Friday, November 14, 2008

Remember the movie project?????

Misery has taken some photos. In fact Misery has taken a lot of photos. Of ships and other dogs.

But they are not coming on my blog. Oh no. So if you want to see her really boring photos of ships and doggies you should click here for ships and here for dogs.

However, she has taken a photo of a cruise ship. So at least we can revive The Movie Project.

No mistress, that is not the cruise ship. That is the Ark Royal. I can tell a naval ship from a cruise ship by now.

Here is the cruise ship. We could have had the QE2 leaving port but did Misery manage to snap that? Of course not.

Anyway once she had taken the photos, I banished her again.

With a wave of the magic PippaPaw, I sent her off to my finca for a couple of days to feed my chickens and collect my fan mail (OK there wasn't any but I can live in hopes, and I need to plan this eventuality for when my movie gets premiered).

Then she came back and selfishly wrote up her blogs before mine.

Fanfare. Drum-roll.

The Movie Project is back.

Pippadogblog readers from some time ago will remember that I put up a portfolio of black and white photos and considered I might be an appropriate candidate for a star of the silent screen - here.

Then, with a little help from some Pippapals, we decided that what was needed was a film aboard a cruise ship, where I am a dashing hero and get to meet lots of my girlfriends.

So here is the reminder of the plot (s) and cast, although if you want to read more about it, click here.


Sofa King and Toast Hero - Pippa

Heroines 1 & 2 - Sophie and Ethel

Love rival - BenTheRotti

Goofy golden retriever sidekick - Charlie

After-dinner crooner Boxer - Chef

Official Ship's C.A.T. - JB
(the only one we don't chase - although we could perhaps have one tiny little chase scene?)

Side plots

1) the entertainment crew led by Chef

2) detour to Melbourne involving mystery and intrigue - Bella

3) trip to UK for Simba's walk-on part 


Producer/director - Pippa (for now)

Pippa's agent and PR director - Randi

Ethel's agent - Wally

Tester of the all-you-can-eat buffet - Wally

Sophie's agent - Sophie, I mean Sophie's agent

Screenplay - Me, Pippa, oh and well, Misery

Now there were lots and lots of comments from pups and cats, so this is why I need to update it.

1) Kathryn and Ari have told us we need to visit Maine for the International Film Festival and lots of toast.

2) Lola Smiles has asked me to go and visit her in Montreal.

3) Randi has decided she wants a tiny role in the film too, and may even turn out to be my one true love.

4) Sophie has agreed that Randi may have a small cameo but is not happy with the one true love idea.

Sophie wants a pawsonal assistant or an agent. She wonders if Lola will be her agent.

I don't mind Lola being Sophie's agent, but as we are going to visit her, she will also be getting her own role in the film (I hope). Lola is far too beautiful not to at least have a small role.

Sophie wants her sock monkey. She also thinks sock monkey should have a role. And she wants a doctor. And for the cats to be declawed...and .....and ....

Right Sophie, that is enough now. You are taking this temperamental prima donna bit too far. I am not having sock monkeys in my film. If you get bored chase a few cats. And I don't care whether the cats are declawed or not. Nor do I care whether there is a doctor.

But I will agree to some love scenes by the pool and I can watch you swimming.

Charlie, who was going to be the goofy sidekick, now seems to want to chaperone the ladies. Hmm, I'm beginning to wonder how many love rivals I will really have in this film, because Chef also wants to know if he gets some love interest.

Anyway, Chef, I am more than happy for you to be a scoundrel, so that is one thing we can agree on. And your mom is more than welcome to be a production assistant.

The Forget Sit and Stay Gang came up with some excellent suggestions for titles, so I think a PippaPoll could be called for to choose one. Here is what they wrote:

Pippa in Pics! We can see it now. Here's some brainstorming on titles.

Pippa plays the high seas

The sun sets for Pippa

Pirates for Pippa

Pippa Sets Sail

Pippa Rides the Tides

I like those, I think they are very good.

Apparently Witty wanted to know what happened to Peaceful Pippa and why there is lots of cat chasing.

Well, Witty, although I am normally peaceful, the truth is that I am just conserving my energy for those wonderful moments when I get the opportunity to chase cats. Because I can't resist it.

