Star Wars: Fell In Love With It I did

Yoda: Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.

The time has come for me to admit something that I’ve been hiding for a very long time. Something that only my closest family and friends know. Something dark…very dark.

Luke Skywalker: Alright. I’ll give it a try.

Yoda: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

I was obsessed with Star Wars.

Star Wars is the one that really stole my heart… and broke it all at the same time.

Yoda: A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware the Dark Side. Anger, fear, and aggression; the Dark Side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight.

I remember there was a time, I think I was about 12 years old, that I would come home everyday after school for (literally) half a year and watch the same damn episode (The Empire Strikes Back). EVERY DAY FOR HALF A YEAR. That’s approximately 182 days. FOR 182 DAYS I WATCHED THE SAME MOVIE. Who does that?

Alas, the fun had to end because one terrible horrible (but thank GOD for it) night I had a nightmare that I, Princess Leia got shot by one of Darth Vader’s stupid storm troopers. After that my mother (thanks mom) banned me from watching it for a couple years at least.

It’s pretty embarrassing to admit that I liked it THAT much, but it’s even worse to admit I still re-watch those first three a few times a year.

Though the visual effects weren’t what they are today, those movies were and still are incredible. The whole world fell in love with the series and I have been following it my entire life, and so have most people. And even if you can find someone who doesn’t like the old ones, 99% (I’m not sure how accurate that is, but just go with it) of the time if you ask someone if they’ve seen one of the new episodes of Star Wars the answer is YES. Because you can’t just not watch Star Wars your entire life… unless you’re my sisters of course (I seriously don’t know how they’ve survived this long without watching it).

The basis of this post is this: Star Wars rules!

Han Solo: You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.

And it always will 🙂

Luke: I can’t. It’s too big.

Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.

Sincerely yours,

Jazzy Jazz

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Westworld VS Westworld

Have you ever wanted to know what it would feel like to visit an amusement park where you could do whatever you wanted? Be who ever you wanted?

We know your fantasies, we know everything that happens in your deepest darkest dreams… and we’re making them all a reality.

Welcome to Westworld 2.0 my friends.

We’ve got horses, we’ve got prostitutes and we’ve got guns…lots and lots of guns.

HBO’s Westworld feels like it’s new, but it’s based on the 1973 film Westworld, and the major theme in both of them is this: technology vs humanity.

I think it was the perfect time for the TV show to be released last year because technology has evolved incredibly since the 70’s (were computers even a thing back then?) The robots are smarter, the settings look cooler and the guests are way more wicked.

I find the biggest difference between the movie and show is the visual effects. There are 44 years between the two and it shows when you’re looking at the difference in how the robots look, how much more vibrant the scenes are, and in the way that the robots move.

Another huge difference between the two is that the show makes the main characters the robots, while the movie mostly focuses on the humans who are visiting the park. The show gives more of a backstory to each robot and it’s obvious to the viewer that there is more to them than meets the eye. Are they capable of consciousness? Do they feel real emotions? Do they remember things? Could they be more like us than we know?

The TV show does a good job of getting us to feel empathy for the robots because they are more emotionally intelligent. While the movie makes it seem like the robots are emotionless and detached, you can tell that they don’t have a real “soul”.

Both the movie and TV show explores what it means to be human and how people act when they are told that they can have or do or be anything they want. What would be the worst thing that you’d do if you had the power? If Westworld were real; would you fire away at a bunch of human look-alike’s just to know what it feels like to kill people? Seriously… WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One of the biggest differences that I enjoy the most is that the show gives you more of a look behind closed doors, it introduces the creators and gives you an idea of who they are and what their main goals are with the park. I think it’s also really cool when they show the engineers playing with the robots and how they program them (like when Maeve Millay tricked the two nerdy engineers to do her bidding for her and change her programming). The movie does show a bit of this, but it’s mostly just picking up dead robot bodies at the end of each day. We don’t see if they have any emotional connection with any of the robots.

Even though the robots are way more realistic in the show, the adaptation doesn’t differ from the movies only rule: robots can die, guests cannot.

But… in both the movie and the show sh💙t hits the fan and robots do end up being able to kill real people.

