which may be the best part of the movie

anonymous asked:

Hi :) If you were to incorporate dream sequences into the plot, how would you go about it? Basically, my main character has been in an accident. He sustained a major head injury, and now he's bedridden. Sometimes, he would dream of a specific incident in his past, but most have a surreal quality about them. In and out of consciousness, he tries to weave the meanings of these dreams while figuring out why the friends and family who visit him refuse to talk/deflect questions about his accident.

Hello, dear :)  I would read something like that in a heartbeat, just so you know.  I love stories with slow exposition and psychological mysteries <3  I’ll be wishing you plenty of good luck and inspiration!

Anyway.  Dream sequences are done a lot of different ways, and none of them is concretely better than the rest.  It largely has to do with how often these dreams occur, how long they are, what POV you want them in, and where in the chapter they occur.  I’ll give you my personal opinion:

  • How often?  This will largely affect how your sequences fit into the plot.  More frequent dreams will create an episodic, clue-by-clue kind of intrigue– rare dreams will come more as surprise treats, and can be longer, revealing more information.  If they are a tag at the beginning or end of every chapter, you’ll have more room to flesh them out (and less chance of boring readers).  If they come maybe every five chapters, they can also be used for foreshadowing or help to resolve long-run mysteries/subplots.  It’s really up to you.
  • How long?  Obviously, if they’re less frequent, they can be a bit longer – but I wouldn’t make them too long, for fear of distracting from the main plot.  Just get in, make your point, and get out – if that’s difficult to do on your first pass, just write them and make them shorter with editing later.  Focus on certain details which tie them into the main plot (e.g. a key item he receives from home which triggers a memory).  Keep a strong theme and build up to a climactic moment, then cut it off – because really, don’t we always wake up at the best part of the dream?
  • What POV?  Even if your dreams are all for the same person, they may be third-person omniscient, third-person limited, or first-person.  It all depends on if you want to see things through your character’s eyes – if you want it to be like your character watching a movie or living in one.  Do you want to describe your character’s thoughts and feelings in the dream, or stick to what’s being seen?  How much involves the character personally, and how much is symbolic?  Remember that if you choose a different POV, you’ll need to put a marker (and probably different formatting – italics is a common method) to distinguish dreams from main prose.
  • Where in the chapter?  The previous factors will help you determine this.  If you’re writing short, frequent dream sequences from a different POV, it would be best to keep the sequences consistent and separate from the rest of the chapter – maybe right at the end or beginning.  With longer, less frequent dream sequences, you can afford to be less systematic, which may be better for your story.  You can even make them into their own chapters, if they have enough meat for it.

Lastly, I’d advise you to make sure these dream sequences aren’t used for “effect” or an unnecessary subplot.  They need to have substance, every time, or you’ll have to cut some of them out.  They also need to be engaging for the reader, so no one skips to the next main-plot scene.  Dream sequences must have an (eventual) effect on the main plot, because the protagonist, themselves, is also experiencing them.  And the dreams should have some sort of connection to each other – a common thread that links them all to the same subconscious, the same memories, the same story every time.

That’s all I have for you, but if you need more help, send in your questions and I’ll get back to you :)  Good luck, and thanks again!


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

Perfect

Words: 455

Summary: Watching scary movies with Gabriel.

Warnings: none.

For @sdavid09 TaleTeller’s Fright Night 2016 challenge 

Originally posted by spngayngels

Perfect

“Quit crinkling the bag, you’re ruining the best part!” you whined as you poked Gabriel with your toe where he lounged on the other side of the couch, sprawled like a king surrounded by bags of candy on his blanket.

He had been reluctant, but eventually he agreed to join you during your horror movie marathon, only on the condition that he was going to supply the snacks. Had you known that it was going to involve several bags of mini chocolate bars, gummy candies of all varieties and goodness knows what else he left in the kitchen, however, you may have reconsidered. While Gabriel was the best friend you could have asked for, he didn’t understand your love of horror movies, nor did he have the appreciation for silence during the scary parts. Not to mention the wicked stomach ache you were sporting from eating so much of his candy, but that was more your own fault than his.

You had just started watching Night on Elm Street and it was at the part where Freddy Krueger dropped his, “This, is God” line while holding up his glove, which caused Gabriel to bark out a laugh.

You shot a glare at him and lobbed a sour candy at his face.

“… I’m not supposed to laugh, am I?” he winced before finding the candy you threw and tossing into the air. He easily caught it in his mouth and grinned wide as if he were pleased with himself.

“No, you’re not!” you hissed back, though after a moment you couldn’t help but smile at him.

He was here to keep you company and though it wasn’t his thing, he hadn’t complained once through the first 3 movies you’d already watched and was still seated comfortably next to you looking entertained as ever.

“Gabe?” you asked quietly after a pause, watching his amused expression as he stared at the television.

“Yeah, sugarplum?” he responded, turning to you with a quirked eyebrow.

“Can I come snuggle with you?” you requested, gesturing towards him with a tip of your head.

The grin that spread across his face was infectious as he moved the candy and pulled the blanket away from him, beckoning you over with both hands.

“Bring it in, sweetness!” he teased as you crawled over, nestling up against his chest as he wrapped the blanket around the both of you.

After that you hardly noticed the crinkling of his candy bags, and even joined him in his laughing at the so-called ‘scary’ parts. This felt like the beginning of a new tradition to you, and as you drifted off to sleep somewhere between the third and fourth Freddy movie, you couldn’t recall a more perfect Halloween.


