Deconstructed: Pacific Rim

"Pacific Rim" is one of the huge Summer blockbusters, and its core concept can be summed up in five words: Giant robots fighting giant monsters. It sounds ridiculous, like any other movie on the ever-growing list of brainless action fare. But it’s one of my favourite movies so far this year. And for reference, this … Continue reading Deconstructed: Pacific Rim

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2001: An Odyssey of Tools

Ambiguity can be the enemy of comprehension, but artistry can override this. The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is a great example of this. Depending on who you ask, 2001 is either an ambitious piece of cinema or a dull, incomprehensible film. Critical analysis of Stanley Kubrick's space-age epic will often come up with creative … Continue reading 2001: An Odyssey of Tools

Medium-Shaped Stories, Part 2 – Film

This week, I’m looking at the medium of film. Movies, TV shows, Youtube videos, anything that can be watched by others--how does this provide a different way of storytelling from books and games? The biggest distinguishing feature about film is that it’s all about showing, not telling. Sure, you can have a narrator, to a … Continue reading Medium-Shaped Stories, Part 2 – Film

Interview: Writing a Web Serial

Last year, we interviewed writer Adam Dickinson about his screenplay Everything Fred Tells Me Is True, a then-recently-released indie feature film. In past weeks, local band A Halo Called Fred has released the first episode of a projected serial, Barry the Steampunk Monster. Magnificent Nose: Welcome back to the Nose! Adam Dickinson: Thank you for … Continue reading Interview: Writing a Web Serial

Remember, They Can’t ALL Be Gems…

As a writer, I am often gripped by the fear of imperfection. Some days (like today, for instance) the ideas come in bits and pieces. Nothing is really connected, nothing sounds new or particularly enlightening. Honestly, it took me about fifteen minutes just to come up with the last two sentences. "What am I doing … Continue reading Remember, They Can’t ALL Be Gems…

Tedious Circles of Hell, Described

When you walk down the street, you notice many things. Stay with me, here: You hear the muted slaps of footfalls striking slightly wet pavement, slippery with leaves you can't see. You see the yellow, uneven quality of light--evoking the offscreen sun coming out from behind the clouds you assume are there, sunrise a recent … Continue reading Tedious Circles of Hell, Described

Interview: Writer Adam Dickinson (part two)

In early October, local film production company Words Pictures Movies will premiere their first feature Everything Fred Tells Me is True. (Here's the trailer.) This is the second half of an interview with Adam Dickinson, who wrote the screenplay. (Here's the first half of the interview from last week.) Magnificent Nose: What's your writing routine? … Continue reading Interview: Writer Adam Dickinson (part two)

Interview: Writer Adam Dickinson (part one)

In early October, local film production company Words Pictures Movies will premiere their first feature Everything Fred Tells Me is True. (For those of you who haven't seen it--that's almost everybody, at least so far--here's the trailer.) This is the first part of an interview with Adam Dickinson, who wrote the screenplay. Magnificent Nose: Adam, … Continue reading Interview: Writer Adam Dickinson (part one)

Old links roulette, circa 2003

I'm going through files from my old websites, to see what I need to keep and what I can toss; I found the "links.html" page from the days before social bookmarking. All sites used to have one of these hand-crafted pages, how quaint! Over half of these links lead to sites that are either woefully … Continue reading Old links roulette, circa 2003

Fred Tells Me Bad Things

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog; today's post will be out on Wednesday. Not only has the film been screened to the cast, but the great folks at Words Pictures Movies have released the first (non-teaser) trailer for Everything Fred Tells Me is True. I think they've done a great job of conveying the feel … Continue reading Fred Tells Me Bad Things