Speaking of cats, Peanut has offered us Shelby to chase, so that will be yet another cat in the film.

And Ethel wants to know if she can chase cats. Of course you can Ethel. As one of my two heroines (and not half as demanding as that diva Sophie) you can chase cats to your heart's content.

Freda has asked if we need a 1,2 1,2 vole catcher. I don't know if there will be any voles on board, but I think it would be best to err on the safe side, so you would be very welcome as resident vole catcher.

Jake and Just Harry from Florida have volunteered to add some authenticity and foreign intrigue for me. And even better, their mom can get us on Port Everglades. Misery would like that as she wants an excuse to go to the Everglades National Park, so perhaps a few days holing up at the port would be in order for her to clear off on her mini-expedition.

Asta is next to the Hudson River, so we will definitely have to go and visit her in New York.

Marvin wants to be Best Boy on the credits. That's ok by me, I don't know if you have to do anything to be best boy though. Oh, I don't want you vomiting dead rabbits all over the place, or you definitely won't be best boy. Mistress has heard those stories about you, so just remember this is a cruise ship and not the woods and forests of the UK.

I have realised since I started my project that two of my lovely girlfriends have gone to the bridge. So my film will be dedicated to Kelsey Ann and Tasha. I hope that is ok with their people.

Maybe Meadow would like a role in the film to represent the Kapp Pack, and I hope Eva is still willing to be in my film, even though she is a princess now. I'm not sure princesses do property stuff and set decoration like you originally suggested Eva, so perhaps you need to go for the cameo role. Maybe you can get Brice to do a bit of work on the sets. Although maybe not, there may not be a set left if we ask Brice to look after it.

And I think there will be so much going on with this American trip, that the trip to the Far East and Australia will definitely have to wait for the sequel, when of course we will also go via Japan to see Jazz and Dixie.

We will have to go via the UK though for this first film - or how else could we pick up Ben the Rotti? - so that will give Simba the chance for his walk-on part too.

Well, that's it for now on the film. Thanks to everyone for hanging on in there and reminding me that I needed to get Misery to update it.

We will put on our thinking caps and start fleshing out the screenplay next. Competitions are essential on board I think. Snose competitions and toast competitions. I need to work on that.

All comments, suggestions, and volunteers for parts in the film are very welcome.

Nearly forgot. Here are some pictures of me.

Shy Pippa.

Laughing. Or yawning? Can't remember.

Give me the toast.


Marvin Brando said...

I am going to have to study this post in far more detail when I have more time. There is a lot to take in here.

But your outline of the movie sounds very good.

I hope I can perhaps also play a small part, even though I am not dog blogging anymore.

I could be billed on the credits as MARVIN BRANDO as a tribute to my movie hero, Marlon Brando. I mean what are a few different letters in a name between friends?

Marvin On The Waterfront singing off....I will comment in more detail later after I have perused this fully with my snose.

Marvin Brando

Peanut said...

Just let me know when you need Shelby and I will bundle him right off to you. Chase scenes will make the movie fun.

Marvin Brando Best Boy said...

I am so abjectly sorry not to have noticed my mention in your projected screen paly, dearest Pippa.

I now have had time to digest the outline for the movie and am most impressed at my involvement.

Although I cannot promise not to vomit up rabbits, or birds, they are another of my Vomiting Specialities. However, I will do my best.

Not to vomit that is!

although, errrrr I may suffer from sea sickness, I can see this whole thing is going to prove problematical.

I am most enthused though now reading that Shelby is being parcelled up for the chase scenes, I am absolutely the "best boy" for cat you know.....

love and many licks, and apologies for not paying attention to your post, it was very, very long and I have a small attention span; especially when rabbits and birds are massing outside the window for chasing games. And cats.

Marvin xxxxxxx

Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

sniff....alas, I do not have a part in your lovely movie...but, perhaps I can be your date to the American east coast premier?

love & snoses

Kathryn and Ari said...

We love the film. But Ari wants to know if you can have a walk-on roll.

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

If woo have a role fur a FLUFFY TAIL, I'm your gal!


Lola Smiles said...

