Future of Web Video’s

April 20, 2010

Before I go on, I will say that I am a newcomer to the world of web content. My entire currently online portfolio is a low quality spoof and a reaction video(which I have heard is the most intense of all time!). With that said, I am now writing my first script for season one of a web-series that is shaping up to be very legit. But, along the way I  have talked to some people who are successful in this medium, and I have been privileged enough to learn some proven successful tips from them along the way. I won’t drop names here cause, well, that’s annoying(and what I have facebook and twitter for), nor will I share many of the tips, if any. Being unproven myself, no matter how confident and ambitious(and charming)I may be, my tips wouldn’t mean as much if not delivered by someone who you know for a fact has put the steps to use already. I mean would you buy a “how to” business book by Donald Trump or  some guy who learned from Donald Trump and may or may not have potential? Instead I will talk briefly, or try to be brief anyway, about the potential bright future for original web content in the world of entertainment. And especially why anyone struggling to make it in the world of acting, writing, or production should consider a start on the web.

Screen Actors Guild: Did you know that by writing out a legitimate script and going through a process of paper work you can register your web project as a SAG production free of charge? Now, I’m not recommending that you do this and just make some low quality video just to do it by any means. But, imagine you’re an actor. You believe fully that you have talent. Now, right or wrong, you don’t get a fair shake at auditions. Maybe you don’t look like Jessica Alba or Brad Pitt, or even have a less classic but undeniable charm like Felicia Day or Jack Black. Maybe it’s just lack of experience, why take a  gamble if there’s a guarantee? And there are a LOT of working actors with loads of experience that take the little roles that you think you might have a shot at. With a show you create, you can cast yourself, and really show what you can do.
Now don’t think it isn’t a lot of hard work. If you create a web series, odds are you’re going to be doing loads of work that, as an actor in a movie or sitcom, you wouldn’t be expected to do(writing, directing, producing, editing, scheduling(NIGHTMARE!), marketing, and all kinds of little things that are overlooked). But, if you can tough it out, you can become a SAG eligible actor all while putting out your first piece of legitimate work. But note, joining SAG is not cheap for an actor. Only a seriously ambitious actor who thinks they have the chops should even take this route. Heres a link to a blog by Ben Whitehair that maps the process out geniously.

How to register your new media project with SAG: http://bit.ly/dkZK7x

Proven Success: I’ll keep it short. Most people who you see on the internet that are incredibly popular have what we call “day jobs”. While their web projects help, and can be considered a success, these aren’t the ones i speak of. I’m talking about people who create web content as a form of career and make their living from it and it alone. THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING! And many people believe that, as time goes by, this will become more and more common. Not to mention the people who become stars based on popular internet videos: Justin Bieber, Donald Glover(community), Felicia Day, etc. Jokes and opinions aside, can you argue the success of any of these people? In the world of stand-up comedy there are tons of more examples. Not to mention TV shows now being produced about kids who have web-series! One being iCarly, which recently became, to my surprise, the highest rated scripted cable television show OF ALL TIME! While the show is funny in and of itself, I feel that the concept of a web series, and the struggles to maintain it play a pivotal role in why older audiences watch the show. In fact, some I have spoken to involved in the web-series world have told me they watch it for just that reason. That’s the present, what about the future?

Michael Eisner: You may know Michael Eisner as the guy who tries to rip out Peter Griffins heart on Family Guy, but he’s also, as I’m sure you know, the former CEO of Disney. As the CEO Eisner was responsible for many things that, at the time, seemed risky, but proved to be, in the long run, brilliant business strategies. One shining example is when he got rid of Disney’s proven animation department, let their deal with Pixar run out, and then in turn bought out Pixar. I think we can all agree that the Disney/Pixar animation machine has been successful with just about anything it has attempted. At the time though, people he worked with allegedly threatened his life because he was making such a “stupid move”. But Eisner, no matter what you think of him personally, had the foresight to make the decision which pushed his already monstrous business even further beyond any of his “competitors”.
Now as I was doing my lazy computer end of the day stuff, I hear Michael Eisner, the man who masters in seeing the future of entertainment, saying that he is now working almost exclusively in web-based video. According to Eisner, within the next 10 years, web video will be on par with television shows as far as legitimacy goes. And, now this is a big one, as far as money-making goes! Now I don’t think you should get into anything solely for the money, but with this man saying this, and knowing money is his motivation, it makes working on a web series seem like much less a  waste of time than some tend to think it is. With product placement and sponsorships on the rise, and shows like The Guild as a shining beacon for us all to aspire to the heights of, not to mention the booming number of new series coming out, I don’t think it’s too crazy to believe that  this is a possibility, even if not a probability.

