Any words from our captains about those affected by the hurricane?
Kirk wants to remind you that’s it’s important to keep an eye on the news, whether that’s through tv, radio, or your phone. You need to know when new alerts are sent out, like a tornado watch. Picard’s advice is to make sure you have some non-perishable food, and bottled water, in case you’re stranded by flooding and can’t get to a store for a while. It’s okay if you don’t have them, don’t go out in the storm to get supplies unless it’s an emergency. Sisko suggests making sure you have flashlights/lanterns/other sources of light in an easy to reach place in case of a power outage. Charge any devices you’ll need, like your phone. Janeway thinks it’s a good idea to have an emergency bag ready to grab if you have to leave. Pack things like medications, important documents or sentimental items, a change of clothes, anything you would need to take with you. Archer’s advice is to watch out for your pets. They should definitely be indoors during all this, and if you need to evacuate, make sure they’re with you if you can. Most of all, every captain wants to reassure you that you can get through this, even if some of your things are damaged. You’re gonna make it. They’re sending you their strength.
Summary: You always go for a run by yourself every morning. It’s a little boring, to say the least, until someone comes along and makes it worth while.
Pairing: Sebastian Stan x Reader
Word Count: 2606
A/N: I didn’t know if I wanted to make this about Bucky or Sebastian; Sebastian fits it better, so I did it with him instead this time! Please go easy on me I don’t know how this adorable plum would act on a run (He stopped to help a few girls with a scavenger hunt so there’s that)
You never thought that you’d willingly get up so early to embrace the sweltering morning weather that New York City has to offer during the summer. You can’t believe how hot it is at 6am; 32° is enough to get you sweating while you’re getting dressed. Your back is damp as you tighten your laces.
You started a new training program to better your mind and body. The first three days focus on weight training, two on cardio, and two days of rest while flushing all your toxins and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. There are days where you have cheat days, just because you can. You live alone in a small apartment, so there’s no one there to stop you.
12 oz. Mouse is baad guis!! I know dis becuz I watch Mr. Enter he knows what's gewd and what's bed. it haz terrible animation!!
Not a diss to Mr. Enter or Phantomstrider, they’re just some folks who enjoy and berate certain forms of entertainment like the rest of us.
But the fallacy of “good animation = good show” is getting very tiresome with youtube reviewers further pushing this ideal onto people, when in actuality, they don’t really know what they’re talking about.
It’s a firm belief of mine that writing is always far more important than visuals because it’s the all-encompassing foundation that formatted entertainment is founded on, even where there’s almost no writing. Let’s take a look at two fantastic cartoons that sit on the opposite ends of the visual spectrum but both have HEAVY reliances on writing:
Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist is my favorite cartoon for a bounty of reasons.
If you’ve never heard of Dr. Katz, it’s the show that came before Bob’s Burgers AND Home Movies. You don’t have to watch the entire video below but you should at least skim through to understand what kind of show it is:
The show uses the retroscript format of writing, where there is a base outline for where the story goes but the actors dance around it, loosely getting to its point. In Layman’s terms: improv.
You could argue that improvisation is not literally written but in a television format, the flow, the formula, the beginning and end is all writing, even when it isn’t written. I’m talking more about writing as a concept, rather than literally putting pen to paper. In Dr. Katz’ case, the writing is there isn’t any.
Dr. Katz uses Squigglevision, a cheap means of animation where a keyframe is drawn upwards to 8 times to create the effect that the characters are always moving and I feel like it’s the perfect visual style for a show about people just having conversations.
What’s also great about Dr. Katz is you don’t NEED to look at it to watch it. If you watched the above collection of clips, I encourage you to watch it again. But without looking at it. The conversations all dance around the context so you don’t need visual reassurance to understand what’s going on. And most important: It’s still funny.
In case you haven’t caught on yet, Dr. Katz at it’s core is very funny comedians like Jonathan Katz, Jon Benjamin, and Laura Silverman just being very funny. They also have a SLEW of comedians and actors guest starring throughout the series, like Louis CK, Emo Philips, Winona Ryder, Carrie Fisher, and a BEVY of others.
When the actors record their lines, they sit infront of a mic together, they have somewhere for the story to go and they just be funny around it, trying to get each other to laugh. It’s fantastic.
OKAY. So here’s another one that you wouldn’t think relies so much on writing but it really really does:
Samurai Jack needs no introduction because everyone on the planet knows about this one and even if you didn’t as a kid, you do now.
There’s essays upon essays online about why Samurai Jack has some of the best visual storytelling in the business but seldom understand that in a show with PLENTY of dialogue-free action sequences, there’s more writing to this show than meets the eye. Or rather, it IS what meets the eye.
Take a look at this action sequence from one of the newer episodes:
So it’s clear that there’s alot more going on in several seconds of this clip than any of what’s going on in Dr. Katz.
The most notable difference being that you have to look at Samurai Jack to get the most out of it, whereas Dr. Katz, you don’t need to.
If you watched it in full, I want you to take notice of a few things.
1) The sequence is prefaced with dialogue. After the fight starts, none. 2) The visual style changing where set pieces in the foreground are silhouetted white to blend in with the snow. 3) The cinematography and the way the camera behaves in each shot.
You’d probably think all three of these things solely come from the visuals and they do, in fact. Although, consider that writing is the vehicle that gets all these things working in proper order.
Here’s a paradox for ya: The visual style cannot be driven without the writing. Even in a scenario where all the visuals were done first before any actual physical scripts were written, that very formula is the writing.
Dr. Katz and Samurai Jack are both similar and different in plenty of ways and it’s almost funny when you really think about it. Dr. Katz is more dialogue heavy, while Samurai Jack is more visual-driven, two completely different things and yet they both heavily rely on their vehicle to get them there. And it’s all writing.
Retroscripting, storyboarding, improv, freeform animation, these are all forms of writing and they are all the vehicles to get whatever we’re looking at to the point where we’re looking at it. Writing always comes first. Even when it doesn’t.