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The “British Oscars” just took a bold step toward ensuring diversity in film — take note, Hollywood

  • Films looking to compete in two major categories at the BAFTA awards must now demonstrate a commitment to diversity in order to be nominated
  • Starting in 2019, films will have to demonstrate they have worked to improve representation of marginalized groups in front of and behind the camera — or even in the film’s audience.
  • The groups specified by the academy include people of color, people living with disabilities, women and LGBTQ people. 
  • Here are the ways they can demonstrate this diversity of talent, per the academy:
    • On-screen representation, themes and narratives
    • Project leadership and creative practitioners
    • Industry access and opportunities
    • Opportunities for diversity in audience development
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The question I get the most is how I write characters that feel like real people. 

Generally when I’m designing a human being, I deconstruct them into 7 major categories:

1. Primary Drive
2. Fear: Major and Secondary
3. Physical Desires
4. Style of self expression
5. How they express affection
6. What controls them (what they are weak for)
7. What part of them will change.

1. Primary Drive: This is generally related to the plot. What are their plot related goals? How are they pulling the plot forward? how do they make decisions? What do they think they’re doing and how do they justify doing it.

2. Fear: First, what is their deep fear? Abandonment? being consumed by power? etc. Second: tiny fears. Spiders. someone licking their neck. Small things that bother them. At least 4.

3. Physical desires. How they feel about touch. What is their perceived sexual/romantic orientation. Do their physical desires match up with their psychological desires.

4. Style of self expression: How they talk. Are they shy? Do they like to joke around and if so, how? Are they anxious or confident internally and how do they express that externally. What do words mean to them? More or less than actions? Does their socioeconomic background affect the way they present themselves socially? 

5. How they express affection: Do they express affection through actions or words. Is expressing affection easy for them or not. How quickly do they open up to someone they like. Does their affection match up with their physical desires. how does the way they show their friends that they love them differ from how they show a potential love interest that they love them. is affection something they struggle with?

6. What controls them (what they are weak for): what are they almost entirely helpless against. What is something that influences them regardless of their own moral code. What– if driven to the end of the wire— would they reject sacrificing. What/who would they cut off their own finger for.  What would they kill for, if pushed. What makes them want to curl up and never go outside again from pain. What makes them sink to their knees from weakness or relief. What would make them weep tears of joy regardless where they were and who they were in front of. 

7. WHAT PART OF THEM WILL CHANGE: people develop over time. At least two of the above six categories will be altered by the storyline–either to an extreme or whittled down to nothing. When a person experiences trauma, their primary fear may change, or how they express affection may change, etc. By the time your book is over, they should have developed. And its important to decide which parts of them will be the ones that slowly get altered so you can work on monitoring it as you write. making it congruent with the plot instead of just a reaction to the plot. 

That’s it.

But most of all, you have to treat this like you’re developing a human being. Not a “character” a living breathing person. When you talk, you use their voice. If you want them to say something and it doesn’t seem like (based on the seven characteristics above) that they would say it, what would they say instead?

If they must do something that’s forced by the plot, that they wouldn’t do based on their seven options, they can still do the thing, but how would they feel internally about doing it?

How do their seven characteristics meet/ meld with someone else’s seven and how will they change each other?

Once you can come up with all the answers to all of these questions, you begin to know your character like you’d know one of your friends. When you can place them in any AU and know how they would react.

They start to breathe.

I really find it deeply unfair that Beyoncé continues to be shut out of the major categories and be delegated to “Urban Contemporary Album”. I just feel like there is some clear bias against R&B music in general at the Grammys and I find it to be a part of the deeper systemic issue the Grammy’s have had for decades. Beyoncé just happens to be caught in the middle of genre politics and it’s unfortunate because she is creating some incredibly boundary pushing work that should be recognized. That’s all.

Phanfic Awards

Hey guys! I’m happy to say that some of my fics have been nominated for the phanfic awards so I’ve decided to do a lil post about which ones have been nominated and how to vote for them! ^-^ There are different sub categories, which you can vote for in each major category. I’ll link where you can vote for them as well as what my fics have been nominated for! I’ve also linked to where you can find the fanfic nominated!

voting for best overall fics

Best Collab: The Summer - insanityplaysfics & phansdick
Best Collab: Your Love’s a Fucking Drag (But I Need it So Bad) - whalefairyfandom12 & phansdick
Best author: phansdick

voting for genre awards

Best Angst: Nobody, Not Even the Rain - phansdick
Best Fluff: Waiting, Hoping With Each Breath - phansdick
Best Combination: Nobody, Not Even the Rain - phansdick
Best Slow Burn: Nobody, Not Even the Rain - phansdick
Best Oneshot: Nobody, Not Even the Rain - phansdick
Best Chaptered: Nothing Burns Like the Cold - Phansdick
Best Chaptered: The Summer - insanityplaysfics & phansdick

voting for best universe awards

Best Universe Augmentation: Nobody, Not Even the Rain - Phansdick 

voting for best other awards

Memorable Award: Painted Constellations - phansdick
Originality Award: Conspire to Ignite - phansdick

muchadoaboutannie  asked:

