Friday, December 31, 2010

Since 'Happy New Year' is such a cliched post tonight...

Yeah.

:P


Happy New Year, you guys :)

2010 went by like that *snaps fingers.*

*takes a deep breath*

It's been quite a year. A good one. Definitely hard, sometimes, but it's been good. Has it been a transitional year for you guys, or is it just me?

Thanks, Lord, for new beginnings. And in this case, 2011.

This was me, my siblings, and EFC earlier today:



And then just now this was me and my siblings:



My brother and I decided to pull gangster.... o_O


And then all three of us got pretty silly :P








And what have I done today? Uh, er...


...watched a couple episodes of "The Hardy Boys." Yeah. Like, from the 70's. (bwahahaha...)

...went and saw Tangled for the second time... hee hee :)

...went to Haggens and got food, food, and some ice cream.

...wasted time on the computer.

...read other people's blog posts. <3 (that wasn't wasted time, however! :)

...tried to ollie again in the garage.

...made hot cocoa and tea.

...hung out with my family and EFC.

...watched some trailers for movies that came out ten years ago.

...returned a couple things to the library.

...listened to Lecrae. Woot!

...made this post. Oh, yeah! :P



Something(s) that I'm looking forward to in 2011?

...finishing my novel. (Hi Chance! I haven't forgotten you!) And then writing the screenplay.

...deepening my relationship with the Lord... <3

...celebrating my birthday. Yeah, I turn fourteen in 10 days! Woot woot!

...entering high school in the fall. Whoa!

...watching awesome movies :P

...reading awesome books.

...making some decent shorts. As in, film shorts.

...ballet. Yup, I have two exams coming up in the spring... *hyperventilates*

...blogging. Duhr. :D



It's currently about 10:40 PM.  *waxes poetic* The minutes eat away at the hours, and the hours eat away at the year... hm? *exits poetic mode and scratches head*

So, how's everybody doing, huh?



Happy New Year, y'all!



I go now to make myself a sandwich.






Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Agent Stinky McGuire- 10th Anniversary and Digitally Remastered Version

Just kidding!

I made some minor alterations to the film, such as swapping music tracks, adding dialogue, and fixing typos in the credits. :P

Here, in case anyone wanted to see it again...  here's the second, and hopefully last, draft ;)









On a different note... my best friend and I have an obsession problem. See, I sent a picture to her via email. She told me she turned that picture into her desktop image. I decided that was a great idea!

Look.






Yes. We're still on a "The Eagle" kick.

And on yet ANOTHER note.... apparently it's always snowing around here early in the morning, and I always miss it. *sad face*


Did you guys notice my blog list thingywhahoober in the sidebar? It's cool! *silly face*


I'm listening to my brother quote from this video. Tooooo funny.


I go now to leave the vortex that is the computer. See ya.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I'm So Stoked Because of...

this.



I finally HAD to post about it. After being stoked about it for forever.



*squeal*


I never squeal.


*squeal*


Isn't that poster so rockin' EPIC?!  It gives me shivers... the good kind. *shivers*



I'm reading this book for the second time:


Which is the book that they're making the movie from. 

*squeal*

I can't wait to see it! It doesn't come out until February, however *sad sigh*.

It looks SO DARN EPIC!!!!!!

I usually go for the more medieval movies/books, but since it's still in Britain, it won me over. IT'S SO EPIC!!

I love the book waaaaaaaay a lot, and from the look of the trailer, I'm gonna SO LOVE THE MOVIE.
It's rated PG-13, but I'm not worried about that, as I know how the story goes and I'm pretty sure they follow the book's plotline at least relatively accurately. (Too many "ly's"... ah, well.)

 Rosemary Sutcliff. Her writing is so awesome. And I haven't read any of her other books, but I have two of them that I borrowed from the library. *squeal*


Here's the trailer:









So. Stoked. 


You?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry, Merry Christmas.



For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.


I'm sorry. The above verse aside, this is going to be a generally un-festive post.



Starting off with this picture:




You have no idea what I've been through ta-night!
-to quote Mr. Potato, *cough* Cucumber Head.


I finished editing, scoring, and mixing a 7-minute video tonight. Er, this morning.... at least, at this moment it's a quarter to 4am. Please stop gaping and pick your jaw up off the floor ;)

When one has Christmas presents to complete, one must forget the late hours. Heh, heh... the coffee ice cream I had at about 11 certainly helped, though. But it has been a night, let me tell you!

This post is really for my parents. I told them I would give them an Agent Stinky Christmas Special, and here it is. Ta-da!

(Mom-- please don't watch this until we're all ready! No peeking!)

Note: I do realize the scripting error: Isaac was NOT the father of Judah. Jacob was. My bad. Just know I do in fact know the Bible, and that was a complete typo-scripting error. Whoops :P

Here goes...

The Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special, with a guest appearance by Andrea Bocelli! Er, um, kinda...

Merry Christmas, Mommy and Daddy. I love you! Enjoy the video.. *goes and hides in embarrassment*









Oh, and here's a message from my mom, recorded several days ago after we showed her some daily's...

...please realize that my immature sounding squealing in the video is not normal. I was making faces at my mom (we make faces at each other all the time :D), thus I was accompanying the faces with weird whiny noises. I just don't want anyone to get the wrong idea about me. I don't normally act like that. However, it would seem less odd and immature if you had seen my face at the same time, but I was holding the camera. Hence, complication. But I digress...

And my mom's voice sounds weird because, well, she was losing her voice. We're all a little on the sick end, at my house, so yeah.... *sniffs*


Be amazed by the power of movie magic.





On a more Biblical/Christmas-y note:

My mom came into my room last night, and shared something mind-blowing she realized. That being, it's interesting that Jesus was born in a cave (that's what stables would have been back then in the Middle East), wrapped in swaddling clothes which, as you probably know, are the cloths used for burial.

I don't know about you, but a person wrapped in grave clothes lying in a cave brings to mind a dead person in a tomb.

On the night of His birth-- He laid in a cave wrapped in swaddling clothes.

He was born to die. 

Let that sink in.

He was born to die.

Even at His birth, it is realized.

Jesus came down to earth and was born so that He could die... He died to give us life.

Pastor Brett talked mentioned the ironies of Christmas yesterday.

 Jesus died to give us life. 

He had an earthly mother so that we could have a Heavenly Father. 

He became poor that we might be rich.

He gave His life for you.

Oh, how He loves us! Praise God. 

Merry Christmas, everyone. Praise God for His never ending love.

Made me think of this song. Totally has nothing to do with the holidays, but I don't think that matters.














Friday, December 24, 2010

Never Saw You Coming-- A Tag and a Blog Award :)



Well, it's been a big day! Okay, well it was a big day yesterday, but whatever. I got my first blog award AND I was tagged by Jake. Well!


First of all: the Blog Award. Thanks a million, Amaranthine!





Rules: List five things you like about blogging, and award it to five other brilliant bloggers!


Ok-aay...


1) an excuse to be on the computer *snort*


2) blogging about myself... bawhahaha... actually, just blogging/posting, period, is awesome :P


3) messing with my blog design... heh, heh.


4)"meeting" other awesome people ;)


5) as Amaranthine said, being famous. Muahaha.



And the five people who I am bestowing this awesomeness upon?? *drumroll*


Everyone's Favorite Composer at Misadventures of a Composer In Training. love ya, girlfriend ;) (BFF. BFF, you and me together.... hee hee)


Miss Raquel at God's Daughter


Squeaks at Hidden Doorways


Miss Pickwickian at The Erratic Muse


and...


Polka-Dot at Life Is Too Short Not To Wear Red Shoes


Congrats, girls! *applause*


And like Amaranthine said: If you're a guy and offended that you didn't get one, read the award. Little MISS Blogger. Sorry. We'll have to get a Little Mister Blogger Award out here sometime... heh, heh.


And then I was tagged by Jake at Pen In My Hand!!


Brace yourselves, people...




Tag Rules:

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle. (in this case, my iPod)

2. For each question, press the skip/next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.

4. Tag other people.

5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.

And the questions?  


*braces self*



If someone says "Are you okay?" you say...
Psalm 112, by 4Him. Okay... *goes and reads Psalms*

What would best describe your personality?
A Storm is Coming, by Howard Shore. Well!


How would you describe yourself?
Simple, by Parfait. Uh, not really...


What do you like in a guy/girl?
Swords Crossed, by Klaus Badelt (from POTC).  I had no idea...


How do you feel today?
Danny Boy, ORS Youth Choirs. Bwahaha...


What is your life's purpose?
How Many Kings, by downhere. Already been done, thanks for asking, though.


What's Your Motto?
You Are More, by Tenth Avenue North. I love that song!


What do your friends think of you?
Live With Us, by Warren Barfield. Er... no comment.


What do your parents think of you? 
Retreat (Solo), USAF Heritage of America. Wow.

What do you think about very often?
An Ocean of Memories, by James Horner. Pshaw. 


What is 2 + 2 equal?
The Loveliest Sound, by Starfield. Hm. iPod no can do math, I see....


What do you think of your best friend?
The John Dunbar Theme, by John Barry. EFC!!! 

What do you think of the person you like?
For All That I've Done, by Mary James. Hm. 

What is your life story?
Ready The Ships, by John Powell. How to Train Your Dragon. Heh. Heh.


What do you want to be when you grow up?
Changed Forever, by tobyMac. Okay, I'll think about this one...


What do you think when you see the person you like?
The Sea Medley With Papa's Got a Gumball Nellie, by VeggieTales. (From the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything movie.) That's frightening...


What will you do at your wedding?
A Sacred Head Now Wounded, by Selah. hm.


What will they play at your funeral?
Lord, I Lift Your Name On High, Classical Praise Vol. 2. Hm. At least it's Biblical...?


What is your hobby/interest?
The Fermoy Lasses/Brenda Stubbert's, by Craicmore. If that implies Irish music is my hobby, forget it. Go talk to EFC.


What is your biggest fear?
Field of Flowers, by Sixpence None The Richer. Only if they're poppies in the land of Oz...


What is your biggest secret?
Love Song, by Third Day. No comment.

What do you want right now?
Two Worlds Reprise, by Phil Collins & Mark Mancina. Say what?

What do you think of your friends?
Mambo (Mano Presto), by Leonard Bernstein. Okay, sure, whatever.


What's the worst thing that could happen?
You Are Loved, by Building 429. What's going on, here??

What is the one thing you regret?
I Could Sing of Your love Forever, by Various Artists. Not really.

What makes you laugh?
Close To You, by Telecast. Hm?

What makes you cry?
The Trip to the Naboo Temple; The Audience With Boss Nass, by John Williams. Sure, why not. *weeps*

Will you ever get married?
The More I Seek You, by Gateway Worship. Man, all these worship songs are getting used out of context...

What scares you the most?
You, by The Afters. Now that's funny...

Does anyone like you?
A Narnia Lullaby, by Harry-Gregson Williams. OK, so a faun likes me??

If you could go back in time, what would you change?
Attack On Murron, by James Horner. Yeah, that might be a good idea...

What hurts right now?
Barbossa Is Hungry, by Klaus Badelt. Oh yeah, man, you have no idea...

What would you want to say to the person who tagged you?
For The Love Of A Princess, by James Horner. No, Jake, don't take it personally...!

What will you name this post?
Never Saw You Coming, by Bebo Norman


OK, and now I tag:


Everyone's Favorite Composer, Amaranthine, Millardthemk, Katie, and Son of the King. And anybody else can do it, if they want ;)


My twist:


you can replace any four of the above questions with these questions:


What Will You Do After Publishing This Post?


What Did You Have For Breakfast This Morning?


Why Is The Sky Blue?


What Best Describes The Condition of Your Bedroom?


Have fun, y'all!!


A Very Informal Voyage of the Dawn Treader Review

Warning: there is a high likelihood of spoilers lurking in this review.

