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R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories

Jerry Pournelle

Image: Roland Dobbins, Flickr

Wow. Jerry Pournelle passed away.

What a character… I’ve got a few Jerry stories from back in the day…

I’ve already shared the Jerry/Ringworld story that his sometime writing partner Larry Niven shared with me about a million years ago, over here Continue reading R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories

No-budget visual tricks for indie filmmakers

budget film shooting - https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/5xf809/location_vs_picture/

Image: Reddit

Indie filmmaker? Limited resources?

Don’t forget that what’s outside the frame doesn’t matter. Particularly with tightly framed shots, and shallow depth of field.

Being an art director for no-budget shoots, I’ve had to get creative with zero money, and with zero time, more times that I like to remember. But there’s nothing like solving a problem, and seeing the result on the screen… knowing just what kind of shoestring magic is happening outside the frame.

This set of images might just inspire you to get a little creative with your framing and your atmosphere… they’re for still photographers, but no reason you can’t steal the ideas for your movie.

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Are Your Characters As Complicated As You Are? The Brilliant Existential Dialog of Rick And Morty

rick and morty

All right, so… much as I was late to the amazing “BoJack Horseman,” I’m a little late to the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty.”

While it’s a bit more absurdist rimshot theater than Bojack, it’s a smart and interesting show that traffics in some fun scifi tropes with a wink and a nod, while occasionally dipping into some pretty deep and thoughtful dialog, plumbing a variety of philosophical themes, largely existentialism.

First, a recap:

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Screenplay Polish Goes Wildly Right

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I don’t generally dedicate a whole post to a single testimonial. But this project has been special.

I love rewriting as much (more?) than I love writing… working off someone’s existing story, troubleshooting and refining and improving, that’s just so satisfying for me.

This latest project turned out especially great, and the writer was so kind and generous with his feedback that I just had to share.

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Kong: Skull Island – How A Professional Translator Brought The Novelization To Japan

Kong Skull Island Japanese Novelization - Translated by Maniwa Arisawa

Translators work hard to protect the cinematic vision of the director, and the Literary vision of the author, when bringing film-based novels to international audiences.

Like anyone who loves giant monkeys and scary dinosaurs peppered with humor and buttloads of action, I’m super excited about the upcoming Kong: Skull Island release tomorrow (March 10 2017.) In fact, I’ve been telling everyone I can that the last trailer released for this film (below) is possibly one of the best edited and sound designed trailers EVAR.

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Marketing, The Curiosity Gap, and Art School

curiosity gap mind the gap

Why The Curiosity Gap Isn’t New, and What That Has To Do With My Art School Experience

Here’s a kind of meandering stream of consciousness.

A while back I had a conversation with my good friend Jennifer Cario (author of Pinterest Marketing An Hour A Day, and President of Sugar Spun Marketing.)

We were talking about The Curiosity Gap, and how it works in art and marketing (and the art of marketing. And probably the marketing of art.)

And I made this connection.

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Hey NetFlix, here’s how you can make my life even better

netflix logo

A few years ago, I made some unsolicited suggestions to RedBox about upselling.

The suggestions were pretty well received.

Now, I’ve got a suggestion for NetFlix… it’s not about upselling, but it’s about ease of use, and a feature that I’d personally really appreciate.

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New Illustrations for New Book

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks at the upcoming book.

What do you think?

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Great to see the awesome feedback on “Hide & Seek …

Hide And Seek Picture BookGreat to see the awesome feedback on “Hide & Seek With Beverly”

“I really enjoyed reading this book to my little girl as she loves to play hide and seek. The pictures where the characters are trying to hide where funny, so I enjoyed the humor of the illustrations and how it teaches how to count up to ten and the game of hide and seek. Easy to read and read over and over again.”

Read more here… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5QXKKB/

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I’m doing a monthly newsletter now, over on my Chip Street Books site.

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