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As you may or my not know, today is Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. Which means Marathon Monday. Which means schools are closed are most people have the day off.

Last year, I took Mr. H down to the Cape for the day. This year the whole fam-a-lam-a-ding-dong headed north to Fun Spot in NH. Fun Spot is the world’s largest arcade with the best collection of classic video and pinball machines.

The phone stayed in my pocket for the most part, but I took a few pics of some of the games we played. There’s a movie named King of Kong that features Fun Spot. Highly recommended.

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  • note: italicized = smut
  • ☾ = 250+ / ☆ = 500+ notes

breakup!5sos blurb night w/@hemmocrat posts [here]
famous!y/n blurb night w/@featuringluke posts [here]
tsinspired!5sos writing night posts [here]

Luke - if you prefer to scroll, click [here]

☆ / Post-Concert Sleepyhead - In which he almost falls asleep on you.

“Wanna Bet?” - In which you and your best friend sneak into a pool late at night. Feelings ensue. (Inspired loosely by the “Beautiful Soul” music video by Jessie McCartney)

“Well this is awkward…” - In which he finds you singing in the kitchen into a spatula.

☾ / Courage - In which he finally builds up the courage to hold your hand.

☆ / Leather Jacket - In which you forget your sweatshirt and feelings happen. (delinquent!5sos)

☾ / “See You After Class” - In which you and him are college sweethearts. (college!5sos)

☾ / The Before - In which you and Luke are best friends and there’s a lot of feelings and angst. // ☾ / The After - In which you might just do something about it.

☾ / “It could be worse” - In which he teaches you how to sign his last name (and thinks your failure is funny).

☆ / The Type of Boyfriend He Would Be - In which the title is self-explanatory.

☆ / Grocery Shopping - In which there’s a bunch of fluff.

☾ / Riding Shotgun - In which you can’t sleep.

☆ / Tutor - In which the popular frat boy tutors you in math.

☆ / “Baby, just shut up and make out with me.” - In which Luke is being a little shit.

☾ / Unofficial - In which the most popular frat boy has a crush on you.

☆ / “Relax, baby, I’m yours.” - In which you need reassurance.

“I don’t know how I let this happen. I’m sorry.” - In which Luke needs reassurance.

“We really shouldn’t be doing this.” - In which you and Luke take a hike and you have to convince him to skinny dip with you.

☆ / “You’re it for me” - In which things are made official.

☾ / “I can’t see myself with anyone else ever again after this.” - In which Luke opens up to Michael after you two break up.

☾ / “I don’t want you to go to bed angry.” - In which there’s an argument and somewhat of a consolation.

☾ / Surprise - In which suddenly, you’re in line for the throne.

You Blocked His Number After the Breakup - In which this title is explanatory.

“He won’t fix himself because he loves me, it’ll be because he loves you.” - In which Luke admits himself into rehab and you and Liz drive to see him. // Part 2 - In which you see him for the first time.

☆ / Future - In which fluff is abundant.

“You’re not doing your job very well” - In which you and Luke are spies and it’s your first mission together.

☆ / Silent Treatment - In which Luke is annoyingly adorable.

☆ / Morning Routine - In which domestic goop ensues.

☾ / “I could kiss you.” - In which you go on a road trip with your best friend.

☾ / “We used to be best friends” - In which you and Luke have an awkward discussion.

“I want to have a baby.” - In which Luke’s nervous.

☾ / “Why don’t you love me anymore?” - In which you see your ex for the first time.

☾ / “I’d rather do hard with you than easy with someone else.” - In which you fly to Europe with the intention of breaking up with your boyfriend.

“I never meant to hurt you.” - In which you pick up your drunk ex from a bar.

☆ / Emojis - In which your boyfriend’s name on your phone is ‘Luke Hemmings’ and he’s not happy about it.

“I wish I could forget you.” - In which you attend the same party as your ex.

☾ / Sleep - In which it’s the first night in your apartment.

☾ / Your New Girl - In which Luke & you are friends with benefits and things happen.

(#51: “What the hell are you wearing?”) - In which Luke decides to try something new in the bedroom.

(#60: “Before you decide to murder me, let me explain…”) - In which your husband watches the kids alone and mayhem ensues.

☆ / (#62- “It’s only one night, we’ll just share the bed.”) - In which you and your ex have to share a room for arbitrary reasons.

(#67: “Of all the people I could’ve gotten stuck in an elevator with and it just had to be you.”) - In which you’re fighting with your boyfriend.

(#74: “Don’t let go.”) - In which you and Luke are spies and it might just be the end.

(#80: “How can you think I’m anything but hopelessly in love with you?”) - In which it is the end.

(#95: “There’s no going back if we do this.”) - In which you and your best friend may’ve taken it too far.

☾ / Post Break-up prompt - “I don’t remember a fight, or a reason, so what happened? Why did we break up?” / “The song was about you.”

☾ / Post Break-up prompt - My parents asked about you.” / “I had to get new bedding because I couldn’t lay in it without you there.”

☆ / “I’m so glad I never gave up on him.” - In which you’re talking to Luke’s mom about your relationship and he overhears it.

☾ / Reactions - In which the boy’s and Luke’s family’s reactions would be when first meeting you.

☾ / Post Break-up prompt - “It was all my fault. Every piece of it. Why do you blame yourself?” / “It was never your fault.” / “No, I- … I’m… I’m not dating her. I can’t. It wouldn’t be fair.”

