Watch the video to get a feel for how just much work has already been done in pre-production. They're well on the way to making this film, now they need our help to get it done.
Also exciting is that some of the funding levels are for advanced copies of Greg Carlisle's (author of Elegant Complexity) upcoming book about Oblivion, Nature's Nightmare Analyzing: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion!
I'd skimmed the reviews, and honestly didn't know what to expect... didn't want to EXPECT anything. But here's the truth: Karen Green can write - and the associated artworks are deeply moving. I'm loving the intricacy of the art and the text. As I posted on twitter earlier today, it's intensely personal and shimmeringly beautiful. I'm glad I bought it.
Matt Bucher (as always - follow him @mattbucher) has been on the ball tweeting about possible pieces sitting in the DFW archive that might be included such as 'The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing', 'The Piano in the Pantechnicon' and maybe even, 'The Enema Bandit and the Cosmic Buzzer' (the last also described by some as 'juvenalia' so possibly not... I've no idea yet - I'm just guessing).
I assume 'All That' (a section that didn't make it into The Pale King but is still an excellent stand alone piece) will make it in, and I'm interested to know if there are any other polished excerpts from The Pale King papers that might work as stand alone fiction too...
Hmm. Not sure now. Page gone on the Hachette site. Waiting on an update.
What did you have to do to get permission to use the audio?
We had little to no budget for this project and we knew that the publishing house was going to be really skeptical of our little company’s request to utilize his work. We had faith in our vision for the video and that once it was complete they would see that this was something made with the best intentions in mind. We are in no way making any money directly from this video; it was purely a passion project. While we had high hopes for this, we could have never seen all of this attention coming. Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
Surely there's a revenue stream generated by those millions of views. :/
The Youtube vid is now sitting at 5.1 million views. Wow. DFW's speech is now listed on the TED site - at TED Best of the Web, and was listed as a TED bonus talk (via twitter too, so it exploded again). I personally loved seeing Stephen Fry tweet about it (to his 5.7 million followers!), and then watch another retweet explosion. David Foster Wallace searches on twitter come up almost 99% for this video (which is so much better than a few years ago when it was tweeted results from that horrid web based 'style' bot - the "I write like... [insert random author e.g. David Foster Wallace]". )
In the comments section below Tay points out that the video resulted in library borrowings and visiting this site. If that experience is extrapolated I'm guessing many more people have done the same thing.
I've had significant flow-on success here too. I can't deny it. I just hope the success now means The Glossary sorts something out with the Wallace estate. If they're the Wallace fans they appear to be I'm betting they already have. This vid, while not 100% true to the original speech, has done a great service to the profile of Wallace's writing.