Eisner isn’t the only one who see’s a bright future for web-based media. here’s a link on Alloy entertainment-who is responsible for Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and the Vampire Diaries, among other things-and the apparently high quantity of web-series they plan on producing. Now I realize those shows may not be your favorites, I have never seen Gossip Girl and only 60% of an episode of Vampire Diaries(Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was honestly a pretty cool movie), but you can’t argue their success. With such success, you have to think they have business sense. Or at least sense to know what works in todays entertainment industry. So, quality of the shows aside, them considering putting so much toward the web is a pretty big deal.

here is said link: http://bit.ly/cVv74e

Also, one of my favorite projects may prove that this could be further along on the road to fruition than you may think.

Dr. Horrible Sequel?: If you haven’t seen Dr. Horribles Sing Along Blog, do yourself a favor and see it now. To those of you who have seen it, amazing right? I have watched it about 4 times in the past 10 days and it just does not get old. A few different people told me that Dr. Horrible was a category on jeopardy, man if that’s true I wish I was on that episode! Anyway the success on this project is incredible and now a sequel has been confirmed. Awesome right? More quality web content to make the new media movement more legitimate? Yes and No. See the sequel is not going to be an internet short. So far all signs point to a feature-length film and a non-web release.So far, according to reports, it will most likely be a television release, but talks of a theatrical release are also, allegedly,  in the works.

What this means to the new media movement, in my opinion, is an even faster track to the peak of what it could someday become. Imagine part one starting on the web, and the sequel to a strictly web-based project, coming out on TV. And possibly even in theaters! To me, that is HUGE! Now I won’t kid myself, I know a big part of the success was the star quality of Neil Patrick Harris along with Joss Whedon and crew producing the thing. But still the fact that such a project was created by these people, again, speaks for the web medium. Also regardless of the star power behind it, a web video is still a web video, and if one can make it to the silver screen, or even the…dark gray screen, it raises the bar for everyone else. The Guild and Dr. Horrible are the standards on which we should judge our work, If our quality can reach that height, maybe our success can as well and maybe we can all do our part in taking this concept of web media to a new level. That’s my 2 cents.

On a darker note. With the recent train wreck that was the Streamy awards, the entire web community was set back quite a few notches. I think the people making these great web series though can get past this and prove that it is something to take seriously. With the amount  of content that is apparently coming in the near future, you should put this behind you, no more talking about how horrible it was, and just do your thing and show everyone that it was but a blemish on the nice ass that is, web based media.

toodles.

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Oh Coco Produce this Show-Show

March 5, 2010

A few days ago I posted the bare bones plot of my upcoming web series “The Fource”, which I am writing and playing in. Since then I have gotten a decent amount of support and kind words via twitter (twitter.com/tommyhancock). Apparently I have comments here also but I can’t get to them for some reason. But, alas, that is not why I am posting here, to complain that my comments are, to quote Freddie Prinze Jr., “Busy wiggin’.”

Today I met up with Spencer Keizer and Zach Fearless, who play Denis and Avery Pheter in “The Fource” respectively. The point of this meeting was to outline a basic plot to an episode and get specific ideas on paper that I would then turn into the first draft of script over the weekend, which went well. Another point was to do some research on how a web series is defined as a success or a flop, which also went very well. We haven’t begun filming yet and I am seriously already learning so much through research and the number of people willing to give me pointers so far. We also found another recurring character and the person to play her and honestly it is a character of which I have never come across before in a series, web or television.

Once we finished what was on the agenda for the day and then some, we did what any self-respecting web series cast/crew would do; more research. More research in this case means ordered pizza and watched The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. As this was happening, and we were marveling in Joss Wheadons musical web (instant)classic, something came to Spencer’s mind, and he decided to point it out to us, along with challenging me personally for some reason.

“You know who I think would love the humor of our show?” spencer asked. “Conan, we should get him to produce The Fource.” He added in, jokingly.

“Hells yes!” I replied. “I should just call him up and be like, ‘ ‘Ey Conesie, wanna produce my web  show? Seems like something that would be right up your alley, and hey, you’re not busy at the moment!”

