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Are you ready to eat some Stale Popcorn? September 21, 2010

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The long-gestating web comic that Ryan King and I have been working on has finally arrived!

http://www.stalepopcorncomic.com

Stale Popcorn! A web comic about movie theaters, the employees, the customers, and their wacky adventures.

Updating every Tuesday and Thursday. Please wander over to the site and give us a look won’t you?

Favorite Directors September 13, 2010

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I can’t believe I haven’t thought of doing a version of this post before!  It seems like such an obvious topic for me.  I’m going to count down my personal favorite film directors from ten to one and list what my personal favorite film by them is.

Are you all comfortable?

Good.

Let’s begin.

NUMBER TEN
Edgar Wright
Favorite Film By: Shaun of the Dead

NUMBER NINE
John Huston
Favorite Film By: The Maltese Falcon

NUMBER EIGHT
Fritz Lang
Favorite Film By: M

NUMBER SEVEN
Hayao Miyazaki
Favorite Film By: Spirited Away

NUMBER SIX
Clint Eastwood
Favorite Film By: Letters from Iwo Jima

NUMBER FIVE
Charlie Chaplin
Favorite Film By: Limelight

NUMBER FOUR
Christopher Nolan
Favorite Film By: The Dark Knight

NUMBER THREE
Alfred Hitchcock
Favorite Film By: Rope

NUMBER TWO
Steven Spielberg
Favorite Film By: Raiders of the Lost Ark

NUMBER ONE
Akira Kurosawa
Favorite Film By: Seven Samurai

I’d have liked to have put Neill Blomkamp or Duncan Jones on this list, but they have not made enough films for me to feel justified in doing so.

On Plotting September 10, 2010

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Plotting stories is never a straight line, no matter your best intentions.  At least it isn’t with me.

Instead the mental picture that might be better to use would be a string of beads.  Each individual idea comes to you as a single crystal clear bead, unrelated to the others.  When you have enough beads for a story you seem to have a big pile on the floor in front of you.  Then your job is to string them all in the right order to have it make any kind of reasonable sense.

That connecting thread is ESSENTIAL.  You cannot have a story without that flow.

I am very good at coming up with beads.  I’m less good at stringing them together.  I see where I need to improve.

Racing Thoughts September 7, 2010

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In a sleepless night the other day I couldn’t get these words out of my head. I’m not a poet, but it was the only way to get them out of my body and to give me rest.

This poem is in a style I normally wouldn’t like. However, the style fit the subject matter . . . the racing thoughts associated with a manic episode.

RACING THOUGHTS
By Keith W. Cunningham

Someone stuck a needle of speed into my brain.

Opened the valve and my thoughts poured out past the filters that were never switched out.

Synaptic short-circuit.

Manic mental megadrumps.

Brains were never meant to run overclocked.

We ain’t computers. No factory machines.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

Firecracker ideas, half-remembered faces, dreams we killed and others we still cling to.

First loves. Lost loves. Hopes for future loves.

Lust.

And rage!

Shit. Shit. SHIT!

It’s going to be a long night and it’s just me and these walls and the valve won’t close.

Drywall is a horrible listener.