☾ / Post Break-up prompt - “So you’re seeing someone new?”

☾ / “If you don’t want to be with me anymore, just say it.” - In which there are commitment issues.

☾ / “You thought you had a choice.” - In which it’s twelve days before your arranged marriage is set to take place.

Fatal Call - In which there’s been an accident downtown due to the snowfall and the phone just rang.

☾ / ‘101 fluffy prompts’ - “If you shove cake in my face this will be the worst wedding night of your life.”

☾ / Coincidence - In which you and Luke are scheduled for a writing session together by your labels (though it’s unknown that you’ve had… interpersonal relations before).

Ashton - if you prefer to scroll, click [here]

“I’m Not the Only One” inspired - In which you’re not the only one.

“Welcome to New York” inspired - In which you and him move in together and your feelings are out of control.

Taking Pictures - In which he always seems to be taking pictures of you so he can save them for a rainy day.

The Type of Boyfriend He Would Be - In which the title is self-explanatory.

Braid - In which your best friend demands you teach him how to braid hair.

☾ / House Hunting - In which you and him house hunt. (domestic!5sos)

“I think we should take a break.” - In which Ashton paints your back with watercolor.

☾ / (#76: “I need you to pretend we’re dating…”) - In which Ashton’s ex approaches the two of you and your best friend is desperate.

(#89: “I’m not leaving you!”) - In which you make a stupid decision and decide to run a marathon with your boyfriend.

Post Break-up prompt - “Hey… I can’t believe you actually answered.”

Post Break-up prompt - “I haven’t gone to that diner since we broke up.”

☾ / “Okay, I’ll share the blankets with you.” - In which you and your best friend are watching a movie and feelings happen (or something like that).

Calum - if you prefer to scroll, click [here]

“I’m Not the Only One” inspired - In which he’s alone and you’re not.

Losing contact with your best friend - In which the title is self-explanatory. // Part 2 - In which there may or may not be a resolution.

☆ / Comfort - In which Calum just needs to be reminded you’re there.

Piggyback Rides - In which your best friend insists on giving you a piggy back ride.

☾ / “Is there a reason you’re naked in my bed?” - In which you and your best friend have to share a bed for arbitrary reasons.

☾ / Shoe Shopping - In which you and him go to the Vans store.

☾ / “Baby, come sit on my lap” - In which it’s game night and there’s nowhere to sit.

☾ / “I’ll always need you more” - In which Calum is insecure.

“All I’ve ever needed is staring right at me.” - In which Calum confirms he’s in it for the long haul.

☾ / Hammock - In which Calum convinces you to lay with him.

☾ / “… Are you proposing to me?” - In which you can probably guess what happens.

☾ / “I can’t lose you, I need you.” - In which you aren’t answering Calum’s calls.

“She will never be you.” - In which your ex shows up after three years.

His Sweater - In which you give Calum’s things back after the breakup.

☾ / “We’re going to get caught!” - In which you & Calum sneak around backstage.

“I just need some space.” - In which you accidentally hog the bed.

Appetizers - “We’re both trying to take advantage of the unlimited appetizers deal on separate dates at TGI Fridays and I got the mozzarella sticks and I’m on my sixth plate and I want to die, can I PLEASE swap you for some of your wings?” AU

☾ / Thanksgiving - In which it’s the first time you and Calum host a holiday for both of your families as a couple.

Tangled- In which you & Calum are having difficulties walking your dogs.

(#55: “Our first date is a picnic on a beach under the stars? Have you swallowed a romance novel? Do I need to call a doctor?”) - In which your best friend takes you out on your first date.

(#61: “I love you. I’m completely and utterly in love with you. Please don’t get married.” / #98: “I can’t watch you with someone else. It’s tearing me apart.”) - In which it’s the day of your wedding.

(#64: “Are you ticklish?” / #71: “Kiss me, quick!” / #84: “I’m dying.”) - In which your boyfriend gets what he deserves.

☾ / (#87: “You were never just my friend.”) - In which Calum recites his vows.

(#99: “We’re in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you’re totally right, nothing bad could ever happen here!”) - In which you’re alone with a certain brunette that you absolutely can’t stand.

Post Break-up prompt - “If this is the last time I see you, know I love you more than anything.”

☾ / Post Break-up prompt - “How come I can’t let go of you?”/ “Our song came on and I needed to talk to you after hearing it.” / “We were so good.”

Post Break-up prompt - “Give me another chance” / “I’ll wait at our restaurant ‘til closing time. If you don’t go then I’ll stop trying.”

“Marry me.” - In which you’re drunk on champagne and love.

☆ / “Are you really that fucking blind?” - In which you confront your best friend about why he’s been ignoring you.

☾ / “I’ve tried to move on, but no one is you.” - In which this blurb is loosely based off of Back to December by Taylor Swift.

☾ / Inquiring Minds - In which Calum’s mother is anything but subtle.

☾ / The Type of Boyfriend He Would Be - In which the title is self-explanatory.

☾ / Line 2 - In which you’re Calum’s celebrity crush and you make a surprise call in during one of his radio interviews.

Midnight - In which Calum endures pillow fight attacks on the tour bus to talk to you.

Moon Man - In which you and Calum both win awards at the VMA’s.

Michael - if you prefer to scroll, click [here]

“Wildest Dreams” inspired - In which you leave him wonderstruck.

☆ / “Is there a reason you’re naked in my bed?” - In which being naked doesn’t have to mean anything.