If I come to FL will you teach a fellow bisexual cubana how to figure out which girls also like girls? Because I am like a lost little rabbit!

luckily miami wlw are easy to spot. there’s 2 major categories. The one that’ll fight u if you look at her girl wrong: wife beater, basketball shorts, backwards hat, 5 bitches with them, optional eyebrow slit. or The one that may or may not be an art student: hipster looking chick with the different colored hair. Both categories will have girls with one side of their head shaved so look out for that overlapping feature that’s a dead giveaway green light and she ‘bout it. go get ‘em. dale


Oscar nominations 2017: Breaking #OscarsSoWhite

The curse of #OscarsSoWhite has ended.

Before the sun rose in Hollywood on Tuesday morning, Academy voters ended two years of a “whiteout” among nominees in major acting categories.In 2015 and 2016, all 20 actors nominated in the lead and supporting acting categories were white, inspiring the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and sparking intense conversation in the industry to refocus efforts on representation and inclusion.

But this year, those honored are far more diverse. Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Dev Patel (Lion) are best supporting actor nominees, while three of the best supporting actress nominees are black: Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).

Deck Review - First Light Tarot

This is the deck set the husband got me for my birthiversary gift and I LOVE him for it! @thecrownedcrow mentioned posting a review for it, and I think it’s a good idea, too!

For starters, a few basics. The deck images are taken via the Hubble Telescope and are all 100% images of our universe..or at least what we can capture of it. The images are beautiful! Lots of nebulas, so if that’s up your alley then this is for you. I love it.

The deck comes in a fold top box that is closed with a magnet, which is super handy. I prefer boxes like this. You’ve got your guide book, a fold out easy guide, and your cards. The cards are in 3 different categories: 22 Majors, 22 Insight Cards (which are pretty much Oracle cards), and a set of spread cards (think Deck of 1000 Spreads). I personally wish it was a 78 card tarot deck, but I can live with what I’ve got here. I DEFINITELY wish the cardstock was a bit heftier, as it’s rather thin. Also, the cards are larger than a typical deck. Their size are more like an oracle deck.

The spread cards are super handy to have, but not a necessity. They ARE pretty, though, and who doesn’t love pretty things?

The Insight cards are a really nice oracle deck. I like that none of the images are SUPER alike, and they hold prompts/keywords in the bottom left corner.

Oh baby, these Majors. They’re effing GORGEOUS! The colors really pop out from the black space. Again, there’s keywords on the bottom left corner. 

All in all, I’m happy with them. I’m eager to work with them more, especially during the spring/summer on a clear night on a blanket in the backyard under the stars. These are really quenching my childhood thirst of wanting a telescope. ^.^
terrible horrible very bad no good fic - esama - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Archive Warning: Major Character Death
Category: Gen
Fandoms: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Characters: Tony Stark, Vision (Marvel), Pepper Potts, James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Steve Rogers, Nick Fury
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Character Death, Terminal Illnesses, Major Character Injury, Angst, Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, Steve slamming his shield into Tony’s chest has some consequences

Tony gives up.

anonymous asked:

Could you talk about Wally's speech patterns at all? I'm struggling with getting his voice to sound right! Thanks, I love all your analyses :)

I’ve been working on this for a while, sorry it took so long. I’ve never written Wally in a fic (because all my long fics started before he existed in canon) and I’ve really been wanting to for a while, so this was a great exercise for me to figure out how to write him, and hopefully to help others write him.

But I ended up splitting it into two posts because there’s really two major categories I ended up working with: movement and speech. So this is the movement post, and I’ll do speech after.

Body Movements

So okay, the first thing that really stood out to me that so much of his communication is in body language. Like so much. More than almost anyone else (certainly than anyone I’ve made an analysis post for), Wally uses his entire body to communicate. It’s step one in figuring out what he’s doing and how he’s feeling in a scene. His hands are important for this, but his arms and shoulders and head all get into the movements too, and sometimes his entire frame. And it’s all tied up in his emotions.

For instance, he has a very expressive face and body when happy or in a good mood. Little shrugs and head tilts to express amusement or excitement, nods of agreement with an eager smile. He’s all head and shoulders when he’s feeling agreeable.

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And then his hands! 

He’s pointing or moving them so naturally when he gets excited or into something. He kind of loses himself and his movements get bigger and more unconscious.

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And he’ll even use gestures to help him tease someone (like this), or to try to reign himself in a bit.

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Note how his hand comes down across his face almost to hide how wide he’s smiling. It’s the opposite of how Barry uses a hand in front of his face (to hide being upset, lost and confused). He’s so excited (about meeting the Flash for the first time) and he’s trying (failing, here) to keep his chill. 

Whole Body

Wally’s also rhythmic and kinetic in whole body, particularly when he’s full of joy that’s hard to contain. 