So, when do we start cruising!? ;)

I can't wait to be Sophie's agent and I can't wait to play whatever role you throw my way! I love to herd fishies, hug trees, and chase the evil kitties away! My specialties! :)

Anything for you Pippa! xox

You look yummy in that last photo!

Sophie Brador said...

Pippa, Clearly my agent will need some trees on set, since she does like them hug them with some enthusiasm. I am a bit miffed that you are not being a bit more respectful of your leading ladies, but I do understand that this is your first role and you have not yet figured out the protocol. That's fine, as long as you have some sweet potatoes on the craft services table for me. I am looking very forward to swimming about and flipping my ears back in the sun. Have you thought about inviting my young protege, Lady Stella of Gooberstan, to join the cast as well.


Lacy said...

w00f's pippa, do u need a understudy or double fur the little scenes..i wood b ur kinda looks like thinks it wood b ok wiff me gril friends iffin i smooched on sum other girl dog..and me lovesss chasin cats...

b safe,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Pippa!
Your movie project sounds like a lot of hard work!
Good luck!
Kisses and hugs

The OP Pack said...

That's quite a cast of stars woo have lined up. We can be quite the bigtime wooers so if woo need some noisemakers, give us a woo.

Woos, the OP Pack

Kapp pack said...

My humans said they would be honored for the film to be dedicated to KA. We know she was looking forward to te film project. Meadow also said she would accept a role in the film. She has some amazing talents and is quite the crafty one!

Puppy slurps, Canyon

The Army of Four said...

"Marvin Brando". Hee hee hee.
I didn't see a role for me, but perhaps I could assist with vole catching? I've never caught a vole, but I caught a mole. Mom made me drop it. I consider it "having a mole removed". :)

JB's Big World said...

I am so excited that your film project is back under way. I think we can have a chase scene....I am getting used to them at my house now. But remember I can run really really fast!
Hope you got your toast. A star should always get what they want.

Chef said...

Oh YAY, Pippa! The movie is a go! I can't wait to be a scoundrel. Do I have a choice about who is my love interest? Right now, I'm thinking Lola or Sophie. Or Lola AND Sophie... both local gals ... from Montreal, just like me. Anyway, whatever's in the script for me is fine - but please remember that I do my best work opposite a pretty dog!!


Asta said...

I am delighted wif this new development!!1
Finally youw Movie!!!I'm sounds vewy exciting and I love the cast!!!
Youw stop ovew in NY should be gwand!!!
I can see the big ships fwom my I'm vewythwilled about you coming wif evewyone..let me know what I can do fow you and when you will be hewe
smoochie kisses
pee ess did you know that I met sophie's MOM????

Shawna L said...

Awesome blog! Its so neat to have "friends" from other countries! Please visit my blog and sign my guestbook when you get a chance!

Hammer said...

Dear Pippa
Good luck with your movie .. the plot and characters sound very interesting. Your photos are very sweet too.
I'm going to miss you but I won't be able to blog again until 2009. Please take very good care of yourself, and Misery too and your dad.
Love from Hammer

Hammer said...

Hi Pippa
I forgot to thank you with all my heart .. and I have a very big heart .. for continuing to show Beau's photo and the link to his website on your blog. This means a great deal to me, my mum and my family, and also to Beau wherever he is. Geography does not matter any more coz hoomans all around the world use compooters now.
I'm going to miss you.
Love from Hammer

Rusty and Bandit said...

Souns like the movie is going to be AWESOME! That cruise ship looks so cool. My owner wants to go on a cruise but I don't want her to; that means leaving ME behind for a week!


Simba said...

That is going to be some movie!

Simba x

Comet and BLU said...

We can't wait to see this movie! What a great plot and cast of characters!

James said...

Hi Pippa,

Wanted to let you know that our lovely Freda passed away Saturday afternoon. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a brave battle with a brain tumor. There is a nice film of her at her blog

She always considered you as a wonderfuls friend.

Wuufs, as Freda would barks.


Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

Wow, what an awesome project, Pippa! Very ambitious! Can we just ride along on the ship? We wouldn't mind a naval ship even--though the cruise ship looks like it might be a lot more fun with your cast of characters! What we really want, however, is to attend the premier and, of course, all the after parties!