Frisky Friday – The 13th

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It’s Friday the 13th.

I can’t remember if I ever saw the first Friday the 13th movie before or not.

So far it seems more about making out and sex than it does about the slasher.

Bum grabs, moaning…

Older movies are always fun because you get to see how much things have changed and how much they haven’t.

To me, it seems the sex is less graphic, but more passionate. I’ve seen way more funny sex scenes in horror films as of late than I have seen serious ones.

Oh, there’s the killing. It was just a semi-slow build up.

In Friday the 13th (1980), it really pulls you in the different directions. One minute it’s a fairly steamy moment and the next it’s horrifying and bloody.

I’m off to enjoy this classic horror film.

Have a good weekend!

R~

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Theatrical Tuesday – Teeth the Movie: A Review

TuesdaySynopsis: A young woman who grows up near a nuclear power plant develops teeth in an unusual place. Yes, it’s the place you think it is. Because of her unusual situation, she’s a natural-born student abstinence educator in her school. Okay, that’s my take on it. Here is the one from IMDB:

“Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.”

teethWriting: The plot is based on real urban legends that the Hindu, the Ainu, the Shinto, and the Maori tell. They all have their own take, but in this film it’s basically a toothed vagina that only the bravest hero can conquer with his penis. The idea is silly, yet the movie is a serious horror that knows it is a bit ridiculous. The writer got the tone right. We see Dawn reacting in silly ways that are completely believable for a teen girl who has to take an unusual path to womanhood. It’s also well-paced. I never felt bored or so over stimulated that it was hard to tell what I just watched. It unfolded perfectly. The ending was a little predictable, but I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.

Acting: The acting was about average for a teen movie except for the protagonist. Jess Weixler played the role of Dawn convincingly. Everyone else was just okay for me.

Effects: There weren’t a lot of effects, mostly blood though it wasn’t overly gory. The soundtrack was decent. The camera shots were well done and I base that on not noticing them. I was never pulled out of the film by problems like too much shaky cam.

Overall: I think this horror was disturbing and a little funny. It’s well worth the watch though some may want to divert their eyes during a couple of scenes, especially if you are phallus-equipped. If you’re looking for a serious scare, this one won’t do it, but if you want something milder, go for it.

R~

Theatrical Tuesday – 5 Faves in Each Genre

TuesdayToday’s number is 5, which is perfect because I’ve been wanting to write this post anyway.

At the beginning of the school year, my teacher had us list our five favourite films. It felt cruel to pick only five and I had a very hard time with it. What did I pick? Well, I tried to go with a mix of the films that impressed me the most and the ones that I’ve watched time and again.

Here they are:

1. Feds
2. The Godfather
3. Gremlins
4. Dead Poet’s Society
5. Edward Scissorhands

But it’s not enough, so I’ve been wanting to do a new list of five per genre ever since. This exercise has taught me that there are so many movies I haven’t seen yet! Based on what I have seen, here they are in no particular order. Yes, some of them are technically rather awful and cheesy, but I love them anyway.

Action/Adventure

– The Long Kiss Goodnight
– The Seven Samurai
– Kill Bill
– Mad Max: Fury Road
– Pretty much anything Jason Statham is in.

Animated

– Spirited Away
– Team America World Police
– Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
– Wall-E
– Kubo and the Two Strings

Christmas

– Die Hard
– The Ref
– Home Alone
– Santa’s Slay
– Miracle on 34th Street

Comedies

– Dogma
– Feds
– Juno
– Coyote Ugly
– Office Space

Crime

– The Godfather
– The Shawshank Redemption
– Hackers
– The Untouchables
– Pulp Fiction

Drama

– Dead Poet’s Society
– Atlas Shrugged
– Fight Club
– The Perks of Being a Wallflower
– Shindler’s List

Fantasy

– Star Wars (Space operas are fantasy, not sci-fi)
– Harry Potter
– LotR
– Edward Scissorhands
– The Neverending Story

Historical

– Braveheart
– The King’s Speech
– Hacksaw Ridge
– La Bamba
– Hidden Figures

Horror

– Gremlins
– Underworld
– Stigmata
– Final Destination
– Jaws

Musicals

– Cannibal the Musical
– Hairspray
– The Sound of Music
– Grease
– Sister Act

Romance

– The Notebook
– 10 Things I Hate About You
– Save the Last Dance
– Dirty Dancing
– Sex and the City

Sci-Fi

– The Matrix
– Terminator 2
– E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
– Jurassic Park
– Aliens

Sports

– The Mighty Ducks
– Whip It
– Rudy
– Rocky
– Any Given Sunday

Superhero

– Wonder Woman
– The Dark Knight
– Deadpool
– Kick-Ass
– The Crow

Thriller

– Psycho
– Silence of the Lambs
– Seven
– The Usual Suspects
– Chinatown (I guess. Really, I need to watch a lot more thrillers)

What are some of your favourite films?

R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Entropy

face-66317_640I first learned about entropy from either Blue Planet or Planet Earth. The concept fascinated me immediately.

The idea that things break apart in order to create something better with the pieces later is highly relevant in my life right now.

I think that writers often have to be willing to blow up our work and reassemble it differently.

This is challenging. Probably one of the most challenging things we do. I think this is pretty much how to take draft one and make draft two. You need to be willing to rearrange something so differently that it barely resembles what it was before.

I don’t know where it’s all heading yet, but it’s definitely an interesting time.

R~

Make-It Monday – My Murky Yet Hopeful Future

bitmoji_goalsWhat an experience visiting and pitching to places was! We went to ten places that are key in media in all of Canada. When we first got there, I felt like I definitely knew what my path was going to be. I was planning on getting a job near my house and then write during the hours I wasn’t working. While there, I felt I really wanted to be part of this thing that is media in Canada. I was a little down discovering that I didn’t get that job because it makes me stressed out about money again, but I think it’s ultimately a good thing for my future.

