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Fish Tank

Here’s another short script I wrote one afternoon. It’s about a giant goldfish.

Fish Tank

I think the script could still use some work, it’s a bit rough around the edges and I don’t think the script so much as ends as I stopped writing.  However, I think the setting and idea of being trapped inside of a fish tank are interesting ones.  Some day I may pick this script up again, iron out some kinks, and produce it.  For now, much like “Rattler” before it, this project only exists as a script.  But what do you think?  Is this an idea worth pursuing, or should it stay as a discarded warm-up in my scripts folder?

Without the T’s: Star Trek Into Darkness

“Without the T’s” is my film review for both current theatrical releases and any release on home video that I may see.  I treat these as a way to discuss and understand a film for it’s merits and demerits, but unfortunately since it’s a review I hindered by two main points: A grade and a gimmick.  Therefore, the more I enjoy a film the more of the letter “T” will be included in the write-up of the film, with “lesser” film reviews becoming more and more incomprehensible.

Star Trek Into Darkness is a lot of fun.  Does it further the pursui of cinema as an art form, and does it push narrative boundaries? Oh my, no.  This is a popcorn movie, and it has litle if any cultural message or truths about humanity. However, it serves to further what Abrams’ first film in the reboo franchise set out: Spaceships, explosions, and two Spocks.  The questions of humanity and society hat have been present in most iterations of Star Trek have been removed, but in it’s place is a sense of advenure and exploration, which I feel still serves the Star Trek universe well.

Star Trek Ino Darkness follows James Tiberius Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise as they hunt down a fugitive into Klingon Space and back to Earth (SPOILER ALER: The fugitive is KHAAAAAAAN).  Along the way we find out about tha the head of Star Flee was behind the resuscitaion of this fugitive from cryostasis (again, SPOILER ALERT, this is KHAAAAAAAAAN) and now he’s trying to right his wrong by blowing up him and his entire genetically modified clone clan and stranding the Enerprise in Klingon space, placing the blame on Kirk and sarting a full on galactic war (SPOILER ALERT: Galactic wars never end well. Also Benedict Cumberbatch is KHAAAAAAAN). Also along the way Scotty gets fired and has a trip to Jupiter, we have the closest thing the film comes to a philosophical or cultural message abou the military industrial complex, and then a whole bunch of things explode and people get sucked into space and lens flares are so present hat I wouldn’t be surprised if the next movie revolves around lens flares asking for a seat in the galactic council (they’re home planet, Baybrahms 9, then gets atacked by the mysterious Chiaroscuro. It turns out to be V-Ger). Also, along the way both Kirk and Spock get to yell “KHAAAAAAAAAN”, alhough Spock gets the beter moment.

There aren’t many surprises, it’s general Blockbuster fare, and it doesn’t quite have the same core of Sci-Fi as the series and to a lesser exten the first Abrams film did.  But it still has a few merits: Firstly, this is a very prety movie (although you may have to take out a lens flare or five).  The art direction, the design of the future, even the softer lighting inside of the starships make for a light, enjoyable piece.

However, the true redeeming factor of Sar Trek Into Darkness is the acting.  In Abrams’ first film he gave us a wonderfully dynamic Enterprise crew, one much more fleshed out than they were throughou much of the original series.  Although many of the crew members don’t get nearly the spotlight they had in the first film, and Bones mostly exists as a vessel for one-liners, the core group of the Enterprise is still enjoyable to watch.  Anton Yelchin’s Chekov, in particular, gives every line he has such enthusiasm and gusto hat even when he’s info-dumping about how spaceships fly he fills you with glee.  Yelchin also gets the fine distinction of helping flesh out Chekov’s characer a bit more form the original series.  Finally, the tour-de-force of Star Trek Into Darkness, is Benedict Cumberbatch as the arch-villain KHAAAAAAAAN.  Cumberbatch gives the warlord an animalisic harshness hat wasn’t present in Ricardo Montalbon’s previous incarnation but help cement KHAAAAAN as a cunning and worthy adversary to the indestrucible Jim Kirk. It isn’t any surprise hat Cumberbatch is the highlight of the film, but it’s wonderful to see him geting work and playing a different type of anti-social behavior than Sherlock Holmes.

