Category Archives: SP18-P3 Blog Search

Professional Blog and Content Creator: Cinemassacre.com

The Angry Video Game Nerd, aka James Rolfe, is a beloved character formed on YouTube. Rolfe’s first video, published on Apr 8, 2006, was his first attempt at a YouTube video and marked the beginning  of his character The Angry Nintendo Nerd, later marketing himself as The Angry Video Game Nerd, or AVGN.

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James Rolfe, the creator of the AVGN character, has always been known for his love of cinematography and video games. Growing up as a child, he and his parents would often take video tapes of the events going on around them, such as Halloween and Christmas. But he was also known for his homemade movies where he recreates old horror flicks through his own thoughts and creations. Humble beginnings have brought James to what he’s known and famous for today.

James’ website provides worth through entertainment. It’s homepage is filled with rich content to keep you up to date on the latest videos from the Cinemassacre YouTube channel, as well as release information and links to his over 100+ free videos of his own creation. On the left side of the website, you’ll also see links to a blog, which makes me believe he uses WordPress to run his site, as most people do.

If you have the time, I would urge you to check out the links above and give him some of your views, because you might just find something else you like in the world!

Dream job with the help of FilmEditingPro.com

For many years, I have been dreaming about pursuing a career as a film editor or an associate editor. I just recently found a blog on FilmEditingPro.comScreen Shot 2018-04-26 at 4.51.03 PM that has a very clear mission to keep interactions very professional and just strive to be a good resource for this line of work that I want to pursue. I adored reading about Colin Goudie who was interviewed for the blog. He was the editor for the movie “Rogue One”.  It took him about 27 months to work on that movie. The blog made me want to re-watch the movie again. Just to see what he had to do to make that movie work. There were some other issues he brought up, like how he got there as a film editor.

 

The site dealt with resolving professional problems from dealing with clients who don’t know what they want out of a postproduction service. They had other tips and interviews with other high-profile editors.  The site looks very slick and very organized for people who are interested in this field.

 

Last week, one of my instructors encouraged me to look at moving down to Hollywood, California to pursue this dream job I want to do. By coincidence, I been thinking about making that move to California for some time now because I have some friends in the field and I have family living in the area as well. The blog got me to thinking about other professional positions that I can do at a postproduction service. I will admit that it would sound fun to call myself a film editor but to see myself doing the work of an associate editor sounds just as fun. An associate editor sounds like they prepared the work for the editor, just like a sous chef would do for a chef.

 

 

ANIMALXHOUSE Blog

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(URL link: http://blog.animalxhouse.com/)

I chose the blog because as I said in my “About Me” blog post, I want to get into music promotion, by filming music videos and doing band photography for rising artists. ANIMALXHOUSE is just that, a blog that caters to up and coming rappers. As someone who scrolls through Soundcloud for hours (literally) looking for new artists to listen to, I can say that this blog presents you with a rich assortment of different assortments with all types of different sounds. So if you are someone who listens to rap and enjoy finding new underground artists, ANIMALXHOUSE is good place to start. ANIMALXHOUSE links you to Soundcloud profiles, as well as Audiomack, which are both music streaming services, filled with underground artists. The website is organized fairly well except for the news section which includes also includes videos even though the site has as section for videos. The site owner needs to transfer the videos in the news section to the videos section, because the video section is too empty for how many videos there are in the news section. The information on the site is fairly accurate considering that it is mostly made up of interviews. If you.re a fan of rap music and want to discover some cool up and coming artists then I highly suggest checking this website out, it’s fun finding new music.

 

 

Photography Blog Professionalism

Photofocus was my choice was my professional blog selection due to being a lover of photography and the fact that in multiple suggestion lists, it’s the number one photography blog. It would be interesting for others to see because it lets the person who’s browsing it see equipment, info on classes and resources and lets you know who is considered “photographer of the day,” which could give an idea of what type of photo you could do.

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One good resource, though outdated by a couple weeks now, would be the information on a class for photography. The post was April second while the class was on the third and fourth of the same month.

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In terms of the site’s production, I’d have to say it’s very professionally done, with a large group of editors and staff who work on it to help give good information to beginning, intermediate and experienced photographers out in the world. The structure of the site is pretty good because there are tabs that direct you to certain categories you may want to look into and a search bar if you’ve been on the site before, yet want to go back to something you saw a while back.

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I definitely intend to check it out more and suggest all the other photography lovers check it out too.

