🕸 1. Who’s the oldest character of yours that you
Ooh that’s hard to answer. I sometimes rework old creatures or animal characters when I look back at old drawings, some of them are over ten years old. As for a character that I still draw every once in a while:
I made this guy when I was twelve and starting to draw anthropomorphic animals. He’s evolved into a very different character though.
⭐️ 2. Who’s the oldest character of yours, defunct or
I don’t know for sure, most of my characters when I was little were the toy dinosaurs I had. This was my favourite character to draw for a long time:
(I don’t have an old drawing on hand but this was sorta what he looked like)
His name was Pistoolvogel (Gunbird), he was a light blue bird with guns in his wings. Because I was five.
Even though I have no interest in Funko figures like most of the masses, and there’s something incredibly wrong with a happy, adorable Wily, I caved on the Dorbs set. Essentially getting them for free helped, but they actually fit in with Bobble Buds, minus the bobbling.
I totally forgot the Worlds Unite collections were a thing that actually got printed, considering the status of Archie and all. So I picked those two up while they are still in print, since I never actually read that whole thing, not being a Sonic subscriber when it was going on. ‘Course, if Volume 3 never comes out, I guess I never really will read the whole thing, will I?
And then, finally, a few cheap deals. Took forever to find anyone selling the X novel, and even though I can’t really read it (until the fan translation is done at least), man there are some tasty Iwamoto pics in there. Also got Izuki’s Rockman and Forte omnibus, complete with Rockman Burning Shot and R10 Extra F (R10 Arranged CD) comics, plus nice bonus images from Ariga and Iwamoto at the end. Wrap it up with one last model kit, Bly Noise. I think for Mega May, I’m just gonna focus on putting together all these kits. They’ve piled up since Hobby Rock…^^;
Merry Christmas, @mirallura!! Your Secret Santa here! A little birdie told me you wanted a fic for Christmas, so here you are! It ended up being a bit long, so you’ll be able to read it after the read more.
32. “I think I’m in love with you and I’m terrified.”
Holster watches Ransom breathe heavily and tries to register
the words that just spilled out of his mouth.
I think I’m in love
with you Ransom had said And I’m
Holster sits down on his bunk, in the attic they share, and
pats the bed beside him. “Why are you scared?” He says, and it comes out a
little stilted, a little shaky.
“Because I don’t want to ruin this.” Ransom says, turning
toward Holster. He looks a little manic, just like he does before a quiz.
“Because we’re good like this and losing it would suck.”
“We wouldn’t have to lose this.” Holster says. “We could
try.” I want to try.
Ransom reaches, and they’ve held hands before, but it’s
never been like this. It’s been leading each other through a crowded party.
It’s been silly-drunk and keeping each other grounded through linked hands. The
last time Holster can think of, was when they were on the road, end of the
season, spinning each other around on the ice. Did that even count? There was
no real contact, just their gloves.
This is different. It’s loose, and the pads of Ransom’s
fingers press against Holster’s pinky. It’s warm, and a little bit fragile in
the way they’ve never been before.
“You’re always going to be my best bro first.” Ransom says,
like a promise. “That comes first.”
Holster nods and Ransom finally, finally, leans forwards to kiss him. It’s firm, but not crushing.
His hand lifts to cup the back of Ransom’s head, feeling the buzzed hair. He
can smell him, and the closeness is familiar and unknown at the same time.
When all other coping mechanisms fail, a lot of people tend to turn to ear plugs. Here’s the good news, they work. Here’s the bad news, they can have some negative side effects.
Wearing ear plugs all day, every day will actually make your condition worse over time. This is because when we wear ear plugs, our ears are forced to work harder to hear things, so when we take them out after having them in for too long our hearing is slightly heightened and we pick up on more sounds. Eventually your hearing should even out again, but it’s best to avoid that kind of situation all together.
Ear plugs can be an easy solution to misophonia triggers, but should not be worn at all times. Personally, I like to use ear plugs in tests/exams, and when I have to sleep in the same room with other people, which isn’t very often.
Although ear Plugs aren’t the best solution, sometimes they are necessary for us to wear to be able to function. When buying ear plugs please be aware that not every ear plug will fit every ear. If regular head buds don’t fit properly in your ears like mine, then chances are that certain types of ear plugs won’t fit as well.
Here are some examples from personal experience.
Please be safe when wearing ear plugs. It doesn’t seem like something that can be dangerous, but it’s not good for your ears to shove them in too far or force them to fit. If they don’t fit properly or are uncomfortable, try another pair with a different shape.
