Well, it’s a Friday. I’m sat in the library, reading and waiting. That’s all one can do for now. You see, I may have finished my modules but there is still the hassle and bother of moving out, or more specifically confirming the various ‘luggage’ arrangements and check outs.
So I read a lot to pass the time. I have found myself in a phase of rediscovery as a writer (that sounds hugely pretentious), as I come to terms with what I lack and what I must master to make use of the ‘creativity hamster’, that is currently trapped inside my oversized head, struggling to communicate with the outside world through amateurish scribblings of unrefined lexicon. Okay, perhaps it’s not a hamster. Perhaps it’s an administration ran entirely by tiny cats in ties, rushing around with paper-work and having board meetings, for all I know it could be anything. Whatever’s in there it’s stumbling around, heavy-handedly trying to master the precariously tuned workings of my physical, academic and social existence.
Moving on before I digress any further, it seems I am verging on that ‘eureka’ moment the more I read this particular book by Robert McKee. Unlike any previous publication I may have delved into I have not been doped up by unrealistically positive, ‘sugar-coated’ rhetoric: I have not been pushed through a procession of endless kicks to the writer’s ego and depressingly taught to be both the ‘messiah of literature’ and the greatest sell-out. This book is actually educating me; it’s feeding the ‘cat administration’ (I promise, no more wacky metaphors) a colourful dish of “let me help you out with that ‘thing’ you’ve been stuck on!”
In a funny sort of way Robert McKee is equipping me with those nuggets of knowledge I really didn’t grasp. There’s a number of concepts and notions (that are in no way formulaic) I will have to come to terms with, if I want to really make any of my side projects three-dimensional, and more importantly something that people would connect with.
It’s not about the theory or the formula that the lecturers throw at you, it’s about you understanding the metalanguage of the story itself. The character, the universe and the execution; not only do they need to come together in perfect harmony, but they also need to be fleshed out to an extent that is not too abstract, but at the same time fresh and enriching. In a nutshell I need to craft a story that the reader (or audience) can see their reflection within, only then will it be both gripping and memorable.
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Second Year Related
WunderKammer (Cabinet of Curiosities)
- Welcome! (Trailer)
- 1 – The favourite film
- 2 – AVATAR – a new age of money burning Hollywood hits a cinema near you! Again, and again & again.
- 3 – Kerrang Magazine; for better or for worse….
- 4 – That looks fun….
- 5 – ‘Racial Advert’
- 6 – Neil Blomkamp’s short films
- 7 – Vimeo, the number one source of genius and inspiration.
- 8 – Tool Music Videos…. Even if I did understand what was going on… No, scrap that. They’d still freak me out.
- 9 – ‘Deviant Art’. Top quality photography, drawings and literature submitted by people like me and you.
- 10 – Slice the Pie, don’t mind if I do!
- 11 – Vjing, Disc Jockeys have a new dimension to work with
- 12 – Age of the Gibs, “We’ve been dismembering bodies and numbing minds since quake 2!”
- 13 – Dead man’s shoes; the advantages of being a poor country…
- 14 – I love it, I hate it. Welcome to YouTube
- 15 – “Taste that? that’s a pop sensation, thanks MTV”
- 16 – Zombies. Freakin’ zombies man…
- 17 – Mexican cinema; defying all stereotype.
- 18 – Craig Benzine. The waiter, the beard, and the internet inspiration.
- 19 – Magicians of YouTube, watch them march on Hollywood.
- 20 – Pokemon!
- 21 – Growing up with video games.
- 22 – Personal Heroes
- 23 – The internet anomaly.
- 24 – News time!
- 25 – Advertisers, watch as they prey on your children…
- 26 – The Social networking phenomena: Hail me! I am your new king! and my name is FACEBOOK!
- 27 – The COD fixation; it’s the new opiate of the masses.
- 28 – Contemporary reality television, the Antichrist of culture.
- 29 – British television, entertaining a country with humour only we’d understand for decades.
- 30 – Blogging and Vlogging, putting your stamp on the internet.
- 31 – Zed Nelson
- 32 – National Geographic
- 33 – ‘Metropolis’ – A vision of Anime
- 34 – ‘Blue’ The spirit of Tool lives on, and it’s even creepier than ever.
- 35 – ‘Omegle’, ground breaking social experiment? or perverse communication?
- 36 – Max Brooks. Nerdy writing genius!
- 37 – Martian Gothic. The scariest game I have ever played
- 38 – Band of Brothers; guns, actors and character development.
- 39 – Should we be afraid? Predictions, fear campaigns and religious hullabaloo
- 40 – The fave’s playlist
- 41 – The Host, for those of you who didn’t know- it’s awesome!
- 42 – ‘Supersize me’
- 43 – MMO culture
- 44 – Info Wars – the truth you didn’t want to hear…
- 45 – I-Dose. The new digital high?
- 46 – Christian rock, not what you think!
- 47 – Black Mirror, dystopian drama.
- 48 – The Jeremy Kyle Show, weeping for humanity has never been easier.
- 49 – Troll Comics, the ‘Rage’ craze, Memes and badly drawn hilarities.
- 50 – Minecraft, a digital phenomenon becomes a digital culture.
- 51 – Romantically Apocalyptic, who thought nuclear winter could be so awesome?
- 52 – ModDB, you’ll never buy an expansion pack again.
- 53 – Brave New World, a harrowing parable of humanity
- 54 – ‘Recovered Footage’ films, sort of like Marmite for your eyes.
- 55 – Three Little Pigs
- 56 – The unholy power of the television series.
- 57 – Halo, a gaming career of distinction.
- 58 – Tom Fischbach’s TwoKinds
- 59 – J-culture, an enchanting obsession.