I am a fan of James Frey’s writing. I am a fan of viral marketing. So it makes sense that I would like and blog about this viral video for James Frey’s new novel, The Final Testament Of The Holy Bible. But before we all get too excited about the fact that my posting of this viral video is proof positive of the effectiveness of viral marketing, I should point out that despite the ad’s genius, I only actually know the book is out – and hence why I googled it and found this superb piece of viral marketing gold – because my girlfriend read a piece about it in last week’s issue of Grazia Magazine.
I think there might be something wrong with me. I have developed something of a crush on Sasha Grey, superstar p0rnstar of the twitter generation; she of the exceptionally deep throat and no gag reflex.
The thing is, I prefer her with her clothes on. Which is good because following her appearance in ad campaigns for American Apparel and a role as a high class escort in Steven Soderbergh’s much overlooked (well I liked it) art-house film The Girlfriend Experience, Sasha’s making a bid for a full mainstream crossover. She’s already made a low-budget horror and did six episodes of US TV series Entourage (so far so p0rnstar) and has three films coming out in 2011, including I Melt With You starring alongside Rob Lowe. More importantly though, she’s self-styling herself as pop culture icon with a book, Neu Sex featuring her own photography (of herself) and thoughts, opinions and writings (on sexuality, the entertainment industry and her life in general) which even at a glance suggests she has all the instinct, belief and attitude needed to be the real thing.
Evidently there’s more to Ms Grey than her ability to make even the most hardcore of p0rn lovers blush. I know very little about her and I’m fascinated already. I would love to interview her, preferably for as mainstream a magazine, newspaper or website as possible. If any editors want to commission a feature on Ms Grey please let me know, I can’t help feel that 10 years from now, if not one of the biggest, she’ll certainly be one of the coolest stars around.
A Brief History Of Title Design from Art Of The Title. Superb short film on the evolution of titles with a nice run of shots from Saul Bass‘s game changers – The Man With The Golden Arm, Anatomy Of A Murder, Vertigo, NorthByNorthwest.
I love films. But sometimes I think I love trailers more. There should be an Oscar for best trailer – the ability to make a bad film look amazing means that they are surely the highest, and most valuable, art form. The only things that equal the importance and thrill of trailers are opening credits. They set the tone, the atmosphere and the pace. They manage expectation and can make or break a film. Really good ones can standalone as stunning pieces of cinema in their own right. Art Of Title celebrates those first few minutes in all their forms from the the fully formed title sequence (see Vertigo, Se7en, The Game, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Casino Royale) to the scene setting sequence where film’s set-up provides the titles backdrop (Bullitt, Dirty Harry, It Might Get Loud, Moon). Great site. Prepare to spend a very long time here.
Dan Gennoe is a London based freelance journalist & author. He's written features, interviews and reviews for the likes of Esquire, GQ, Arena, FHM, Q Magazine, Mojo, Red, Time Out, The Independent and The Mail On Sunday. Dan also writes books, both fiction and non-fiction, and has ghost written the odd celebrity biography.
Welcome to dangennoe.net the centre of my online digital whatever. Everything from journalism cuttings and news on current writing projects - two novels, one non-fiction book and a film project - to randomly blogged rubbish that I find while trawling the internet as I attempt to look busy and avoid doing any actual writing, every last bit of it is here.