Also if they get too dirty, sticky, or deformed, replace them with new ones to avoid getting an ear infection or any other problems. Please stay safe, and Stay Strong :)
When Shinhwa returned with its 7th album in 2004, reporter Jo Hyun Woo blatantly used personal attacks on the Shinhwa members, implying that they are failed musicians who try too hard with solo activities.
Otherwise laidback, Eric, as the leader, was unable to sit still and made a reply to the reporter on his website, asking for a more meaningful review.
Here is an excerpt:-
“Just like each person has a personal preference in a variety of food, if our music does not fit your taste buds, then eat something else. We don't cook for people who hate our food. Luckily, we have people who love the food we cook, and that’s why we continue to work hard for them.
Shinhwa is lucky. When we tell fans to study hard as we sign for them, they return with report cards proving they were at the top of the class. Through the music we perform, the audience goes wild and is happy. Receiving that kind of energy from fans, we prepare and work harder. We give happiness and it’s worthwhile .. what more do we need?
If you want to criticize us, then earn the rights to do so. And if your words aren't just merely used to gain interest or if you have more to say to us, I hope that you would personally come see me.
P.S.: It’s not easy to meet Shinhwa. That is all.” —————————————— Happy birthday to the best leader ever, Eric Mun ♥ #HappyEricDay
i don't know anything about the history & production of the blair witch project, what's interesting about it?
First you must know that I have a very soft spot for Found Footage films.
I was the only film student in my class (that particular class at least) that was actually captivated by what you could do with the Found Footage genre. If you don’t know, Found Footage is overwhelmingly horror films, but there has been a growing amount of action films since “blockbuster” action films like The Bourne Universe adopted some of the same “POV” techniques as Found Footage. The cheaper, smaller, and more available to general public cameras like Go Pros and cell phone cameras become, the more interesting the filmmaking is going to become.
You’ve got films like “Hardcore Henry,” while I wouldn’t watch it again, was 100% from the POV of the action hero, literally letting the audience go through the action with Henry - AS Henry. Parachuting, jumping off motorcycles, gun fights, parkour, the works. Comedy even uses some of the same rules, as several TV shows use the “mocumentary” style storytelling. I really don’t know if we’d have shows like The Office or Parks and Rec without handheld and found footage films teaching audiences how to read a different kind of filmmaking.
There’s a reason why those types shows tend to be more popular with Gen X and Millennials than with our parents. A lot of it has to do with the types of filmmaking we’ve been “trained” to watch. Filmmaking has invisible rules and Found Footage has created a whole new chapter to the rule book. It started out as a horror genre (as LOTS of films do. Look up Georges Méliès sometime. A turn of the century “Father of Film” who had an impressive number of horror films.) Horror tends to be a “young person’s” genre - and marketed TO young people ever since the 50s. Younger audiences who “learned to read” the rules of Found Footage, are more likely to understand and enjoy comedy that follows (and breaks) the same rules.
Now, back in the 1980/90s, Found Footage films were not all that common. They existed, sure, but they were hard to make - as actors tend to have to carry cameras themselves and cameras were significantly larger and heavier and more expensive - and they were hard to produce because no one quite understood what was trying to be done and even harder to market and promote as audiences were not yet trained on how to watch this sort of filmmaking.
That was until “The Blair Witch Project” came around.
This film popularized the genre, and everyone and their 16 year old son decided to try their hands at it. Mind you, some are better than others, and some really get creative with utilizing what you can do with it, but since the 90s, it’s been an experimental type of camera work. People are playing with the rules and writing new ones and establishing and building on others and it’s a process we’re getting to see now as it happens.
A film that got pretty famous was “Cloverfield” - about the Godzilla-like monster attacking NYC using one single camera. The Paranormal Activity series gets creative with it as the one with the girl from Supernatural actually uses laptop cameras and Skyping. There’s “Unfriended” which is a video capture of a laptop screen with several skype-ing conversations and youtube videos etc. There was a recent “Project Almanac” about a bunch of teens time traveling. Modern Family did an episode entirely using Facetime. REC, Quarantine, Devil’s Due, V/H/S, As Above So Below, the list goes on and on and on and on and some really are better than others but none would be here without “The Blair Witch Project.”
Honestly. The genre and the style of filmmaking has only come out of it’s childhood in the last several years.
“The Blair Witch Project” in 1999 was it’s first steps.
