The Biggest Genre-Specific Mistakes Writers Make

Writing inside a genre means you will have specific requirements for feel and characterization. Carson Reeves explores the biggest systematic mistakes writers make writing in their genre:

Part I

… Number one mistake I see in period pieces is writers getting lost in their work. We’re cutting to a king in France and a peasant in Russia and a little known uprising in Austria and dozens of years pass and the old characters die and new characters are born and blah blahblahblah blah blah blah. Jumping around to 15 different characters in 18 different countries for 2 and a half hours isn’t going to entertain a reader. It’s going to frustrate them. Instead, find the focus in your period piece. Make the main character’s journey clear.

— The Story Department | Read The Full Article

Part II

…Back in the heyday of Westerns, the world moved much slower. People had more patience, more time. That’s not the case anymore in this information-overload Twitter-centric multitasking world.

So you have to update the way you approach the genre. By far, the biggest problem I see in Westerns is that they move too slow. So speed things up a little bit. Develop your characters faster, get to your story sooner, add a few more twists and turns to keep the audience interested.

— The Story Department | Read The Full Article

Touchable 3D Character Projected Into a Real Environment

RePro3D, developed by a research group at Keio University, is a multi-perspective, naked eye 3D display in which viewers can touch a 3D character floating in midair.

The touchable 3D display is a combination of three elements. A mechanically-controlled model environment, a tactile interface and a glasses-free 3D integral imaging display.

VIA: DigInfo TV

Dave Chappelle on Inside The Actors Studio

Dave Chappelle appeared as a guest on Inside The Actors Studio hosted by James Lipton early 2006 – shortly after his dramatic exit from Chappelle’s Show and his pilgrimage to Africa.

Upon his return to America, he chose the freedom of this show to reveal why he was able to walk away from TV riches – and what was revealed to him in Africa. The sometimes hilarious, often touching and always intriguing answers to these questions are waiting here in this episode.

Directing Food

Food shots look simple. Plate a scrumptious dish and shoot away right? Not so fast. It takes lots of hard work, dedication, and perfect timing to bring out that perfect wipe-the-drool-off-the-screen shot. Michael Schrom is one of those few “table top directors” who has been able to stand the heat of the kitchen and make a living shooting food.

The New York Times dishes up a profile of Schrom and other artists as well as some of their techniques to make food look absolutely delicious.

Mr. Schrom has the eyeglasses of an architect and the relaxed, contented air of a man highly entertained by his job. On this day, he is filming for a national chain — one that also requested anonymity — capturing what he calls “flavor cues.” In one shot, a stagehand pours chocolate syrup over a sheet of caramel. (You can almost hear a voiceover purring, “Chocolate.”) In another, cream bubbles up in a cup of coffee. In real time, these moments barely register. In slow-motion playbacks, with a digital camera that shoots up to 1,600 frames a second, the images are almost erotic. Which is no accident.

“You’re using the same part of your brain — porn, food,” Mr. Schrom says during a break. “It’s going in the same section; it’s that visual cortex that connects to your most basic senses. What we’re trying to do is be the modern-day Pavlovs and ring your bell with these images.”

He has several food stylists who work in a huge kitchen next to his set. They start with the very same food and recipes used in the restaurants and stores.

In part, this is a truth-in-advertising issue. Everyone knows that in 1970, the Federal Trade Commission settled a complaint against the Campbell Soup Company after its ad agency slipped marbles into a bowl in ads featuring its vegetable soup, apparently to force more veggies to the surface. That put a scare into the industry that endures to this day.

Anything that flatters the food, of course, is fair game, and that includes gimmicks you’re unlikely to find in a fridge. Glue is used to keep spaghetti on forks and pizzas in place. The ice in a beverage might be made of acrylic and cost $500 a cube. The frost coming off a beer could be a silicone gel, mixed with powder and water.

New York Times | Full Article

Red Giant QuickTip: Blue Plasma Fireball Effect

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. In this QuickTip, Aharon Rabinowitz builds a beautiful blue Plasma Fireball effect with the help of a Torch preset created by Harry Frank for Red Giant People.


Get the FREE Plasma Fireball preset at Red Giant People.

Get the FREE Form 2 Torch Preset at Red Giant People.

FX Makeup Tutorial: Foam Latex Prosthetic Application “Dweller”

In this tutorial Gil Romero, professional special effects makeup artist and Make-Up Designory faculty member, demonstrates how to apply a foam latex prosthetic appliance.

For Gil’s complete, step by step instructions for creating this effect, and more information on how its made, here.

This FX makeup tutorial will be in two parts. In this video, Part 1, Gil shows us how to fit and securely adhere the appliance to the model’s face using a durable, water-based contact adhesive.

In Part 2 of this special effects makeup tutorial, Gil Romero uses PAX paint to color the foam latex appliance that he applied in part one of the tutorial. Gil uses a variety of techniques to build layers of color and create realism.

Once the effect is complete and the model has been fitted with wig and wardrobe, he is ready for the movie screen.

Netflix drops Qwikster like a teenage girl drops her latest crush

I guess their heart wasn’t in it anyways. Today, Netflix announced via their blog that the Netflix you know of today is going to stay as it is… in other words, Qwikster is gone.

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.

While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes.

We’re constantly improving our streaming selection. We’ve recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we’ve added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value our members, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get movies & TV shows.

Thank you.


— Netflix blog

No news as to who Reed Hastings is planning to take to the homecoming dance…

…”We underestimated the importance of the integration of the two services,” said Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey. He added that the DVD division, which would have no interaction with the streaming business, would move to new offices in nearby San Jose, but that customers wouldn’t see any difference.

Investors lauded the decision to abandon Qwikster, sending Netflix stock up about 3.5% to $121.27 in afternoon trading Monday. Netflix shares had fallen nearly 40% since the company announced the Qwikster plan last month.

— Wall Street Journal | Read The Full Article

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