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Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005, 02:51 pm
Serenity, On the Screen and In Me

Watched the Serenity trailer. Am I going to be lynched if I say that I didn't think it was that great? The trailer, I mean - it gave me a fair amount of hope for the movie, though I hope there's a lot less River in the movie than in the trailer. I hate to say it, but I don't much like her. Of course, I'm only a couple of episodes in to the show (since I'm timing it to finish the show about when the movie comes out), so maybe she gets better. Maybe. Of course, I never much liked Buffy either, and I still loved the show, so maybe even if the movie is River-focused I'll be okay.

You know what I'd like? An Inara movie. Inara is TEH BESTEST, at least so far.

Anyhow, I'm experiencing a certain amount of inner serenity, too, as my to-do list is slowly shrinking. I've gotten extensions on a couple of things and am working away like a busy busy beaver at the rest. The updated list is here, for those who care:

Due April 23:
Prepare for Passover. (Notes on the seders are coming soon - both were superbly awesome.)

Due May 1:
Abstract for Bryn's RPG anthology. Status: draft of proposal done. Needs to be read by someone who isn't me to make sure it makes sense before I send it, plus add the bibliography and fix my bio. Can be finished today.
10-page paper for literary theory class. Status: second draft is finished (and hovering at 13.5 pages). Needs one more pass-through plus a bibliography before I can send it in. Hopefully can be finished today.

Due May 8:
Prepare talk for MIT conference. Status: I've reviewed the material and made a few notes. I should make sure I can speak to an exactly-twenty-minute length.
15-page paper on cognitive theories of learning. Status: 1/3 done, research and notes completed for another 1/3.

Due May 13th:
Playable version of Wiped! for game design class. Status: I've made an outline and noted the game issues I have to work out. (Anyone want to brainstorm with me? I could use a little brainstorming action. Specifically, I want to talk about the conflict-resolution system and about skills vs. successes.)

Due May 15th:
15-25 page paper on "radical play" for my social theory class. Status: I have a topic and a mental outline, but I haven't begun the research or put anything down on paper.

Due May 20th:
30,000 words on the RPG-book project. Status: 5,000 words down (and good enough that they rated a call from the guy who hired me, to the effect of "OMG!! you guys rock out!!1!!").

The things that are stressing me out are the social theory paper (because I haven't begun the research) and Wiped! (because I'm having a hard time making myself sit down and write the "this is a storytelling game" section, as I've just read so damn many). I'm doing better than I'd thought I would be doing at this point, though. I've gotten at least somewhere on all my projects. Now I just have to finish the things I'd like to get done today, so that I can go to Ike's Passover party tonight.

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I've seen better trailers. Marketing has always been this show's weakest point. The Mal voicover was good, Jayne's line ("time to be bad guys") was great, and there was the requisite main-character-kiking-ass scene with River. Can't have a movie trailer without a lot of dramatic cuts and someone doing a roundhouse kick on someone else's head/looking cool while shooting a big gun. 9_9 My immediate reaction to the beginning of the trailer was "Ooo! They have a BIG budget now!"

I think the point of the movie is to bring the River plot that is left open in the series to some sort of conclusion, so brace yourself for that. (She does get more...character-y as the series goes on. Still weird, still a bit of a deus ex machina at times, but with more person-hood.)

I'm ready and willing to be tapped as a sounding board for any of your projects. :-) I'll be out of town this weekend, but I'm free after that.

Fri, Apr. 29th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)

Give me a ring when you get back, I will use and abuse you!! :)

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)

Not that I know anything about your game, but I'd be happy to serve as a sounding board.

also, how far along are you in Firefly? River's character gets explored nicely as the season progresses, IMO

Fri, Apr. 29th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)

Hmm. Maybe I will watch some more Firefly next week. A girl needs study breaks, right?

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)

The trailer could have been better, but was obviously looking to cash in on the cliches. Lets see:
1. Limber dance chick doing psuedo-martial arts kicks (check)
2. Various manly-men playing with guns (check)
3. Suavely murderous villain with faint Euro-trash accent (check)
4. Kewl spaceship shots of massive fleets and big booms (check)
5. Allegations of mysteries and conspiracies (check)
6. Dramatic building music interspeced with one-liners (check)

Did I miss anything?

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)

Having done some game design work/writing myself, I'd be happy to help brainstorm or be another set of eyes for you. Just email me and let me know!

And congrats on getting your list shrunk (better than your head; tends to make people look funny).

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)

She is good at the brainstorming thing. Unlike me.

Fri, Apr. 29th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)

Ohhh, so she gets the boffo9 seal of approval? Okay, I guess that's not a surprise . . . .

whytcrow: thanks so much - I will try to write something up this weekend for you to take a look at, so you can tell me whether I'm being unnecessarily stubborn about certain beloved ideas. :)

By the way, what game design stuff have you done? I'd totally love to read/play whatever you've worked on.

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)

So glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like River. So, so, so glad.

(but I did think the trailer was decently cool...)

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)

I haven't seen the trailer myself, and I don't put much stock in trailers.

I'm going into this realizing that a two hour movie is not going to be a substitute for another season of Firefly. Hopefully it will be good for what it is.

River is an inevitable major element. I don't have a problem with River, but I assert that the most interesting character in the series is actually Simon. I don't think he is the coolest character (Mal and Inara are both cooler) or the most likable (Wash and Kaylee are both more likable), just the most interesting. You can't have Simon without River.

Though I have zero inside knowledge here (and don't want any), I suspect I know what plotline they are going to follow for the movie and River figures in heavily.

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)

brainstorming is good. am free friday afternoon, tonight, and weekend nights. =) monday night too. let me know when - i'd like to get more involved with gaming, so.

Fri, Apr. 29th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)

Give the boy a call, we'll set up a time? Monday night might be really good for me . . . .