“Marry me?” - In which he makes you choke on your food.

No one needs to know - In which he tries to convince you to elope.

☾ / Cuddling - In which he’s tired.

“I thought you were dead” - In which it’s the first time you seen him since the breakup.

☾ / Coming Home - In which you greet your best friend at the airport.

☾ / Home-Decor Shopping - In which you’re at Ikea. (domestic!5sos)

☾ / Shaking at the Altar - In which he’s nervous, to say the least.

☾ / “I don’t care if we’re best friends, I can’t help how I feel.” - In which the title pretty much summarizes it.

“Make me” - In which you’re a part of the stage crew and he has a crush on you.

“He doesn’t want any other girls. He wants you.” - In which you’re his best friend and feelings are finally acknowledged.

☆ / The Type of Boyfriend He’d Be - In which the title is self-explanatory.

“You look at her the way I look at you.” - In which you & Michael are new parents.

“Do you love me?” - In which Mikey needs reassurance as a result of insecurity.

“Please don’t leave me.” - In which you take care of your sick boyfriend.

Stubborn - In which Michael forgets his jacket and he’s adamant about not wearing yours.

(#54: “I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. That’s the problem.”) - In which you see your ex for the first time since the breakup.

(#59: “Tell me to go and I will, but if you ask me to stay I’ll never leave you again.” / #80: “How can you think I’m anything but hopelessly in love with you?”) - In which both you and Michael live in the limelight and what you have is just a waiting game.

☆ / (#65: “I wish you could see yourself the way I see you.“) - In which Mikey is insecure about his tummy.

☾ / (#76: “I need you to pretend we’re dating…”) - In which your best friend begs you to attend a family party with him.

(#79: “That’s the third time I’ve saved your life!”) - In which there’s something off with your best friend and you’re determined to find out just what it is.

Post Break-up prompt - “You sent so many drunk texts… I had to come over and make sure you were okay.”

☾ / Post Break-up prompt - “Just give me a reason to come back.”

Post Break-up prompt -“I shouldn’t want the elevator to stall, but at least it would keep you here.” / “My parents asked about you.” / “I was lying… I knew you’d be at this party, that’s why I came.”

Post Break-up prompt - “Apparently you left this sweater at my place all that time ago… I could’ve got a friend to give it to you, I guess, but… I don’t know. I just came without thinking.”

“Please, just stop stringing me along.” - In which you find Michael’s breakup letter addressed to you.

☾ / “How do I even breathe without you?” - In which you’re a famous singer and you’re the one who has a pyro accident.

☆ / “I just fucked up everything, didn’t I?” - In which your best friend kisses (and shocks) you.

☾ / ‘101 fluffy prompts’ - “You’re really soft.” / “Is it possible to love too much?”

Fake Dating - In which you and Michael are together for publicity (and feelings may or may not ensue).

‘The Night Manager’ Finale Postmortem: The Truth About The Drying Trousers

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine (Photos: Des Willie/AMC)

Spoiler alert: The ending of The Night Manager would seem to not bode well for Hugh Laurie’s Richard Roper, the international arms dealer who’s last seen in the back of a paddy wagon driven by the arms buyers he’d inadvertently stiffed and intentionally insulted. In our final weekly postmortem with executive producer Stephen Garrett, we talk about building that suspense — and whether Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) would really have shown up at the Nefertiti in a dry suit after drowning Freddie Hamid (David Avery) in his pool.

I was watching a screener of the finale on my laptop, full-screen, and I got so tense at times I had to shrink it down.
Music to my ears, thank you. You know what you want to achieve, you just don’t know quite whether it’s going to come off. I think there are a number of moments that we really wrestled with, both in the script-writing process and the filming, and then the editing. For me, one of the most agonizing moments [to watch] is when Jed can’t get back into the safe. In fact, even as I remember it, a shiver goes down my spine. Even on the page you could tell that was just going to be a killer moment, terrifying. And when Burr goes into Roper’s room armed with the code, and then Tabby comes in and she hides — we’ve all seen scenes a bit like that before, but there’s something about Burr being pregnant and Tabby being played by this huge man. I don’t know if you know this, but at his peak, the actor playing Tabby, Hovik Keuchkerian, was the heavyweight boxing champion of Spain. He really was a very big guy and, actually, a gentle giant, almost the mascot of the crew. He was such a lovely man, but physically enormous and very, very imposing. The combination of him wandering into that space and being a threat to Burr played beautifully.

Hovik Keuchkerian as Tabby

The one we wrestled with, and really the exact form of it took shape probably the night before it was actually filmed, was when Frisky drags Jed down the hotel corridor — she tortured, beaten, battered; he with his gun and the instructions to take Burr out. We talked for a long time about how that was going to work and whether Burr should have a gun, and whether she should use it, whether Frisky was going to die or just be shot, and just how that whole scene was going to work plausibly. Again, the audience will have to be the judge as to whether it did work. I think we were all really thrilled with the way it turned out, but it was something we were not confident of until the edit.

Olivia Colman as Angela Burr

On the opposite side of the emotional spectrum is that really lovely scene when Pine sees Burr again. They share that warm hug. Was that scripted?
I don’t think it was scripted. I think it was just something they did. Partly because as actors, they hadn’t played a scene together for some time, so they were really pleased to see each other again. It felt right. It’s interesting, because [the characters] haven’t had much time together. They didn’t know each other very well, but I think they’ve got this incredible bond, knowing what they’ve been through, knowing how close their whole operation has been to collapsing, and now how close they are to actually reeling Roper in, but still a lot to go wrong. I think it’s a really lovely moment. You believe the emotion.

Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper

Let’s talk about Roper’s fate. How did you all decide it?
Really, the challenge, going back to the writing process and the filming and editing, was you’ve got a number of people’s stories you want to end. Again, we’ve all seen movies where you feel it’s got three or four endings. It ends, and you think, “Okay, great, I’m waiting for the titles now,” and then there’s another ending and another. We wanted to avoid that. We wanted something that felt like justice, but an appropriate justice, for Roper. Killing him would have been too easy. That hint of ambiguity that’s attached to him being dragged off by people who don’t mean him well and you know are capable of very bad things just felt right. I love the way that the audience’s imagination takes over at that point. In a way, whatever you want to happen to him can and will happen to him.

For Pine and Jed, I think it would have been too sickly and cute if they’d run off into the sunset hand-in-hand. That sense that there is a bond between them but that they can’t be together just feels very true and much more like life than many stories can be.

Elizabeth Debicki as Jed

He tells her he’ll come visit soon. So is that just something he says?
Again, I think it’s trusting the audience’s intelligence and imagination. Then whatever you want to happen can happen. If you’d like them to be together, it’s not ruled out. If you feel it’s better that they’re not or, again, more like life that they’re not, then that’s the ending you can have.

When we talked before the miniseries’ premiere, you said that we’d see some light moments even in the darkest hour, and you were right. Like when Roper said, “Could you just scratch my nose?” and gave Pine that wink as he’s being led out in handcuffs, and after Pine blows up the weapons in the trucks and Roper realizes he’s also transferred the first payment, Roper says, “Oh, you beauty.”
You’ve picked two moments that are both brilliant Hugh improvisations. “Oh, you beauty” — that was a completely Hugh line. He was channeling quintessential Roper at that point. The same thing with the “scratch my nose.” That was Hugh in the moment.

At the show’s U.S. premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, director Susanne Bier told the story of how Hugh came to her, about a week before production began, with a list of actors he thought could play Roper better than him. She said the next night they had dinner, and he was fine.
I didn’t realize she’d told that story at Tribeca. I can confirm it, because I had a similar conversation with him the next day.

Any chance you’ll tell us who was on Hugh’s list?
I think maybe that’s a competition for your readers. Now having seen him, of course, in answer to the question, “Who could play Roper better?” it would be a rather empty list. Actually, even Hugh didn’t have a very long list. He had two or three names. He said, “Check out the availability of these people. I’m sure they’d do it better.” It wasn’t something we were prepared to do. Clearly, we thought he would be rather good. Fortunately, between us we were able to sway him that he was in the right place at the right time.

Hugh’s talked about how he actually tried to option The Night Manager novel when it was published in the ‘90s. Do you think he loved the story that much, it was a momentary fear that he wouldn’t do Roper justice?
I think part of the reason he’s so good is he’s an extraordinary perfectionist and is his own harshest critic. It was real. Partly, yes, out of his fidelity to the character in general, and this moment, in particular, he wanted to make sure it was right. I think a lot of people are very hard on themselves. That makes their lives tougher for them than for people who aren’t hard on themselves. We all have come across people who perhaps should be harder on themselves and aren’t. He’s the opposite. He’s someone who doesn’t need to be hard on himself, but is.

I think we all felt we were part of a process where we were making something pretty good. … That just happens when everyone, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, is performing at the top of their game. Then there is a kind of magic or alchemy that either happens or doesn’t happen, which you can’t really control. You just create the conditions for it, then it turns into something special and unique.

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And it’s really a team effort. I think the score is a great example of something that exceeded our wildest dreams. The music plays a huge part in a way that you never really necessarily articulate. The fact that you haven’t asked me about it is good, because it means it’s subtly doing its work. If you look at some of your favorite moments and imagine them without music or with different music, they’d fall apart or fall flat.

As you may know, what happens when you edit a show is, the editor basically, where he thinks there should be music, puts on a temporary soundtrack, which he plunders from all the best movie or TV soundtracks ever written. The show’s composer is then shown a cut with, in many cases, the best movie music ever written and he’s told, “You can’t copy that, because obviously someone else has already written that, but please do something that’s as good as that or better, without it being the same.” That’s an appallingly difficult challenge to give to composers, however brilliant they are. Our composer, Victor Reyes, rose to the challenge.

The soundscape in general: there are some extraordinary sounds [in the miniseries]. If you take [episode 5′s] fireworks sequence that our sound designers did, to put together an atmosphere that makes you feel you’re in that space in the moment — these are the unsung heroes of the process. What they do is the difference between the whole piece feeling good but not great, and great.

And finally, my last question: After Jonathan killed Freddie, did he have time to dry his suit?
I’m very glad you’ve raised that, because that has been very controversial [after the UK airing]. We get a lot of complaints on Twitter and beyond about a continuity error. As you know, when he walks back into the hotel, his trousers are dry. Interestingly, Tom, obviously, really did wade into the pool and got his trousers wet. In the dry heat of Marrakesh, which is, if anything, a bit cooler than the dry heat of Cairo, his trousers, in reality, dried [quickly]. We will be happy to recreate the experiment. We took such care to get everything right, it’s a source of huge irritation to us that we’ve been called out for something that looks like an error but in fact, in life, his trousers when he walked back into the hotel would have been dry.

