA) delayed or canceled all flights out of Shanghai, but we miraculously made it out. Business class, baby. It’s good to be the king.
We landed here late tonight, and there’s a bit more I have backlogged about China I want to share, so bear with me. More coming in the next few days.
Bedtime here. There was one snafu in the shifting of flights: our luggage didn’t make it. So I’m gonna get up in a few hours, shower, flip my underwear and head to breakfast.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
My friend Rob: “Hipsters.”
The borough has come a long way since my parents grew up there. It’s cleaner, fancier. No longer the murder capital of the northeast.
That’s us, above, shooting in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Today, we go to Shanghai – the city – in China – not the bistro on Grand Street, Brooklynian hipsters.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
I’m leaving this morning. First leg of the trip will be in New York, where I’ll be shooting Monday and Tuesday.
It’s an ambitious project. With a lofty goal. And a high degree of difficulty. Let’s get started.
Friday, August 14, 2015
We’ve got some chemistry for sure. Which made it all the more heartbreaking when an SUV ran over it last week. It escaped unscathed, until Sunday, when it lost the ability to vibrate.
That drove me nuts, so I called Verizon, and a rep said they’d send me a replacement phone for free if I promised them I hadn’t dropped mine. It was my best acting performance all week.
The new phone is kickass and about to become an enabler as I exceed my international data limit. But I’ll never let go, friend.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
When I had to be vaccinated for my trip, I assured the nurses that I give blood often, and needles are not a problem. That was before they gave me multiple shots to ward off hepatitis and yellow fever, and suddenly the lights started to go out. The last shot, for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, was administered while I was flat on my back, in a cold sweat. (See the above, uncomplimentary selfie.)
Luckily, the immunizations for typhoid and malaria are administered in pill form, so I can take them while standing upright. The side-effects for the anti-malarial pills include hallucinating, so only trust half the shit I blog about from India.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Before I begin the big trip on Saturday, I have a meeting in Chicago today. Which means the grand total of my flight time for this shoot will be 73 hours.
It’s a shitload, but on the bright side: not one of the flights will be Malaysian.
Monday, August 10, 2015
That day could come soon, because I’ll be taking a slew of flights beginning Saturday. It’s for a project – a big shoot, documentary-style, in which I’ll be behind the camera. It’ll take up to a month, and here’s where I’m going: Manhattan, Shanghai, Mumbai and Sao Paolo. Then back to New York around Labor Day to edit.
I’m super excited, and now scrambling to get a bunch done before I leave – including passports and visas and assorted clearance. I’ll blog the whole time I’m gone. Let me know what I can bring you back.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Unfortunately, many of the sharp-dressed men are taken. Like my friend Mark – very happily married and always nattily clad. Mark observes Tie Tuesdays by showing up to work every week sporting any number of different necktie knots.
Mark became a dad on Tuesday to a boy named Emmett, and my gift to him was a baby-size tie. Sure, it’s a clip-on, but the chance to get decked-out with his mini-me was much appreciated.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I’m apparently qualified, seeing how many times I went out to eat last month.
Check out my July, so jam-packed with food it even involved a pie-eating contest. (I was merely an observer for that):
July 2015 from Matt Shevin on Vimeo.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
We can duke it out up north, because my comedy short World Class was accepted into the Napa Valley Film Festival.
I won’t break my personal record set by my last film – which made it into 45 festivals – but I’m really happy about this. I’m eligible for jury and audience awards when the festival takes place in November.
So come see it screened in Napa. Where the wine flows like development deals.