On the 1st of March we had Cape Town pride. With all the gay rights violations happening around the world it seemed very hard to pick a theme for this years pride. To me Uganda was the biggest topic for gay rights this year. Yes Russia had made a very unfair anti-propaganda law that would make being an out gay illegal, telling gays that they better not show anybody how gay they are. Russia used a very sneaky law to do almost the same as Uganda, except Uganda made it illegal to be gay, not only can you not be out, you can not be gay in anyway or know any gay people. You will go to jail for being who you are, and if you are a known gay in prison I do not see you coming out of prison alive.
So I created my Uganda Gay Pride Flag to create awareness and to have a resource for other LGBT pride parades.
Please use the Uganda Heart or Normal Gay Uganda Pride flag at your next pride or gay rights rally.
Hundreds of people loved my shirt design that me and my boyfriend was wearing. Many other people wore UGANDA shirts and South Africa’s second largest political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) had all their LGBT members wear UGANDA T-Shirts (PICTURE BELOW). My mother and father was also at pride wearing P-FLAG shirts. ( Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays.) My dad and mom have started a Somerset West / Strand PFLAG group on Facebook, please follow them by clicking HERE. I am really lucky to have parents that support me and love me. Me and my sister are LGBT and they give us all the support and love we need to thrive. We all had a great out and pride parade, so enjoy our pictures and remember to keep the message strong, GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!
On Saturday March 1st a Gay Pride parade will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. After weeks main stream news media focusing on Russia and its anti-gay propaganda laws we need to start focusing our efforts on UGANDA. A new law has made being LGBT a crime in the African country.
I took the original UGANDA national flag and updated the colors to reflect the LGBT flag and the LGBT community living in UGANDA. My flag represents freedom for all UGANDANS no matter what their sexual orientation is.
HERE is a side by side comparison:
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
BELOW are two designs, the one has a heart shape, great for t-shirts, and the other the normal rectangular flag shape, great for banners or posters.
LGBT UGANDA GAY FLAG PRIDE 2014 HEART STEPHENBEKKER
Like my FACEBOOK page, https://www.facebook.com/StephenBekkerProductions , I will be making new LGBT PRIDE material for INDIA, ZAMBIA, USA, RUSSIA etc . Send me request if you need an LGBT inspired design.The Power of Gay .com is my new gay orientated blog, focusing on gay empowerment and education.
FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD and DISTRIBUTE – PRINT IT, POST IT, WHATEVER.
Hope to see this at the Cape Town pride parade on Saturday, for more Cape Town pride info please visit:
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)