I will set the record straight.
Thank you. You might be the only opportunity we have to correct that particular misconception. Your headline for the story is “The Truth About the Drying Trousers.” That’s a world scoop.

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‘The Night Manager’ Episode 4 Postmortem: Olivia Colman’s Brilliance Revealed

‘The Night Manager’ Postmortem: Inside Episode 3

‘The Night Manager’ Episode 2 Postmortem: Everyone Book a Trip to Majorca

‘The Night Manager’ Postmortem: Inside the Premiere of the Tom Hiddleston-Hugh Laurie Spy Thriller

peetabreadgirl  asked:

5 & 23 😘 thanks for the ask, btw. I think a little vamp Peeta is just what I need to write.

While I would like to claim that I was saving this prompt (neighbors: “So we meet again”) for something special, @peetabreadgirl, I think we both know it was just a lack of motivation or inspiration. However, you’ll forgive me cuz I know you want firefighter!Peeta. ;-) Part 1 can be found HERE. Part 3 to follow soon. Title is a shameless pun. RATED M for smut. Sort of.

Come On Baby, Light My Fire


I have metamorphosed into a perverted incarnation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

On Saturday, I spend the day much as I spend most of my Saturdays. A date with my leftovers from Friday night, papers to grade in the morning, and a movie over the phone with my little sister Prim. Up this week is her selection, The Matrix: Reloaded. I honestly don’t know why she’s so into that trilogy, but the tradition is an old one so I am not allowed to argue her choice.

“I never understood this part,” I mumble into the phone on Saturday as Neo dips his fingers into Trinity’s abdomen to retrieve a bullet. “Also, the dialogue sucks.”

“Shhhhh,” Prim hisses. “It’s romantic.”

“It’s lame,” I respond, and Prim snorts.

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How about one that tells us about Shamy going to see The Force Awakens. We know they went together after ~ after their love making. So how did that come about and what happened while they were there. :)

I got three requests for a Star Wars date…. It took me a week to write… Hope you like it.

Sheldon waits for Amy to arrive for their Sunday outing together. He tries not to be disappointed that it is her turn to pick their activity. Last week he had chosen to go to the model train expo. Now it was Amy’s turn and he was sure she was plotting revenge in the guise of the craft fair or perhaps the farmers market.

What he really wanted to do was finally go see Star Wars. Which he still had not had the opportunity to see. If he had known that he was not going to see Star Wars on Thursday night then he might of let Amy have her pick last week. But he was determined not to make the same mistakes again so he would go along with whatever boring activity she had chosen.

When Amy knocks on the door she has a mischievous look on her face that makes him smile. He knows that look and he wonders what the fair Dr. Fowler has up her sleeve. Whatever she is planning is a doozy.

“Hello Amy.” He tells her letting her inside. “What girly activity do you have planned for us today? Quilting museum? Poetry reading? Dragging me to the farmers market?”

“You love the farmers market.” She tells him.

“I do love getting those little samples.” He tells her.

“None of those things, I thought we could go to the movies.” She tells him smiling. His relief is instant but he is still cautious.

“What movie? Are they playing Pride and Prejudice at the theater down town again?” He asks cautiously. He had already had to hear Amy wax poetic about Mr. Darcy once.

“You tell me what movie I want to see.” She asks as she begins unbuttoning her sweater. Sheldon gulps nervously as he fingers undo the buttons. What is she doing? He has turned her into a sex fiend. Though as he watches her slowly unbutton her sweater he wonders if it is the other way around. Then she pulls the sweater open to reveal a Star Wars t shirt beaming at him.

“Amy what’s this?” He asks her happily he does not think he has ever seen her in a shirt like this. She looks, well sexy. It was not an adjective he had never used before. Yet there was no denying that was she was as she stood before him her face split into a beautiful smile holding her sweater open like a superhero revealing her costume. He wanted to grab her and wrap her up in a kiss. But he restrains himself, they might not leave the house if he did.

“I bought it when I went shopping with the girls. I was thinking that we could go to the movie today? If you would like?”

“You want to use your turn to go see Star Wars?” He asks. “You don’t have to do it. I can see it next week, after everyone has spoiled it for me.” He says already annoyed at tbe few hints of the movie’s plot Leonard let slip.

“No I want too, I mean you gave up your chance to see it on premiere night for my birthday.”

“I suppose that is true. I have not had a chance to even check movie times.” He says worried. It was nearly lunch time if he did not eat before he might not be able to pay proper attention to the movie. But if there was not a theater close to where they wanted to eat then they might have to see the movie late and he did not like to stay out late on Sundays.

“You think I have not thought of that?” She tells him smiling. “First we can go eat at Big Boy because I know that won’t fill you up to much. Then we can go to the theater on Colorado Avenue for the 3:30 showing. I know that theater has both red vines and blue icees.” She says impressively and he is speechless. As usual Amy has thought of everything without him having to ask. This time he can’t help himself, after six months without her he is done holding back. He steps in closer to her grabs her lightly around the waist and kisses her softly.

“You’re wonderful.” He tells her as he breaks away.

“I know.” She tells him laughing. “ Now come on we don’t want to be late.” She says taping her hands against his chest and walking away from him. He follows her out the door still stunned with how perfect she was.

All through lunch Amy talks and Sheldon listens. Before he used to get annoyed sometimes at her insistent chatter. After six months without it he would that was one of the things he missed most. How she could fill a conversational void. Draw him out when he was trying to withdraw into his own world. He found himself fascinated by her face as she talked. How when she laughed her eyes and nose had an adorable way of crinkling up. How wide her eyes got when she was excited.

