Keeping Up With Content While Creating Content

This blog post topic inspiration spurred from a podcast episode I listened to about two months ago, where the guest for that week was Wong Fu co-founder, Phil Wang. He talked a lot about how it can be a struggle with keeping up with content as it comes out, when you yourself are a content creator. Just to paint a picture as to what I mean by that, the week he was on that podcast, his webseries “Single By 30” just came out, and yet the most recent content he had consumed at the time was “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

After listening to that episode, it got me thinking a lot as to how it applies to my own life as a content creator myself. I began thinking about what I do to be as informed with what’s hot right now, while maintaining my own voice for the stories I put out there. It turned out to be a quick analysis on my end, for how I consume content is, perhaps, quite freeing, when compared to my other fellow millennials. Continue reading “Keeping Up With Content While Creating Content”

3 Fictional Characters I Can Describe Myself In

There is a hashtag that has emerged over the past week that I realized, this is relevant enough for me to write a little something about. The hashtag I’m referring to is #DescribeYourselfin3FictionalCharacters. What you would do is you would post three pictures of three different fictional characters that you can relate to as far as personality goes.

Normally when it comes to trending hashtags, I may acknowledge them for a minute and be on my way. But this one is quite interesting as in explores the power of relating to fictional characters. Creators, for the most part, work really hard to make a fictional character their own being with a personality accompanied by unique quirks; and more often than not, when successful, there are fans who can relate to the characters. If anything, this hashtag signifies what characters have been effective in being developed enough to where fans can relate to them.

I posted a picture on Thursday on Instagram of three characters I relate to. Today, I want to go over each one and explain who they are and why I chose them.

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The Value of Originality on Page and Screen

As many others have, I’ve been watching the coverage from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics throughout the week. Since the networks in my country refuse to show it in sync with when the events are actually happening (despite Rio being four hours ahead of my time), there are a lot of commercials in between time. It was during one of these commercials where I saw a trailer for a film I hadn’t heard about yet, though it sounded quite familiar from the sight of a train, the mysterious disappearance of a local woman, and how another woman is trying to make sense of it all. Then the title appeared, and I groaned aloud upon sight. It was a trailer for the adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train: a highly praised thriller novel that came out last year!

Now there may be people who see no problem with it; for they loved the book and figured it will work well as a film. As one family member argues, there shouldn’t be an issue with adapting a book for film so soon after its publication. If that’s the case, then you clearly have no idea where I’m coming from on this. It’s been nearly two years since I last talked about the lacking appearance of originally scripted films, and nowadays, it appears to be happening at a more excessive rate, and thus undermining the value of the life of original content. Continue reading “The Value of Originality on Page and Screen”

15 Years of Being “Spirited Away”

As of over a year ago, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release/premiere, etc.). It’s been a while since I last did one of these, for I previously discussed my thoughts about the “Star Wars” saga, in honor of the newest film, “The Force Awakens.” Today, in honor of 15 years since its release, I’m going to dwell in on the magical world in Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved film, “Spirited Away.”

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Storytelling in Film Scores

Note: For those who actually take notice of the activity that goes on on this blog, you may have noticed how I didn’t post my weekly blog post yesterday. My laptop has been undergoing repairs and updates throughout this past week, and that’s even included uninstalling and deleting documents and programs employees at the repair place it was brought to stupidly put on here. So naturally, I had virtually no access to my blog. But all is fine with my laptop now after the additional defragmentations, upgrades, patches and scans it went through, and so while it’s still the weekend, I’m making up for lost time with a topic that’s long since overdue. Continue reading “Storytelling in Film Scores”

Thinking Like a Filmmaker

When one goes and pursues a form of storytelling, I think an unexpected after affect of that is suddenly being able to see and analyze the executions of other works of the given medium. I know that to be the case in my experience, for ever since I decided to pursue writing more seriously a few years ago, my eye for what makes a good story in terms of books suddenly enhanced and matured, as I’m now better at being able to detect when the flow of the story is moving properly, whether or not a plot execution is effective, the development of a character, and more.

Of course, the same can go for someone who reads actively as well, and it’s that kind of mindset that has brought me to a realization recently. Does one have to be involved as a creator in the designated storytelling medium in order to know whether a work has been executed well or not? In the case of books, I can see that to not be the case, and recently I’ve realized that can go for films as well. I’ve come to see how within the past few years, I’m starting to think like a filmmaker. Continue reading “Thinking Like a Filmmaker”

5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century

There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.

Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.

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Life with the Stories from “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”: About “Star Wars”

Over the course of the past year, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release/premiere, etc.). Previously, I discussed my thoughts about the latest Pixar film, “The Good Dinosaur.” Today, in light of the release of the newest film of the saga, I discuss my love for the much hailed (and dissed) space opera, “Star Wars.”

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WARNING: While this post will be focusing on the “Star Wars” saga as a whole, there will indeed be spoilers from “The Force Awakens.” Read at your own risk.

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Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Tight Rope: About “The Walk”

Over the course of the past year, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I discussed my thoughts about the mini-series (and spin-off of the TV show “Heroes”), “Heroes Reborn.” Today, I head back to the silver screen with an overview of a visually dynamic biopic about one of the craziest events in American history, “The Walk.” Continue reading “Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Tight Rope: About “The Walk””

Thoughts About Disney/4 Weeks of Disney Movies

Earlier in the year, I made the decision to periodically devote a post to a television show or movie when it hits a significant event in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.).  Much like books, these mediums just as effectively provide the power of storytelling themselves, and I find it wisest to explore that aspect of them.  Previously, I gave my input on the latest Disney and Pixar creation, “Inside Out.” Today’s scenario will be a little different, for not only will I provide my thoughts about Disney itself, but also my thoughts about four films I will be seeing from its Disney Screen event that’s currently taking place in select movie theaters. Continue reading “Thoughts About Disney/4 Weeks of Disney Movies”