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Billfork Thoughts April 16, 2012

Visited Billfork yesterday once more and made some decisions:

Removed almost half the model train track from the vicinity, or the part formerly stored in a Billrock crevasse within a knapsack. This comprises about 19 pieces. Remaining, for now, are about 26 pieces of still connected track making up the “Billfork Core Race”, as pictured here.

Billfork, as it stands now, is about perfect as a First Stage Woodland Event. All objects are “natural” except for the train track, i.e, they come from the immediate area anyway. I’m not “littering” the forest any more than it already was. 🙂 The main, extra decision I have to make is whether to keep the Billfork Core Race up or take it down to use in other places (see below).

Billfork is a unique event in my Blue Mountain hiking so far, being perhaps a permanent outdoor art event of sorts. However, it might have evolved as far as it should go for now — the area pretty much has been scoured for objects to use in the construction and design, and besides poison ivy has started to pop out of the ground, further hindering this process. As I put it in a post below somewhere, the woods are closing up early this year because of the almost summer like heat we’ve incurred recently.

One way that Billfork can keep expanding in a sense is as a new center for toy avatar related film-making. Gene Fade certainly seems to have it at the top of his list still for a possible development site. We may get to a Gene Fade interview soon about that and other subjects — could be lots of fun.

I visited norris on an extended trip yesterday for the first time in a long while. That’s the main, other area Mr. Fade is checking out as a new “Hollywood” of toy avatar film production. In my eyes, there are two specific sites along the norris stream for this possibility, and for the possibility of another marble race at the same time, Dongoba and its several rock temples being one of ’em, and perhaps the strongest candidate (more removed from paths that people frequent; objects already in place there; perhaps more scenic location). The other site would include the Money Pot — perhaps the name of that general area is Houston, but I’m still uncertain.

The last post of the blog specifcally related to norris is this one


https://bakerblinker.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/43270/

where Hucka D., in talking about Allen Knob as First Animation, states: “It’s the original animation, period. Beyond the face off of red vs. blue, which can’t make an animation because they are going in opposite directions in time.”

Today upon my revisit to Dongoba was *very* surprised to now find a deflated green balloon to go along with the already spotted two pink ones at the location from last fall.

I immediately saw it as a potential sign — some kind of resolution of a former blockage of psychic energy in the area: a resolution of the red-blue opposition in the overall Allen Knob environment. Perhaps Allen Knob is beginning to, once more, open up for me, as TILE Creek has been so willingly doing so far this spring. Exciting times! It is a sign that GREEN STREAM has once again become super-important and ultra-relevant to current events.

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Gene Fade:

We are actually also looking at Whitehead Crossing for the new Center, or perhaps Dongoba and Whitehead together. Whatever the location, the first movie will probably be named “Fade to Moss”. I want it to be a veiled history of the Mossman culture in general — work on several levels at once.

bb:

What are the advantages of each location?

Gene Fade:

Safety must be a factor, since toy avatars will have to stay in the region for perhaps months at a time. We must avoid the Jonesborough Problem, where the film was delayed so long that the toys in the compound forgot what they were doing there and fell into an inanimate state before being revived by tourists Blue Feather and and his sidekick Tronesis almost a year later. We certainly don’t want that to happen again. One solution is simply to not set up such a compound.

bb:

Billfork seems perfect as a setting, and I’m not sure why you *wouldn’t* make it the location of your production center.

Gene Fade:

It’s the old problem of whether TILE Creek is the be all end all of Frank and Herman Park mythology making, or does it share the stage with others, including, perhaps primarily, Allen Knob and the surrounding, satellite regions [i.e., norris, Whitehead Crossing, etc.]. Obviously TILE Creek to me is not the be all end all. There are other locations to consider.

bb:

But toy avatars always seem to be connected to TILE Creek in some way.

Gene Fade:

All I can say is that we are studying the matter.

bb:

Can you tell us more about “Fade to Moss”, then?

Gene Fade:

We are studying the matter; I will say that we are exploring the width and breadth of the subject before engaging in any sort of straight line film-making to create a locked-in production. Our creative experiments are far reaching.

bb:

Maybe that would explain the manifestation of Stencil the Unclear in one of those last blog posts, Mr. Fade.

