I am writing the last few pages of my new short film. I can see this little boy as he says goodbye to his father. How is world changes in a second, he became a man because he had too. And what hurts the most is the pain in his dads face as he has to leave his son behind because he cant find work. He never knew all the pain his son would endure outside Kampala, being a gay man, a man of god sent to hell.
I really can’t help but feel the pain my characters are feeling. It hurts. What makes it worse is that I know that thousands of people feel this pain and that they are voiceless. I never wanted fame or fortune, all I want is to tell a story. A story that no one has heard, or one that we can all recognize, a universal arc of human feeling.
If you want to hear a brilliant song that I’m trying to get the rights to for my short check this out!
So if you hate anyone, black, white, christian , gay, muslim you need to realize you are an ahole.
We need to strive towards love, not because of a god but because we share this world for a split second, then it is done. No do overs. Stop the hate, stop the judgment, stop being a scared little ahole and be a man (or woMAN).
Yes if you know me these blogs might seem very personal, but they are, if you feel strange about it it’s ok that is normal. People are not used to seeing others real emotions, we tend to hide behind walls or mountains. I only live once, I will live it fully.
If you are a possible employer and want me to rather pipe down then guess again, that is not me. A life of silent frustration is not the one I will live.
If you have seen my short a few months from this post I hope it came across, I hope you felt it.
Also visit my other blog for more LGBT stuff, (GAY STUFF) www.thepowerofgay.com
So the more famous your own MEME gets the closer it gets to dying. And if your MEME needs an explanation it is not truly a MEME.
A MEME is an element of culture that can be passed from one person to another.
Today a MEME gets all its power from Social media platforms like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The more a MEME is shared the bigger it gets.
But some MEMES are more advanced than others. Here are some examples.
EASY MEMEs: 100% effective:
So as you can see TROLL FACE MEME is relatively simple to understand. If you have no prevoius knowledge of where it came from. Or do you dissagree, comment below!
But now I am going to reveal the origin of TROLL FACE, all thanks to www.KNOWyourMEME.com
“The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his deviantART handle Whynne, as part of a MS Paint webcomic webcomic about the pointless nature of trolling on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board. The comic was uploaded to deviantART on September 19th, 2008.” http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem
Do you like this MEME more or less after I showed you how it originated? This meme is an example of ORGANIC MEME. It was not created by the artist to excist as a MEME. I am making distinctions between Organic Memes and Manufactured Memes. There is a third Meme and it is called the Capitalist Meme and the last one the USER ACTIVE MEME.
A organic MEME is shared by OTHERS, not the creator> A “stolen” feeling or frustration was expressed and a person wanted to use that art/picture or expression to express themselves or comment on a social media post. The Meme spread through users. If this Meme is abused, and the original meaning is lost, the Meme slowly dies out.
USER ACTIVE MEME:
This Meme is not one MEME but rather thousand of variations of a MEME. One image starts the MEME, others then take this MEME and RECREATE it and posts their own version of the MEME. Or users can use the same MEME as a template, where they then change the TEXT or edit the image to make the MEME fit their own joke or commentary.
A Manufactured MEME is created by the creator. It is then PLANTED into REDDIT, tumblr, Facebook and Google+. The creator takes an active role in spreading his MEME to the correct audience so that they can take the MEME further and spread it world wide. The creator uses this Meme on various social media platforms to try and get many people to see it and start sharing it.
The capitalist MEME can also be called the TIMED MEME or Public Relations MEME. This MEME is created by a BRAND. It could be created to enhance product knowledge or design aspects. It can also be used to trick the audience to believe that the MEME was created by users and not the brand itself. If people are sharing this MEME the company has received free advertising.
These 4 types are my personal MEME categories, some other smart people might go on to list hundreds more Meme types but I believe my 4 types encompasses all Memes. What is the motive behind the MEME? If you can answer that you know where the MEME fits within my 4 categories. We have already discussed one example of ORGANIC MEME, the TROLL FACE. Created as part of a larger work of art, it became a symbol of internet TROLLS that answer online posts with illogical en stupid arguments. It was shared by other frustrated users. Here are examples of the other 3 Meme categories.
USER ACTIVE MEME:
So is MEME culture here to stay or is it a passing fad? Well with over 42 Million Meme hits on Google it would seem Memes are the new 21st century cultural phenomenon. We might see Facebook die, Google plus might fade even twitter might tweet softly but you can bet your teeth on the fact that MEME will be flying all over the place, hopefully people will not sit by and let the MEMEs go without learning their deeper meaning. Some Memes do not need deeper meaning, they embody our emotions and feeling so well that the are universal communicators. People from all over the world can look at Grumpy Cat an have the same feeling of CUTE and AAAWWW shame. When you look at the YES baby you can only imagine how happy and relieved that little kid was about something, you connect with him, communicate. Yes communication is a 2 way street but he fact that you are sharing these Memes mean they are being used to communicate. Some of these meme sum up in a few split second how you feel. I believe MEMEs will become the new from of internet communication, the will change overtime but some will stay fixed and become internal communicators of certain emotions and feelings.
My MEME! So I made my own MEME after I saw Cate Blanchette in BLUE JASMINE. Her reaction to her husbands invitelity made my year. She (and the writers of the screenplay) summed up my frustration with hypocrytes so well. Her words were “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” and that is exactly how I feel about these ignorant religouis TROLLS on the internet, that have nothing better to do then be nagative and ignorant about gay rights and human rights in general.
Has the MEME become political? That is my next MEME post. The study of Meme is the study of modern culture at its most active.
PS: My writers challenge of one page a day is going great. My screenplay is at the end of the first ACT now, getting there one page at a time…
The first thing new writers ask me is, “how long should it take to write a screenplay?”, I don’t answer right away as I know that the next sentence will be some form of explanation from their part of why they still haven’t finished their own masterpiece.