So, although it’s certainly not groundbreaking, Star Trek Into Darkness serves its purpose as a blockbuser and has a handful of performances hat tip it just over the average mark. Thus, for the arbitrary grade, we’ll give it:A "B" Grade

 

VATAS: Epsix

During the original run of VATAS there was a gap of a few months in between Episodes 5 and 6. Thus this almost represents another Episode 1, although it certainly doesn’t feel like it.  It feels par for the VATAS course, not bad mind you, just par.

VATAS 6 on YouTube

There’s not much to say about Epsix. Much like Essisode 5 it’s what we’ve come to expect from a VATAS episode, which I suppose is a good thing.  A syntax had been built up over the previous months and videocasts and after a few months away Epsix was more a way to get back into putting together a VATAS episode. But don’t worry, there are some good mold-breaking episodes coming up next. Or, you could just watch them here.  It’s up to you, as always.

100 Science Fictions

  1. Space Crisis on Planet Helmar

  2. Greygax the Horrible

  3. It Came from 5 Places

  4. Don’t Look at It!

  5. I Have Space-Sickies

  6. Robot with Mallet

  7. The Monster from Pluto’s Moon

  8. Urion

  9. Capricia

  10. The Lowest Point

  11. Stanley Spaceman: Man in SPACE!

  12. Mars is Puce

  13. Hyraxi!

  14. Uh-Oh, Asteroid

  15. The Stock Crash of Fortuna

  16. Planet Without a Face

  17. The Saddest Belt

  18. Mantis!

  19. Remus V: Planet of Wretch

  20. KRAAG

  21. C.C.C.X

  22. Stanley Spaceman in Jungle Trouble… IN SPACE!

  23. His Eyes Were Gone

  24. Lof the Greedy

  25. Zzzzzappp

  26. Zapf: Dingbat from Space

  27. The Tromper of Delubina

  28. Justise

  29. Tortoise of Terror

  30. GIF, GIF, GIF!

  31. The Incredible Moron

  32. Death Isn’t on the Moon

  33. Stanely Spaceman and the Case of the Martian Mirror

  34. Ghosts of Yesterday’s Past

  35. A City of Unrest

  36. The Jewel of Forever

  37. Not This Time

  38. Fear of Stars

  39. A.R.C.S and L.E.A.D

  40. The Forgotten Workday

  41. If the Moon Could Dance

  42. Hitler was a Space Robot from Saturn’s Past

  43. #ROBOTOHNOOHPLEASE

  44. Stanely Spaceman Can’t Find It.

  45. Cybermonday

  46. “The Goo”, It Said

  47. Martian Ragweed

  48. Tyler is Gone

  49. IT DOESN’T WORK

  50. The Giant Reef Monster

  51. Nibbles the Unrelenting

  52. Iron Cast

  53. The Looming Cloud

  54. The Twin of Janus

  55. A Bead of Six: A Stanley Spaceman Tale

  56. Error of Infinity

  57. Not Again This Time

  58. *See Appendix

  59. The Fire of 1000 Suns

  60. “I Can See the Future, Captain”