Keep in mind I added that in as a joke. Conan is and always has been my favorite pop culture icon. I seriously look up to this guy so much and respect how popular he has become over the last 17+ years without a gimmick. I won’t keep going on about how much I love Conan, for this blog will become a book. I will get back to the point after adding  in that I thought about it after saying it and thought, “it does sound like something Conan might like, I wish this were possible.”

Spencer came back at me with a, “You should try to contact him man, stop being a little bitch about it.”

“Maybe I will!” I said.

“If you can get a meeting with Conan to pitch the series I’ll wear a thong in an episode of the first season.”

And with that, I accepted. Now I am on a mission to contact Conan O’brien and/or his people asap! I admit I don’t exactly know how to go about doing this so any help would be grand A few episodes are done being written, we can film those as a demo for a pitch. Personally I want a producer to be someone who could put a hand in creatively and not try to take over, sounds like Cone-dogg to me!

Oh Conan, how the heavens shine upon thee!

Finally I ask, to anyone that reads this, send this blog to everyone you know, tell them to do the same. Retweet this if you follow me on twitter and get word out that I want to meet with Conan to pitch a series to him. Personally I think Conan would make a great producer in television and film. Let me and my first web series be his guinea pig!

To anyone who reads this  that knows how to get a step closer to contacting Conan my twitter is http://www.twitter.com/tommyhancock or you can email me at tommyhancock23@gmail.com

Thanks a lot folks, help a man and his dream meet in the skies of Conan!!

Some News on My Series The Fource (plot)

March 3, 2010

If you have ever talked to me over this lovely spectrum called the “internet” then surely I have mentioned to you that I am writing and will play a main character in a web series. Up until this point however I have guarded almost all aspects of the show like it was my unborn baby boy and/or girl. Now we’ve made some things official and I feel comfortable sharing a bit with people who have expressed interest(or would like to). The show is still in the writing stage but is starting to move along rather quickly.

The title is, as I posted in the title of this thread, The Fource. Yes I’m aware it’s spelled incorrectly, read on! I play a character named Thomas who is, in spite of having my legal first name, very much unlike myself. He is much more critical and, truth be told, practical-thinking than I am. He is also much more socially awkward than I am, which will be freakin super to play! Thomas’ parents leave for their retirement vacation that has been very long in the making and will last 4 months. Thomas has 3 close friends who are all very different from him, Hugo, Denis, and Avery. Within hours of  Thomas’ parents leaving his friends decide to throw a party at his house without his knowing.

While Thomas is distracted Hugo, Denis, and Avery manage to start a fire in his garage which ends in the house being burned to the ground. The 4 guys must come up with a plan to rebuild the house before Thomas’ parents return from vacation. Deciding one job each person is not enough, they decide on offering any type of work for compensation and call themselves “The Fource.”

That is literally all I can share at the moment but there is much more in store once filming starts. We’re talking to potential guest stars who I also can’t say until they are confirmed, but they’re awesome I can say that!

Honestly I am beyond excited to get this on the inter-web as soon as possible. It will be a little bit still because the sheer amount of work that goes into making a quality web series, but I am getting tips from some unbelievable places and, as I said, so far running smoothly.

Thank you for reading this buddies, feel free to share thoughts as I love my posts to end up being conversations. Also any questions I’ll answer if they won’t lead to me being murdered by a fellow cast member. Hugs.

Message men arent supposed to see(horrible)

January 8, 2010

“We are playing a game…… silly, but fun! Write the color of your bra as your stata us, just the color, nothing else!! Copy this and pass it on to all girls/Females …… NO MEN!! This will be fun to see how it spreads, and we are leaving the men wondering why all females just have a color as their status!! Let’s We are playing a game…… silly, but fun! Write the color of your bra as your stata us, just the color, nothing else!! Copy this and pass it on to all girls/Females …… NO MEN!! This will be fun to see how it spreads, and we are leaving the men wondering why all females just have a color as their status!! Let’s have fun and support Breast Cancer Awareness!!!have fun and support Breast Cancer Awareness!!!”

Okay, knowing someone who has passed away from breast cancer, this angers me more than i can say. Obviously, the fact that women are sending this to each other for some elaborate game to play against men is silly and ridiculous, but I have no problem with that. Hell the only theme of this blog in all reality is ridiculousness, how else do i justify web series reviews and Mario/sonic feuds?