“We had to go to a store called Hot Topics to buy this shirt. I have never been so out of place in my life! And that is saying something!” She tells him and something about his gaze must look far away because she asks. “Sheldon are you okay?”

“Fine why do you ask?”

“You looked kind of dreamy there for a minute. Thinking about a work problem?” She aaks and a hint of a frown tugs at her features.

“I was just thinking about how much I missed this. Just you and I talking.” He tells her and she ducks her head blushing.

“Aww Sheldon.” She says and checks her watch. “Come on time to head to the theater.” She tells him getting up.

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As Sheldon extends his hand to her when they are settled in their seats, Amy can’t help but beam at him. She gladly takes his hand enjoying the solid warmth of it in her own. Amy had been worried about how he would take her wearing the shirt and taking him to the movies. Worried that it might backfire and end up with him accusing her of trying to get into his pants… Again.

So far it had all worked out wonderfully. Sheldon had been very attentive, almost on the verge of doting on her. Which was almost scary. Sheldon did not dote.

Amy was not doing all this to get him to dote on her. She honestly wanted to show him that she appreciated him. That she took interest in the things that he liked. In the past she may of watched the movies with him. But not without an eye roll or a sarcastic comment. Now she wanted to show him that she was all in. That she would seriously try to take part in his interests. Their time apart had taught her that Sheldon was more to her than just her significant other. Sheldon was her best friend, and she needed to work on being a better friend to him.

How could she not when he looked so adorable watching the movie. His eyes alight like a child at christmas as he watched his favorite characters on screen. His hand grips hers tighter during intense scenes. Amy finds that she is enjoying it too.When the final credits roll Sheldon let’s go of her hand.

“What did you think?” He asks anxiously as they make their way out of the theater.

“I loved it.” She tells confirms. “I liked the little rolling ball guy.”

“BB-8, yes he was kind of cute.”

“I also found it quite empowering that Captain Phasma was female.”

“I thought you might like that part.” He says smirking at her as they make their way to tbe car.

“So what did you think about the movie. Did this movie uphold your expectations for your beloved classic.”

“Well the original’s are hard to top. Then anything is better than the Phantom Menace. So all in all I thought it was very good. I think JJ Abrams was a perfect choice to helm it.”

“Well he brought Star Trek back from the dead. Why wouldn’t he be able to do the same with Star Wars?” Sheldon looks at her impressed and she smiles.

“What? Surprised I knew that? I listen to you when you talk.” She tells him as they get in the car. They spend the rest of the car ride happily discussing the movie. When they pull into a parking space near Sheldon’s building Amy turns off the car.

“This was fun, thank you for going to the movie with me.”

“No problem, I wanted to see it. My shirt is proof right?” Amy laughs pulling open her sweater again and laughing. Sheldon chuckles then surprises her by raising his hand and running it across the letters on her chest. The action is intimate and sends her libido from zero to sixty.

“You really do look sexy in this.” He says his voice husky. Amy gasps he has never to her knowledge ever used that word before.

“Thank you.” She tells him nervously licking her lips as she looks into his eyes. His eyes are both soft and intense at the same time as he lowers his face to hers to kiss her again. They kiss for a while lost in each other before Amy breaks away. “I guess I should let you go now. I know how you feel about being out too late on Sunday’s.”

“Do you want to come up?” He asks her.

“Sure I can come up for a little bit.” She tells him unbuckling her seatbelt.

“Or you could stay. You know I found the rest of your preparedness kits.” He tells her as they walk into the building together.

“Oh?” She asks.

“I left them where they were.”

“Are you asking me to stay the night?” She asks stunned.

“Well now that you are a Star Wars superfan you might want to rewatch the movies again.”

“Won’t that take a long time? We have to work tomorrow.”

“We could always take a sick day tomorrow?”

“You are asking me to play hooky with you so I can watch Star Wars with you?” Amy asks confused.

“You’re right, it’s silly.”he tells her ducking his head down.

“Silly? It sounds awesome! You know what we should do?” Amy says excited.

“What?”

“You up for building another blanket fort?” She asks.

“Race you up the stairs!” Sheldon says.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Give 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' a Chance

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming to Netflix, which means that it’s going to be available to a very large group of people, very conveniently, for the first time. As such, many first-time viewers may be wondering “should I give this show a chance?”. The Prequels are very controversial, after all, and this series is placed very firmly in that era. Some of you may have also heard a lot of negativity directed towards it, especially concerning its pilot movie.

So, here’s my list of reasons why I think it’s a good idea to give the series a chance. Because I honestly think it’s been a massive triumph for the Star Wars franchise as a whole.

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The Lowdown on Lying

Okay, so there’s a lot of what I’m about to lay out that may be contradicted in videos later as these ideas develop and such, but here’s a summary on the character of Lying, particularly as the Witch in the Woods, to slightly head-off any concerns people might have with his depiction and also to add some detail for the fanfic writers and artists to chew on.

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Ummmm Can we talk about Big Hero 6?!? For like a second!!!!

Can we talk about how that movie was the absolute SHIT! Like the dopest dope I’ve ever smoked!!!! It’s very rare that I LOVE every character like I did in this movie. let’s review shall we!!! IN No Particular Order!

Go Go Tomago:
She was so bad ass! Am I right or am I right! She may be my spirit animal!

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Honey Lemon:
Excuse me whilst I flail over this bitch. I mean the fact that she is super tall and STILL wears Boss Bitch six inch heels! Yassss bish werk!

