Beyond the Frame: How Should a Film Company Leverage Technology? -
Unless you can top 5,000 unique visitors a month, your film production doesn’t need a blog. A single person visiting your blog once is not going translate down the line. The daunting hurdle of online media is to remain part of the conversation week after week.
The web is a resource - the…
Welp…this just changed the way I use social networking. Thanks! (and that’s sincere. For whatever reason, it seemed sarcastic when reading it back).
Sony Wants to Keep Community Alive -
With Community’s fate still uncertain, Sony, who produce the series, launches a video campaign to encourage fans to watch the show live.
I’ve yet to update this blog with information regarding new choices I’ve made for my class project—the horror podcast.
I’ve previously written about my intention to produce a non-linear (choose your own adventure) horror story in the vein of the slasher subgenre. This idea included five characters who acted as the roles of: The Jock, the Girlfriend, the Scholar, the Prankster, and the Virgin. (except, y’know, less 1990’s and more 2013).
I made the realization of how difficult this was going to be: five characters in four episodes with one choice to be made per episode—there’d be very little fleshing out of characters (that is to say, *no* character development) as well as very little plot progression. I believe that the story would be very stale.
So, the question reared its ugly head. What do I do?
Well, in the last two weeks, I’ve watched both Scream and Scream 2. It was upon my rewatch of Scream 2 that I was seemingly struck in the head with the large bright bat of epiphany. It showed itself in the form of the opening of each film. The Drew Barrymore scene from Scream and the Movie Theatre scene from Scream 2.
For this project and for reference, I’ll explain the scene from Scream.
Drew Barrymore’s character (who I’ll refer to as Drew Barrymore) prepares for a night at home with popcorn and a movie. She unexpectedly receives a telephone call from, who she believes to be, a prankster. The call quickly escalates to violence and Drew feels threatened for her life. It becomes clear that the caller is a killer, not a mere jokester. She does her best to avoid the killer, but she’s quickly confronted with her boyfriend’s tied up body on her back porch. She goes to save him, gets threatened, and winds up watching him die. She continues to barricade herself in perceived safety, but her attempts are fruitless—she ends up dying.
She’s given many options throughout this scene. Pick up or ignore the telephone? Go to her boyfriend or stay inside? (And many more I failed to acknowledge in my brief summary). The scene plays out at, if I remember correctly, about ten minutes.
This is the format I’m adapting to for this project. The protagonist and the antagonist. Two characters. (Potentially one or two more, who play *very* supporting roles (such as the Boyfriend in the example from Scream).
I believe this will streamline the options the audience can make. It will not inhibit the progress of the plot nor the development of the characters. In fact, I believe it will not inhibit any part of the writing process.
I look forward to trying this out.
An Outsider's Perspective: Why I Find This Awful. -
*As of my writing of this article, I had not realized that this clip came from September of 2012. This article has been written from my perspective that this event occurred earlier today, April 28th, 2013.*
Demi Lovato ‘X Factor Judge gets burnt to shit X Factor USA Dont normally upload stuff like this, but comon Get Fucking Burned! Want to make beats so hot you…
First, let me state: I don’t watch X Factor (in fact, I don’t know whether it’s *The* X Factor or just X Factor.) I had no idea that Simon Cowell still judged reality competitions. I had no idea people still cared about Britney Spears. I had absolutely no idea that Demi Lovato (Heart Attack being my current jam) is such a massive bitch.
Expectations: I opened up this video via Facebook as it was titled,
”[Original] That’s why you use auto tune and I don’t - Get Fucking BURNED! Demi Lovato”
Accompanying the video, was a set of images and captions exclaiming that, when one burns themselves, “to apply ice directly to the burn.” I was ready for a joke—a viral-worthy burn—and then to laugh and continue unconcerned with my internet browsing lack of a life.
Reality: “A lot of people work really, really hard for their dreams—but it’s not meant for everybody.” - Demi Lovato.
I have a strong and odd feeling (Strodd?) that this phrase will terrorize me for the next few days. I get that these reality television events get off on providing harsh criticism without the constructive element added in. That viewers prefer to sink their life away mocking others for their inability than put their own selves on the line for criticism. I. GET. IT. But that doesn’t mean I like it.