The Season 2 premiere date has still not yet been released, but it’s most likely that it will premiere in 2018.

Let me know which adaptation you liked best, and what you think of the series so far 🙂

-Jazzy Jazz

My Favorite TV Genre’s: Basically All Of Them

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Hope everyone had a happy Pride Day this weekend!

By now, you should know I’m a huge fan of TV shows, and I love that every genre can make you feel a different way.

Happy Endings is a comedy that makes me laugh but binging on Crime like Criminal Minds turns me into a fully certified FBI Agent (more like a certifiable insane and unstable person who sits on the subway trying to guess who on it is most likely to murder me and chop up my body parts and throw them into Lake Ontario). I am entranced by Mysterious Riverdale and emotional when it comes to the Dramatic 13 Reasons Why. Action like Wynonna Earp turns me into a hero while a Horror like Bates Motel causes me to become the wimpiest version of myself. Science Fiction like Stranger Things both blows my mind and melts my brain but Once Upon A Time is a Fantasy that makes me believe in Fairy-tales again.

When I’m feeling sad I like to make myself feel even worse and watch Grey’s Anatomy and then after a few episodes of that I like to make myself laugh by watching How I Met Your Mother (except for the sad parts when Ted gets his heart broken, which is actually pretty often. Oh and the fact that you know who dies…and then the other you know who dies. THAT WAS SO SAD).

I think it’s amazing that shows have that kind of power, but not every show succeeds in knowing where it’s place is in the vast world of genres.

GAME OF THRONES… WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU?!

It’s an amazing show, HATS OFF to GEORGE (and DAVID & D.B) but what genre is it? IT’S EVERYTHING! It’s SCI-FI, HORROR, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE, FANTASY, DRAMA.

It’s EVERYTHING. I think that’s one of the reasons everybody (mostly) loves it so much. You know, aside from all the incest and how favorite characters always effing die. Thanks for that GEORGE (and DAVID & D.B)

Can’t you tell how much I LOVE/HATE Game of Thrones?! More like #GameofEVERYBODYDIESSOYOUBETTERNOTGETTOOATTACHEDTOANYONE

My apologies…. I get maybe just a little bit too emotional when it comes to GOT.

Let me know which genre is your favorite to watch and why 🙂

-Jazzy Jazz

 

Geoff Scott Interview: Orphan Black

GEOFF SCOTT:

“My greatest accomplishment with this show is that nobody has really noticed our work.”

Geoff Scott has a pretty rad job as a VFX Supervisor at Intelligent Creatures here in Toronto. He also has a pretty rad dog who helped out the show Orphan Black by letting them use her (to make a fake dead dog look more realistic) in episode 1 of Season 5 (his dog isn’t actually dead, they’re just really good at their job). Here’s some pictures showing what it looked like before and after they applied the visual effects. At the end is a picture of Geoff with his adorable pup!

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Geoff: Technically I’ve been working with Orphan Black for 6 years.

Me: How would you describe the show to somebody who’s never watched it?

Geoff: How would I describe the show to someone who’s never watched it? I would describe it as the story of a young drifter who finds out that she’s part of a large ongoing conspiracy about the implications of genetic copyrights and patents and ownership.

Me: Would you say it’s more technical or artistic or elements of both?

Geoff: One of the greatest aspects of the job is the beginning, working with the actors and directors to help design the sequences and the scenes with very little to start. So that sort of feels like a massive artistic component that I need in my life. By the end of it I have to make sure it looks so real from a technical perspective that hopefully nobody notices that I’ve done anything. So it’s both. It’s both art and craftsmanship.

Me: When you look back at some of the earlier episodes, can you see the improvements?

Geoff: Absolutely. Not so much from a technical perspective, I still feel very happy and confident with the quality of visual effects from 5 years ago which is saying something. But where you see the massive technical leaps in purely a level of complexity. Every season we end with something that at the beginning of the season, I didn’t think was possible.  And then the next season we’d start at that level of complexity. And only build more and more. It got more complex.

Me: How would you describe your first few years working on Orphan Black?

