Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Avengers Assemble! -- and try to set your egos aside

The Avengers is set for a 2012 release. As geeked as I am about this movie, ensemble pieces are often quite difficult to write (who get more screen time than who, and so on). Now multiply that because it's a COMIC BOOK FRANCHISE. Plus, you need time for your villain, action sequences, wanton destruction, etc., and as you can see, it all gets rather complicated.

Oh, and they kicked Edward Norton to the curb. He was going to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Norton is only one of our best young American actors.

I'm pessimstic yet hopeful. If that's possible. Hopefully the director, Joss Whedon, do the team proud. Or else he'll have Mickey Mouse (Disney is the parent company) breathing down his neck.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Correct grammar won't win you the job. Incorrect grammar could lose you the job.

Effective communication skills, especially the written kind, are a must for today's workplace. This article explains it well. I don't care if you were a math major and never had to pen a term paper, you should learn to compose your thoughts in a professional, concise, and (preferably) error-free manner.

The current economy only ratchets up the pressure. If you're searching for a job, any grammar mistake on your resume or cover letter is the equivalent of a gymnast falling off the balance beam. You've differentiated yourself by your mistakes.

Don't be that gymnast. Read whatever you've typed before you hit the "send" button.

Monday, July 12, 2010

I love/hate CGI

I'm a fan of Christopher Nolan, the director behind Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception. As much as I enjoy the way he crafts stories, I have an equal appreciation for his use of special effects.

Or perhaps I should say his non-use of CGI (computer-generated imagery).

As amazing as CGI can be, as wholly as it can flood our eyes with visuals from an alien landscape, it can't quite rival reality. A for-instance: When Batman's motorcycle (excuse me, Batpod) causes the Joker's truck to flip over in The Dark Knight, the scene feels genuine because the shot is genuine. It's a real 18-wheeler flipping.

Why is this important? Because as an audience member, I access my knowledge of a truck. I've driven them, traveled in them, even had a wreck with one. Watching a gunfight, I can draw upon my experience of having fired a machine gun. The sound, the recoil, the scent. When we see real smoke or fire on the big screen, our senses and memories unite to draw us in closer.

Christopher Nolan's understanding of how to enrich a story with real-world action is just one of the reasons I admire his work. Now if you'll pardon me, I'm going to try hotwiring the Batmobile.