Halloween Giveaway: Fraggle Rock: Scared Silly DVD

Yes, that’s right – the gang from Fraggle Rock is back in time for Halloween with some great episodes full of mystery and magic! On behalf of our friends at Lionsgate, we have the Fraggle Rock: Scared Silly DVD for one lucky winner!

Unfortunately, because of my limited shipping budget, I can only offer this to United States residents… But all you have to do is leave a comment below and I’ll contact the winner via e-mail on October 22, 2010.

Good luck!

From the press release:

Join the Fraggle gang in three frightfully delightful episodes full of mystery and magic! From Wembley accidentally wandering into the cursed “Terrible Tunnel,” Boober discovering what makes Fraggle tails flare when they get startled, and Ma and Pa Gorg leaving Junior alone in the castle on a dark and stormy night, Fraggle Rock: Scared Silly is bursting with Halloween fun! This new DVD includes three ghostly episodes: Terrible Tunnel, Scared Silly, and A Dark & Stormy Night.

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FOX Fall 2009 Premiere Dates (September)

Hi all…

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about all the upcoming premieres of all our favorite FOX shows coming in September!

Here’s a list of the premiere dates:

  • Wednesday, September 9, 8-9p ET/PT: So You Think you Can Dance
  • Wednesday, September 9, 9-10p ET/PT: Glee(Series Premiere)
  • Thursday, September 17, 8-9p ET/PT: Bones
  • Thursday, September 17, 9-10p ET/PT: Fringe
  • Monday, September 21, 8-10p ET/PT: House (Two-hours!)
  • Friday, September 25, 9-10p ET/PT: Dollhouse
  • Monday, September 28, 8-9p ET/PT: Lie To Me

It’s going to be another exciting season. I can’t wait to see House in a mental institution… Talk about shaking things up on that series! And what’s next on Fringe? Who the heck knows!?

–Fitz

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Fitz’s Elements for a Good Movie…

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Hi all…

After watching Bug, I started thinking about the various elements that make up (IMHO) a good movie. It was an interesting exercise, that I thought I’d share here.

  • Plot or Story – Something needs to happen to something else in a meaningful way. This can be character vs. character, character vs. setting, character vs. himself, but CHANGE or the POSSIBILITY of change has to be the result.
  • Characters – The people in the story. Characters need to be more than one-dimensional and have some aspect of truth to them. The best characters, for good or ill, have aspects we can relate to personally.
  • Dialog – How do the characters interact with each other for exposition? They talk together or to themselves. Is it written fluidly like we hear every day from regular folks? Or was it written for robots to speak aloud? Does the imagery evoked by the spoken words make us feel emotion? Or do they fall flat?
  • Acting – If we have characters, you have to have people (real or CGI) to become them on screen. Actors and actresses do more than recite lines – they can show raw emotion in their body language, on their faces, and in their actions. If you have a bad actor performing a role, you’ll know it. But not even a good actor can save a bad script sometimes.
  • Cimetography – How well was the movie filmed? Does it use wide panoramic shots or close, shaky, claustrophobic shots to expose the mood of a scene? Too much or too little of any technique can take away from the best intended movie.
  • Special effects – CGI, physical effects, and costumes are all used to show action or the effects of action or to enhance the action in a movie. This can be as simple as makeup or explosions or as complex as making the transition from physical props to digital effects look seamless.
  • Music and Sound Effects – And last, but definitely not least, is the sound for a movie. This is everything from the voices you hear, to the explosions or bullets flying, and the music used to set the scenes. For me, music can make or break a movie. Sometimes it can elevate a so-so movie to greatness.(For some great examples of this, check out Soundtrack Geek, which has some of the best soundtrack reviews on the web.)

Each of these elements goes into the making of a movie. Most of them find their way into television. And quite a few of them also find their way into books. Storytelling elements are universal across mediums, which is what makes them great.

If none of these things is done well, a movie is typically a waste of time IMHO.

What do you think? Are these universal elements of storytelling? How do you apply them when you see a movie at home or on the big screen? Are there other elements that I missed?

Let me know!

–Fitz

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