So as I stated yesterday, I went to my first ever screening for the movies in this year's Des Moines 48 Hour Film Prjoect. I believe the MC last night said there were 44 teams that entered this year. So they break that into 4 groups of 11 and show those movies at each screening. I attended the 7:15 screening for the movies in Group D.
Overall it's a fun night at the movie theater, a little different than your typical movie night. We got there just after 7:00 and probably should have been there a little earlier. By the time we got through the line and into our seats the theater was probably 90% full. Since there are 11 different teams waiting to watch their movies with friends and family, the pre-movie atmosphere in the theater is kinda fun. You have people up talking and mingling with other people, all with a little bit of a nervous anxiousness. It almost feels like a group of parents getting ready to watch their kids perform.
Then the movies begin and you get to see all 11 movies in a row. In case you've missed the concept of the 48 Hour Film Project the past couple days here, basically these crews get a movie genre, a line to use in the movie, and a prop on their meeting Friday night and have 48 hours to produce a short film. Last night was the first public showings for those movies. So it's a neat experience getting to watch 11 short films in succession instead of one long movie. One movie is done and you get to go straight into a new movie with a new plot and new characters. One thing I wish they'd do a little differently though is to put some type of buffer between the films. Even if it's just a 30 second preview of something or a clip of something, I don't know. But after going from movie to movie to movie all night I left wishing there was some way to break up the transition from each film.
As we all know, I dabble in the homemade short videos myself but these were actual produced and edit 6-8 minute movies. It's amazing to me how many groups in the area are able to do things like this. Now, you can definitely tell there is a talent/experience difference between some of the groups there. Some groups really had some crisp pictures, sounds, and graphics while other groups definitely looked like a homemade movie. But part of that is what made the event fun too, being able to see a range of movies in a short period of time.
Then at the end after all the movies have been shown there is a Question and Answer section with the directors of the movies. We only stayed for a little bit of this but I wasn't sure what the purpose of this was. Maybe it's to recognize some of the people for their hard work creating these movies, but I thought that's what the night itself was for. I'm not sure we needed a Q&A portion at the end of the night. We stayed for some of it but it was basically 11 directors introduce themselves and then an audience member asks a question and then all 11 directors pass the mic and answer that question. And then you do it again, and again, and again. My wife has to work early in the mornings so we dipped out of the theater after a couple questions when you could tell you weren't getting much from this section. So there may have been something else at the end we missed, but I think you could cut this portion out of the night next year and not miss anything. Overall though, it's a fun night at the movies and a different experience than you've maybe had before at the movie theater. I'd recommend it.
As you know, I've been working on The Hunger Games trilogy this summer. I recently completed book two of the series and was going to start on book three up at our cabin on our vacation but was unable to make the cabin this year do to a storm passing through Minnesota and cutting power in the area. So instead I had August scheduled to complete the series before I went back to school. But then, J.K. Rowling stepped in.
I loved the Harry Potter books but didn't get to the point where I was dressing up to see the movies in theaters or living on the Pottermore websites or anything. So I had no idea there was another Harry Potter book coming out this year. So I don't have too much of an idea of what the book is about, when it takes place, who's in it, etc. I think it's maybe just even the script to the Cursed Child play that's coming out even, I don't know. But that excites me too, jumping into something I'm pretty sure I'll like but not having any idea what it is.
So sorry Katniss, you're going to have to take a back seat for awhile. The GOAT is back.
Didn't get to catch Big Brother last night since we were at the 48 Hour Film Project but I'm still pissed about Frank getting booted from the house so a quick break might even be needed. Although, setting the groundwork for a Da'Vonne eviction does excite me. But I tweeted once Frank was evicted "Can't wait until Big Brother 19". Little did I know, I wouldn't have to wait nearly as long as I was expecting.
CBS announced this week that Big Brother 19 is going to start almost immediately after Big Brother 18 ends and will be exclusively online. Interesting and exciting turn of events here. I'm intrigued to see how they format this online, whether it's just all live feed or if there will be some type of recap show like they currently have on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday. Some of those same questions and others are asked here in this article.
No matter how they format it though, I'm excited. I've always thought one season a year of Big Brother wasn't enough and they could easily go to two, like they did the year of the writer's strike.
My guess on how this plays out: This online version of Big Brother will be like the NXT version of WWE. A big complaint in professional wrestling circles has always been there isn't enough wrestling and it's gotten away from it's roots. It started gearing towards kids and families and went PG. So WWE's answer was to produce their "minor league" show NXT the way it was back in the AWA, NWA days. Old school wrestling with simple storylines and small, passionate crowds. And the old-school wrestling fans love it.
I see the same thing here with the online version of Big Brother. The recent criticism of past seasons is that the cast is almost entirely young kids in their mid-twenties. That everything is based on trying to get the best TV rating they can by gaining the demographics they want. Then CBS will throw one old guy in there and that's the cast. I'd guess that the online Big Brother 19 goes back to a more diverse cast. Back to where it was in their first couple seasons where you have a mix of all ages and kind of "get back to their roots". CBS won't have to worry about ratings as much and can produce a Big Brother a little more similar to the original Big Brother.