The thing that’s just cruel is that it is claiming to be for breast cancer awareness? “Lets keep something a SECRET so people can be AWARE.” Of course the general idea of that is in itself stupid, but stupid I can deal with, sometimes there is nothing one can do to stop being stupid. That is why girls who posted this honestly thinking it was a good cause and not just another dumb chain letter are innocent. However, whoever added on that it is in support of breast cancer, and according to a facebook bud it wasn’t whoever originally sent it out, is heartless.

If it were for awareness you would want EVERYONE  to know, god forbid a man with money help the cause right? How bout do the fun chain letter part and let people know what color a piece of your underwear is, then link to a site about, I don’t know, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!!! there are tons of them, heck here’s one now. http://shop.thebreastcancersite.com/store/ (buy something, actually SUPPORT the cause not just make a game of it).

So who really benefits from this? How much closer are we to a cure? To answer both questions, the people who get to see their glorified chain letter  go out and spread like herpes benefit on a personal level, and we are not one step closer. If someone visits the link i provided thats the closest way to helping the cause, in a very round about way I might add, this crap has come.

Anyway, ladies, if you read this and you think the bra thing is fun, by all means participate, knock yourselves out. But for pure human decency can you takeout the end mockery of a good cause out of the messsage before you send it?

Or maybe I should start this chain letter…

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send this link to 5 people by midnight tomorrow night and all 3 wishes will come true and an enormous amount of cancer awareness will be spread even though you don’t tell anyone about it!

but if you don’t send it

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you will get cancer and die a slow horrible death, along with your crush

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by the way heres another site to look at and spread around if you REALLY want to help the breast cancer cause.  http://www.komen.org/

ahh what the heck one more!!!

http://www.breastcancerawareness.com/

all links courtesy of the 1st page of a google search for breast cancer awareness. I realize you might have to copy paste the links which is a bit more than sharing a bra color, but it will actually help a tiny bit so I would say its worth it. also copy paste the link to this blog and send it out, women having secrets is fine by me, heck im not telling anyone what me David and chewie did in mexico! But this is just wrong and whoever is responsible is, well quite frankly a bitch.

oh look, a recognizable symbol for EVERYONE to see. sounds like a good way to spread awareness!

10 Reasons Mario is Better than Sonic

January 5, 2010

I realize this is an old “debate” but what I am gonna do is explain why it is in fact no contest. Note that this is not a countdown, just a list in no particular order. Without further ado, here is my list

  1. The Character

    Mario Mario. A real mans man.

    Let’s start with the obvious. Mario is a man, a trusty, sincere, hardworking citizen. Sonic is a dirty rodent who, let’s get real, was clearly a product of some sort of underground experiment gone wrong and covered up. Also, did he meet Tails in this same lab? Two tails are a deformity that should not be portrayed so adorably. If I had to pick one without knowing their history I would vote Mario in a New York minute (which is apparently seven seconds).

  2. The World– Sonic’s game takes place in the most horrible looking lands. It isn’t unforgivable, many games looked bad in the 80’s and 90’s, but Super Mario took place in a land that can only be rivaled by the likes of Alice in Wonderland or Labyrinth. And seriously, what was up with when he went to Vegas randomly?
  3. The Enemies

    Motley crew indeed!

    All right, admittedly Dr. Robotnik was awesome (before he started referring to himself as Dr. Eggman), but who else from Sonic’s enemies can you even remember by name? And do not say Knuckles, who is awesome, but who becomes a protagonist after one game of menacing Sonic while crappy electro reggae music plays. Shadow, who looks amazing, and whose name I am sure you remember, is really nothing special. His awesomeness is only skin deep. On the other hand, There is the baddies of Super Mario Bros; Bowser, Baby Bowser, Birdo, goomba’s, Koopa Troopa’s, Chain Chomp, Paratroopa’s, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, The Sun, Thwomp, Boo, Hammer Bros, Boo. That’s off the top of my head and I stopped myself so the list wouldn’t get too long. Not to mention Wario  and Waluigi whose games were just fun. If this list was a countdown this is a front-runner for the #1 spot.

