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(From The Something Positive Movie)
Yes, yes. It’s been a while. I’ve plenty to write about but no time to do it in. After UberCon, I hope we’ll see a turnaround. By that I mean I’ll have to see what looms in the oncoming weeks. I suppose I could budget my time better, maybe affix myself to a schedule. But that might mean I’d have to stop playing Chrono Cross. Which… I have trouble doing once I fire it up.
Today I found what was possibly the most important thing to me as an individual so far this month as far as webcomics go. I’m talking about The Something Positive Movie, which has been linked from Randy’s main site.
As a film major and a webcomicker, I have a lot of feelings thrown into this thing. Firstly, I’m pissed. I wanted to be the first to do that. By that I mean adapt another person’s comic into a short film. Call it petty, call it egotistical, call it what you will. But alas, someone’s beaten me to the punch.
Secondly, I’m very interested in this piece. The strongest suit that this film has is a show of the crew’s love for Something Positive. They made sure to keep the dialogue as verbatim as possible, they treated the characters with love, and you can just feel the warmth coming from this thing. As a critic, I have to knock it down points for sound imbalance, dialogue delivery, and very basic camerawork. There’s a lot of things I would’ve done differently if I were directing it. Randy’s dialogue is indeed long-winded, so memorizing 10 seconds of line at a time for each line can be quite tricky, especially if you’re trying to get the words just right. The audio problems could just be because all I got to see was a highly compressed and digitized version of the film off their site. The lighting maybe also, but then again lights are fucking expensive. So I don’t exactly blame them.
Overall it’s a good amateur film. Can’t complain.
So I predict this will spark a new trend within webcomics. Fanfilms becoming a viable show of love for their favorite webcomics. And imagine if there was a festival for such a thing. If such a thing were to develop, you can be sure I’d make it a priority to get involved. And I’d have to wrangle in Brazleton, because hey: Movies are his thing. Carroll, too.
So unfortunately, I can’t be the first to adapt webcomics to short film. But damned if I’m not going to do it well.
Y’know. Once I can find some time to actually get something done. Tricky thing, that.
Oh right, the movie. Yes. Go see it. Enjoy it. And stay tuned. Because I’m certain a trend is starting here.