Lost in the Movies: The path through Journey Through Twin Peaks

The path through Journey Through Twin Peaks


CURRENT STATUS: Step 6 (steps 3 & 4 have been postponed) - last updated on May 28

WORKING ON: outlining May's Lost in the Movies podcast (on Vertigo & more) for Patreon

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INTRODUCTION

Over the past year, I documented my path to these videos, a resumption of my 2014-15 video series Journey Through Twin Peaks - this ended when I published the first chapter a week ago. Here now is the path through the series, ensuring that it can be released over the spring and summer while I take care of a few other things as well. These steps are pretty self-explanatory; most are directly related to the creation of Journey but I also need to keep up with my monthly patron rewards, and I've decided to take a few weeks "off" before fully diving into Part 6 of the videos. During that time, I will build up a small backlog to carry me through the summer - another Mad Men viewing diary, plus repackaging some of my "Film in Focus" and/or "Twin Peaks Cinema" Patreon segments from the past two years as a brand new public podcast. Additionally, I'll take at least a week to do some behind-the-scenes work on my rebooted Twin Peaks character series, a project which will mostly be developed after these videos conclude.

Meanwhile, I will be publishing new posts at least once a week on this site. At first, these will go up every Wednesday and consist of either a video update of whatever chapters went up in the past week, my monthly patron podcast round-up, or a film review from my backlog. The Wednesday after Part 5 is fully published, I will post a full directory of all the videos in that part, as I did for the previous ones in 2014-15. When my Mad Men viewing diary is ready, I will publish a new episode write-up each Monday; at that point there will only be a Wednesday post when I need to round-up videos or podcasts. And after the viewing diary concludes, I'll return to the regular Wednesday schedule, at that point probably dominated by video updates (concluding, again, with a full round-up of Part 6 as well as perhaps a directory of both parts).

In this Twitter thread, I will document the following steps even more closely, breaking down completion of tasks inside of the step as well. You can bookmark this post to check back periodically too. I will update each step to note when it is completed along the way. My hope is to wrap by the beginning of fall, but I won't be surprised if this takes longer. Enjoy the ride!

THE STEPS ON THE PATH

COMPLETE: Chapter 29, beginning Part 5, was published on April 8
(the 30th anniversary of the pilot)

1) edit Chapter 30 (the in-between years)
TRY TO FINISH BY APRIL 23 - completed May 5 (12 days late)

2) create Chapters 31 - 33 (David Lynch - aesthetic shifts & the Mary Sweeney years)
TRY TO FINISH BY APRIL 30 - completed May 15 (15 days late)

3) create Chapter 34 (other original series collaborators)
TRY TO FINISH BY MAY 7 - postponed until after steps 5 - 9

4) create Chapter 35 (Mark Frost - early years, literary career & The Secret History)
TRY TO FINISH BY MAY 14 - postponed until after steps 5 - 9

5) prepare & create Chapter 36: The Return (end of Part 5)
TO BE UPLOADED ON MAY 21 - completed May 24 after posting excerpt on May 21
(the 3rd anniversary of the season three premiere)

6) create May patron podcasts (ep. 15 rewatch & main podcast episode)
MUST FINISH BY MAY 31

7) focus behind-the-scenes on Character Series for at least a week
MUST FINISH BY JUNE 7 (or May 31 if started before May 24)

8) watch/review season 4 of Mad Men (13 episodes)
(to be published over the summer after completion)
TRY TO FINISH BY JUNE 14

9) create June patron podcasts (ep. 16 rewatch & main podcast episode)
TRY TO FINISH BY JUNE 21 (pause and resume after #10 if need)

10) create Chapter 37 (beginning of Part 6)
TO BE UPLOADED ON JUNE 25

11) create public podcast episodes through December, using 2018/19 patron podcasts
(to be published every two weeks after completion of all)
TRY TO FINISH BY JUNE 28

12) create July patron podcasts (ep. 17 rewatch & main podcast episode)
TRY TO FINISH BY JULY 5

13) prepare & draft narration for the rest of Part 6 (Chapter 38 - 47)
This involves personally reassembling and watching different story sections of the series independently of one another, re-watching the season 3 blu-ray special features and re-visiting both my own and other observers' coverage of season 3. Given the amount of research, which is hard to estimate, this is the step most likely to take longer than scheduled - possibly by as much as a week or two.
TRY TO FINISH BY JULY 9 (pause & resume after #15 if need)

14) revise & record narration for the rest of Part 6 (Chapters 38 - 47)
TRY TO FINISH BY JULY 12 (pause & resume after #15 if need)

15) edit Chapter 38: Far Away Places (New York & other isolated locations throughout)
MUST FINISH BY JULY 16
(the 12th anniversary of Lost in the Movies...and the 75th anniversary of the Trinity test)

16) edit Chapter 39: The FBI Story (the Blue Rose task force in South Dakota)
TRY TO FINISH BY JULY 20

17) edit Chapter 40: Twin Peaks Dreams (the town)
TRY TO FINISH BY JULY 24

18) edit Chapter 41: Dougie in Vegasland
TRY TO FINISH BY JULY 28

19) edit Chapter 42: Mr. C's Wild Ride
TRY TO FINISH BY AUGUST 1

20) edit Chapter 43: The Search for the Zones (the mythology)
TRY TO UPLOAD ON AUGUST 5
(the date when the woodsmen & frog bug attack in 1956)

21) create August patron podcasts (ep. 18 rewatch & main podcast episode)
TRY TO FINISH BY AUGUST 12

22) edit Chapter 44: 3 Women (Diane, Sarah, "Judy")
TRY TO FINISH BY AUGUST 17

23) edit Chapter 45: COOPER COOPER COOPER (the big picture & the "Richard" material)
TRY TO FINISH BY AUGUST 22

24) edit Chapter 46: What Does She See, What Does She Hear (Laura's legacy and Fire Walk With Me in season 3)
TRY TO FINISH BY AUGUST 27

25) edit Chapter 47 (end of Part 6)
TRY TO UPLOAD ON SEPTEMBER 3
(the 3rd anniversary of the season three finale)

Following this, I will edit a preview for Parts 5 and 6 (and perhaps for the whole series, along with a new page serving as directory for everything), as well as writing a follow-up to my two previous "creating Journey" essays. Then I will announce plans for future work, including perhaps a new form of Twin Peaks videos on a more ongoing basis, depending what viewers are interested in, among other factors.


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