  4. The Allies– Tails is unbelievably lovable. Knuckles might be my favorite character of any video game visually. Amy, and all the others in Sonic’s brigade just simply bring the team rating so far down. Luigi is far greater than Tails and even Mario himself. Yoshi is notably better than Knuckles as well, visuals aside. And then there’s Peach, Daisy, and Toadstool among other solid allies. I think when choosing between a cute deformed fox, a cool looking but shallow echidna, and a group of other forgettable animals, or, another multi-powered plumber, 2 hot princesses, and a hoard of drug induced little fella’s, it just sounds like an easy one to me.
  5. The Powers– No, this is not a dedication to Miles Powers, this is me explaining why Mario is superior to Sonic based on abilities. Sonic is super-fast and Tails can fly. These are undoubtedly very impressive abilities, and the duo can cash in on other abilities as well; Under-water breathing, electricity shield, invincibility, etc., but these powers are few and far between in comparison to the Mario Bros. abilities. Mario and Luigi boast, in my opinion, a more impressive list of powers and abilities; Growth, fireballs, flight, invincibility, superhuman agility, underwater breathing(permanently in some games), turn into stone, unlimited supply of hammers and boomerangs in certain gear, etc. One thing is in favor of Sonic, and that if you, like me, can get your hands on all the chaos emeralds and bust out the Super Sonic mode. Most players, however, do not ever encounter this magical experience without the good ol’ Game Genie cheat codes. What really gives it to Mario and Luigi is that they are both capable of possessing all the abilities in the game, where as Super Tails is a joke, and Sonic will never fly vehicle or Tails free.
  6. A plumber got this girl? Sorry Sonic not impressed buddy.

    The Goal- Mario is on a mission to save the woman he loves, a beautiful princess, from the dark castle of King Bowser, one of the most iconic baddies of all time, who is also apparently part dino, dragon, and turtle, with gnarly punk rock accessories. Sonic, is running through these lands trying to rescue woodland creatures from a fat guy in some sort of weird flying machine. In my opinion Sonic the Hedgehog should get an honorary award from PETA for its portrayal of animal rights and personality, but it doesn’t cut it for a video game story. I will take the story of the Italian plumber who wins over the beautiful  princess with nothing but his charm and badassery.

  7. The Classic Games– The classic Sonic and Mario games are both great and still some of the closest to my heart. I realize there are many definitions for the word “classic”, especially in the video game world, so let’s get this straight; Classic in this sense is referring to the days of the 8-bit video games and anything before them. The cut off for me is anything before Playstation or Nintendo 64. Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic and Knuckles were all great games by any standard. Only negative, THEY’RE ALL THE SAME GAME! The aesthetics may have changed slightly, and a couple of key points might have altered even more slightly, but all in all it’s exactly the same game  every single time with different courses to run through. Now look at the original Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., S.M.B 2, S.M.B. 3, Dr. Mario, and Mariokart. These games are so different in comparison to each other, and in comparison  to any game before them. Both franchises offer very fun games, what it boils down to is if you want to play five or more great video games, or the same one four times.
  8. The Party Games- Did Sonic have party games? I am almost certain I played one or two, but i can not for the life of me recall any. Super Smash Bros. which Mario is a main character in is one of the best party games of all time, its only competition? The Mario Party series. If Sonic was ever a part of a good party game it’s these newer ones where they just put him and his buddies in the Mario party games.
  9. Sonic sez”please do not revamp this show!”

    The Cartoons– The old Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon from the 90’s, where Sonic was voiced by Steven Urkel, was a good cartoon. I loved watching Sonic and Tails race, try to bad chili dogs, and generally mess up Dr. Robotniks day. I also enjoyed how easy he was to annoy just by calling him Egg-man. However the stuff they tried later with newer sonic cartoons was horrible. I completely hated it as soon as I saw Dr. Robotnik’s name had just been changed officially to Egg-man. He even referred to himself as Egg-man with a sense of pride! No thank you, I will have no part of this defacing of my childhood. The Mario cartoons were good. lame, but good. They didn’t rape the series the way the newer Sonic cartoons did, and most importantly, they were funny. Both toons were made for children and the Mario series were just spot on. Plus, they gain points for having Captain Lou Albano(RIP) of WWF fame intro the episodes as Mario

  10. The Music– There is a reason the Mario Brothers these is one of the most, if not the most covered songs you can find on the internet. It is literally one of the catchiest and most original pieces of music ever composed. Period. Sonic’s music was fine for the time but it can not compete with Mario. Go to Youtube and search for covers of each them. I’ll let the results speak for me.

In Sonic’s defense they didn’t make a movie that literally poohed on the entire legacy. For me I just give them a mulligan and focus on how great everything else is. your thoughts?

Adventure (October, 3rd, 2009)

January 3, 2010

So I think I might be going on an adventure soon. Mandi and I took her little brother to the park to play. I got cold and regretted not bringing my sweet argyle sweater that Nate gave me 2 Christmas’s ago. I decided to go get said sweater from Mandi’s house which is extremely close to the park, which is where I do most of my writing and where I am writing this now.