Wasabi No Ginger:
I love him he speaks to me and my OCD on spiritual level. And he’s a big smart black man, which always tickles my fancy

Baymax:
Love love love love love love love…. -.- that is all. Baymax was the best part of the movie for me! He always only wanted to help and that’s what he did!

Tadashi:
Is it possible to be low key in love with a cartoon character, because I am!

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Hiro:
He started off as a butt but he grew on me! When he cried I CRIED!
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Fred:
I loved him. He reminds me of shaggy from scoot doo! I love his enthusiasm for comic books! Seeing who his father was,WAS mind blowing!

Am I probably going to go see Big Hero 6 again YES!

anonymous asked:

I know the Teen Wolf calander that came with the 3A DVD isn't canon but we have no other birthdate for Derek so I take it as canon, so as much as it's ADORABLE that Derek is a Christmas baby does it also ever break your heart? My birthday is on spring break every year and that's annoying enough but I had a freind who's birthday was Christmas Eve and she HATED it, because no one ever JUST celebrated her birthday, Christmas Eve was always the bigger deal, so Christmas must be hell for Derek 1/?

because not only is it CHRISTMAS so he’s just reminded more and more every year of how much he misses his family and how alone he is, but also it’s his birthday and no one even knows, Laura was the last person who remembered his birthday since he never told the pack (what was the point?) and Cora knows but she’s a continent away so… so Christmas always hurts so much, and the first year he’s back in Beacon Hills after the months he spent away from there he’s surprised when December 1st Stiles sits him down and says “Derek, I know your birthday is in a few weeks-” “How?” “Shh let that remain a mystery, anyway I know it’s on the 25th so how about we celebrate Christmas on the 24th and Christmas even on the 23rd so that the 25th can be Derek’s Birthday and nothing else?“ 

And it should sound kind of stupid, because like the rest of the world wouldn’t do that and his birthday is still going to be full of reruns of A Christmas Story and no open restaurants but it’s also honestly THE nicest thing anyone has ever done for him, Stiles doesn’t want anything, there is no possible way for this to be Stiles do something to get something out of Derek, and even his family never thought of that, they always made sure Derek was the center of attention but they never … moved Christmas.. who… who does that..? And he tries to brush it off but Stiles isn’t having it, Stiles is going to give Derek a good Christmas AND a good birthday ok? And just… someone treat this boy right.     

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?! 

Now all I can think about is when they get a family and Derek says that they can’t have Christmas on a separate day anymore because it wouldn’t be fair to the kids because of Santa Claus etc. So they begin celebrating Christmas on Christmas day again, but every Christmas Stiles wakes up really early for Derek and makes the morning totally about his Birthday. The kids are not allowed to get up until at least 7am- because Stiles may or may not have lied to them and told them Santa gets to their house last because Papa makes the best cookies and Santa wants save them for the end of his journey because they are his favourite. 

And every year Stiles will wake up at 4am and make Derek breakfast and give him his birthday present (which will always be totally separate from his Christmas present- no 2 for 1 gifts for Derek) and do anything Derek wants until the kids wake up; having sex, watching Derek’s favourite movie. Sometimes reading aloud to each other, especially if Stiles has bought Derek books for part of his Birthday. And for Derek, that is perfect because he loves that his kids get to have their Christmas, but he will also never stop appreciating the fact Stiles still always makes it about him. In those few hours before the day starts Christmas doesn’t exist inside their bedroom and Derek will maybe never quite get over the fact he has Stiles. He gets to have this beautiful person in his life that just swooped in one day and changed him forever and made everything a little better.

A lot better. 

lucky-moon  asked:

omg i wanna request. jongkey - the first time jonghyun sees key crying, and how he feels and all. I guess they're in a relationship already, and jonghyun comforts key and makes him feel better. Make it fluffy ;-; thank you~

…so this isn’t band!fic, but hopefully it’s still alright? ^^;; it’s fluff of course, i promise~

Jonghyun had first met Kibum on a Saturday night in a dark alleyway, where the latter had been covered in blood and holding an onion in one leather-gloved fist. There may or may not have been a body twitching on the ground at Kibum’s feet as well; Jonghyun had been a little too terrified to notice the smaller details of the scene.

As it was, his brain had sparked into panic, panic, HELP mode, because meeting blood-covered vampires in dark alleyways was never a safe thing to do. A normal person might have run screaming from the sight. Jonghyun being Jonghyun, however, had somehow been born with a talk or cry reflex ingrained into his nervous system instead of the much more usual fight or flight one.

Thus, his reaction was to stand there, eyes wide with fear, and exclaim very loudly:

“What the hell are you doing with an onion?”

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Underrated All Time Low songs: (part 1)

#1: Painting Flowers - This song is honestly so beautiful, yet because it doesn’t belong on ATL’s discography, but a movie soundtrack, it’s missed out a lot and i feel that it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. 

#2: Sick Little Games - 6th track on Nothing Personal, which is in my opinion the best All Time Low album, yet it’s still not a very popular song. By this, I mean that a relatively new fan may not be aware of it, or not listen to it constantly like other songs on Nothing Personal. However, the song means a lot to me as it’s the first ATL song I heard and It is a beautiful song


****This is not in any particular order, This is just something made up by me, so these are obviously my opinions, you may disagree, however, everyone has different opinions and all should be respected. I will be doing more parts of this list with time as I stumble across songs i feel are underrated