As said, the name is Photofocus and the URL to check it out is https://photofocus.com/. Hope you enjoy.

Jonny Elwyn Film Editor (Film Editing Blog)

So to be completely honest I’m not a huge reader of blogs, I read some game news blogs/sites like Gematsu and browse reddit film discussion boards like r/movies or r/truefilm to get some nice film discussion going. Otherwise I tend to stick to interviews/film analysis on Youtube more then anything when it comes to learning about filmmaking and the whole process of it all.

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https://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/

I found this blog interesting and I think others interested in editing mainly because it’s a blog started by a freelance editor and writer who discusses multiple different topics, from how to break into the business, to interviews and analysis of the editing of different films, to looking into professional editing tools and the way a professional editor may edit their timeline.

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Jonny tends to do really rad work like analyzing interviews and the editing processes of different films and different editors. Like in this breakdown he did of the editing Lee Smith did for Christopher Nolan’s recent Oscar Winning World War 2 film Dunkirk

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Or this article he did talking about Thelma Schoonmaker, the editor who has worked with Martin Scorcese as his editor since 1980’s Raging Bull. 

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I think the site itself is pretty well put together. With clear labels at the top depending on where you want to go and a nice search bar helping the viewer search for whatever they want across the entire blog if they are searching for a specific post. It’s also just nice and clean, with nice blocks for each post separating different posts nicely away from each other.

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I would say the quality of information is pretty nice though some of the interview posts can feel almost like aggregates of information or interviews that other people have done rather then most stuff that he himself has actively looked to get. But otherwise getting his own professional opinion/outlook on things is always very very interesting.

I would say that this is definitely a blog worth at least giving a glance if you’re interested in looking into film editing! Be it the software or looking into the processes of film editors and the industry itself!

 

Peer Promotion (aka Blog Search)

WTF with Marc Maron

For the purpose of the class, we were told to go out and discover a professional blog related to a specific area of interest. After quick thought, I redirected over to the blog of one of my favorite comedians/personalities Marc Maron or http://www.wtfpod.com/. Marc Maron has been churning his way through the comedy and television industries for over 30 years and has been highly regarded among his cohorts and peers. Equipped with experience and knowledge, Maron hosts a podcast bubbling with indispensable insights and revelatory conversations featuring a wide array of guests. Visitors of the site can expect to find valuable information about the comedy, film and television industry laced in conversation that proves time and time again to be entertaining as much as engaging – straight from the source! A recent podcast from early April welcomed Jason Alexander, an actor best known for his role as George Costanza on Seinfeld. Rambunctious raps and a brotherly tone characterize their back-and-forth as Alexander revels on what it took to reach the height he’s at and the advice he wishes he had gotten during his come-up. Greatly absorbable for any aspiring young talent. Another section on the blog is dedicated to, and acts as a professional journal personal for Maron and houses a goldmine of insight, potentially helpful for anyone looking to pursue a career in comedy or television. At initial glance, Marc Maron’s blog looks aesthetically pleasing and is simple to navigate. Powered by Squarespace, the blog does a good job of providing information in a very professional, inviting online environment. Shoutout Marc Maron.Screen Shot 2018-04-25 at 2.40.36 PM.pngmarcmaronbarackobama.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlarge.jpg

Best Buds. Marc Maron (left) and Barack Obama (right) enjoy the sun post-interview.

Song of the Day: “Baby Baby” – Lil B – Illusions of Grandeur

Becoming a Blog Groupie

I came across a blog that reposts trending and popular blogs about multi-media design and web design called Designmodo .  I was immediately drawn to this particular site because of how organized it is.  It called me in, gave me a cup of coffee, told me to have a comfortable seat and flip through its pages.  It is literally a blog of blogs from a bunch of bloggers that are all interested in the multifaceted areas of Web Design.

 

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Screenshot:  Designmodo’s home page 

 

There is such a wide range of information on this site from website design ideas and website examples to numerous tutorials including Adobe Illustrator, Sketch App and even WordPress.   The bloggers and their articles range from the truly educational and informative to entertaining and hilarious.  Because, come on, what’s not fun about throwing in some Pulp Fiction references into a topic of Gradients and their come back into the aesthetic of Web Design.

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Screenshot:  Blog post by Paula Botowska “20 Websites that Prove Gradients are Making a Comeback” from Designmodo’s site

 

This site to me picks the creme-de-la-creme of bloggers and blog post to showcase.  The posts are creative and there is an energy that these bloggers omit that is contagious.  You can tell that they are highly passionate and well versed in the topics that are being discussed.  This is a site that I am sure that I will be using for many years to come in my journey to becoming a Web Designer.

