Here's one that might get me into some trouble since I'm a creative, posting on a board of creatives and work in an industry of creatives.

I'm sick of a lack of genuineness in the creative industry. As in, everyone I know who works in the city and works at a creative agency has to wear the same designer clothing/shoes/sunglasses/hats. They all look like they stepped out of an instagram picture about millennials. You can't tell me that's not reactionary. Or maybe it's not. I don't know. It doesn't feel genuine, anyways. It feels like they got out into the world and realized "nobody will see me as a creative if I don't dress the part". So it's a bunch of people not being themselves trying to impress a bunch of OTHER people who ALSO aren't being themselves. Meanwhile good work is good work and shit work is shit work and good design sense and composition doesn't give a shit if your sunglasses are from the Kanye West line or if you got them off the clearance rack at Walmart.

Alright, I'm going to get into trouble for this one.

Superhero movies. Like, all of them. Except Logan.

Yeah I realized Scott didn't direct after I wrote this. My buddy had told me he did. He was Ex Pro though, so I would think he had a lot of influence on how the movie played out.

I just saw it. Fuck, man. What a rush. Seeing good storytelling like that is like snorting a line of cocaine. Or several. Or whatever.

Blade Runner 2049 is a testament to Ridley Scott's ability to use light and composition to tell a story. The long, slow-burn of the pacing felt just like the original. Almost every frame could have been printed out and hung in a photography exhibit. Just beautiful work.

And while all that was super great, that's not what I loved about this movie. As far as visuals go, I really think that's the easy part. They've used the original as a template, and while this one was still brilliantly shot, it's imitative by nature.

To me, the performances were what won the day. I think anyone would have been able to just shoot visually "Blade Runner-esque" picture, throw in some Vangelis and call it a day. It was the subtle emotions of the characters, especially Ryan Gosling's K, that made this stand out as great.

(spoilers)

To be specific, I spent a large chunk of the movie going "please don't let him be Deckard's son. Please don't let him be Deckard's son". And he wasn't, and I was glad. What really got me was how K went from discovering he may have a family to having it all torn away from him. Instead that pain and sense of loss destroying him, he used it to give his life to get Deckard back to his daghter. And really, that's what the movie turned out to boil down to. In the end, we don't really know much about K. All we know is that he found his humanity and gave up everything to do the decent thing.

I was at the edge of my seat for pretty much the whole thing. My hat is off the Ridley. He's still got it.

Now he needs to put that much effort into making a decent Alien sequel.

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(10 replies, posted in Creations)

Thank you, sir! I too, am terrified of swimming in the deep. I'm fascinated by marine biology, to the point where I wanted to major in it at one point. I aspire to own a huge reef tank one day. I love going out on boats. But when asked why I haven't gotten my SCUBA cert yet? Because fuck that, that's why.

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(10 replies, posted in Creations)

Thanks for the kind words, guys.

@Tomahawk - How dare you give me honest feedback on a discipline I aspire to be better at yet possess limited knowledge and experience in.

No but seriously, I'm not sure how I missed the stitch points because you're right, they are very obvious. Might be because I'm working on a laptop or MAYBE I'M JUST A TERRIBLE ARTIST AND WORTHLESS HUMAN BEING AND SHOULD JUST QUIT OH GOD. No idea. But good catch. I'll probably just take the image off altogether. There's not a lot of compositional value in it I don't think, stitch-points aside.

@Teague - Thanks much! I shoot on a Canon 6D, primarily with an EF 24-105mm f4 lens. I also occasionally use a DJI Osmo Pro, but not all the time. But there are a couple of shots in there that I used the Osmo for. I took the fish shot at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, so fortunately I didn't actually have to dive under the ocean to get that picture (though I think that would be freakin' sweet). I was able to stand in a glass tunnel.

Also, as far as getting the composition on that shot it was 1/4 design sense, 1/4 patience, 1/2 just snapping shots left and right until I had a decent one.

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(10 replies, posted in Creations)

Hi all,

I like taking pictures and my name is Evan. So I created a new website called evantakespictures.com.

I posted some of my photography a little while back, but that was on my main website and I was finding that it wasn't a great fit, so I split it off. The work is ok, but it's a place to put images as I learn and grow.

Check it out. Or don't. But please do.

Evan

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(10 replies, posted in Off Topic)

EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY!!! *Muffled*

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(958 replies, posted in Off Topic)

I've seen the first season of Broadchurch and loved it. There was only one season at the time.

I remember Jodie Whittaker (the 13th Doctor) in the show, but she was a distressed mother. Was hard to see the Doctor qualities in that kind of character but does not mean that she does not possess them.

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(17 replies, posted in Creations)

Finished room. Since then I've put a monitor in there. Then this week I'll be populating it with my stupid figurines and a couple of my better movie posters. I also need to get some sound treatment padding because it is echoey as crap in there.

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(17 replies, posted in Creations)

Cool, but I'd kill for a raccoon sidekick to keep me company while I work.

So, cost is pretty good. I got the shed as you see it in the first couple of pics for $2900. That includes delivery and installation. The electrical, drywall, painting, insulation, etc, all depends on how much you can do yourself. In my case I know a guy who graciously did the electrical for me, so all things considered I paid an extra $2k to get it renovated but it would have been considerably more expensive had I used contractors for everything.

But if you have resources to do it all yourself you can do it dirt cheap.

Hey guys. So like, I live in Oregon. Most of you live in SoCal so you know about expensive west coast living. Well, I'm on one income and support a family, but I managed to buy a modest house that's a thousand square feet, two bed, one bath. It's a great little house for the family. Only problem is that there's no place for me to have an office for my freelancing. So I decided to make one. We have a big yard/driveway, so there's a great space toward the front. Tuff Shed was running a deal so I bought an 8x10 lean-to, got an electrical permit and dug a trench from my house to the shed. My buddy did the electrical (that's what he does) and we've been putting in insulation, drywall, painting, and this week we're doing the flooring and finishing it up.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-15%2017.42.46.jpg
The shed in all its glory, the day it was delivered/built in my driveway. At this point it's not painted (adding paint was an extra cost).

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-15%2017.41.30.jpg
This is a pano of the shed from inside when it was delivered.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-21%2012.05.59.jpg
The trench I dug from my main breaker box on the side of my house to the shed. It took forever. 70 feet in all, had to be 20 inches deep to pass inspection. If I never dig another trench as long as I live, I'd die happy.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-21%2012.05.56.jpg
My buddy setting up power from the main breaker.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-21%2016.33.02.jpg
I used a spade drill bit to make holds through the studs and run wiring to each outlet.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-21%2017.44.56.jpg
Where the light switch will be.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-21%2018.04.25.jpg
Wiring up the box on the shed side.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-25%2008.10.22.jpg
Sheetrock's half in, here.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-28%2014.13.19.jpg
From the outside, now there's an external outlet and a light socket where we'll hang an outside light.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-28%2014.13.53.jpg
Drywall is all hung! My son rockin' it inside. Still need to tape off the drywall and paint, then do the flooring. The gap in the drywall over the boxes is where the heating/cooling unit will go.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-29%2015.55.13.jpg
The exterior, which I managed to put some gray paint on during memorial day. I still need to paint the trim.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/68111391/shed/2017-05-29%2015.55.40.jpg
Newly gray wall and finished breaker box from my front yard.

Anyways, not quite done yet. This week we'll be laying the floors, finishing up the painting, installing the AC unit, outlets and light fixtures. Then I'll be putting my desk and chair in there, as well as all my figurines and I'll finally have a place to run my freelance business out of. Not that sitting at my kitchen table on a macbook to do all my creative work isn't a bucket of laughs.

Will post pics of the finished office.

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(0 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

Say hello to Baby Driver.

https://youtu.be/XZ4DVKCPjNk

Interesting! And thanks for the kind words.

I do have other vfx shots (more than just screen replacements) but was trying to keep all vfx somewhat related to mograph (which is my calling card). I may try putting them in and see how they fair.

Great feedback guys, all being taken into consideration.

Great feedback! Thanks!

EDIT: I'm sad to say because I like the energy in that song but I think I whole-heartedly agree. Not that I didn't before, but the more I listen back the more I hear what you're saying. I think the music is dominating the reel too much. Also because it's a well-known song, so the reel sort of becomes a music video. I've started searching for stock music that is a bit more out-of-the-way. Still upbeat, but no vocals and doesn't take over the edit. Sometimes, after staring at an edit 5,000 times, it can be hard to make objective decisions and I need outside feedback to give me a nudge.

Thanks again for your feedback, that's exactly the kind that I'm looking for. Better to hear that kind of stuff now than for an agency art director to think it, shut it off and never call me back. Also, I've been cautioned against using copyrighted music for my reel, so I've always been on the fence about using one.

