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Apr 11 2014

Get Ready for a New Web Series — WebCamelot!

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Y’all don’t know this, but I’ve been wanting to write this post for almost a year.

Production is wrapping up on the original comedy web series WebCamelot, a low-budget, independent venture between myself and a couple other (even more) talented fellas. And you can see it soon right here on Unreality!

I’ll save myself the trouble of coming up with a new way to describe this thing and just give you the official pitch:

“In a recent discovery that rocked the historical community, archeologists uncovered a cache of video blogs dating from the reign of ARTHUR PENDRAGON, KING OF CAMELOT.

Hardworking, unpaid interns have compiled these vlogs to create a behind-the-scenes account of life during that time. Looks like we’re going to have to rewrite the history books…  or at least, the interns will.

WebCamelot is a brand new comedy webseries that gets up close and personal with the intimate joys and embarrassing pains of the everyday lives of the citizens of Camelot.”

And it’s actually pretty good! I know, like what else am I going to say.

The trailer drops next Friday, so be looking for it. The episodes will follow soon after. There’ll be eight of ‘em, seasoned with some cool behind-the-scenes goodies for those interested in low-budget filmmaking and VFX and stuff like that.

Watch this space. Spread the word.

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Apr 11 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey everyone, it’s This Week In Movie Trailers! time again! Good week for everyone I hope; I know it was for me, mainly due to the amazing weather we are finally getting!

So, for this week we have a ton of trailers to get through, so let’s dive right into things, shall we? Continue Reading »

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Apr 08 2014

George Lucas on the Importance of Visual Literacy

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This is in danger of being one of the drier subjects I’ve written about on here,* but a) it’s GEORGE LUCAS and b) I think this is relevant to a lot of what we do on the site. Plus I thought it might be a good conversation starter?

It’s not news to anybody that we have access to a truly insane amount of content these days. Still, it’s impossible to understate the importance of being able to handle the media jungle. This stuff is out of control. We have pop songs referencing movies that play in the background of video games, and then those games show up in other pop songs.

I imagine that a command of this or that language became much more relevant after the invention of the printing press. In the modern age, Lucas argues that we’re woefully underprepared for pretty much anything but the printed word.

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Apr 07 2014

Hannibal Review: “Futamono”

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This episode seems to be a turning point in the season. Much like he did in the middle of last season, Hannibal finds himself throwing a dinner party. The main difference this go-round is the party ostensibly serves as a sort of pick-me-up. His near-crucifixion, he claims, has put him out of sorts.

Given that the only way he seems to know how to lift his spirits is to eat and serve a ton of anonymous people, I think we can justifiably label Hannibal one sick mofo. The sequences dealing with party preparation don’t read quite as darkly humorous as the ones from last year; but there’s still a lengthy sequence set to sprightly classical music that sees Hannibal thumbing through a rolodex full of the world’s most unfortunate people.

And then he makes roses out of their flesh. What fun.

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Apr 01 2014

STOP TRYING TO MAKE MY CHILDHOOD BADASS

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Well, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer is lame.

You know, I was a fan of the Turtles when I was, like, eight. And heck, I’ll still mount a defense of the first six episodes of the classic 80’s animated show, or the first two live-action movies, or about two-thirds of the TMNT animated movie, but my love of the characters is firmly rooted in childhood memories.

Which is totally cool! There’s nothing that says growing up means jettisoning all that stuff. It usually means contextualizing it, of course, but that’s a different thing. That just means I’m not going around arguing that the classic show is superior to the Batman or X-Men shows or something equally bizarre.

Where things get unhealthy is when we force these properties to grow up with us.

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Mar 31 2014

Hannibal Review: “Mukozuke”

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Well, if there were any lingering doubts about last episode’s cliffhanger ending, they’ve been explicitly laid to rest by this point. With “Mukozuke,” Hannibal bring us one of its biggest blows to date. Obviously, Hannibal has one of the higher “bad stuff per episode” ratios on network television, but there’s a finality to the events that’s relatively rare for this show.

And that’s just the starting point. The rest of the episode brings heavy emotions, old enemies, dark character turns, and the typically nutty imagery the show’s become known for. Season 2 is still ramping up, but these past two episodes have seen it moving forward with clear purpose.