I don’t know whether the man onstage (Henceforth known as: The Burner) sang poorly, picked the wrong song for his voice, or whatever else—all I know is that he’s right. He doesn’t have to put up with [the judges defamations]. He’s worked too hard (he’s worked even a little bit) to better himself as an artist. The least these judges could do is acknowledge that and stoke the flame that exists inside of him to become better—to try again—to do whatever he can to be better than he is now. As dictated by his burn, he has morals. Let those assist you, my friend. They may not guide you to the success that Lovato or any of the other three judges have found—but you’ll at least be producing work others, like yourself, can appreciate.
“A lot of people work really, really hard for their dreams—but it’s not meant for everybody.” - Demi Lovato.
I have a message for Ms. Lovato. My dreams are my dreams and they’re meant for me. My dreams will guide me through my life. They’ll lead me through my failures and my successes, but if I can continue to work “really, really hard,” for my dreams—I expect them to lead me to happiness. And no one, not even successful pop stars like you, can take that away from me. Nor from The Burner. Nor from anyone else.
I imagine, in a life like that which Ms. Lovato has led, one can mistake success as an easy thing to achieve. That only the best of the best make it to the top of the totem pole. Well News Flash Demi! Kubrick never won an Oscar. Don’t mistake your luck as art. You have a wonderful voice that’s been forever tainted by the *bullying* words you expressed to The Burner.
If I understand correctly, thanks to folks on Facebook and the great knowledge-bearer known as Wikipedia, you’re an avid advocate of Anti-Bullying and an active participant in various campaigns in that name. Excuse my callousness, but how dare you align yourself to such an important cause and yet promote the very attitude you’re seeking to extinguish? You’re the worst kind of bully—one who mistakes cruelty for kindness.
I fear I may have lost track of my point—in an effort to attack Demi Lovato. I fear I may have become a bully of sorts in this rant of mine. For that I apologize (I recommend that you do too, Ms. Lovato). I hope you continue to make such fun, exuberant pop music that I can pump my fist to. I also hope that, one day, someone makes you feel true sorrow for your behavior. If it’s not gonna be over punching a back-up dancer, if it’s not gonna be over slamming a man’s desire to make music, I hope it’s before your inevitable descent into obscurity—that way, at least, I’ll feel sorrow and pleasurable nostalgia when I hear your music twenty years from now.
As for you, Mr. The Burner. I can’t wait to learn your name. That way, when I think about everyone who tells me “I can’t accomplish my dreams,” I can think of you and smile. I’ll think of you and say, “Maybe. Maybe not. But I do intend to follow them to very end.”
- An Avid Fan of Yours.
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Week Four: April 22-26
Mon. 22: (Britt 251) Term-project final proposal due.
Wed. 24: (Taylor 226)
Fri. 26: First Episode Written
Sat. 27: Record First Episode
Week Five: April 29-May 3
Mon. 29: (Britt 251): Second Episode Set Written
Wed. May 1:(Taylor 226): Finish First Episode Edit
Fri. 3: Record Second Episode Set
Sat. 4: Release First Episode Online
Week Six: May 6-10
Mon. 6: (Britt 251): Half of Episode Set 3 Written; Half of Episode Set 2 Edited
Wed. 8: (Taylor 226): Finish Second Episode Set Edit.
Fri. 10: Episode Set 3 Written
Sat. 11. Record Episode Set 3; Release Episode Set 2 Online
Week Seven: May 13-17
Mon. 13: (Britt 251):
Wed. 15: (Taylor 226): Half of Episode Set 4 Written.
Fri 17: Finish Episode Set 3 Edit
Sat. 18: Release Episode Set 3 Online
Week Eight: May 20-24
Mon. 20: (Britt 251): Episode Set 4 Written
Wed. 22: (Taylor 226): Record Episode Set 4
Week Nine: May 27-31
Mon. 27: Memorial Day (No class): Finish Episode Set 4 Edit
Wed. 29: (Taylor 226): Term-project presentations: Release Episode Set 4 (To Class Only)
Sat. June 1: Release Episode Set 4 Online
Week Ten: June 3-7
Mon. 3: (Britt 251): Term-project presentations
Wed. 5: (Taylor 226): Term-project presentations