One of the biggest problems writers talk about it called “Writers Block”. Writers block is an inability to continue writing your story, or to start a new story. I have had this illness many times before. It normally strikes me at the end of act 2, as our characters need to develop into new ones, having learnt a great deal after their confrontations with the antagonist.
But I found a cure, or at least for one of my “blocked” screenplays. I believe writers block is caused by dilemma in story, not dilemma in life. Yes you are probably stuck because you don’t know your characters well enough, or you don’t understand the theme of your film.
Theme is the most important part of a story, be it a screenplay or a novel or a web series. Web series make this mistake regularly, they forget theme for punchlines. But a very successful use of theme and comedy was done in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog” by Joss Whedon. Go check it out.
If you struggle to continue writing you are probably struggling with theme or character. I was stuck on my screenplay for almost 10 months! Yes I had written 72 pages and just couldn’t end it off. Yes I had planned it on paper, cue cards, software but I was stuck.
So then one day I went back to the very small town in rural, South Africa where I had lived as a young child. It suddenly dawned on me! This was my story, I was telling it about the fear or returning to that small, backwater, scary, religious, conservative trap of a town. I couldn’t wait to get home. As soon as I got back from that trip my laptop was burning as I typed my fingers raw. I wrote 32 pages that night and it was done!
Ok, it wasn’t done, I then went back and redrafted the whole story with my new revised, focused theme. And everything improved so much with my focused theme. Characters had more depth, I knew what they would do next, I could see them alive and doing stuff in my fictional world. I no longer wondered about the next step, cause I knew the theme and the point I wanted to get across to my audience. Most importantly I knew what the character wanted and feared.
So writers say this a lot but “Write what you know”. I finally got what they meant. Yes you can write the next STAR WARS without having lived in space, but the themes and characters must have a real life basis or inspiration for it to feel real. Theme should push your writing forward, it should make you challenge your fictional characters into new situations that push them to develop as characters.
And this is where art imitates life. If I didn’t go back to that town to confront my fear of failure and desolation I would never have scene the theme of my story so clearly. I believe most directors tell one story over and over again as they deal with that issue in their life. Look at Steven Spielberg’s films. E.T. is about a boy that discovers something magical and out of this world, but needs to hide it to keep it. Jurassic Park, a scientist discovers his life work but must keep it secret or else greedy people will want to steel it. In “Hook” Robin Williams goes back to the magical world where you never age, but no one believes him, and if he tells the secret it will be lost forever. Similar themes are all over the Indiana Jones movies and even in Schindler’s List a man must hide people, in a way he hides innocence from evil. Close Encounters of the Third Kind is also about a man that discovers something amazing, but no one believes him at first, they make him out as a loony, but it the end they come to see their mistake. So this is my 5 cents, Spielberg deals in his stories with childhood fear of rejection, of being called a fool for believing in something different.
So find YOUR theme, your story, your dilemma in life, and write the living text out of it. As Spielberg has shown you can write about anything but still have the same underlying theme. It doesn’t have to be your main theme but make sure you work your dilemma in there, the audience will love you for it.
If you are a writer please leave comments about your thoughts on writers block below. Have an amazingly creative day!
When my friend Niel asked me to take some pictures and video for his awesome band “The Parlor Vinyls” I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Niel’s band is a mix of oldschool rock / blues with heavy guitar riffs and hard hitting drum beats.
It’s a clash between Gaslight Anthem and old school Foo-Fighters. The Parlor Vinyls was rocking so hard they actually caused a power surge that blew some generators at the Cape Town Blues Summit on 30th of November 2012.
I went for a subdued warm style for the photography, I rammed op the focus to make it crisp and give it a magazine style look. Also used white bars to create poster effect. Hope you like the pics.
We got internet in 1995, I remember it took 30 mins for a small picture of Warcraft to download to my PC, I was 9 years old, I sat there looking at the pixels load thinking this was the best thing ever, now I get mad if my ADSL line doesn’t get at least 4mbs, it eeks me to rage if an HD 1080p YouTube video has LAG or buffers!
So being no stranger to the internet I only today, the 8th of December 2012 got my first WordPress blog. I have blogged on other platforms but they just felt dead and stuck.
As a selfproclaimed control freak I have researched WordPress for years and other means of internet expression. But now I finally made the jump to WordPress. Why? Well I had a myspace…and I have Facebook pages but all those sites kinda rely on you forcing your poor friends and family to read your crappy thoughts and ideas.
Given some thoughts on Facebook or twitter might be genuis, but your gran and aunt from rural no where might have missed that episode of “The Real L World” or “New Normal, even stuff like True Blood or Lady Gaga might make them sick to their conservative stomach.
So WordPress allows me to blog to the WHOLE WORLD. Yes now Billions can see my cr@p and roll their eyes at my pretentious self deceiving image of myself and my abilities.
Ok, so this blog will focus on Movies, TV, Film making, Directing, Video Editing, Cameras and other movie tech. Also scriptwriting, and storytelling in general.
Each post will cover one or more of those topics. And I will also give links to awesome utilities and sites I have found on the internet. And maybe I’ll even sell you some books online, that I’ve read and find AWESOME!
Another SO: I write kinda sarcastically and very blasphemosly, don’t take offence, or do take offense, whatever.
I will not SWEAR, but these words will replace them:
FRAK (see Battlestar Galactica)
BLERG (See 30 Rock)
Gosh (AKA Jaweh)
So any other harsh words only seem harsh cuase your probably a conservative internet trolling child molester.
Love you. Working on my first storytelling post as you read. Cheers (that means goodbye in South African, Cape Town
This is me! Well with some help from Airbrush in photoshop., slang)