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And he reaches out, comfortable in the physical space of others once he knows them (think also about all the casual hand-holding with Jesse). But you see below with Cisco that Wally likes to initiate contact with others when he’s happy, when he’s smiling, just to bring them into his joy. (See also this)

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And he comes to joy easily, all things considered, when he’s not shouldering the responsibility of medical bills and grief.

Negative Emotions in his Body Language

But when he is subdued he is subdued. He closes off. A lot. Like look at this gifset where he’s so upset and frustrated that he just closes off and stops talking at all. That’s probably the strongest example, but there’s also this:

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Note how his movements are more controlled. When he’s tense, his entire body goes tense, like he’s holding back all that kinetic energy and his every muscle is feeling the strain because of it.

And when he’s disappointed or sad, it’s like the wind goes out of his sails.

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And when he’s trying to deal with disappointment but isn’t there yet he’s still moving but you can see how it’s more like energy slipping out, instead of building up. Evaporating. He’s trying to manage his emotions but you can see him struggle (note that Barry does a bobble-head thing too, but under different circumstances).

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And when hesitant or trying to deal with his feelings, it telegraphs all over his face and body (he was dealing with disappointment over not having powers this whole episode) and his movements become a little more restricted.

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Final Notes

Those are some of the main themes I found in his body language. I’d say to any writers for Wally, keep in mind how you having him moving and standing. He has a lot of energy and is seldom listless (unless, again, it’s tied to disappointment or another negative emotion). He doesn’t sprawl too much (gangly Barry sprawls all over the furniture) and he’s not an excessive leaner (unlike Leonard who leans against every surface he can find).

Wally’s also not one to cross his arms or to point at others too much. I mean, he gets angry, but you see him get tight and hold his arms at his sides in firsts a little, just straightening up like a rod. He’s not physically intimidating to others (doesn’t impose on them and their space realky) and he doesn’t aggressively get into others’ space. Even when he’s challenging enemies, he tends to do it from a distance (and still gets his whole body into it).

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So be cognizant of all that. And have fun :) Wally’s a fun character, one with so much enthusiasm and joy, and it’s great to get into that.

[Link to the speech analysis]

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Methods of Murder

In numerous murder cases it is possible to determine the method by which the murder has been carried out, but in other cases the method may be less clear or goes underreported. There are countless ways for an individual to carry out a homicide, but the major categories can be broken down as follows:

  • Use of one’s body as a weapon
  • Cutting and sharp, pointed instruments
  • Handguns
  • Long guns
  • Poisoning
  • Striking instruments
  • Asphyxiation by airborne chemicals or particles
  • Asphyxiation by ligature
  • Drowning by force
  • Arson
  • Injection of a lethal drug
  • Bombing
it’s (never) only play-pretend

“And so you thought getting a fake boyfriend was the perfect solution.”

Stiles scrunches his nose at him.

“When you say it like that it sounds like a terrible idea.”

Derek doesn’t say a thing, just looks at Stiles.

“He was supposed to back off, okay? Like a ‘yay, Stiles finally found someone desperate enough to date his sorry ass, I can finally retire from the matchmaking business’ thing.”

(Or: the one in which Stiles and Derek are the worst fake boyfriends.)

teen | 5980 words

read it here.

Motives for Murder

In their Crime Classification Manual, the FBI presents four major categories of serial homicide (or just homicide in general) which they further break down into 32 sub-categories. It’s also important to note that categories are not mutually exclusive. (Part 3 of 4)

Sexual Homicide

The third classification of homicide involves some aspect of sexual activity as the basis in the sequence of acts leading to death. The meaning of said act varies to each offender.

1. Organized Sexual Homicide - the term “organized” is used to describe the act based on analysis of the victim, staging (if any) and so. The killer plans the murder, targets his victim and displays control at the crime scene. There is a method and order to each phase of the crime.

Examples: John Wayne Gacy, Larry Gene Bell

2. Disorganized Sexual Homicide - based on the same criteria as the organized sexual homicide. The “disorganization”, according to the FBI, usually is a result of youth, lack of criminal sophistication, use of drugs/alcohol or mental deficiency. There is no method or order to the crime.

Examples: Joseph Rogers

3. Mixed Sexual Homicide - there may be evidence of elements of both disorganized and organized sexual assault. This could occur for a number of reasons: more than one perpetrator, an inability to control the victims, external stressors, and so on

Examples: Dennis Rader, Ted Bundy, Karl Hammond

4. Sadistic Sexual Homicide: The perpetrator is someone who has established a pattern of arousal in response to sadistic imagery. Gratification i gained through torture by both mental and physical means. The acts are usually paired with domination, degradation, and violence.

Examples: Roy Lewis Norris, Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker

5. Elder Female Sexual Homicide - defined as the homicide of a woman sixty years or older, where the primary motive of the killer is identified through sexual behavior.

Examples: Albert DeSalvo