It’s extremely windy today by the way. In the middle of my last sentence I had to throw down my folder to catch our stroller, which decided to take  a little stroll on its own.

Anyway, Mandi stayed here at the park with her brother while I went to get m sweater alone. On the way there this Asian girl, who looked like she might be half white, and about 18 or 19 years old looked into my eyes, flashed a friendly smile, and nodded her head at me as if to say “Hello,”. She had black hair and was wearing a black shirt with a dark gray design on it with a pair of blue tight-fitting jeans. Her hair was very “scene girl” chic,choppy and long, and like me she had no sweater.

I gave the hi nod back, being the gentleman I am, crossed her path and didn’t look back.

I kept walking towards the house  when I saw a girl across the street on the corner; Black choppy hair, black shirt, blue jeans. she turned onto the street I was about to cross. From this distance I could not honestly tell you if it was the same girl or not and I didn’t even bother to check if it was or not.

When I reached the next corner I saw, again, a girl, black hair, black shirt, and black jeans. When I reached this corner  I looked down the street to see where she was. Nowhere, but she could have possibly gone into a house by the time I checked where she was. Also it isn’t like it’s a particularly unique style. Still I didn’t think much of it.

Then, when I turned a corner to onto the street that leads to my street, I saw a girl. By now you know how her hair was styled and what she was wearing, but this time I was close enough and got a good enough to see that this girl was definitely Asian. And, from this distance  at least, kind of looked like the girl I saw at the beginning of my walk. She turned left onto the street I had to turn right on to get to my house, and, of course, my sweater.

The house is on a cul-de-sac. I had never seen this girl before today, and here she is turning on our tiny cul-de-sac that only has about 10 houses on it. I race-walked my ass  over there and turned right…. She was nowhere to be seen. I was almost certain she didn’t have time to  go into one of the houses, and I was about 60% sure this was the same girl.

When I got to Mandi’s house, which probably only  took about as long as it took you to read up to this point(unless your’r a speed reader, freak.), I grabbed my sweet argyle sweater and my  La Mirada High School cross-country sweater that says “Tim” on it(I have no idea who Tim is).  After a brief conversation with Mandi’s mom I headed back to the park. I kept a lookout for the girl I thought I had seen a few times on my walk home until I felt like I was being completely ridiculous, which was about two blocks by the way. I didn’t think about it at all after that until I was getting ready to cross the street  for the last time on my way back.

A truck was stopped at a stop sign with a blue Toyota stopped behind it. As I was about to cross in front of the truck, I looked inside and gave the guy the “thank you” nod(I don’t know why since he was legally obliged to stop and was in no way showing courtesy), and then I looked into the car behind the truck. The driver was a white guy, probably in his twenties. To be honest that’s all i noticed about him because I was immediately distracted by his passenger; It was an Asian girl, with black choppy hair and a black shirt. I couldn’t see her jeans, but now I was 98% sure this was the same girl. I left a 2% chance that she either had a twin with the same hair and wardrobe or I had started seeing people who weren’t there like Russel Crowe.

She looked me right in the eyes- somehow she seemed as surprised to see me as I was to see her- and flashed the same smile I had seen not too long before. But this time, instead of greeting me salutations with a head gesture, she started fluttering her fingers frantically toward herself, as if to say, “come here!”. Honestly, I was confused, but I decided to go see what she wanted to say to me. This all happened in a matter of seconds, I still hadn’t reached the truck at this point.

Once I passed the truck, I turned back towards the car that she was sitting in. And she was gone. Instead all that waited for me  was the driver, who looked as if he thought I was mentally challenged and/or going to rob him. I walked the rest of the way to the park sort of flustered, with what I imagine was a blank expression on my face.

Maybe the look on my face is the reason that as soon I got to the park, I got offered a free sample of this weed this asian guy in a do-rag was selling. I declined and told him that I don’t smoke.

“All right, well if you know anybody who wants any send ’em my way.” Said the dealer whose contact information I actually did not have.

When I got back to the park I told Mandi bot the “Teleporter Girl” and the “Free Weed Guy” stories, and told her I may have to leave on an adventure soon. If I am chosen for an adventure I will gladly go. especially if there’s even the slightest possibility that I’ll end up with superpowers of any kind.

Do I think it will happen? No. Of course not. But how awesome would that be? If it does happen, you’ll probably hear nothing more about this. If it doesn’t, more than likely I’ll use it as the beginning of a novel I write.