Second Warning: this review is coming from a filmmaker, whose opinions of a film are somewhat influenced by technical things. Pardon her, if you would be so kind.

I just got back from the theater. Wow.

 Unlike the last two films, the director of Voyage of the Dawn Treader was Michael Apted, and the composer was David Arnold, both which I thought were superb choices.

However...

I asked around the van on the way home and took a tally on how many people were still dry-eyed at the end. 2 out of 6 people hadn't even teared up. Oh man, was my mom crying. My sister cried too, and she never cries during movies. Never. Well... almost never. The two dry-eyed people in question were my nine-year-old brother and myself. For the record, I came very very close to tearing up. However, very very close is different than actually tearing up. In my book, anyway.


I have to say, though, that for condensing a book like that into two hours, they did a commendable job. Fitting all those islands and all those adventures in must have been a challenging job, to say the least.

I've sensed this unspoken don't-blab-too-much-about-the-movie rule in the blogosphere lately. Well, sorry! I'm going to break the unspoken rule. Heh, heh.

Allow me to focus on the positives for a moment:

I really, really liked Eustace. I've never seen Will Poulter in a film before, but he made a great first impression on me. Despite the character he plays, he was likable. And in fact when Eustace throws off his grouchiness at the end, he was awesome. Great casting there, for sure! *applause*

The graphics were pretty good. Though a few times it was painfully obvious (to me, at least, but I'm a filmmaker, pardon me.) that it was a layered shot. However, overall they did a really swell job.

The music was beyond awesome. However, I'll let EFC exhaust that topic instead of doing it myself.

The sequence in which Lucy is tempted (with jealousy of her sister, Susan) which is followed by Aslan meeting with her spoke to my heart. It was probably my favorite scene in the whole film. Shoot, the Lord was talking to me there! Aslan says something along the lines of, "You underestimate your value" or something like that. Lucy wants to be here sister, and has a dream in which she sees what life would be like if she wasn't Lucy. And what she thought she wanted turned out to be terrible.

The song at the end by Carrie Underwood made my mom cry. In fact, it's made my heart swell and melt simultaneously every time I listen to it. *sniffs*


A few things I found unsatisfactory:

To the people who are loyal to the books and the books alone, and found Prince Caspian a disappointment, then I would actually suggest you not watch the movie. Like Prince Caspian, it was a poor adaption but a pretty good movie, book aside. However, there were moments that the book shone through, and when that happened, it was really great. It was mainly at the end that there were direct quotes from the book, and it was... ah, but I digress.

Having to cover dufflepuds, slave traders, enchanted water and a dragon in a mere two hours, plus a sea serpent, and the darkness filled with nightmares, and Aslan's table, the moviemakers certainly had their hands full.

I felt, though, that no one was done full justice. The slave traders were given a mere brushing over, and besides that, the state of the island is much different than the book.The dufflepuds were given a brief nod, and then we moved on. The enchanted pool and the treasure that turned Eustace to a dragon were on the same island, presumably to save time. It felt... half-baked, I'm afraid. At least, most parts did. And those that have read the book can sympathize and understand, though, and I hope that you book fans will be as gracious as possible. Considering the circumstances, the moviemakers did a fair job, in all honesty.
But I felt like it moved too quickly. It felt more like a drama/fantasy film was trying to be an action/sci-fi film. Other times, it felt too big. You know? Like the filmmakers were trying to turn Narnia into Lord of the Rings. It happened only a few times, though. But it definitely moved waaay too fast for a drama/fantasy film.

There were almost no explanations for anything, and the characters took pretty much every odd happening in stride without questions, leaving the audience scratching their heads momentarily before carrying on.

And because it was shot with 3D in mind, watching it regular was making me and my mom dizzy. Plus, there was a lot of (unnecessarily, I think) shaky camerawork. Not all of the cinematography was lacking, though, don't get me wrong. But as I look into the technical things alot, and it's practically a second nature for me, I found certain shots distracting.


But after coming home, and then thinking about the movie the next morning, I had to admit... however much I could take the movie apart, the Narnia charm and magic came through. And I decided that I liked the movie. Very much. I would definitely see it again.

