Well, I was happy to see so much reaction to my video message for the Queen Convention !
Yes, it does look like QAL will hit the road sometime in the New Year (did I say that ?!) – but I can’t reveal any more details yet. We were stunned at the reception we got in Asia. Amazing. Amazing that all this time after ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ we are a global phenomenon. It’s hard to compute. But it’s wonderful to see the happy faces in places we never ever visited before … and hear and hearing their response – singing, laughing, crying, stamping clapping … and … that roar which only Rock and Roll can elicit … the roar of a collective, interactive night of passion !!
Well, I digress … !
The other thing that I said which has generated lots of questions is the “Queen in 3-D” book. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s coming on well.
I’ve been battling against a very big black cloud in my personal sphere … which saps enthusiasm and energy and makes you feel everything is pointless …. but through it all, I’ve been writing, little by little, the text that has been triggered by the 3-D pictures we’ve unearthed from my archives.
I think it will be something very unusual. I’m certainly excited. We’re at the stage of doing book cover art and promo material, while I’m still polishing text and Denis and I are restoring the images, and we’re compositing and designing. Greg Brooks has been an amazing source of extra information to fill any gaps and fix dates …. so I’m very much indebted to my amazing team. So here is a little behind-the-scenes reveal … in 3-D, of course.
We had a special session on Thursday to make some lenticular 3-D pictures of our own from scratch. Our brilliant designer and friendly genius Jamie Symonds (he did the design for “Diableries”, “A Village Lost and Found”, etc) had made out of Meccano (!) a perfectly functional rig to track a camera along a rail, taking stills all the way, with the camera toeing in just the right amount to make a series of pictures of any subject from a whole range of different angles. This is what’s needed to build up the virtual ‘depth’ and solidity in those plastic lenticular prints … one of which appeared on the front of the “Diableries” book.
The redoubtable Denis Pellerin has set up a video studio room in our small studio village … and has become an expert in lighting as well as 3-D imaging. While Jamie was working his magic on me with his home-made tracking camera, Denis was taking 3-D stills – which you can see here. Use a LITE OWL to get the best effect from them … I think you will enjoy. Our new LITE OWLS are now flying all around the world – I’m very proud ! So please let us supply you with one before the first batch are sold out. [LSC Store]
So ! Here we are making lenticular images … of me ! And various relevant artefacts.
The glass is half FULL, right ? It’s a mind game. It worked a little. Made me smile.
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