Hi all,

I'm attempting to re enter the job market. I've created a new demo reel that's intended to reach creative agencies in the marketing circuit.

I really want to make sure it's as good as it can be from an editing standpoint. If you have a bit, go to www.evansprague.com and watch it on the front page. Give me your likes and dislikes. What do you like about it? Why? What do you think needs work? Why? Feel free to shred the content, but the content is what I've got.

Thanks in advance!

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(5 replies, posted in Pitches, Fixes, and Rewrites)

Hi all,

I have this tendency to create characters or story ideas that I have no intention of doing anything with, but like to work on them just for fun.

I really like Pepperjack cheese. It's my favorite of all the cheeses in all the land. So in my head I created this character named Pepperjack.

Her name is Jacklyn Peppermire. She's a professional assassin known as Pepperjack. That would also be the name of the movie/graphic novel if one ever existed. If it were a movie it would have punk rock undertones, probably be hard R rating, and would be an action comedy.

"So wait... just Deadpool with a girl?"

A little bit. But not that off the wall. I think she'd have a similar "devil may care" attitude, but her personality would be more reigned in. She's a pro, she's not on a revenge kick, so she's more selective about who she kills and why she kills them.

Thing is, I also like collaborating. Again, not making a movie. This is just for fun. It likely won't ever leave this forum.

But if you want to pitch in and come up with cool movie synopses, that's what this thread is meant for.

Example:
Action/Comedy - Pepperjack is sent to a small town just north of the Mexican border. When she finds out her target is actually an entire family, her employer sends another guy to sort the issue out. The man tries to kill the family (including the kids) himself, she kills the guy and ends up  bringing the whole crime organization down on that town. At first she decides to put the town in her rearview mirror, but changes her mind and chooses to stay and fight.

That's just spitballing. Come up with your own synopsis for Pepperjack. Doesn't have to be comedy if you think something else would be better. Her backstory can be whatever. She doesn't have to be anything like Deadpool. She could be warm and happy and sincere. She could be on a revenge kick too if you wanted. Up to you. Whatever you want.

aaaaaaand go. If you want. Or whatever.

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(2,074 replies, posted in Off Topic)

MartyJ wrote:

Logan is very unusual for an X-Men movie, maybe even more so than Deadpool. It manages to weave elements of a western, a road movie and a character drama quite skillfully (to use a cliché, it transcends the comic book movie genre). Some even call it Marvel's Dark Knight.

Easily the most mature film of the series, a huge improvement over the fairly formulaic X-Men: Apocalypse. Definitely worth seeing.

I agree. Saw it opening weekend, absolutely loved it. Great way for Jackman and Stewart to say farewell to their respective roles. I wouldn't say all comic book movies should share this tone or be this intense. I think I like having the fun Marvel movies we're used to. But movies like this certainly are a wonderful break from the monotony of action-driven blockbusters. It's icing on a cake.

I really think Logan could be compared to a game called the Last of Us. This movie technically doesn't take place in a post-apocalyptic world (well, ok, in a way it does HUEHUEHUE), but it does for mutants. It's a story of a small handful of mutants just trying to hang on to their lives and humanity by a thread.

I highly recommend to anyone who was on the fence. While, on the whole, I don't think the X-Men movies are as good as the MCU films, I give them credit for taking more risks, whereas MCU movies tend to stick with a formula.

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(0 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

It was certainly a trailer for a movie. That's a fact.

What I know about this movie from the trailer:

1.) It'll be a movie
2.) It'll likely be longer than the trailer
3.) It'll probably be 24fps
4.) It'll star J.K. Simmons
5.) Cyborg has AT LEAST one line of dialogue
6.) Warner Brothers successfully hired an editor capable of matching gunfire in the movie up with music.

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(429 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Teague wrote:

I, for one, remember Dan Sturm.

*sits back down like Atticus Finch*

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Ok, forget everything I've said up until now. You want to know me? Watch this video I made out of boredom last year.

https://vimeo.com/168016790/a90c756b6b

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(429 replies, posted in Off Topic)

I worked at Intel with a dude who listened to it religiously and I think knows a couple of the guys, but I don't know (his name was Dan Sturm if anyone is familier). Now he works in VFX somewhere. I don't really keep tabs.

