Sunday, September 29, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
And here's a little bit o' history...
The Mega Plush from Matt Burniston on Vimeo.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
To showcase the powers of their new flagship, Motorola has come up with "The Lazy Phone" ad campaign. Being a Google lover in general, I think they are pretty great.
This is my favorite
You can find the rest on their youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/motorola?feature=watch
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Coin from EXIT 73 studios on Vimeo.
Monday, September 23, 2013
German Expressionism Narrative Elements:
- Stories centered around dreams, the supernatural or the fantastic
- Large number of plots involve selling or losing soul, giving in to darker nature (personified by doppelganger figure), or making deal with the devil
- Emphasis on psychological horror
- Preoccupation with loss of sanity and/or loss of self
- Highly stylized mise-en-scène used to reflect characters’ inner mental states as well as to create mood
- Use of chiaroscuro lighting; emphasis on contrast between light and shadow for expressive purposes
- Use of framing and optical effects for expressive purposes
Friday, September 20, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
1.You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
2.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
3.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
4.Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
5.Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
6.What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
7.Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
8.Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
9.When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
10.Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.
11.Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
12.Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
13.Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
14.Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
15.If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
16.What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
17.No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
18.You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
19.Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
20.Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
21.You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
22.What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
Friday, September 13, 2013
The writing is so spot on and the animation is so great, you'll beg for death...
Thursday, September 12, 2013
All kidding aside, I'm really interested in creating a story that promotes or inspires change without words. You could argue that everything in this piece is symbolic. Why are the workers scarecrows when there a humans walking around and eating fast food? Why is "big business" personified by crows? Why the music choice?
1895 - Auguste and Louis Lumiere patent the cinematrographe, which served as camera, printer and projector all in one. It was lighter and smaller than Edison's kinetograph. This allowed films to be shown for the first time to mass audiences. Here is one of the first films made, Arrival of a Train (1895) by the Lumiere brothers to showcase their camera.
1906 - 1908 - Multi-reel films or 'features' were experimented both in France and the U.S. It was thought that audiences had short attention spans, so only one film reel (10-15 minutes) was used to create movies. However, after features were shown to audiences, there was no turning back. Here is Cabiria (1914), an Italian film that is very important to the success of multi-reel films.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
This group is from the same brian that brings you Adventure Time. I haven't watched all of Bravest Warriors (that seems very similar to Adventure Time in terms of Style), but I have watched their 2 episodes of Bee and PuppyCat and I really like it.
THE ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD
Admittedly, this is a series more suited for someone who likes video games. That being said, this is the most entertaining video game review show I've seen. What I like about it is The Nerd tries to tie a story into the review, so it's not just someone making observations all the time. The quality is very DIY which I can appreciate, given that he's been around since the dawn of Youtube and has made over 100 episodes. Below is a good example of one of his better episodes.
Monday, September 9, 2013
However, I don't see why this person would want anyone to embed his stuff. I apologize for the hyperlinks...
Friday, September 6, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Enjoy the show.
00:45 - I Will Miss You by Dave Prosser - (daveprosser.co.uk)
04:46 - The Jump by Charles Huettner - (charleshuettner.tumblr.com/)
07:22 - The American Dream by Sean Buckelew - (seanbuckelew.com/)
09:53 - Mountain Ash by Jake Armstrong & Erin Kilkenny - (jakedraws.tumblr.com/) & (erinkilkenny.com/)
14:29 - Rat Trap by Caleb Wood - (vimeo.com/calebwood)
16:23 - Loose Ends by Louise Bagnall - (elbooga.blogspot.com/)
18:47 - Phantom Limb by Alex Grigg - (alexgrigg.com/)
23:02 - Asshole by Conor Finnegan - (conorfinneganan.tumblr.com/)
25:22 - Ombilda by Ciaran Duffy - (hellociaran.com/)
29:39 - Post Personal by Eamonn O'Neill - (eamonnoneill.ie/)
32:31 - Last Lives by Scott Benson - (bombsfall.com/)