Glenn, live on BreeFM @11pm EST, Wednesday.
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We are up and running with "Vampire Weekend" - A-Punk.
Last week Glenn was mixing mp3s live. Then we had a really long discussion. With Lonelygirl15 tonight we will talk about the past.
Glenn is still dealing with a major computer crash. OSX is the gate keeper to the PC partition when you use bootcamp and when you have a hard drive issue this can make things difficult. Had Glenn been using XP he would have been able to pop out the drive and move it.
Glenn talked a little about video editing software. Motion has a lot of preset default settings. The downside is that everyone tends to use the same settings.
Glenn has realized he needs to Tivo "King Of The Hill'. Mari also recommended "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia " with Danny DeVito. He almost thinks it was better before Danny DeVito. It is very wrong an offensive, but funny. It is on the FX channel. Mari said that it is like a show Glenn would create.
Lost Boys II "The Tribe" has been talked about recently. Cori Feldman is the best part of it. It is what it is. It has been labelled "Seinfeld on crack". It has an aethetic that works. This and Curb You Enthusiasm are the air apparent to Seinfeld. FX will run it through 2011. They are having a panel at Comic-Con which Glenn will unfortunately not be attending. Glenn does not have a lot of huge goals left but he would like to do a panel discussion at Comic-Con.
If you try to make "Red Dawn" for this day and age you cannot call it that today. "Red Dusk" would work. Today we have a different world with different types of attack. On 9/11 Glenn was watching CNN and they had Tom Clancy on. They had the producers from The Seige which had distinct similarities to 9/11. Remaking Red Dawn does not work. Glenn's long game is that when the remake stalls Glenn will come in with an idea for a sequel instead.
The other day Glenn came up with additional elements for Red Dusk. Glenn needs a meeting with MGM UA because this is so good. He has a gut feeling that he is onto something. He is half way to a solid treatment. He has a premise and a scenerio.
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Glenn saw The Dark Knight . He was not blown away with the Watchman trailer. Something abut Zac's look makes it look like everything was shot on a blue screen. In terms of Dark Knight, Heath Ledger performance does the best interpretation of the Joker. He disappears into the role. It is scary and dark and on that level it works. It is not everything it has been made out to be. The end made no sense. Harvey Dent does some stuff at the end of the movie and some people die. Christian Bale needs to take his voice down a few notches. Batman was going to take the heat and be an outlaw. Why not blame the Joker? It makes no sense. It might set up the next movie but it makes no sense within the story. We can't blame five more deaths on the Joker? No, let's just tarnish Batmans reputation.
There is a cameo with Scarecrow played by Cillian Murphy . Last time he was a huge bad guy, so why, if he was the bit threat, is he out and about. When the Scarecrow is captured Batman is not even perturbed. Again it makes no sense. You take the big bad from the last movie and then treat him like any other villian?
Instead of a live mix Glenn worked on a mix this afternoon. It is around 20 minutes. It is between a traditional mix and a mashup. He included a better version of something he discovered last week. Glenn then played the world wide debut of his new mix: "July 23 2008 - GlennFM Mix"
Glenn thanked everyone for their help in the "elimination games". Human Ransom is doing well, "Glenn" is doing well, and OpAphid did very well winning that game. It warms his heart and he appreciates the positive thoughts.
The thing that got Glenn first interested in Lonelygirl15 was whether Bree was real or not. Glenn read about it on Digg before the big reveal. It was during the speculation phase. What was the first video Glenn watched? The week of September 1-10. He got the appeal and he liked it but he was more facinated by the news about it. He was interested in the meta more because he did not know what the story was. The character was compelling but he was not sure what the story was about. Cassieiswatching made him more interested in the story.
To they layman and the masses a lot of them think of Lonelygirl15 more as a character than a story.
The creators saw how compelling the dual story telling was in Cassieiswatching and Opaphid. They offered opportunities that did not exist within Lonelygirl15. Cassieiswatching captured the imagination. At the start we knew less, and Cassieiswatching was far more effective in that sense. With OpAphid we already knew too much.
