52 Weeks of Creative: Week 11

PLANET COMICON.

AKA, we waited in line for my friend to get his picture taken with Jewel Staite.  From Firefly.  And Stargate: Atlantis.  Who turned out to be really nice.

What does Planet Comicon have to do with my creative project?

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I made things for it.  I posted the skirt a while ago.  And that was my hat before I finished it.

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And here we are at Planet Comicon KC, costume all finished, even with things added to the skirt I made a few weeks ago.  I had a lot of help with it, though.

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I like nerds.

Things learned at Comicon:

1.  Sometimes you will be surprised by the Foxtrot creator, Bill Amend, and turn into a blithering idiot.

2.  Will Wheaton is super nice.  And likes small children.

3.  If someone in your small group of 3 sees someone they know every 5 minutes, you’ve probably got too many nerd friends and shouldn’t change a thing.

Feel free to comment with feedback, ideas or share your own creative projects!

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Let’s Get Creative

It’s been a while.  I’m not proud of that.  I made the commitment in my mind when I started this blog that if I didn’t have anything to say, I wouldn’t write anything.  No point in you reading a load of blathering waffle.

It’s the first day of the New Year.  That gets caps because nobody knows why.  Probably because it’s important.  People like beginnings.  In the beginning of something you can’t see how it’s gonna go.  It could turn out great, you don’t know.

Hopefully ya don’t anyway, right?

I’m posting because it’s about time I let you in on my New Year’s plan.  Why?  Because I’d like to challenge you to either do this with me or come along for the ride.  I know it’s possible to accomplish, but I haven’t done it, so I don’t know how it’s gonna go.

In the year of 2014:

1.  My goal is to create and finish something “creative” every week.  That’s 52 things.  This is a super loose goal, I realize, but I’ll refine it more in later posts.

2.  My goal is to live as if I am burdened with glorious purpose, like Loki of Asgard.

3.  My goal is to be unashamed.

4.  My goal is to learn to longboard, well.

5.  My goal is to tell YOU all about it.

So.  What am I doing this weekend?  I’m creating something.  And I’ll post all the pictures…Or video if that’s more accurate to the project…and you can ride along with me as we take on the most mysterious year of our lives.

(P.S. Here’s the disturbing, NOT kids video that inspired the title of this post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ)

POV or Point Of View (Part 1)

Point of view, ya’ll, or POV.  In film POV can be a shot set-up.  I filmed a webseries episode last week and a character ended up on the ground.  My DP laid on the ground and pointed the camera at the sky, imitating the view of the character.  Remember this, it is the physical POV that will help you and me understand the next definition.

POV can be the term used to explain the way the story is told.  I’ve briefly blogged about POV within a movie before, here.

For this post, here’s a different example: in the movie Memento, which is about a guy with memory loss, the film is edited backwards so that the audience sees the story in weird pieces, like the main character sees.  He can’t remember anything longer than 15 minutes, so he gets tattoos and writes things down.  As soon as that time is up, he has to rely entirely on his sometimes cryptic notes.  The viewer feels just like he does, since we have to figure out the story through sometimes cryptic scenes.

Let me give another example, since that one is a very extraordinary movie.  Almost every movie has a main character and that main character directs the way the story is told.  Let’s talk about Iron Man (2008).  In Iron Man Tony Stark is taken hostage and kept in a cave for a majority of the movie.  While he is in the cave, the story stays in the cave, with him.  He is the main POV, so whatever he can see, we see.  Later, he leaves the cave and to keep the audience informed on other aspects of the storyline, the camera shows us conversations with villains, Tony’s assistant Pepper interacting with Agent Coulson and some moments with Rhodey, Tony’s friend.  But those times away from Tony only exist to clarify, and they don’t last long.

This is Tony’s story and we see it as he sees it.  The villains are bad because they oppose him, just like his friends are good because they (sometimes) support him.  This movie could be told by the villain, and Tony Stark would be the bad guy.  I mean, come on, Thor is really about Loki, because at the end of the movie you just want Loki to come back and get revenge on his enemy–Thor.  And when Loki comes back in The Avengers, he’s almost…well…I feel for him, because the first movie was his story about the brother who got everything and messed everything up and then, in his eyes, betrayed him.

(Thor may be the worst example of POV ever, since I apparently missed out on the fact that Thor is supposed to be the good guy.  I mean come on, just because some people think Thor’s pretty doesn’t mean he didn’t start an unnecessary war and nearly get a bunch of people killed when the guy trying to rectify the situation sends a big robot to stop him from making an even bigger mess.  The only wronged individual in this movie is Loki.  Maybe the writer wanted us to support Thor, so they got a lovely actor and framed him with his shirt off, but their subterfuge failed.  We all know who the protagonist is based on the filming, the story and the person making all the bad choices.)

If you’re confused about a movie’s POV, it might not have a main character.  If you’re still confused, find the person who is shown to be the most vile, evil, selfish, and/or corrupt and you’ve found the villain.  The opposite, or at least opposing, character is the protagonist, and the movie is from his or her POV.

Okay, that got a little sidetracked in the end.  And I actually have a lot more to say about POV, but I’ll save it for another post.

The Great and Wonderful…Filmmaker

This link was posted on my Facebook:

http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/story-of-a-five-year-old-avenger-meeting-the-avengers/

I wasn’t that interested in the kid who met Loki, aside from the fact that Loki is one of my favorite villains of all time and Tom Hiddleston seems like a very nice guy in real life.  But I read the article, because I was wondering why this picture was an Internet sensation.  I’ll let you read why…

…Done?  Okay, so the reason I’m sharing it is to highlight this part of the story:

“Just then, a quiet-spoken gentleman walks over. “Chris, sorry, I need you for one more shot.”  The gentleman looks at my son and apologizes. “Sorry, little buddy, I need Captain America for a minute.” This is the only time during the entire story that I am jealous of my son and beside myself that I wasn’t there. One of my writing idols, Joss Whedon, has just spoken to my child.

My wife apologizes for taking up their time, with Whedon and Evans smiling and assuring her that it is fine.  Then she takes a picture with Chris Evans’ mom, who was instrumental in making this meeting happen.”

This kid and his mom got to meet Joss Whedon because he was carrying a Captain America shield and he was cute.  He didn’t even know he was meeting a story genius.  A filmmaker who successfully shattered all expectations by shaping a movie that made people laugh, cry, and get really, REALLY angry all in the space of a few minutes.  A man who put out a movie that links 5 other movies and will be part of the backdrop of at least 4 more, yet still maintains itself as a stand-alone story, completely accessible to anyone off the street.

Joss Whedon.  The writer/director of the best movie this year.  That I saw 3 times in the theater, 1 time in 3D.

It makes me wanna hang out in New York.  Or at least follow nerd websites more closely.  Sigh.

No worries, even if New York and Hollywood are hundreds of miles from where I live, I can still enjoy the genius that is Whedon right here.  Why?  The Avengers is technically still showing in a theater 30 minutes away, fifteen or so weeks after it opened.