Alternative theory: The girl was a ghost in need of help of some kin. If so why haven’t I seen her since? and has anyone else seen her? It would be nowhere near the first ghost I have ever seen. Ghost is more likely than super hero. Ghosts are at least arguably real, superheroes are,sadly, not. :[

End.

If ever any light shines on this subject I will update.

About ‘From My Journal”

January 3, 2010

I recently began keeping a journal. Well,semi-recently (September ’09). My journal is in no way private, I just keep it to have somewhere to put it. So why not put it here? I will post my first page either tomorrow or the next day, depending on how busy I am with crap. Trust me this will be more entertaining than reading your seventh grade sisters diary, Its written for other people to read.

With that said,I love you. Hope you enjoy my unedited  thoughts and the like.

Web Series Reviews and Such

January 3, 2010

This might be the nerdiest thing I have ever written, but I have seen me a few web series and a couple of them are amazing. Now, I must warn you that I am on dial-up, so I won’t see new series too often, but I’ll add them as soon as I can once they have been viewed.
I’ll give a brief explanation about what they are, rate them on a 0-5 scale(yes 0 not one, create something that cruddy and I will smite it!), and then review. This will hopefully be interactive, I would love people to challenge my ratings(I dare you!). I would also love for people to recommend some for me to check out so I can, in turn, review them.

Here they are in aphabetical order.

Ctrl

Starring: Tony Hale(Arrested Development), Steve Howey, & Emy Coligado(Malcolm in the Middle)

Synopsis: Stuart Grundy(Tony Hale) is a timid office worker stuck at a tiny desk working for a douche of a boss(Steven Howey).The only bright spot in his predictible life is his co-worker Elizabeth(Emy Coligado) who he, of course, has never had the guts to express his feelings towards.
While at work one day Stuarts Boss spills Red Berry Nestea on his keyboard. The keyboard now has the ability to control the world around him(ctrl z undoes things, ctrl v clones people, home takes you home etc.)

Tony Hale may be funnier as Stuart than as Buster Bluth

Review: This show is awesome.the main focus is obviously on comedy but there is also very good acting and editing involved. Tony Hale is amazing, he was always funny in Arrested Development( which is my favorite sitcom ever), but it was such an ensemble cast that no one really got a chance to shine. Hale shines like a white dwarf here(Get it? Star!). Ctrl is an utterly random, whacky, but well written show. I recommend it to anyone who has the time to google it.

RATING

4 OUT OF 5

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, & Simon Helberg

NPH & Felicia Day...you think there's anyway I would not love it?

Synopsis: Wannabe super-villain and mad scientist Billy, aka Dr. Horrible(NPH), tries desperately to be inducted into the Evil League of Evil (E.L.E.) while trying to woo his goody-goody crush/fellow laundromat frequenter Penny(Felicia Day). Captain Hammer(Nathan Fillion), the would-be super-hero and arch-nemesis of Dr. Horrible is seemingly around every corner awaiting the chance to thwart him in every scheme he attempts. In order to get into the E.L.E. Dr. Horrible must pull off a great act of evil. If he fails, as he has on many attempts, he is not allowed to apply ever again. Mix in this story with Joss Wheadon’s silly antics and some surprisingly good and catchy tunes and you basically have Dr. Horrible.

Review: Honestly a much better plot than I expected. Really, with Wheadon at the helm I should have suspected as much. Neil Patrick Harris was great as always, Fillion was awesome as Captain Hammer, and Felicia Day, no secret how I feel about that lady. In case you are on this page but somehow are not aware of how I feel about Felicia Day I can sum it up in a few words; Talented, hilarious, genius, and attractive in the nerdiest and quirkiest way possible. The portrayal of the villain as the main character and the “hero” as the antagonist was both creative and done as perfectly as I could have asked for. Bottom line, the humor is apparently not for everyone as some people I know did not like it. The people i know with my same love for web series and same brand of humor though absolutely LOVE it, as do I. Dr. Horrible is definitely worth checking out and making the choice yourself, but to me its great, and I give it a….

RATING

4.5 OUT OF 5

The Guild

Starring: Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Amy Okuda, & Vincent Caso

Synopsis: Sid’s therapist breaks up with her because she is too unwilling to let go of her addiction; A massive multi-player online video game. When a member of her guild shows up at her door step and another member gets banned from the game for 24 hours, Sid, aka Codex, suggests they meet at a local restaurant to discuss things in person. At which point whacky goings-on commence.