The one thing is that that the end with the epic battle with the sea serpent (that looks like it belongs in a sci-fi film) the beastie gets very creepy, and the whole battle is intense. Just a note if you have young kids ;)

And when they come to Aslan's table for the first time, they find the rest of the missing lords sitting there in a spell. The guys' eyes are open and they are covered in brambles and stuff, and it could scare some kids, but the scene is quick.

That's my two cents. Your thoughts??

*charges into the sunset* For Narnia! For Aslan!

:D

Thursday, December 23, 2010

What Have I Been Up To Today?

...you sure you wanna know?

*cue Spiderman music*

Just kidding. :P

I've been making my parent's Christmas present, the Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special.

Boy, has it been a day.

I won't go into excruciating details, but you can imagine how a day filled with things like this went:


The full cast and crew, minus the live ones.


Hm.


Here's a teaser video... a montage, if you will, of the happenings at my house today. Includes clips from the Special as well as bloopers, etc. 'Tis quite short.






Must go to bed now. 

Farewell! *passes out*

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I know this is late...

...but I finally was able to upload the video of me writing on my socks. So, enjoy...?









Heh, heh.

Must go back to the set-- we're filming the Agent Stinky McGuire Christmas Special... heh, heh.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Screenwriting, Pt. 1

Alright, folks! The long-awaited (kind of...) post on the basics of screenwriting!! Er, Part One, anyway!! *fanfare*




If you have interest in screenwriting but know nothing about it, this is the post for you. In this post, I focus on a few basic technical things. In fact, it's really a brief introduction.


In Part Two (coming soon!), I'll show you how to turn a sequence in your head into a scene on paper, in screenplay format. That post will probably be more useful than this one, but anyway...


Before I start blabbering: 




A book I highly recommend for anyone interested in screenwriting: Screenwriting for Dummies, by Laura Schellhardt. This book is basically my Screenwriting Bible, and even now after a few years of screenwriting, I still find myself in need of it. The best book you could ever get on screenwriting. 



In fact, skip this post and go get the book. :)


***

So.... (if you're still here and didn't take my advice) screenwriting. What is it, why do you do it, and how do you do it?



The What


Well, screenwriting is writing the script for a movie. Simple, right?  Good.
So what you're doing is.... writing a movie.


The Why


Well, how are you gonna shoot a movie if you don't know what to do? You write a screenplay to make a movie, for the same reason there is a script for a play. 
The screenplay is the backbone of filmmaking. 


The How


How do you write a movie??

Take a look at this:






A screenplay shows, in a traditional reading copy, not a shooting script, the things you see and the things you hear. As a general rule, leastways. Once you know how to work by the rules, then you can break them. 
There are many books and tutorials and programs and people that can tell you how to format a screenplay, so I'm not gonna. (I have book recommendations at the bottom of this post.)
I'm just going to go over the fundamentals of the actual writing process.

A screenplay must be written in present tense. And it's written in Courier font, size 12.
You read a screenplay like you're watching a movie, therefore everything you read is happening right then. And about Courier and size 12... that's the standard font and size, because a page of the script equals about a minute of screen time if you follow that rule. Thus, you will most likely never find a screenplay longer than about 120 pages. 

Every screenplay starts with the words, "FADE IN."
Just cause. It looks like this:




Right there ---->









Be as brief in your descriptions as possible.
Brevity, generally speaking, is more important than description. You can make detailed notes for yourself, of course, but in the actual thing do your best to be brief, maybe two sentences describing a new character, three for a scene description, maybe. Just keep the word brevity in mind. I mentioned this in detail in this post.



Think in shots.



You write a screenplay shot by shot. Thus, you have to visualize everything to get it on paper. Even if you only have a blurry image at first, write it down. You'll see it in more detail as you go on.



Every film ends with the words, FADE OUT.
Simple as that.


Well, I'll be back for Part Two, sometime. But seriously, the book I mentioned earlier will help you way more than I ever could. Hope that was somehow helpful! Comment and let me know if you have questions/concerns.