February 18th, 2005

I am a girl of the future

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What would be the timeline schedule for the development of a movie? That is, how long does it take to make a movie, how long would it take to shoot, how long after the shooting/editing/etc. would one premiere? If it's a very variable thing, the movie I am specifically thinking of is "Back to the Future."
The Phantom and Christine

Differences in accents and blinding oneself

Hi, new person here. *waves* I just have a couple of questions for you lovely people.

1. I have one character, a man from Beeston in Nottinghamshire in the early 1850s. He's of middle-class descent and moved to London quite recently. I have another character, a wealthy upper-class woman who has lived her entire life in London -- a spoiled brat. Would there be any difference in their accents, for example, would the woman be able to recognize that this man wasn't from London? Or that he was of a lower class than she?

2. Earlier in his life, this male character blinded himself. (He wanted to make sure he would never be able to look at 'shameful things' [ex: pornography] because he considered himself very devout). Now, I was thinking he would just take an awl and jab it into his eyes and the surrounding area, but seeing as this takes place when he was a) still in Beeston b) around fifteen years old, approximately 1823, I was wondering if this would kill him rather than simply blind him. (As I'm worried that there'd be a possibility of massive infection and subsequent death). I know this might sound odd, but is there a simpler way he could do it? And if using an awl wouldn't kill him, would scar tissue form on the eyes? And would scars still be noticeable many years later (I'm thinking of the early 1850s specifically, so around thirty years after the incident).

If any of you are able to help or offer links, this would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Adam Dodgers

London schools

Hey, all! I have a character that's born and raised in London, fairly well off, his Da was a lawyer. I need the name of a boarding school in London that's been open for at LEAST the last twenty years. Also possibly a good area of London for a fairly well off family of three to live. Thanks!

ETA: Also, I need to know the British words for firefighter, paramedic, fire truck, and ambulance.
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One more question, and I'll stop.

What are the actual statistical rates of appendicitis - as in, one in how many people will get it? Or at least, where do I find that statistic?

A few Japan questions

1) My character has taken Japanese for quite a few years, and (mistakely) thinks that upon going to the country to live there, he'll be utterly fluent and capable of understanding every little thing any person says. My plan is to prove him wrong.

Can anyone provide a snippet of a simple conversation in Japanese that he might overhear on a street by a bus station in Tokyo (and provide a translation)?

2) What do you call it when someone moves to a foreign country and learns the language by picking it up from the native speakers? There's a term for it, but I forget what it is...

Also, if someone was to learn the language [Japanese] in this way from homeless street punks who certainly aren't going to use the most formal language in the country, how much difficulty would they have in understanding 'normal' people, provided that these street punks are usually the only people they talk to?

3) Are waitresses in Japan tipped? What kind of pay do they get?