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You know, when people make trailers for movies that don't exist, they're saying, "We want movies LIKE THIS." 

Now if I were making movies, I'd use that as inspiration, like I do when people say there's a gap in the literature.
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 "The Firelight Isle" previously used IndieGoGo and is now on Patreon.  The first chapter is free online.  Things I noticed:

* Look at that depth of field!  Golly gee whiz wow.
* The protagonists are two childhood friends.  Yay, friendship story!
* The girl has freckles, and all of her clothes on.
* The boy has hair down his back, just like the girl.
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Imagine a black superhero movie, using African Diaspora culture as inspiration.  This is Oya: Rise of the Orishas, and the link includes a trailer.  So. Much. WIN.  This is the kind of entertainment I want to see.  MOAR PLZ!
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Here's an essay on what happens when a novelist approaches comics.

When I started to get interested in scriptwriting and comics, I just went out and researched the topic to learn the general infrastructure of the field.  I learned a lot, some of which is useful in storytelling generally.

I can't imagine anyone approaching this without figuring out how it works first, but apparently, that's the usual -- along with people's equally insane habit of copying art/literature from the outside in.  Just another example of me and my alien brain.  I typically start from one of the core concepts: idea or medium.  Either I have a specific kind of story I want to tell, or I want to explore a certain format.  I go from whichever of those I star with to the other one, and then work my way out from there.

Another thing I've discovered is how this affects my perspective in storytelling.  Only a few settings/characters seem to hit me as script-friendly.  I'm not entirely sure why yet; it's new territory.  But there's a definite cinematic feel to certain ideas, and it can really influence how I write about them.  I like the visual aspects of Schrodinger's Heroes and The Blueshift Troupers.  

Sometimes I find myself thinking about comic frames or camera angles.  I think about dialog differently too.  In a bifocal medium, I strongly prefer stories where the words and images are equally important, although there may be some sections where one predominates.  If you're not using them together fluently, you're wasting half your opportunity for storytelling, not to mention the potential for dynamic interest as you shift the weight from one to the other.
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 Most TV characters are male, even in speculative genres favored by women viewers.  That's frustrating.  I'd like to see more of a mix.
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My partner Doug pointed me to this video of a card mechanic performing.  One interesting thing about Mr. Turner is that he is blind, and controls the cards using a profound sense of touch, which developed as his sight diminished in childhood.  While losing one sense does not always  cause a reciprocal gain in some other sense(s), sometimes it does, and this is a terrific example of touch pushed to the edge of human potential.  I am reminded of how historic China used to employ blind people to unwind silk cocoons, capitalizing on a similar sensitivity.
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 [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart has a post about Lego and gender.  Separate is usually not equal.  Children need toys that encourage imagination, not bottleneck it.
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Actress Shirley Temple has passed away.  She gave us some adorable movies, and a terrific cocktail.  She will be missed.
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 Here's a discussion about canonical fanfic and noncanonical fanfic.  It matches my observations that privileged people often try to keep the limelight for themselves, while underrepresented folks use fanfic as a way to explore stories that interest them but annoy the mainstream.  This is particularly interesting given the rise of mainstream-released material with major fanfic markers such as shifting time period (Sherlock), genderbending and racebending (double-tap in Elementary), and insertion of original characters (The Hobbit Part 2).

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