Scott Pilgrim takes on the world.

The soon to be released film “Scott Pilgrim vs The World”, is without a doubt one of the most anticipated releases of the summer year. Since its announcement various trailers and clips for the film have been released, each giving more footage from the film, which as a result leaves people craving the movie even more each time! Kind of like a drug addiction, but better as its less likely to kill you. Here’s a shot of heroin in the form of the latest Scott Pilgrim trailer:

The film is directed by Edgar Wright, who was the brains behind Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, which were both films that pushed the limits of comedy through original themes and plot-lines. This in itself should show what we can expect from Wrights latest venture as he takes on a film which allows for manipulation of romance, comedy, action, and fantasy at the same time! A task which he himself notes is an “intriguing challenge”, and hopefully a challenge that gets kicked down and sent straight to intensive care as it is met with all sorts of epic levels of AWESOME.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World has been well casted with the lead role taken up by Michael Cera, an actor who has previously starred in blockbusters such as Superbad, Arrested Development and Juno. Roles which have always played out well due to his recognisable character personalities, which portray very much an everyman timid geek sort of character. I think this will match him well into the role of Scott Pilgrim, a character who seems to have the whole world against him from multiple angles, as is portrayed through the evil ex’s. Infact one of the evil ex’s he faces is played by Brandon Routh, who is probably most recognisable to most for his role as the man of steel in the most recent film to the franchise “Superman Returns”…. but we should probably avoid mentioning that in the same post as this film… cause ya know.. the trailers for Scott Pilgrim alone piss all over that film.

The film is set to appeal heavily to the video game raised generation of today, who have grown upto A & B buttons of nintendo controllers, and choruses of 8-bit music. At the same time i think it will also appeal broadly to older generations (well… probably not too old?) as it promises to bring a new spin on fight scenes, and romance through it’s comic book fantasy styles. These styles used throughout the film as seen in the trailers are one of my favourite aspects, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how they play out!

I will be attending a early screening August 12th in London so intend to have a review up immediately! Well… as soon as possible… i might still be sat in the cinema chair a week after, slowly trying to face the fact that it will possibly be the best film i’ll see in my life. I might just give up on life there and then infact…. yup… totally just found out the real purpose of Scott Pilgrim vs The World… Global Depression, leading to population control.

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Toy Story 3 – The ultimate trip down memory lane.

Last night, I went to see Toy Story 3 for the third time in what was an eerily empty cinema screen. After watching the film again / surviving a night screening in what was possibly a muggers lair, I finally feel capable of blogging about the wonderful film, which to me was very much a (partially emotional) trip down memory lane. Of course by partially I mean… 0.1 mm worth of emotional… cause you know… I’m a real man.. YEAH!

Toy Story 3 follows on 11 years after the first film with Andy now being 17, and ready to leave for college. The time progression between Toy Story 2 and 3 works amazingly as it creates a feeling that the films have grown up with you (if you were born before 1997…).

Toy Story 3 immediately introduces its initial focus on growing up, and the idea of what happens to old toys when you’ve grown up. This focus works well as it’s something many people can relate to at some point in their lives. For example, my attic is a vast maze of toy boxes which could be used to trace the various phases of my life!  This aspect of me matches that of Andy within the film as he chooses to store the toys safely in the attic as opposed to donating them to a daycare centre as proposed by his mother (“Mom” if you wanna go with crazy American spellings!). This part of the film is good as it explores the sentimental aspects behind your possessions as he refers to them as “Old Junk noone else would want” but chooses to store them in the attic safely rather than throwing away, which i felt silently showed the toys sentimental values to him. Especially considering these are also presented to have been the favourite toys from the whole Toy Story series, as they are the only ones he has held on to.

It should come as no surprise to people who have seen trailers, and posters for the film, that the toys all end up being donated to daycare. This setting brings in an large abundance of new main characters and sub characters to replace the ones that have been written out of the current movie (I still don’t think i can forgive pixar for getting rid of RC!!). These new Toys add a lot more to the new settings and storyline than i felt was given in Toy Story 2, as it widens the whole spectrum of the toy world further. The daycare characters also come with such a vast variation in styles due to them being donated that it allowed a solid set of original toys to be introduced which i feel works amazingly! Even though some of them don’t talk…. but none-the-less still amazing! GROUP PICTURE!