The thing is, without the production and promotion of this film, it would have faded into cult-film status IF EVEN THAT. No one would have cared. Found Footage would still be a hard to digest type of film. No POV “shakey cam” in the Bourne Movies. Probably no Micheal Scott and - even worse - no Leslie Knope.
BEFORE the film was released in theaters, the filmmakers put together a fake documentary - now known as a “mockumentary” - on “The Legend of The Blair Witch.” This mockumentary - and back then there really wasn’t a fake documentary style type genre or a wide understanding by the audience that this fictional kind of documentary could even be done (The Discovery Channel’s Mermaid documentary in 2013 is a recent example of this and even TODAY people fall for it) - actually aired on what is now the Syfy network. This mockumentary was called “The Curse of The Blair Witch” and detailed a fake legend about a fictional town with fictional people put together with real-looking (photoshopped) photos and real-looking (photoshopped) newspaper articles about missing people and the “Legend” the locals blamed everything on etc.
Point is, it looked real. Kinda spooky. I’m pretty sure you can still find it online, and while I was in school in 2007-2009, the website for this “documentary” was still live and online, helping to sell the fiction as fact.
The film itself was shot in 1997 over like… two weeks? The actors - the main cast - interview people in the film. Some of these people were not actors and did not know what was going on. Others WERE planted actors, and the main cast did NOT know they were interviewing other actors. This in itself is an interesting choice for the filmmakers, and adds to the main cast’s actions, doubts to the validity of the fiction, acting, etc. Going up to someone you think is a civilian, asking them questions about this script you’ve been given, and they giving you back actual relevant information… adds to it. It’s creepy as hell.
The movie’s website then goes live and on to create false police reports of missing persons. Filmmakers purposely led audiences, including actual officials, reviewers, and festival folks that the events of the film were real. It is said that it was one of the first films that was born out of internet exposure, talk, and… well. Internet culture. You know how it goes: Internet freaks out about a story -> someone says it’s fact -> “no way” -> “but here’s a website!!” -> “There was a documentary a couple months about ABOUT THIS THING IT’S REAL!!!!11!!” -> free hype, exposure, and promotion.
(You know. Like the Cohen Brothers and Fargo and “this is based on a true story” at the beginning even though that’s complete bullroar but it’s a film and they have complete control over everything including audience perception of tropes and reality and This Is Not A Pipe. People forget sometimes that Film and Movies - at their base and birth - are artworks.)
This didn’t cost them anything. There’s an unwritten rule that half of your budget should be production and the other half should be promotion. They had practically free promotion.
Like. At… Sundance?? I think? It was “a camera officials found in the woods” and “wanted to tell Heather’s story in a fitting way to fit a budding director’s dreams” etc. People handed out missing persons flyers as promotion and urged people to come forward if they knew anything about the missing filmmakers (who would later star in this film they would be watching. Like. Imagine going to a movie, and holding a missing person’s flyer in your hands as you’re watching it, and being taken for a ride that messes up your reception of reality. That’s what happened.)
Of course, you’d run to the internet to check it out… right?? Except… the movie’s website was nothing but police reports and newspaper articles about this legend. IMDB listed all these people as “missing, presumed dead” for a year or two after the film officially came out to the public.
The journalists watching and reviewing this film were not trained in the rules of this type of film yet. They didn’t know how to write about it. They had all these false-leads and false-facts and this real-looking documentary that was actually on a Network Channel by the same people that say they found the camera and a whole 1999 era internet screaming in chaos about it.
The internet made this film go viral before “viral” was a household term to explain famous internet phenomenon.
People STILL argue the legitimacy of “The Blair Witch Legend” because of all the misleading and still existing “facts” that back it up.
My absolute favorite thing about this movie though?
This film cost around $50,000 to make. A STEAL in Hollywood. This is UNHEARD OF. There is absolutely no way what how why??? what?????????
It grossed - and I just looked it up - $248,639,099 worldwide.
The creation, the production, the promotion, and the impact of “The Blair Witch Project” is 100% more interesting than the actual film is. And that’s why I love it.
Aaaaaaaaaand kinda why I’m in love with the whole Found Footage genre. Because that kind of gross and that kind of money means Big Money Hollywood Types are going to sit up and listen.
That means that money is going to be thrown at an experimental and tricky kind of filmmaking that has had several, several stumbles over the years - but has also made some pretty great strides. An emergence of a new kind of filmmaking means new stories, or a nice new twist on a story we all know and enjoy.
And we get to watch it happen. Right now. Within our lifetimes.