Felicia Day= Best female in comedy who isn't Jane Lynch

Review: One of the best shows I have ever seen, on the web or otherwise. Geniously written, amazing humor, and great cast. Felicia Day is brilliant. period. If I ever see a web series better than this i may mess my pants in the back-end. Perfect show. If you play WOW you will definitely love it. If you don’t play WOW, you will probably still love it. I guarantee you’ll like it if you decided these reviews were your kind of internet read.

RATING

Season 1
5 OUT OF 5

Season 2
5 OUT OF 5

Season 3
5 OUT OF 5

Legend of Neil

Starring: Tony Janning, Eric Acosta, Scott Chernoff, Felicia Day(The Guild), Mike Rose, and Angie Hill

giggle train. come aboard?

Synopsis: A man named Neil masturbates to the fairy on Legend of Zelda while asphyxiating himself with a Nintendo controller, somehow placing him in the game. Neil now plays the role of Link in the classic epic game to save the princess Zelda.

Review: Production value is amazing with this one. It is also very funny. I have to add that it is very vulgar and there is a lot of what they would call “adult content” and “adult language”. If you played the old Zelda game, and especially if you still hold the game close to your heart as I do, you will love this series. If on the other hand, you are not too big on the old Zelda game, firstly, I am sorry for it is a great one, and secondly, you will still at the very least get a high quantity of silly laughs at all the silly situations in this silly but well done project.
Also, if Parikh and Day keep working on such products they may become the Brat Pack of the internet based on how well they’re doing quality wise. If you know me you know this is an immense compliment.

RATING

3.5 OUT OF 5


My Long Distance Relationship

Starring: Dan Levy, Rachel Specter, & James Kirkland

If you can go through an episode and not laugh,you're dead.

Synopsis: Sam and Samantha have been dating for 10 months when the worst thing happens, college.Sam goes to Oregon University and Samantha gets into Florida State, and in order to keep their LDR alive they stay connected via webcam.
Review: Perfect comedy for a web series.The way its shot is amazing with the web cams and all. The 3 names I posted as the stars are all amazingly funny especially Kirkland as Eddie. I honestly think this show will make anyone laugh,and thats the point of it. There isn’t some amazing story behind it just a plot backed by zaniness. I’m also predicting that Rachel Specter will be pretty successful, most girls that pretty aren’t as funny.

RATING

4 OUT OF 5

Random things about me.

January 2, 2010

I will post things that actually matter(promise!),but let’s start with me. I am probably in the top ten list of most random people you will ever meet. I am definitely in the top ten list of lame humor suppliers. I have recently started writing,well I mean I have been writing since before kindergarten, but I have recently started writing things that I hope to publish. Also I’m writing for a web series I will play a main character in. What else…

Let’s just make a list shall we?

  1. I think television humor has taken a turn for the worse,with a few shining exceptions that is.
  2. I believe web series are outshining TV comedy-wise.As far as quality goes at least.
  3. I love basketball.Not too big on other sports though
  4. I love Star Wars, comic books(especially Marvel), Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings
  5. If you speak to me about Twilight and you think it’s amazing,you will think i hate it based on what I have to say.If you think it is crap, you will think I love it based on what i have to say in its defense. What do I really think about it? To quote the great Jim Carey “I’ve had better.”
  6. Fergie is NOT hot.If you think so,fine.The body I can understand,but she’s got the face of a thin transgendered Kirsty Alley impersonator.
  7. I enjoy playing and listening to music,but not most the stuff on the radio
  8. Favorites and inspirations in no particular order:Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’brien, Tina Fey, Felicia Day, Demetri Martin, Steve Martin, Zack G, Will Farrell, and Steve Carrell
  9. The web series The Guild is my favorite show that is still airing to this day. If it has to be on TV it’s between Heroes, Flashforward, and Modern Family.Community is right on the Cusp.
  10. I hate Roseanne Barr with a burning passion.I have no idea why,and i understand how funny she is if you love her. I can not remember far enough back to where I didn’t hate her,and my memory goes back steadily to the point that I was 2 years old.Somewhere in my infancy something happened that made me hate her and I haven’t been able to shake it in 20+ years so I just accept that it will always be this way.
  11. The show Roseanne however wasn’t bad.Thanks to Dan

I suppose thats a good start in getting to know me.Lots of vital info in there. feel free to comment on anything you agree or disagree with.also to fill in random facts about yourself.Yep, it’s that kind of party.