The storyline is awesome, as it explores a toys relationship to it’s owner, and the purpose of a toy. This is explored through Woody’s continued sense of belonging to Andy and desire to be there for him as he grows up and “has kids of his own”, but also from another perspective as some of the toys are doubtful and scared of being thrown away for good. This gives two ends of the spectrum as to the purpose of a toy when you’re too old for it, one being the end where you save your toys for your own kids or relations, and the other end being that of simply disregarding them when you grow up and never thinking twice about the toys and any fond memories you may have (Basically if you throw away toys you are destroying your past? Maybe??! YES. Yes you are. If you throw away toys you are a sick and twisted memory eater!) The film also considers that toys should always be played with until they break and die, as it presented through the daycare with broken toys going into the trash…

In terms of villains, i like how they kept it as a toy villain like Toy Story 2. I think it is built better in this case however on how the bad guys are purely seen to be the bad toys, where as in Toy Story 2 the collector, and Old Prospector were seen as the bad guys, giving a mix between person and toy. The use of a big bad (pink..) bear that controls and manipulates other toys works well in this as it introduces a chain of command feel to the toy world as Andys toys are seen to enter yet another society of toys.  Infact i think throughout the whole series of films it’s been interesting to see the contrast from a community of toys loved very much by their owner (Andys) to one where toys are beaten (Sids), a collectors haven and toy store (TS2), a daycare, and a small girls bedroom whcih is very much reflective of Andys room and the way he treated his toys in Toy Story 1,2 and the initial flashbacks of 3. This kinda gives a nature nurture sense to the film as the toys very much base around how they are nurtured, and owned.

I infact think that Lotso hugging bear is a two faced bastard of a toy in how he first comes across nice and loving, then turns into a hitler style dictator, before coming out as a general nob that you just want to see get hit by a truck. I thought the same of Ken in a way too, but he was always portrayed as the faker try to impress toy that in reality is just a girls play thing. Unlucky Ken. // Character moan over.

The soundtrack was once again composed by the amazingly talented Randy Newman! Each of the tracks flows with the film and just gave it the right feel! I loved the little “You’ve got a friend in me” style riffs that featured throughout various tracks, it kept it in suit with the rest of the films for me!

The ending of Toy Story 3 was without a doubt the most emotional part of the film. I don’t want to go into to it too much as for me it was the most beautiful, and perfect ending to a film i’ve seen in a long time, and should be witnessed personally. All i can say is that as soon as it got to that part of the film i found my eyes watering, as have many others according to my twitter and facebook feeds! I think the fact so many people have been set off by the end of this film says enough in itself as to the beauty. All i will give you is this amazing piece of music by Randy Newman that features over the end, which will remind anyone who has watched the film how AMAZINGLY AWESOME the ending was, and also give a feel of the mood to anyone who hasnt watched it so they can… prep the tear glands.

To round things up Toy Story 3 for me was one of the films i’d been anticipating most this year, and it lived upto surpassed my expectations, as it made me happy they hadnt killed a set of films i’d loved as i’ve grown up through  crappy sequels *Cough* Shrek *Cough*. With this in mind i will give Toy Story 3 a 10/10 (Mainly because it made me cry, and i give into things that make me cry… but not really! I’m a man.. REMEMBER!)

Cap’n! My Eyelids are-a bulging!…. Arrrr?

Today when i was getting my hair cut i was looking at my face in the mirror, as you do when getting a hair cut, and i noticed a reddish mark underneath my left eye, on the eyelid area to be precise.

As you can see there’s this little red bulge on the bottom corner of my eyelid. It hurts a tiny bit when you touch below it but other than that is fine, so it’s not of a worry to me right now. The only issue i have with it is that people keep asking me if i’ve been punched in the eye, or if i’ve caught my face somehow. Which i haven’t, so when i say that i just get weird looks as if i’ve been beaten up by some 5 year old and am too embarrassed to tell everyone because being beaten up by a 5 year old is just ridiculous and wouldn’t happen to someone my size… right? … RIGHT?!?!

No this blog post is not a confession that i got beaten up by a 5 year old.

I’m thinking it might have something to do with me fueling up a boat at work the other day and getting diesel in my eye as it kinda spat back. Though at the time i thought it’d missed me and hadn’t actually affected my eye as it merely landed on the skin around… so maybe that’s irrating it.. maybe not… maybe some tiny colony of people has decided to set up on my eye and the buldge is infact them burrowing into my skin to build a tiny town… I’d like to think the tiny people got in whilst i was brushing my teeth.

Infact who doesnt want tiny people to get into their body via a tooth brush?! It’s totally the future… new levels of humanitarian work! Allow tiny humans to live in your body and turn it into a habbitation… if you’re lucky they’ll get into the brain and let you fly so you can be a spaceship… sounds good, right?

To answer that.. being able to fly unaided due to little people fiddling about with your mechanics  sounds amazing! But in reality it will never happen. There are no little people inside of me, or you. Not now at least. So i’m gonna just see how this eye thing goes i guess! Filming a video tomorrow… maybe i should get my sister to apply make up to hide it……………LOL JK i’m a real man.

Theme Weeks

Earlier this year i uploaded 3 meme inspired videos to RandomProdInc in the space of a week. This was the first theme week i ran on my channel, the theme of course being internet memes. The week in general went well, it allowed me to make original creative parodies as can be seen with my take on David After the Dentist. I was also able to directly parody memes such as Geddan matching it to the same style as most geddan videos, and the lip sync video which contained the free flow wanna be showman style seen in most lip sync videos.