 

 

 

A Peek Into My Go-To Blogger…

By: Lola Butcher

https://lovelaurenelizabeth.com/

The lovely Lauren Elizabeth is an extremely outgoing 23-year-old who blogs (and vlogs) the majority of her life. She has articles on fashion, wellness, travel, and lifestyle on her website. She is the epitome of a modern-day white girl with very good taste who appears to seriously have her shit together. I chose to display this particular blog because I feel that she addresses everyday experiences that aren’t just relevant to a younger crowd but also relevant to people who are interested in these specific categories. Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 4.03.39 PM.png

Under her “Lifestyle” tab she has an article titled, “One Book a Month Club” where she has a list of the books she has been reading in 2018 with a little blurb that includes the main points of the book, some of the awards they have won, as well as her own opinion on what she thought of the book. I personally find this section intriguing because I love cozying up with a new book as often as I can. Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 4.20.50 PM.png

From following her over the past few years, I know Lauren Elizabeth does work with a team to keep her website in tip-top shape in order to produce good quality content. Based on her large following not just on her website but also on Instagram, YouTube, and twitter I know she strives (and in my opinion, succeeds) to produce powerful, prominent, relevant articles that are applicable to almost everyone. It is evident that she chooses to make her site as personable as possible so anyone who visits it can find something they are interested in on it.

I know it seems pretty basic and straightforward but overall I have a lot of respect for Lauren Elizabeth. I think she is very hardworking and produces good quality content with the interests of her followers in mind. Check out her website if you’re looking for some tips on cooking, fashion, skin care, and so many other links to everyday living!

Good Soundtrack Music Might Go Unnoticed.

The more movies I watch and video games I play, I realize that the most noticeable soundtracks are often the ones that don’t necessarily fit with the action on the screen. Maybe the music is too strong or weak for the moment, too loud or too quiet, or maybe not present at all. Whatever the reason, this is why I often notice the soundtrack as a separate entity from the visual experience. This concept is talked about in more detail in regards to video game soundtracks and how they set the mood for the action at melodrive.com.

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These blog posts delve into the idea of immersive audio and how this plays a part in the overall experience of the gameplay. The idea that the music or score of the game may not always be noticed in the foreground may have to do with the fact that it is actually a very good fit with the action (or lack of) in the game. A good example of this, as they have pointed out, is the music in the game may trigger thoughts or memories of the characters long after game play even if you didn’t notice the music while you were playing it. Such as a certain melody played on the ocarina may remind you of Link from The Legend of Zelda. It is like a seamless audio/video partnership that really only works to it’s full potential as a pair.

The main focus of this blog is audio in video games, especially in the virtual reality arena. The mood of the audio should fit congruently with the visual images to keep the player immersed in what should be perceived as reality. If either of these experiences falter, the gamer may be distracted from this fabricated reality and move on. Because your eyes and ears are typically covered for the VR experience, it is up to the audio and video pairing to provide your existence.

There are quite a lot of blog articles on this site having to do with this field. If you are interested in audio in video games or immersion in gameplay, you might want to check this site out.

ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress

https://thinkprogress.org/

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Since I major in journalism my goal was to find the best example of a blog that effectively translates news to the public without isolating possible opposition parties from the facts. In my opinion the blog that achieved this the best was ThinkProgress.

ThinkProgress is a news media blog that focuses primarily on progressive issues. What caught my eye at first glance was the title logo, which compared to similar blogs, provided a much more professional feel, appropriate to the topic. A feature that stood out to me, that most other political blogs were missing, was access to opportunities revolving the issues being reported on. Both opportunities for issues independent to ThinkProgress and ones that were self sponsored, like the most current one involving  issues regarding the NRA, were present. The site itself was very well organized, for those just looking to read the headlines and for those researching specific topics. One critique I do have is that the subcategories they’ve chosen were a bit to simple. I would have preferred to have had a larger variety of emphasized issues rather than just the headlines, politics and climate but I believe the reason they did this and the reason this blog was created in the first place was to create an easily navigable platform outside of the mainstream media to highlight understated important issues. In that sense they succeeded. I will say a bit to much of the content provided is just political jabs at the opposition. But that aside, a majority of the stories I read provided accurate, valuable insight into often overlooked or improperly reported issues and provide much needed context that couldn’t normally fit into ten minute news segment.