I didn't really become an avid listener until close to when they were done. Mainly because I didn't really ever have a chance to sit and listen to podcasts. So I'd listen every now and again but not all the time. Now I've got a long drive to work, so I listen then (just to put into perspective why the hell it took me seven years to get on the forums).

@Saniss - It's ok. Even the lead singer of the Proclaimers only walked 1000 miles. And that was for love.

My contribution (it's a doozy):

Ok, I think Christopher Reeve is an awesome Superman (that's not the controversial opinion). But here's the thing: I don't care for the Donner Superman movies. Like, any of them. Old guys, don't tell me I just don't understand because I wasn't alive yet (well, for the first one). Overall, they're fairly goofy movies. Margo Kidder is insane. Gene Hackman plays a goofy, dopey, comic-relief Lex Luthor. Lex is a character who, in the comics, is one of the smartest and most calculating people on the planet. He's also all kinds of evil, and he's more than just a mustache twirling Snidely Whiplash wannabe. Do I think Superman is fine? Sure. Do I respect it as a benchmark of its time? Of course. Same with Superman II. I think the groundwork is there. That's not what bothers me about these movies. What bothers me is that, whenever a new Superman movie comes out, everyone loses their damn minds if it's not like the Christopher Reeve films.

Let's get one thing straight. Superman (as a character) is much, much older than the Richard Donner films, and the majority of his adventures have been on a comic book page, not on screen. The Donner movies are not the be-all end-all baseline of how a Superman movie absolutely HAS to be.

Does that mean I think Man of Steel was good? No. Man of Steel was pretty much shit. At best it was mediocre. But that was for its own reasons. Not because it wasn't like Reeve's Superman. In fact, if anything, the fact that it tried to borrow Superman II's plotline worked against it.

Bryan Singer's Superman Returns suffers from an even worse problem, which is that it couldn't decide if it was a reboot, remake, or a sequel. Chronologically it took place after the events of the last Reeve film. But the crisis point and several dialogue lines were stolen from the first Donner film.

It's like filmmakers keep forgetting that Superman was (and is) a comic book character first and a movie character second.

To quote Forest Gump, "That's all I got to say about that right now."

Please.... be gentle.

I have not seen this one, so ultimately I cannot comment on it in the grand scheme. I have, however, seen the original numerous times and absolutely love it. It was one of my favorite disney movies growing up, and still continues to be. My wife recently saw the new one and thought it was fine, but didn't love it.

I can say I agree that musicals in general are no different from any story. Whatever is happening on screen has to be for some sort of reason. If they're singing a song, why are they singing a song now instead of earlier? Typical musical format would say you put the important character-building or plot-furthering points in musical numbers. The music are the dots, the non-music is connecting the dots. I think that works.

My issue with this movie (and again, I have no seen it so I cannot say for sure) is the same issue that I have with the Broadway version: Not all the songs are from the original. That part is fine. But it's clear which are Menken and which were tacked on to make it different/longer.

Other feedback I've heard about the movie: Emma Watson is fine, but her singing voice isn't up to par with the rest of the cast and sticks out (especially next to Dan Stevens).

Regan wrote:

Oh lord

Yeah, probably a bit of a long-winded outlandish post over a movie that isn't really trying to being something that deserves that kind of outcry. I'm...passionate? About random stuff.

ShadowDuelist wrote:

While I absolutely agree with all those points (hell, I couldn't even remember the villains name when talking about it immediately after exiting the theater), I enjoyed the fuck out of that movie. Because the movie isn't taking it's self too seriously I'm more willing to let those things slide. It's kinda like watching a Jackie Chan flick. I don't know why he's in a pot and ladder factory, but it's fun watching it. Scenes like where they're fighting through reversing time or where they're trying to deal with the mirror dimensions bullshit have a similar vibe to me.

I think that was the thing for me and I agree with you that a lot of Hong Kong films don't work story-wise, but their exciting choreography makes it a non-issue. And maybe it lost something not being viewed on the full screen. I think a defining aspect of Marvel movies is more the experience and less the integrity of the story. Pretty much all the others I got to see in the theater at one point or another. In fact, I don't think there was a single MCU film until this one that I had to miss. So the lack of that theatrical experience could be largely what marred the film for me.

In the end I'll digress. I'm definitely in the minority on how I feel about this film. I guess in the end, the larger, more broad point I was trying to make is that I'm starting to get bored of the MCU films. I think their tendency to follow a formula had a lot of strengths in the beginning, but after 2018 I think they'll be up to almost 20 films.