(Possibly the best freeze frame on faces ever.)

As i mentioned, the week went very well and was taken well by subscribers, and people on twitter. This showed with a distinct view rise throughout the week with people eagerly awaiting to see what memes i was going to upload next. In this sense i felt that the lip sync was a bit of a cop-out as it did not carry the same calibre as the previous two in my mind. Whilst not as good in my mind it’s done better than the others with over 10,000 views and rising!

Anyway… the purpose of this post was for me to talk about theme weeks in a broader sense rather than just a reflective one.  When i was thinking about future videos recently i found that theme weeks came to mind. The reason for this was due to the similar themes throughout various parodies and videos i’ve scripted. For example there is a set of TV Show parodies, which i’ve half filmed, and then a set of film parodies. This has led me to plan out as many possible theme weeks as possible, so that i can run one every fortnight / month depending on how active i am online (more likely a month..)
So far my themes are TV, Film and Video games. These will allow me to play about with the many costumes i’ve aquired over the past year! The first week i will put on the channel will be the TV themed week as i already have two of the parodies filmed! Just need to work on the third..
My Movie week will probably be the hardest as i’m hoping to parody this:

I think the hardest part will be finding people to participate, however i’m considering doing it at SITC. There are infact a few videos i want to get filmed at Summer in the City as the videos require high level of participants to be involved. Such as this one:

3BillionClub

A few weeks ago i was asked by a friend to speak at an event he had organised for a new project of his called 3BillionClub. When asked to do so i was the first speaker to be confirmed for the evening, and i had no idea who would show up to watch me blabber on as Kristian had only just started the promotion for his event.

As time went on and it got closer to the  evening i would be speaking things slowly became more real to me. Kristian told me that the venue was 100 capacity. Something which struck a strong sounding chord in my head that rang “SHIT”. I then got sent the list of attendees he had and realised that the people attending were infact real people from real recognisable backgrounds, and whom had a solid foot in the media in their own way. This struck a different chord with me which made me suddenly wonder what i actually had to offer that these people wouldn’t have heard already, and wouldnt look at me like a complete idiot over.

I had infact been asked to talk about brand engagement with online communities such as the YouTube community based on my own experiences working with Global Cool, and ThreeMobileBuzz in the past. Things which to me had always been somewhat minor, and nothing compared to the amazing things i’d seen friends offered and given the chance to do through YouTube, yet these were things that seemed to shine through for others as good experiences for me to have under my belt.

Anyway fast tracking over to the talk. I turned up and the room slowly filled with people, and it was at this point that the calm cool frame of mind i’d maintained for so long dropped. I had a thousand worries fly into my head at once, all circulating around the single thought “I’ve not done anything like this before…. What do i actually do?”

Well this got answered pretty quickly as i was introduced pretty soon after this mini mental dilemma. I walked up, took a breath, and just spoke. I ran through the slides i’d made which contained the information on my experiences, and what i thought went well with each of them. I went through slides that contained things i thought people who have emailed me have done wrong. I even touched on Summer in the City on some slides explaining how it’d all been run off our own backs and was still successful without brands. I ran through all of these stages of slides until i hit the end slide, and next thing i knew half an hour had passed.

“Easy”

Was the thought in my head suddenly.

I then was presented with a question time slot in which people were invited to ask me questions. It was here that i discovered people do indeed have a lot to learn when it comes to online vloggers and YouTube users as many people were keen to ask me how the community worked, why i enjoyed YouTube, why i make videos etc. This was interesting to me as i found my initial thought of “I cant show them anything they;re all older and successful in their own ways” being changed to recognise that Kristian had infact asked me to talk because i could show them new things, and show them how YouTube worked in a community sense with brands.
Anyway enough about me. The evening also had three other talkers.

The fact is that this was the first time i’d had to speak in front of a group of complete strangers. In class presentations there are always the teachers, and people within class. Even at uni with presentations, whilst i don’t know some people i still know the majority. For that reason i think that was a bit harder as it was stepping out of the norm for me.

Ben Perreau went on after me. He works within Global Radio and, spoke of his experiences which had led to him being there such as working with NME. Ben also runs a fantastic music website called Gigulate which is well worth a look at!

Ben was followed by Lucian Tarnowski. Lucian founded a website called Brave New Talent, which i feel is an amazing concept. Whenever i try to explain it i leave people looking at me like i’m a mad man.. so i think it’s best you check out his website!

Finally the night was closed by Daren who spoke of his experiences over the years, and later went onto suggest an Apple boycott to get cheaper goods. Something i can’t see working seeing how stubborn Jobs is, but a clever concept none the less. It took the idea that lots of people who want a product will say they will only purchase it if given a group discount, and have it mailed to a single location. Much like whole-sale i guess.