Gene Fade:

Yes.

bb:

Who was that?

Gene Fade:

A resident.

bb:

From Second Life?

Gene Fade (after a pause):

Yes.

bb:

Do you know of the Brainard Hole in Southwest Virginia, Mr Fade?

Gene Fade:

Only what has been written in this blog. I monitor the blog. I monitor a number of blogs. We are exploring many possibilities. I want this to be an *art* movie, not just an action-adventure movie.

bb:

I was surprised in researching for this interview that almost all of the Salad Bar Jack vehicles were short affairs under an hour, mostly of the 30 minute variety.* There’s Salad Bar Jack and the Beanstalk, Salad Bar Jack of All Trades, and, er, Salad Bar Jack Be Nimble…

Gene Fade:

A lot of ’em. But all short, yeah. We want to up it to over an hour even for the first production. I’ve also been studying the American movie tradition, which toy avatars have only recently become involved in. They have usurped, one could put it, our own tradition. Salad Bar Jack is not the hero he once was. George Clooney is probably more famous now[ for example].**

bb:

That’s kind of sad. It seems like the toy avatars couldn’t make the leap to full length movies without sacrificing the tradition they had built up.

Gene Fade:

The attention span of the Mmm’s is quite short even in comparison to yourself, so that’s the main reason for the [short] length. Mossmen have a much longer one, but the problem is there are so few of us in comparison to the Mmm’s. The vast majority of the paying customers crave instant gratification.

bb:

What about the marbles?

Gene Fade:

Geez (laughing). Marbles don’t go to the movies.

bb:

What about human avatars?

Gene Fade:

They really weren’t a part of the tradition. That’s one thing we’d like to change more. It was mostly the Mmm’s and the animal toys that watched Grassy Noll’s movies.***

bb:

Were there any important rivals to Grassy Noll[ in his day]?

Gene Fade:

None. Absolutely none. T-Bonz and I were the next biggest stars of toy avatardom after Grassy Noll simply because we were his main co-stars. He was that big.

bb:

But not any more.

Gene Fade:

Not really. It’s all changing. The Hermania Triplex changed all that. Easily reached by Mmm’s and the animals alike.

bb:

But not the marbles?

Gene Fade:

Come on. Give it up.

bb:

If you’re audience will still be primarily Mmm’s, how do you expect them to sit through movies longer than about a half an hour?

Gene Fade:

One idea is to divide the full length movie up into sections to trick them into thinking they are watching several films instead of one film. This is the standard technique at the Triplex[, for example]. Seems to really be pulling them in.

bb:

Why don’t you then start your film production company at Hermania, since there’s already an industry there of sorts and a built-in audience.

Gene Fade:

An option.

bb:

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Billfork seems a bit too far for safe travel at night by the Mmm’s.

Gene Fade:

Hadn’t really thought about that. Well, we’ll play the movies at Hermania, then, and just create them at Billfork, if we choose that option.

bb:

So I’m correct in saying that Billfork is still way out there, like freak’n Pluto.

Gene Fade (laughing):

Yeah, I know of Roostre. We’re studying a lot of things. (still laughing) Pluto, yeah.

bb:

It’s really too far out there, then.

Gene Fade:

Undecided.

bb:

That was the Jonesborough problem. The toys had to move out there and create a compound, then they forgot why they were there because of the isolation.

Gene Fade:

There’s that problem, yeah. Problem to deal with.

bb:

Where do the toy animals live?

Gene Fade:

Oh, all over the place. Mars Beach… Jupiter Beach. Midget Island.

bb:

Don’t know of that last location.

Gene Fade (continuing):

Lots in Hermania. The growth of Hermania plays a big role in all this. We thought it time to renew the interest in standard toy avatar movie fare, building upon Salad Bar Jack flicks but evolving beyond them at the same time.

bb (repeating):

Who is Stencil the Unclear?

Gene Fade:

I have some ideas.

(to be continued?)

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* Note: Gene Fade later said that the Salad Bar Jack movies were mostly 20-25 minutes in length.
** Note: I later learned that the Solaris remake is a big hit on screen 3 in the Hermania Triplex currently, and that’s what Mr. Fade was mainly referring to here.
*** Note: Grassy Noll is the actor who plays Salad Bar Jack.

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