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On The Horizon – Kickstarter

Hey guys, this blog isn’t completely dead. It’s just in a written limbo during my work at Gamertime (which I recommend following if you want to keep up with my more recent game-related work.

Though there is something else, something I need your help with. You may know that as well as writing on here and at Gamertime, I also write screenplays and scripts, well one of those scripts is being turned into a short film. Only problem is that we need money to make this film the best it can be.

So we did what most would do in this situation and made a Kickstarter page for it. I’m not asking much, even if you could donate £1 to this project it will really help us. We have also created exciting perks for any of you who donate more including access to our previous work and also a sneak peek at the film once it is finished.

So please, check out the kickstarter page and if it is something you would be interested in helping us with, consider donating to the project.

Thank you very much, guys and girls. Every donation is a blessing.

Here is a link to the page:

http://kck.st/1BuEOES

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Help us Get our Film into Sundance!

Back in November, my friends and I made a film for our University course.

We loved this film so much that when we heard about Sundance London festival we decided that it wouldn’t hurt to submit it.

Now we need some help, before it officially gets into Sundance; we need it to get past the public voting stage, help my team and I out by voting for ‘Ourboros’ it would mean the world to us:

Click the image to go to the voting page or alternatively here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a5b9b1ba1fc80a73c22bd1c531967255/5566

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Please help us get our creation in Sundance London!

Thank You.

The Good, The Bad, The Film Trailers

Before the internet was a huge deal and before YouTube was one of the biggest websites on the internet, the only ways we could see trailers for new films was to go to the cinema and watch them before the film started or if you were lucky, you might catch one during an ad break on television, because of this trailers had to do their best to convince you to see the film in cinemas. It was basically the idea that when you went to the cinema, the trailers would give you the opportunity to plan what you were going to see the next time you went to the cinema. This meant a lot of work went into trailers. They were the primary advertisements for films.

Alas, this is a world we no longer live in. Trailers are still shown in cinemas before the start of a film but with many websites set up to show you the newest trailers as soon as they’re released and multiple versions of that very same trailer being uploaded onto YouTube by various users means that what used to only be seen by cinema goers can now be seen by everyone. Ever.

You would think that would make film companies try harder with the release of trailers as they will be viewed by a larger amount of people. Sadly, this isn’t entirely the case. As it is easier for a film trailer to be seen it is also easier for a film company to release more and more trailers for the same film, so if the first trailer for a film didn’t take your fancy, don’t worry as there will be at least 3 more trailers to be released up until the release of the film so by the time it comes out you can feel like you’ve already seen it (or at least all of the bits worth watching).

I have personally experienced what I would consider a bad trailer. I went to the cinema to watch Edgar Wright’s third instalment of The Blood and Ice cream trilogy; The World’s End (You should see The World’s End).

During the previews, I saw the trailer for this summer’s new comedy; “We’re the Millers” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudekis. For the first half of the trailer, it did its job well. Half way through I thought to myself “Seems like a good film, will probably go see it”. Sadly the trailer didn’t stop when I thought that, despite the fact it convinced me by showing a fair few jokes and gags from the film it continued to show even more jokes, gags, plot points and even went as far to reveal a joke that I would imagine being a vital part to the end of the film.

When the trailer finally ended, my thought process had changed from the positive impression I felt before to “Well, I don’t really need to see this film anymore as I feel like I have already seen it”.

Ok, it might be a slight over exaggeration, but after seeing that trailer I didn’t think I needed to see any more of the film.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not attacking We’re the Millers as a film. From its reviews, I gather it’s actually quite good, but after seeing that trailer, I didn’t feel like I needed to see any more of the film. Rather than a trailer it felt like an abridged version of the film.

It is difficult to create the trailer for a comedy as it needs to have the perfect mix of giving the right amount of jokes and gags and also by giving as few plot points as possible but still letting the audience know the basic plot of the film.

For example, in “We’re the Millers” the basic plot was that David Clark had to travel to Mexico to pick up ‘A smidge’ of marijuana for his boss and that he planned to go over the border with people disguised as a family as he finds that families rarely get searched going over the border.

That enough plot with a few of the gags thrown in, is enough to convince people that the film is worth seeing.

Comedies aren’t the only genre that often shows too much when creating trailers. As October is coming up, you can expect to see a lot more revealing horror trailers.

