I got an earful. NO! Under no circumstances! If you do so, legal action will follow! “Avatar” does not wish to have any publicity surrounding its release!
Excuse me? Well, it’s your movie. And so there was no local publicity regarding the film. I think it’s doing OK without it, but still…
Last year I got involved with another production, which we’ve also kept reasonably shrouded. I am the historian and one of the third-tier talking heads of PBS’ “NOVA” show “Killer Subs of Pearl Harbor,” which airs in Hawaii Jan. 5 on KHET. It’s really Parks Stephenson’s baby, an engineer and naval-architecture enthusiast who has developed an interesting theory regarding the whereabouts of the “missing” fifth midget submarine of the Pearl Harbor attack, a theory also subscribed to by the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab. I’m not as true a believer, but Parks’ ideas are certainly worth considering. Tune in and tell us what you think.
It’s always interesting being on the “other side” of the camera, and I long ago resigned myself to the cold, hard fact that I come across as a manic goof on film. We filmed all sorts of bits that are surely cluttering the floor of the cutting room. I’ve done so many of these shows that I’ve lost count. “NOVA,” however, does its homework, and we sweated every fact possible. They also have a strong Web backup for their production, one which the folks involved, including myself, did quite a bit of additional material for. It’s been a top-quality ride.
Oh, the illustration here was my first attempt at “painting” on a computer, and used as the cover illustration for the first edition of my book “Advance Force Pearl Harbor,” which Parks credits for some background information.