Robyn Miller is one of the most interesting people I know. I first learned of Robyn in 1993 when I was an editor at Wired and I received an early review copy of a spooky and beautiful puzzle adventure game called Myst, which Robyn and his brother Rand created (Robyn also created all the ethereal music for Myst and its follow-up title, Riven). Myst subsequently became the best-selling adventure game of all time. (Read Jon Carroll's 2004 Wired article, "Guerrillas in the Myst," about Rand and Robyn, and check out Rand's successful Kickstarter for Rand's new adventure game Obduction.)
I've stayed in touch with Robyn over the last 20 years. He's written a few pieces for Boing Boing and MAKE magazine, including a terrific memoir titled "The Secret History of Myst." Now, Robyn is getting ready to release his latest project, a feature movie called The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, and Boing Boing is collaborating with Robyn and his team to present this terrific film. Keep your eye out for announcements of special screenings, giveaways, and other fun events. I interviewed Robyn about the movie, and in the course of the interview, made a shocking discovery.
The Immortal Augustus Gladstone website launched today, and you can view trailers, listen to soundtrack samples, and pre-order the downloadable DRM-free movie for just $4.40 until February 14th.
Following the smash success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s actors’ union pushed for similar compensation and benefits as American actors. This detailed autopsy of how their demands were met with fierce studio lobbying that ended with politicians changing New Zealand’s law in favor of the studios.
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