This is another trailer I experienced when going to the cinema to see a completely different film, during the previews of this particular film (I can’t remember which film this was, it was almost a year ago), I saw the trailer for “Sinister” a new horror starring Ethan Hawke.

Unlike most horror film trailers, this actually had moments that made me jump and it successfully convinced me to see the film, so in that aspect it did its job as a trailer.

Sadly the entirety of the jump out of your seat parts of the film, I had already seen meaning the rest of the film was pretty boring.

So Sinister’s trailer failed in a different way to We’re the Millers. It gave the right amount of scares to make me want to see it but sadly the right amount of scares turned into all the scares the film could offer.

When I complained about this to a friend he explained to me that I shouldn’t watch a horror trailer. That advice doesn’t really work when you’re in a movie theatre and the trailer is playing on a giant screen in front of you in a dark room, you have nothing to distract yourself from what’s on screen, so you just tend to watch the screen.

An example of a good Horror film trailer goes to Paranormal Activity (The original, none of those sequels… we’ll just pretend they never happened).

The trailer to Paranormal Activity gave the audience a decent amount of plot so they could vaguely understand what was going on, but whenever they wanted to show a scary part of the trailer, they wouldn’t show you. Instead they would show you the audience’s reaction to the scary part. So you get to know the film is scary without seeing why, unless you see the film yourself.  This also means by seeing the trailer, you haven’t ruined the film for yourself.

I understand this is very critical of me to attack film trailers as companies try to do what they think is right to advertise their films to the masses, it’s just sometimes a company can be too generous with that trailer and give us too much. When people want to see a trailer, they want to be convinced to see the movie; they don’t want to see an abridged version of the movie… leave that to Wikipedia page plot synopsis.

 MrGseff

Could you Answer my survey?

I know I don’t get many people on this site, but would you all be so kind to answer my survey on the film and television industry in Wales and Los Angeles for my work.

Thank you.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8VL8JPJ

(I tried to post this on twitter but it was considered a bad link for them)

Reasons I want to go into Film Production: Serenity/Firefly

This is a new feature I plan to put on this blog thingy entitled ‘Reasons I want to go into Film Production’ on these sections I will write about films and TV shows that have inspired me to try get into the business.

My first inspiration is quite a recent one for me as I had heard of Firefly for many years, I knew it as the beloved show which had an abrupt end after FOX made the decision to end it after it’s first season.

During a period last year when most shows either finished their season or were on hiatus, a friend of mine lent me the Firefly box set followed by Serenity on DVD. I decided to give this a chance as I thought by the time I get through these some new shows would have come up again.

Instead of watching one episode of Firefly whenever I could I decided to watch all of them in two days.

While watching the 14 episodes of Firefly that exist, after every episode I thought to myself “Why do shows like Family Guy and Two & A Half Men still get countless season renewals without trying while Firefly barely survived one?”

Sadly there is no true answer to this question though there are many theories as to why such as FOX purposely changing episode order and refusing to air some episodes in order for the show to get cancelled and there is even a theory on FOX being pro war and government while Firefly was the opposite. Though we will never truly know, all we really know is FOX hoped for high ratings like they got from Joss’ previous project ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ but sadly that didn’t happen.

After finishing the series of Firefly I moved on to Serenity, a movie which takes place a few months after the Firefly season finale. I must admit, when it comes to movies from TV shows I am quite sceptical as some of them feel like long episodes and don’t to have the feeling of a proper feature film.

After viewing the film I made the conclusion that it is one of my favourite Sci-Fi films to date, the characters were still well written and brilliant as they were in the series and the film really gave me a sense of closure to the series which up until then felt unfinished.

The reason this franchise has become such a large influence to my media production career is that I feel someone should try to keep quality television on air, quality of shows are always declining but the shows that lack quality stay on air because the audience is so used to seeing shows similar to it, the same can be said for animated shows as well, for example The Simpsons is the longest running animated show but many of the fans feel that the show hasn’t been funny for many years, some people wont notice the decline in quality because they are so used to seeing the Simpsons on their screen that is doesn’t phase them.

Also the fact that the Firefly franchise has such a strong and devout following makes me believe that if a show has a large enough following that even after cancellation it can stay alive.

MrGSeff