Geoff: The first year I knew we had something great. My fear was…nobody else would see it. That a lot of people would just dismiss it as… “Canadian Television”. And the first few years with any project there’s always this sort of uncertainty whether or not you’re gonna be asked back. Between seasons 1 & 2 we had a meeting, we had a post mortem in the beginning of season 2 where they wanted to see if we could do anything better and so I looked at the shots and we delivered something insane like, almost 300 shots. And there were two that I was “mehh could be a bit better” but 99.4 % happy, that’s amazing! That’s a win!  It was good… it was good, it was a bit unnerving at first, until you sort of realize how much excellent work had been done.

Me: Who is your favorite out of all the clones and why?

Geoff: I don’t have a favorite clone, I can tell you who my least favorite clone is. That’s Helena, that’s because Tatiana, up until Season 3… she would stay in character. So you know Sarah’s cool, you feel like you can go for a pint with Sarah. Alison reminds me of, you know, my mom…kind of. Cosima is the cool hippy chick that I could use to score… But Helena would just kill you and I really did not like working with Helena. And it was like working with a completely different person. Yeah it was not cool. Like there was a point where I’m just like… I’m gonna get stabbed if I get too close to this person. But completely different! It was… unnerving. So yes my least favorite is Helena because I was worried about my physical health.

Me: What has been your favorite moment or episode of the series so far that you’ve worked on?

Geoff: My favorite episode… I really liked 4.10 which was the last episode of last season cause we gotta have two clones beat the living snot out of each other. And any episode with Donnie, Kristian Bruun is one of the funniest people.

Me: What about visual effects or design work on the show do you find most interesting or fun?

Geoff: The funnest is actually designing the sequences or was designing as we’re in the last days of the last episode. Designing the clones scenes with the directors from the beginning is the most exciting part of it. Planning it out, you know, running it through with Tatiana and Aaron Morton the cinematographer…tweaking it, refining it. The part I like least is the doing it after the fact. The guys here are really good at the laborious amount of work that goes into it… my heart goes out to them. They put that much work into it here.

 Me:  What has inspired you personally as a visual effects artist?

Geoff: Ahh Star Wars! I was 4 years old when I saw Star Wars, I went through a brief phase where I thought I wanted  to be an actor because I thought you got to play with monsters and aliens. I thought they were real. And then one of my parents said “no, no it’s uh Special Effects”, it was special effects then, it’s now visual effects. “If you wanna do that, you know you gotta do this.” Okay Boom Done. That was it. So yeah… 40 years ago. F*ck. Yeah 40 years ago almost to the day…. Sh*t that’s weird. Yeah 40 years ago almost to the day is when I decided I wanted to do this.

Me: Are you sad that season 5 is going to be the last season?

Geoff: Yes…No, I am saddened not just because of the quality of it, but because of the quality of the crew and the quality of the cast and the quality of the team here. And the lack of ego’s and it’s just been an absolute gift, and I’ve been working in visual effects for 20 years and it is rare to find that in a cast and crew. I am incredibly happy because they’re ending really strong, as opposed to ending very um… where they do that thing where they tack on another two seasons just to make money and drag out a story line that isn’t there. So I’m happy that John and Graeme have stuck to their guns and are making a very concise strong story.

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I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, comment if you have any questions or just want to add something 🙂

-Jazzy Jazz

Season 5 of Orphan Black airs at 10:00 P.M Saturdays on BBC

 

 

A Poem: If I were A Zombie

I don’t think life would be that bad if I were a Zombie

I would use fake tan like Blaine Debeers and I would learn to live discreet

Yes I would have to eat human flesh, but hey at least my meals would be free

And I wouldn’t feel bad about it because only bad guys I would eat

 

I wouldn’t terrorize my city I would try to be one of the good guys

I’d still have a job and be myself, but I’d also bake brain pies

At night I would hunt the cruel and I would bathe in all their cries

And no one would be the wiser when I’d layer their blood on my curly fries

 

I would not have to waste any time by something as small as sleep

I would find a human I could befriend, so all my secrets she could keep

And though it may be hard, I’d never eat her, even if I craved her heart beat

Because even if it meant I’d starve, I promised only bad people I would eat