  61. I FORGOT THE KEYS!

  62. Curiosity’s Folly

  63. It Was Right There

  64. You Won’t Like It

  65. The Longest 10

  66. Stanley Spaceman has a Problem

  67. Steam-Powered Monster Brains Attack the Pentagon!

  68. The Creeping Time

  69. But, Why?

  70. The Look of Galf

  71. The Year of Ice

  72. There’s too Many!

  73. Yesterday’s Tomorrow

  74. It Sneezes

  75. The Cats of Forever

  76. Green Gooses!

  77. Stanley Spaceman Makes a Friend

  78. Crazy Enough

  79. Lorem: The Always Planet

  80. Lights of Mars

  81. Samuel?

  82.  /ERROR/

  83. The Monster Needs to Eat

  84. Unidentified but See-Through

  85. Zeron: Element of the Void

  86. Woman of Sad Eternities

  87. Horrible Things

  88. Stanley Spaceman’s Space-Egg from Outer Space!

  89. I Can’t Hear It

  90. Don’t Look Now, But It’s Here

  91. Robot Needs an Outlet

  92. Anger of Deos

  93. Beige and Marooned: Lisa in Space

  94. Helmets of Crius VI

  95. Steel Heart, Living Lungs

  96. The Green Also Grows

  97. K.O.R.P.S.Es

  98. The Gears of the Martian Revolution

  99. The Death of Stanley Spaceman: An Earthling’s Tale

  100. “It Can’t Be”, Said the Moon.

In Fridge

How do you respond to a letter? You take certain themes, expand on them, and answer certain questions.

But how do you respond to… A COMPLICATED WEB OF PAPERS AND LIES?

In Fridge's Box

The same way.

When I was crafting a reply to Andrew’s “I Got the Poops” there were a few ideas I latched onto: 1) The repetition of the film made it far too long (an idea I hereby recant, you made the right choice Andrew and I was wrong), 2) There was quite a lot of copyright infringement there, and 3) The chapter headings and how they vanish as mysteriously as they started.  Item 1 and Item 3 I decided to use in the contents of the Tape itself, but item 2 was what I really latched onto: This would be a piece of copyright infringement.  I had my idea, and so for the structuring of the piece I again went about it the same way you do a letter: Mirroring the structure of the letter sent and going about things one by one.  So, I split up the video into ten segments that would last around eight minutes, and after eight minutes I would play the whole thing backwards.  But, enough of my explanations of The Tape.  Instead, let’s watch it now and get back to the deconstruction later, but first, know this: There are two distinct versions of this film on Vimeo. The first version below is the version I put onto the tape, the second is the version that was on the tape that Andrew watched (there was a bit of a problem in transfer, it would seem, and that changes the viewing experience entirely).  If you have not yet seen “In Fridge” be warned, the video you chose to see first will alter how you see the other one (I prefer the one put on the tape, Andrew prefers the one that ended up on the tape). So… choose wisely, traveler, for I cannot guide you here:

In Fridge from Vvinni Gagnepain on Vimeo.

 

In Fridge from Andrew Gingerich on Vimeo.

The basic structure of In Fridge is a warped mirror to I Got the Poops: We begin with some personal footage, then go to an internet phenomenon, later on we have a reference to the other filmmaker’s unpopular video blog series (“Diary of a Mad Filmmaker”, I feel, was more successful than “Vvinni’s Adventures Through Art School”), take a whacky detour with whacky titles, and go back around to do the whole thing over again before ending with a personalized message.  And here, once again, we go into one of the heavily populated oases in the vast wasteland of the internet: Copyright Infringement.  This segment of the tape was an infringement on the previous, the music (another internet favorite, thanks to David Hasslehoff) wasn’t cleared, the youtube videos were ripped, I knowingly took Andrew’s creative property and exploited it for my own nefarious purposes. Then I took this melange of copyrighted material and mushed it all together to create what would later be described as Soup.

But the theme didn’t stop with the In Fridge video, the package for the tape also had to reflect it.  It also had to be the next step in being difficult to open.  So, I created an oddly shaped cardboard enclosure, sealed that up with papier mache created from product names, logos, and copyrighted photos, and covered in red duct tape. A lot of red duct tape.  I then put this complicated box into another box that was lined with aluminum foil, more of the papier mache, and sealed off the first part of the box with a cardboard flap covered in an infringement collage:

God, Putin, and any logos/company names I could find.
God, Putin, and any logos/company names I could find.

Afterwards I sealed the whole thing up, included information for how to replicate the box, wrapped it up in a brown paper bag, and sent the tape off.  You can read Andrew’s reaction to getting the package here.

What comes next cannot be believed, so stay tuned for more from… THE COMPLICATED WEB OF PAPERS AND LIES.