One of the things I learned is how useful I could be as someone with a background in project management. I think that is the right path for me to take. I could end up an Assistant Director or someone who manages programming schedules or nearly anything because time management and getting talent to deliver things on time is one of the areas that is a constant struggle.

But my work life is a little like sand right now. A strong wind can blow a structure apart only to reform elsewhere. Entropy is this week’s theme and it’s quite a fitting one given that I’ve quite a bit to figure out.

I sent in a short film script to the broadcast students, sent a short script to a new contact, did script coverage for a local film maker, and learned my feature could really get made if I can find a producer that would be interested in it. Good things are happening though the future isn’t clear yet.

I’ve also made progress on editing my novel. I’m going to be changing some things based on what I learned about TV. I may even get in touch with one of the companies I really liked and could see my stories being told through. I have some further questions about something they said.

So I’m going to keep working hard and making contacts that could help me get somewhere that makes sense for me in the industry.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

Symphonic Saturday – Music and My Trip

L4BB3-67RLK3J_RoyRWhat an incredible week I’ve had! I have so many pages of notes from our Toronto pitching trip. Some things didn’t go so great. Something got overlooked and my first film pitch was to a woman who was upset by the content, but gave great feedback on it anyway. I’m now thinking of it being a mix of live action and animation because that would reduce costs and be different. It would also make use of local talent given how many high quality animation studios exist in Ottawa. At my other film pitch, I was told there is a problem with one of the story elements, so I’ve reached out to a medical science organization in the north to see if they can help me find the information I need to fix that piece. He also said that he could see my film being made! Given he works for a distributor that works with a lot of horror films, I’m super stoked! I got up this morning fired up to get the pieces together to fix some parts and make a plan for the next version.

Last night, we used the bus DVD system to watch a couple of movies that my classmate brought. The first was Kubo and the Two Strings. Knowing my love of music and sword based martial arts, you can guess why I picked it. Also, many in my class love animation, so I thought it would be a good pick. I think most really enjoyed it.

After that, we watched Jurassic World. It’s another with a fantastic soundtrack. It always takes me back to high school because we used to play the theme song in music class. It was a wonderful cap to the week as I feel like my life is finally on the right path and it’s the one I started in grade 9 when I joined drama club in high school.

I may have been lost for a while, but I found my way back. This year has been a fantastic journey. I have so many new ideas, twists for old ones, and more! I learned so very much about the industry and what I can bring to it. I saw places like Temple Street Productions where I felt my kind of stories could definitely fit. They gave the world Orphan Black and have received a ton of awards for it. I have to check out The Killjoys as I heard about that one repeatedly. That’s one of theirs too.

One of the things that came out of this was that many love if there is a source material like a novel to draw from in order to make a TV show. TV is way bigger in Canada than movies are, though we do well with horror and the odd other movie like Maudie. When I started this journey, I was partly thinking that screenplays are faster to write than novels are. Now I’m seeing that it’s not one or the other for me, but both. It means that nearly all of my projects will take longer. I have to figure the book piece out for my other stories. I shouldn’t set things in Ottawa if I hope for them to do well. A fictional place is better or an American city because it’s more portable and appeals to a global audience.

Over the course of 3 days, we met with First Generation Films, Bell Media (CTV, Comedy, Space, HBO), DHX Media, OMDC, The Saint Agency, CBC (Comedy, Drama, and Digital), EOne (TV), Temple Street Productions, Mongrel Media, and Corus (Global/Shaw, Showcase, History, and more). My TV show was pitched to CTV and CBC. My film was pitched to The Saint Agency and Mongrel Media.

I met the Teletubbies at DHX.

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I have a gazillion notes to type up, a guitar story to write, and a guitar I haven’t played in several days, so I’m off.

R~

Make-It Monday/Theatrical Tuesday – Coping with Stress

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I meant to post yesterday.

This is an insane week for me, so posting will be sparse and brief. Actually, maybe even non-existent as television and movie companies don’t allow electronic devices thanks to apps like Facebook listening.

Yesterday was Easter Monday in Canada. To some, it meant a holiday. To others, it was a Monday with sale chocolate.

Classes were running. I felt a bit dizzy and I decided the best thing for me to do was to take some time to prepare for the week ahead. I don’t usually miss, but there is a lot of stress right now and sometimes one needs to practice some self-care.

So I hemmed my jeans and did some folding. I did laundry and planned my outfits for the pitching trip. I also practiced my feature film pitch.

With the hectic week ahead, I didn’t travel home to see my family. I’m hoping to soon as I haven’t seen them since Christmas. I’m going to teach them Skype.

Since it was April Fool’s on Sunday, I tried to have my dad tell my mom that I was flunking everything, I was going to starve, but I found a job dancing, and Bruno says I’m talented. He relayed most of it and judging by his laugh, mom made a good face.

On Monday, I also completed the next stage of a job application. It was an online assessment. I hope I did well! I’m happy to have made it this far.

I didn’t sleep well last night as I was freaking out about thoughts of the transit system not getting me to the school on time for the pitch trip. My local bus is one of the worst in the city for suddenly not existing. And especially so when there is bad weather. We’re expecting freezing rain tonight and maybe some snow. I decided that the sensible thing would be to Uber or Lyft to school early, so I can ensure I won’t miss the bus. It won’t be cheap, but if I order it early enough, I won’t have anything to worry about.

I still have to rewrite my feature film’s cue cards. I’m so happy I got blue cards from my teacher!

Well, I’m off to finish packing. You might not hear from me until Friday or Saturday.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~