Dear Tokyo Cowboys Supporters,
It feels like its been ages since the last update, but it's only been a month (well, maybe a tad longer). I hope you all had a great winter holiday and are on your way to having the best year ever.
IN THIS MAIL
2) Editing Update
3) New DVD
4) Website Bits and Bobs
5) Helping Out
6) Certificate of Ownership for Investors
The best news is that we've had offers from three different production companies who want to post-produce the film for broadcast (HBO, BBC, Discovery, ABC Australia and UK's independent giant Channel 4 have all been mentioned). The winning offer comes from one of the leading documentary production companies in London. When contract negotiations are finished, we'll announce it in a separate email.
Tokyo Cowboys shares are still up for grabs, however, as soon as the contract is signed, shares will no longer be available.
2) EDITING UPDATE
The first part of the paper edit is completed. I have single-handedly logged all of the 450 hours of footage, dividing the material into possible scenes, interviews, shots, etc. The next phase is to create the structure of the piece. If you want up-to-the-minute updates on the edit (and an insight into my mental state), you can read the Tokyo Cowboys Blog at www.tokyocowboys.blogspot.com. You can even post your comments and suggestions.
3) NEW DVD
We have produced a DVD with the new Tokyo Cowboys promo, clips of 13 cowboys and three sequences. The DVD is being used to sell the project to broadcasters and distributors and has proved to be quite successful in getting people excited about the project. Remember, you can view clips on our web site at www.tokyocowboys.com (navigate to the "extras" section).
4) WEBSITE BITS & BOBS (www.tokyocowboys.com)
Things have been a bit slow with the website. The modem died on the PC, and I haven't been able to FTP from the authoring program. Soooo, I've had to wrestle the Mac away from Patrick, transfer the files and manually FTP them. This takes ages and usually creates some hiccups. If you find any broken links or other things that aren't working, PLEASE email me. Further, anyone with a PC to donate to the cause, please contact me.
No worries though, as I've managed to update the front page incorporating navigation into it. Also have a look at the "about" section. I felt that I was getting too much away from the poetic side of the film, so I wanted that reflected in this section. I'm going to do a small update by the end of the week, so check back then.
We could use your help with the website. Send us:
News about the Cowboys (read gossip)
Pictures of the Cowboys (I especially like the candid ones taken with keitai)
Comments and Suggestions
And, please sign the guestbook.
5) HELPING OUT
Tell people about the project (especially the media).
Encourage people to visit our website (www.tokyocowboys.com).
Link to the website.
Send us stuff for the website (see above).
Encourage people to sponsor us with cash (nothing too small) or goods (hardware, software, media, canned food, etc.). You can send money to firstname.lastname@example.org through Pay Pal at www.paypal.com. It's free. Or, you can still buy shares at £500 each.
6) CERTIFICATE OF OWNERSHIP FOR INVESTORS
If you have invested in Tokyo Cowboys and haven't received a certificate of ownership or a copy of the contract, please email me and let me know.
Again, thank all of you for your support over the past (ohmygod) two years. Please keep the encouraging emails coming as they keep us going. We are nearly to the home stretch.
P.S. I hope all of you avoided the devastation and heartbreak of the recent Tsunami. Please keep yourselves safe.
Saturday, January 01, 2005
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios
remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 70% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married... you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that
cannot read at all.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.