What Glenn likes about "Rosemary's Baby" is that if you take away the end and the "big scene" it plays out like any other movie of the era. If you look at Lonelygirl15 and cassieiswatching you almost have the same dynamic. The glimpse of Crowley gave us a small hint. The first Cassieiswatching was disturbing but not in a way that repulsed you. It was done in an artistic way. You are not quite sure what is going on. It is a wonderful way that draws you in.
The mistake in the second Cassieiswatching video is that it went from something that was tastefull to the second video. The first video was simple but elegant. It was almost one perfect camera shot. It worked in a fantastic way.
The 2nd half of The Action of an Enemy - Be Careful was Glenn's homage to what glenn would have done. this is what the 2nd cassie is watching video should have been . They should have ripped off themself and done just the same style of the first video with the pay phone. That is what Glenn was going for. It could even have been a simple shot of the playground. He gets why Manson was there but it would have been better to have copied the same tone.
The Action of an Enemy - Be Careful - OpAphid
The Crowley glimpse in Lonelygirl15 was good. That is like before the move into the building in "Rosemary's Baby"
Glenn challenged everyone to go out and write a story for LG15 Today using the parallels between Lonelygirl15/cassieiswatching. and Rosemary's baby.
Had the creators not been outed perhaps the ceremony would have been more creepy and more like the big scene in Rosemary's Baby.
Cassieiswatching served as the tent pole suggesting that something was up.
What we never got was that in Rosemary's Baby she was altered by the event. We dont know how much acceptance of a reality she had. She has theories. When she learns the truth she is blown away. We as an audience knew something was up. Bree became suspicious about what was going on but was that comparable? Then Bree fled. It would have been like Rosemary fled.
Imagine this. Before the fake ceremony thing about what could have worked. What if we got Daniel's video in the woods. What if Bree went on with life like normal. The mystery of the show could have become that the details of the ceremony remained a unknown and Bree went on with her life. The fake ceremony took away the opportunity to add another layer to the story. Hind sight being 20/20 we can look at what could have been better. What do people wish had been done differently? Story wise what disappointment was the biggest turning point? Think about it at the "Anchor Cove level". What is the lesson that can be learned in story telling. Glenn would say the fake ceremony. It was a let down for the early fans. It delayed a pay off that we may still not have had to date. Human Ransom was a good pay off in terms of an arc. The arc was planned backwards from Human Ransom and then Glenn wrote the most interesting path he could.
Glenn thoght the show was ending on Oct 12, 2006. 10-12-06 was building to an end. Now we are heading towards and end of the series. What could be done currently? How satisfying can it be when another series is launching. As someone who writes and runs his own production Glenn says there is a lot more freedom working with a short run planned ending. You can tell a better story if you don't have to keep it open in order to keep it going in the future.
Unless you have your advertising pre sold then you can get caught. If it does well you want to keep it going in order to make money off it. It is very clear that when Cassieiswatching ended she could not come back. It was planned to end and they stuck to their plan. They have integrity.
It is even tough with writer turnover. Glenn talked about David Kelly and LA Law. When he left it was not so good. Glenn recommended the first half of a movie called " From The Hip " written by David Kelly (86). It has Judd Nelson as an ambitious lawyer. The first 45 minutes are clever and novel.
With OpAphid Glenn announced a new story arc when he was still trying to figure things out contractually. It becomes pressure. You do not want to loose the momentum. With RedEarth Glenn feels better about the break than sacrificing qualtiy. With LG15 it is great that they will have a break. It is tough.
Glenn talked about old school vs new school views of the show. Most of the old school people would say that the fake ceremony definitely changed things. The Daniel video kept up the momentum and it could have fit into something greater if the ceremony had not turned out to be fake. All that said, hind sight is 20/20.
If you still have not seen Rosemary's Baby do yourself a favor and watch it and you will know what Glenn is talking about. Glenn is a movie kinda guy as opposed to a "film critique" kinda guy. Rosemary's Baby is an awesome movie but it is also considered a well crafted film. A great film can be a shitty movie. Rosemary's Baby is one of the few examples that accomplish both well.
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