Thursday, May 27, 2010

Secrets On The Net Aren't Secrets...

In an earlier post, Shelton asked me to elaborate a little bit on my ideas for The Legend of Zelda trilogy that I'm working on. I will, but not in depth. This brought up a point that I'd like to dig a bit deeper into. A few years back, I was watching a broadcast of a screenwriting class from Arizona State University. There was a special guest speaker that day - I apologize, but I do not remember his name - who had been working as a screenwriter for several years. Before he got into the methodology of screenwriting, he started by telling the class to keep their film ideas to themselves. He said that in the world today, information is being shared across the world at a dramatic rate, and people are looking for ideas. He related a story of how one of his film ideas was stolen when he told it to a friend and it ended up somehow being relayed to a producer. The producer took the idea and made it into a film. I think many of us have also heard of the incident with popular novelist Stephenie Meyer as well; where she emailed her ideas for a fifth Twilight book to a friend and it got posted on the Internet.
The speaker's point to the story was that ideas travel and they travel fast. He said that there are people in the film industry that are searching for ideas and they feel no qualms in hearing an idea and making it their own. The film industry is a competitive field, and creativity is being sought after with great intensity. Keep your ideas to yourself until you can have them realized in the proper way.
My point to sharing this is the idea that people don't understand that the Internet is a public place. That may seem like an obvious statement, but people seriously do not understand how accessible information is on the Internet. Just because you have to "sign in" to a website doesn't mean that everything on the site is locked. I have quite a few friends that own blogs and do not hesitate to reveal information about people and then name them specifically. That is a very stupid thing to do. You are writing something that is available to the world whether the site is locked or not. It is on the Internet, therefore it can be discovered. I mean, how often have you searched for something via Google® or Bing® and then ended up on someone's blog? It happens to me all the time. Sure, on some blogs you have to sign in to naviagate through the rest of the site, but you were still able to get to that site without signing in, right? Plus, how many stories have you heard about applicants not getting a job because the prospective employer found risky pictures on the applicant's Facebook® page? So, as I jump down from my soap box, I am telling you not to feel safe at typing your ideas onto a website and expecting them to remain your sole ideas.
How does that not affect me? Well, my ideas are strongly based off the stories created by Nintendo® and they are public already. I won't share the ideas that make my script unique compared to others, but I still can give a brief synopsis.
Most people that talk about having a film based on the Zelda series state that the film should be based off of The Ocarina of Time game, because it is the strongest game in the series with the most amount of plot. While this is true, I never liked the idea of basing a film on just one game. But one film is not enough to do justice to the Zelda series, and that is why I am writing a trilogy. The first thing I did when thinking about how to make a film off the series was to ask myself, "What is the legend of Zelda?" The game series is called that, so what is the legend? After research and lots of brainstorming, I have decided to base a lot of the film story on The Adventure of Link game; which, oddly enough, is the worst game in the series. The Adventure of Link focuses on the legend that Princess Zelda is under a sleeping curse and hidden somewhere in a castle tower. With her lies the secret hiding places of the Tri-force. I think that this is the "legend" referred to by the title and is a good foundation for the films. While this is a good beginning, my scripts incorporate pieces from all the games up through The Wind Waker game. I know it's not much, but that is all I'll tell you for now. I hope this post wasn't too long for you guys. I hope that others will begin posting their own film thoughts and reviews here soon.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Transformers 3 Looking Better...

While Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was one of the worst films made, Transformers 3 is looking a bit more promising. From what I've heard so far, Transformers 3 could be the best in the series, and here's why: 1) Megan Fox will not be in it. In my opinion, Megan Fox was the worst part of the first Transformers. Too much time was wasted with the camera ogling over her body. We didn't go to the movie to see Megan Fox (Well, maybe some people did), we went to see the Transformers. Then her role in the second movie was to run in slow motion. Cut those scenes and all the pointless sex jokes and Revenge would have been about 10 minutes long. I think it would have only consisted of the forest battle, which was the best part of the movie anyways, which isn't saying much.
2) Shia LaBeouf has been dissing on a lot of his bad films recently (Revenge, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), especially Revenge, and claims that the third one will be much better. I respect LaBeouf as an actor and I think he is somewhat trustworthy.
3) The writers have said that they are going back to the original story and even into the past of the Transformers. Good choice. Research and knowledge of what you are making a movie about is always a good thing. I have watched several movies where the filmmakers didn't do their research and the movie become sorely unbelievable.
So, for those reasons, I have high hopes for the next film. I also heard that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been left out of this film. Orci and Kurtzman worked on the first two films. Ehren Kruger was brought on as a writer for the second film and many people have blamed him for failure of Revenge. But I don't know. Seeing that Kruger does not have a good track record, this could be a really bad thing. Orci and Kurtzman's previous works includes Mission: Impossible III and the new Star Trek film, but they also are to credit for the ridiculous Legend of Zorro film and Xena: Warrior Princess series. So we'll have to see if Kruger will bring this trilogy back from the depths, or if he will destroy it completely. Transformers 3 is currently in production.
Meanwhile, I recommend checking out the film Inception. It's a good thing Christopher Nolan is around to keep us sane in the era of terrible movies.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Welcome to Shelton

Hey, thanks for posting, Shelton. I'm glad you've joined in. I think all my followers (all 3 of them) welcome you too. My hopes for this blog is to take what we've done with the film club and open it to more audiences. I also think that this would be a great tool for posting lessons from the film club, elaborating on things we didn't get to talk about, ranting about the excess of bad movies, and posting our opinion to the film world. Please feel free to post a lot and about whatever you want, as long as it relates to film. If you'll just do a post about yourself and some achievements you've had in the film world, that'd be great. Let's hope we can get more followers and more writers for the blog. P.S. - If you have a website (your own or one that's a great film source) let me know and we'll add it to the side.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Blockbuster Blunders

Hey Derek, thanks for the invite to write on your blog. I couldn’t agree with you more on your recent post about failed movie attempts, and how cool they could have been, had they only been done right. I recently saw Clash of the Titans, and sadly, the entire movie came off as just plain silly. I had pretty high hopes for it, thinking to myself that with a cast of Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson—you couldn’t go wrong, but they did anyway. The best policy for watching a Hollywood blockbuster anymore is to expect it to be garbage, and then you will either be right or pleasantly surprised.
Anyway, I think if they tried to pull off The Wheel of Time series, they would suffer massively from the “Harry Potter effect.” They would consist of basic characters and plotlines only, with the rest of it cut out entirely. If the Harry Potter books got too big, I couldn’t even imagine what would happen to The Wheel of Time. I considered adapting the series myself for quite a while, until it surpassed 9 books. Before the end, it will likely hit 15 books at least, and then what could you do with it? At best it would be a TV series, but given the epic magnitude of the storyline, it would be the most expensive ever made. And whenever a TV show gets too expensive, it gets cut, no matter how good it is. (i.e. Joss Whedon’s Firefly—an extremely well made series, cut after one season due to high production costs.)
I was surprised to find out that you were adapting the Legend of Zelda series, although come to think of it, you may have mentioned it to me before at one point or another. I am curious to know a little more about your ideas on it, as I have always thought the series to be very movie-worthy myself. It seems the most adaptable version would be Ocarina of Time, or possibly even A Link to the Past as a close runner-up. Twilight Princess would make for a great sequel, but not so much as a first. What did you have in mind for it?