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Mar 25 2014

Before the Flood: Six Great Religious Movies

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The reviews for Noah are starting to come in, and it sounds pretty awesome. So much so that I’ve pretty much forgotten about that Cap movie the following week. If Aronofsky’s dream project even sorta delivers on its advance reviews it’ll be totally bonkers… and one of my favorites of the year. Speaking as a religious person, I’d much rather have a weird, ambitious movie than a safe, middle-of-the-road one.

Of course, there’s the expected stories of this or that group complaining or getting way too excited about a Bible movie hitting screens. Enough of that, though. I’d rather point out the times where six (never said I was a numerologist) religiously-themed movies turned out to be genuinely worthwhile. To warn you, I’m occasionally taking a broad view of what qualifies as “religious,” so bear with me.

Also, DESPITE the touchiness of the subject, I’m assuming our readers are gonna be their usual cool selves. Don’t let me down.

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Mar 21 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Welcome to Friday and welcome to another edition of This Week In Movie Trailers!

I know I seem like a broken record when I ask this, but how was everyone’s week? Mine was alright! A bit stressful for various reasons, but alright. I did, however, watch a really interesting horror movie called Jug Face a few days ago. It was very unique, let’s just say that. Not sure if I should recommend it or not.

So, this week we have a bit of the old, a bit of the new, and a bit of the weird. Stay tuned below to find out which are which! Let’s go! Continue Reading »

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Feb 24 2014

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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As someone who is at the very least attempting to write books, I’m always on the hunt for good advice when it comes to composing stories (which are far more fun to write than blog posts). Pixar writes some of the most compelling stories around for all ages, so when their storyboard artist Emma Coats came out with a 22 point list about good storytelling, I was all ears.

This is from about a year ago, but I just discovered it and I assume a few aspiring writers out there haven’t seen it yet. Check it out, and see how much of it applies to Pixar movies:

#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 v. 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.

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Feb 21 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey guys! Welcome to This Week In Movie Trailers!

I hope everyone had a well deserved, awesome week. I did! It was my birthday this week and it turns out that I share it with Batman. How exciting is that? Yeah, not much I know, but I need something to hold myself together during these last weeks of February. But I digress! Tons of good movies this week, surprisingly! Do I want to see them all? Let’s find out! Continue Reading »

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Feb 07 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey everyone! It’s that time, once again, to come aboard the trailer-train!

So, this week we are going to feature a few new trailers, but mostly we are going to focus on the Super Bowl movie previews. Some were good, some were bad, and some were beautiful. I think we should get right into, rather than complain about the weather and our crappy work week, because hey, it’s the weekend! Let’s goooooooooooo! Continue Reading »

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Jan 09 2014

The Morning Link: Movies That Would Make Great TV Shows

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“I suppose the more natural fit for Hanna would be SyFy, but after seeing the way they’ve handled everything post Battlestar Galactica, I don’t have a ton of confidence. I’d much rather see this pint-sized killing machine go through growing pains and puberty as a companion piece to the amazing Orphan Black.”

Go here to see the list.

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Jan 01 2014

Happy New Year’s!

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Hope everyone had a great/not terrible night! We’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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Dec 30 2013

The ABCs of My Web Browser

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Alright, so news has been relatively slow over this holiday break here, so I’ve been bouncing around wacky ideas that I can’t really justify. But I thought this one was sort of fun, and I hope you’ll join in with me in the comments with your own.

You see, I think your web browser can sort of paint a picture of you as a person based on your most frequented sites. I thought it would be fun to see what came up automatically in Google Chrome when I typed each letter of the alphabet, as that would be my most frequented site with that letter. By the end, I’d have an entire list, for better or worse.

So, these twenty-six are mine, and they range from the obvious and big-time to the small and random. Here are a few to get you started, and click to find the rest.

A is for Amazon, where “buy in one click”  has ruined me

B is for BeachBody, where my wife is now a coach

C is for Cracked, the internet’s king of comedy

D is for Debaucherous, because I was looking up how to spell it

E is for Expedia, which books my every flight

F is for Facebook, a weird museum of people I used to know Continue Reading »

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Dec 24 2013

Merry Christmas!

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We’ll be back soon with your regularly scheduled website. Enjoy your break if you have one!

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