Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Trailer makes the….

The AV Club just ran an article on favorite film trailers. As a huge fan of trailers (like I usually like them more than I like the movies. I’m the person who if I’m late to a movie and I know I’ve missed the trailers, then I might as well not go to the film at all), it made me think about some of my own favorite trailers. I often use film trailers in my classes that I teach, as they are excellent to visually rhetorically analyze.

Six of my favorite trailers to do this with are: Alien/ Prometheus, Dark City/ The City of Lost Children and Looper/ 12 Monkeys. As the AV Club mentions, the Alien trailer is essentially perfect. What I love to talk to my students about is how the Prometheus trailer essentially tried to hit all of the same beats (almost exactly in some instances). Then we analyze how each works within those beats. Dark City and The City of Lost Children both have trailers that use some similar tones and effects create hauntingly evocative moods. 12 Monkeys and Looper also have propulsive trailers (also, it’s just so awesome that Bruce Willis was in two of the best time-travel films of all time).

Of these 6 films, all but Prometheus sit in my list of favorite films. I don’t argue that a good trailer equals a good film (because man has that been proven wrong) or even that a good movie automatically has a good trailer. However, the making of trailers, I do argue, is obviously an art form.

 

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Sci-fi Is My Playlist

Over the past weekend, I managed to write 10,000 words. It was two stories and I’d had the ideas for a while, just hadn’t put them to page, but still it was a lot and I am grateful. They are both pieces of the sci-fi novel-in-stories that I’ve been working on and both take traditional genre tropes and try to recreate them into something new (one of the goals of the novel is to view a sci-fi concept over time and styles). The stories turned out unexpected and better than I could have hoped (maybe, I still have new draft glass on, though…)

As I was writing, I found myself playing certain songs on loops. So, because I’m always thankful for the way music can help me to generate words, I thought I’d again put a “playlist” of what I was listening to while I wrote these two stories. I’ve linked to available versions of the songs where there is an official version available.

1.) Drawn to the Blood by: Sufjan Stevens

2.) Cough Cough by: Everything Everything

3.) Bite Down by: Bastille (featuring Haim)

4.) Anywhere on this Road by: Lhasa

5.) Used by: Wyvern Lingo

6.) Death by: The Dodos

7.) Blood by: Algiers

8.) Plasma by: Kimmo Pohjonen and Kronos Quartet

9.) I Can See the Future by: Iran

10.) Hellhound on My Trail by: Robert Johnson

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New story up at Diabolical Plots

I am honored to have a story up at Diabolical Plots. You can read it here.

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