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

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

 

 

Jane The Virgin

Can someone please tell me why Jane The Virgin isn’t a bigger show then it is? I just started watching it and I’M IN LOVE already. It’s AMAZING and SO DAMN FUNNY! I relate in SO MANY ways to Jane and it takes seriously effed up scenarios and makes them feel so much lighter by layering the problems in the show with humor. One minute you’re insanely sad while you’re feeling some of the confusion and anxiety that Jane is going through… and the next you’re laughing your ass off while Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil) stalks his very confused and out of the loop daughter (LOL). This is the PERFECT show because it’s not just a comedy it’s an amazing drama, it’s a…Dramedy?

I think it’s such a great show because so many young women can relate… maybe not to the accidentally getting inseminated with a random man’s life juice part… but there are other things Jane deals with that a lot of us have to worry about too. We can’t bond over the way she got pregnant but pregnancy in general… that’s something that most of us will at some point (if we haven’t already) experience at least once in our lives (probably more). This show is exactly what women in their early 20’s should be watching. It shows us how hard some situations can be, but also that we can get through them and that there are always better days ahead. And the men… whew they are not bad to look at that’s for sure. Damn Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni) is one very very handsome man (Mmm Mmm). I think one of the biggest reasons why I love this show so much is that one of my closest (and coolest, and prettiest, and funnest, and smartest…shall I go on?) friends is Spanish (obviously she’s the one who got me hooked) so I can say things to her like “Woad dude, your family definitely is this crazy,” or “WHY ARE SPANISH WOMEN SO FREAKING HOT, EVEN GRANDMA IS HOT! WHAT THE HELL?!”

So far Jane in her own way has taught me that even when life gives you the opposite of what you thought you wanted… you can and usually have to persevere. With the help of her Mother and Grandmother, Jane is accomplishing what I am absolutely sure that I would not be able to: she’s becoming a mom. Even though she’s thinking (so far) of giving the baby to Rafael and his (mean, promiscuous, rude, stupid, maybe murdering) wife, she’s still doing everything in her power to stay healthy and make the right choices for the baby. After watching the episode when Jane and Rafael hear the heartbeat for the first time, I think that was the first glimpse of Jane actually starting to fall in love with her little bump and trust me it was freakin adorable (at the same time sad too). I’ve watched my oldest sister get pregnant (well… not the getting, but definitely the being) and it was such a roller coaster for her. She had even planned and expected the pregnancy. Watching how emotional it was for my sister made me realize that even the women who look like they have it all figured out, they too still have a lot of learning to do. Damn those pregnancy hormones, I remember watching my sister laugh/cry/and yell at her husband all in the span of 5 minutes and I cannot imagine being in Jane’s shoes. Being ambushed with the baby in the first place, having her fiance act like a DOUCHE about it, and having maybe (real?) feelings for her baby daddy. DAMN that would be tough to deal with without all the effed up pregnancy hormones. I seriously doubt there is anybody in the world who could pull through this pregnancy and still make it seem as funny as Jane does.

The reason that I think this show is one that women in their 20’s should watch is because it takes such a life altering thing, that really could happen to anyone, the unplanned pregnancy that is, and it teaches us a healthy way of looking at it. I like that the show introduces adoption a little bit by way of Jane wanting to give the baby over to Raf and his wife. It gives us a bit of a glimpse of something that you normally don’t see in too many TV Shows: private adoption. Sure, we’ve seen plenty of shows/movies that talk about the horrible foster care system, but we don’t usually see too much of what a happy private adoption looks like. I like this show because it’s lighthearted and sweet and hilarious but also because it makes me THINK. “What would I do if I wasn’t ready to have a baby but found out I was pregnant?” It makes me think about things that I never had to before… “What are my views on abortion?” “Do I ever want to be a mom?” “Would I even make a good one?” “Would the man in my life step up for me or would he disappear if I was put into the same situation?” These are questions that maybe at 22 I should be asking myself, but never really thought about before.

Feel free to let me know what you’ve learned about yourself from watching Jane The Virgin, I know I’ve learnt plenty.

Sincerely,

Jazzy Jazz

Orphan Black, Wynonna Earp & Wonder Woman: Bad-Ass Female Roles

Isn’t it such a cool thing, the fact that we can dream up pretty much any scenario up in our heads and then come back down to earth and recreate it? I mean, how awesome is that?! I’ve always been a fan of art: paintings, music, books, tattoos, movies- you name it. And man I can tell you that Orphan Black is a work of art. It’s sad that after season 5 there will be no more #CloneClub… except for the little clone that’s in all of us. It has been such a great show with a strong and talented female lead with amazing acting skills (and DAMN those visual effects are UNBELIEVABLE!!). And we need more movies and TV shows like that… We need more female lead roles to inspire us into being the strong, intelligent, creative and powerful women that we all have the capability of becoming.

My aunt had taken me to see the movie Wonder Woman a couple weekends ago and I was inspired and in awe of Gal Gadot and how brilliantly she played Wonder Woman. I was surprised at all the hype it was getting, as most super hero movies aren’t something that EVERYBODY talks about… but EVERYONE is talking about Wonder Woman. Talk about a strong influential lead female role. I had doubts before going to see this movie, based on the over-sexualization that female superhero characters often portray, and although there was still the skimpy super woman outfit, and although yes the men in the movie made passes at her, her look wasn’t the thing that made her powerful or made people listen to her.

She was exciting and brilliant and she was different. She didn’t care about the opinions of others, even the man she was falling in love with. She forced people to listen to her in order to do what was right, and when they didn’t she took matters into her own hands no matter how scary the situation ahead of her seemed. She didn’t listen when anyone told her no. She stood up with her head held high and did whatever was necessary to save the human race from the GOD OF WAR. And that’s what we need, more movies that can empower women and show that we can do whatever necessary to save the world, with or without any man. Although yes, Chris Pine looked hella fine and did do a really brave and noble act at the end.

Like Orphan Black, Wynonna Earp is another TV series that I find demonstrates how powerful a woman can be. And hallelujah season two has finally begun. If you haven’t seen Season One yet, it’s pretty much the female version of the show Supernatural and It. Is. Bad. Ass. Instead of Sam and Dean it’s Wynonna and Waverly, and I can’t believe I’m saying this (I used to be just a little bit obsessed with Supernatural, those boys are FIIIINE) but I think I might actually like them better than their male counterparts. Not only does this show teach young women to be strong, confident, independent and fierce … it’s also got amazing visual effects. Everything about this show is awesome and you’ll regret it if you don’t check it out.. that’s a promise.

*Thanks for reading my first post, I’m also going to start making YouTube videos VERY soon. If you’ve watched either TV shows let me know what you think of them 🙂

-Jazzy Jazz