Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Response to @TheAshleyClem’s ‘A Note on Stories’!!!

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Hey guys,

I read this post the other day from Ashley Clements, star of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) and thought I would respond to it. I want to talk about what art is and what arts place is in society. This topic has come up a lot lately.

Brief summary of what Ashley said (if you don’t want to read it):

She talked about messages that she’s gotten where people tell her that LBD has helped people through tough times and that the characters have become their friends. She says that often the notes include something along the lines of “I know that sounds silly…”. Ashley asserts that it doesn’t sound silly at all and that she can think of times that the same thing has happened to her. She says that we should embrace that feeling and dive head first into it. To really get what she’s saying just read it here.

I totally agree with her. I can think of several things off the top of my head that were kind of an escape for me and that I felt as though the characters were my friends. One of those things is Harry Potter. I grew up with HP. I felt like I was growing up along side of him. To this day, I’m waiting for my Hogwarts letter.

Another one of those things which really helped me discover who I am was the web series, Anyone But Me. I know that I’ve talked about this a hundred million times, but I really owe a lot to this series and I’m very sad that it’s over.

What is Art?

I think that art is very hard to define. Dictionary.com defines art as:

The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

and to some extent, I agree. To me, art is:

The creative expression of emotions whether through visual, written, dance, acting, music, etc.

You can argue that art is in nature as well, but I want to talk about human made art.

Are Video Games Art?

Now that you know my definition of what art is, we can tackle this question. I believe that all video games to some extent are in fact art.

Here’s a video that sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty well.

Sure you can argue that some games are inherently more artsy than others (the indie game Braid comes to mind), but games are art in my mind.

Do We Need It?

Wholeheartedly, the answer is yes. Art has been around for as long as we have written records of humans. It’s something that has been used to pass down traditions from generation to generation by storytelling. The cave painting that ancient civilizations have left behind all tell stories about the lives of people during those times.

When I hear about schools cutting funding to the art programs, it breaks my heart. Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed going to art class. I wasn’t the best in my class, but I enjoyed it none the less. In high school, I was fortunate enough to go to an arts charter school where art became a huge part of my life. To this day, I still write a ton and enjoy acting.

I Think I’ve Said my Peace

I think I’ve said all that I need to say. I could go on for hours about how much I love art and how important it is, but you should let me know what you think in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd

Wildwood Film Festival!!!

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Hey guys,

I had the chance to got to the Wildwood Film Festival on Saturday this week and let me tell you, it was the most amazing inspirational things that has ever happened to me.

The Wildwood Film Festival has been going on for 12 years and has showcased over 400 films with some sort of connection to Wisconsin. This years festival showcased 38 films from many different genres, varying in lengths and subject matter. Below is one of the films showcased in the festival.

The films were broken up into four viewing sessions and after each session, the audience was asked to choose their two favorites. For those of us who stayed for the whole day, we were tasked with choosing our “Best of the Fest”.  For me, it came down to 4 films, which I will go into greater detail about.

The first film that made my short list was a film entitled GEARS.  Here’s the synopsis:

A father and daughter live in a typical suburban home. After the daughter is in a near fatal accident, the over-protective father investigates the origin of an unknown gear discovered after the incident.

GEARS is a sci-fi film. There was enough mystery and intrigue to keep you wanting to find out what was going to happen next.

Next was the film entitled Yellow Hill: The Stranger’s Tale.

The Stranger comes to a small western town searching for her father, but finding the truth will change her forever.

This film is a western and is used for fundraising for the larger film, which I thought was a really interesting idea.While it was a little bit hard to get into at first, ti was really good by the end. I really wanted to know more by the end of it.

I had a really hard time picking my “Best of the Fest” because I thought these final two films were really good and were both deserving of the title.

This next film was my extremely close second entitled The Miracles of Honey Bee Hill.

A young female pines for true love, but when she finds her “special someone”, she also finds a heap of trouble.

It was a dramedy, although I think that the comedy was accidental. It was an amazing film with an amazing message.

So my pick for “Best of the Fest” was actually one of the last films that I saw. It was a film entitled The Wheel.

This whimsical, visually imaginative tale concerns a dutiful young man fated to maintain a wheel that balances the entire world and his rebellious sister who its determined to mischievously tempt that fate.

It’s a sci-fi, steampunky film. I really liked the costuming, set design and overall movie. It was really a tale about forgiveness without spoiling too much of the plot. I would have liked to embed the video here, but alas, I cannot, so here’s a link to the film. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I also met some film makers that gave me the swift kick in the butt that I need to actually film something of my own, which I will let you all know about when the time is right.

If you want more about the festival, you can check out their web site here.

TTFN,
Nerd

New @L7sville Review!!!

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Howdy guys,

I thought that I would share one my current favorite web series with you, Squaresville. I know that I’ve talked about it before, but it is completely worth watching. It’s just amazing and I guess you could say that I’m biased due to the interviews that I’ve done, but I wouldn’t have done them if I didn’t think the show was worth watching.

Below is the playlist for Season 1:

And season 2:

And my thoughts and reactions:

Let me know what you thoughts about the series and my videos is in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd