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Opening change by awakening with {weird]) awareness

Posted in Survey of Action and Ideology with tags on December 11, 2008 by hypercritical808

This is an exciting era for change, and no this is not an infomercial for Obama.

We see a lot of weird news, and sometimes it’s intentionally weird to get a message across to us. Because we live in a world where murder, drunken driving, rape, babies thrown off the highway, puppies thrown over cliffs, or girls becoming prostitutes to pay for college, our humanity has decayed into not caring.

Like Goldberg said in class, we live in a world where we are afraid to confess or seek comfort from homes or churches and find morality from movies (like that rape movie clip he showed us in class).

Here are a couple of weird examples that demand a justification of change through action and ideology:

This girl is planning on selling her virginity to save net neutrality. I think I read somewhere she had as much power as a political officer in her country.

I don’t know if this is the right guy, but i remember reading about a group of people who built a boat of garbage found in the “great pacific garbage patch” and planned to sail from california to hawaii.  You may think it’s crazy, but they’re doing it to spread awareness of how much junk is in the ocean (it could even be its own set of  island that’s how much garbage there is) and by doing that, he hopes to make people think more about recycling.

Ok, i’m running out of national examples, but even the tiniest weird news can bring some kind of message to the world. In the picture above, it’s teaching japanese kids english.  Shows you what kind of world we live in when elementary school kids write like this.

While we live in a world where 5 murders, and a baby dropped from a highway is not a big deal to us and go on eating our dinners in front of TV … we have to remember that we can’t just blame someone for the bad news, and that we can make a difference/change by taking action (because they “speak louder than words” —caesar).

Point being, as film makers our goal (somehow) is to make stories that hold messages, lessons, or something to convey in order to truely benefit society …..because film is the whiteman’s medicine. And a medicine with strong enough side-effects causes strong reactions.

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When Mainstream’s not enough, make your own fun!

Posted in Lack of Creativity with tags on December 10, 2008 by hypercritical808

These days with a bunch of Re-runs or another poorly-made-movie-playing-5-hours-of-vidgames-is-better, people become bored with the Mainstrem crap they get from the media’s entertainment and make their own fun.

Sure they might not make as much money as first, or become Hollywood producers like Peter Jackson, but what counts is that they have fun.

Whether if it’s fanfiction to fan-art, maybe this generation of lackign creativity in mainstream sparks a need for personal entertainment which could lead to developign talent and jobs.

I thought this was a fun comic anyone could have done, but no one took the initiative to post:

Have you heard of the story of Japanese Simpsons? This girl, who made a fan pic of manga-nized simpsons got hired by Matt Groening (simpsons creator) and gave her a job of a lifetime. And it all started out with a drawing she did in her free time because she “couldn’t find anything good on TV”

As film makers, it’s our job to realize that we don’t need expensive cameras, or editing programs to make a good movie. Down to its core, a film’s job is to tell a good story.

In the world we live in now, anything is possible. Obama is from Hawaii and he became president, a man gave birth to a baby (even though he’s a trans), The Dark Knight is nominated for an Oscar…..point is, this is an exciting age, where anything can happen as long as you put in enough effort.

Getting tired of playing Smash Bros with my cousins for countless hours, or watching reruns of Spongebob or Friends … I did something I didn’t think I would ever find myself doing (because I wasn’t the kind of person to do this) :::: mindlessly surf youtube for any fun videos. But I ended up finding a very-well crafted story of Super mario in the form of Dragon Ball Z:

To sum it up, don’t waste your time watching TV if nothing’s on cause the writers on the mainland don’t know any good stories to write or keep rehashing us overused stories, or show us reruns of Spongebob; make your own fun, and do something with your life and it will pay off.

Maybe one day you’ll get to be Seth MacFlarne’s successor?

Discuss, wouldn’t you agree that there’s hidden talent in all of us? Can you find examples of people who aren’t in Hollywood but make it pretty big in things like Youtube or art communities?

Running out of ideas … how to make a quick buck

Posted in Gendered Packages, Lack of Creativity with tags on December 9, 2008 by hypercritical808

In today’s world there’s a tremendous lack of creativity and we are not fueled by our desire to create new ideas, but to adapt and reflect on the past …. and rehash them to make a quick buck.

Looking at most movies nowdays, there’s at least one or two movies every month that is a book adaptation or a remake of an older movie. Sure the market is good money for things remade, but it’s the newer, and original movies that win the awards.

I thought WallE and Bolt made a pretty good point when they were competing with films like Love Guru (even though they didn’t say it was a remake, there’s a similar version called “the Guru) or Twighlight.

The trend of rehashing things to make a quick buck can even be found in video games.  How many Lego video game adaptations do we need on movies?

Looking at some games, they’ve divided them into gendered packages too.  Pokemon and Megaman games are a good example. In these games, you have an option to choose your gender … again, this is done to make a quick buck. I mean, put gender options in a Megaman game … seriously??

I guess another reason behind the “gender packaging” is to give an equal sense of gender for the games. I not exactly sure how to phrase it so I’ll explain:  When a girl wants to play with boy’s toys and vice versa their peers will tease them, or call them gay. For example, if a guy played with Barbie dolls or an easy bake, his peers would most likely call him a fruitcake. But if there was a guy version of it, I doubt the results would be a  a hundred percent the same.

In essence, companies manufacture for “gendered packages” for a couple of reasons:

1. To target more kids, make more money

2. Make more personal connections with their gender identity and exploit it (wouldn’t it rock if you were saving the world as Superman rather than Supergirl if you were a guy?).

The products we create in today’s society aren’t given the time and quality needed to make something excellent.  Rather, they are rushed to the holiday seasons to make a quick buck.

Can you guys find any other examples where products are adapting from other works, or done quickly to make cash fast? Or find more reasoning behind “gendered packaging?”