Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Skyward

Posted: 6th January 2019 by Cheap in Camping, Cycling, Fiction, Filmmaking, Outdoors, Television, Travel, Writing

When I had first heard about Skyward, it seemed interesting, but I ultimately decided not to read it.  Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author who has become one of my favorites, and the description of the story was definitely interesting, but when I found out it was YA fiction, I decided to pass.  My recent […]

Unrealistic Characters

Posted: 4th January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Writing

I am just starting Elantris, which is Brandon Sanderson’s first published novel.  I’m not ready to call his characters two-dimensional, but let’s say they are simple.  This is a subject that concerns me, because it I find it to be one of the major factors in making or breaking the quality a novel.  I have […]

Doctor Zhivago

Posted: 1st January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Film

I was young when I first saw Doctor Zhivago.  It would be fair to say that I didn’t really understand it.  Primarily, I remember a series of visuals, and perhaps the music.  I had watched it a few times since. It wasn’t until this year (well, last year now) that I read the book (the […]

The End of e-Books

Posted: 18th December 2018 by Cheap in Cuisine, Fiction, Filmmaking, Television

I have been watching a fair amount of Netflix television, the sort that comes as a single season of four to eight episodes, once referred to as a miniseries.  A lot of them have been smart murder mysteries and/or political thrillers, and a lot of them have come from the UK or Australia.  Mindhunter, Secret […]

The Devil Wears Prada

Posted: 2nd December 2018 by Cheap in Fiction

It is usually the case that “the book was better,” but not in the case of The Devil Wears Prada. Actually, the novel and the film are very similar, and the film is a rather faithful rendition of the book.  However, the end was subtly different, resulting in a profoundly better story. The Devil Wears […]

Some Strong Female Characters

Posted: 2nd December 2018 by Cheap in Fiction

There is more than one kind of strong female character.  It would not do justice to them to attempt to categorize them. That said, there is one strong female character I find to be cheap and cliché: female characters who behave like men, especially stereotypically stoic men.  I’m not saying such that’s wrong, or that […]

Freddy the Pig Convention

Posted: 6th October 2018 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Television

I worked on two films in August on back-to-back weekends.  I recorded sound for one and was the AD for the other.  The sound gig was frustrating, primarily because of the DP, with whom I’ve worked before, and with whom I was similarly frustrated the first time.  He has an attitude that drives me up […]

Character Analysis

Posted: 10th September 2018 by Cheap in Fiction, Writing

A popular way to begin writing a story is to start by creating a character. I have read plenty about creating characters, but it has occurred to me that perhaps I should examine a variety of fictional characters I already know, and analyze them on the basis of my book knowledge about character creation.  This […]

Adapting The Zero Stone to Film

Posted: 9th September 2018 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Writing

It seems to me that The Zero Stone would be easily adaptable to film.  As such, I might make an attempt to write a film script about it, although it isn’t a novel that fills me with passion.  It is a fairly straightforward story. Eet is a creature that would best be handled as CG […]

Somewhat on impulse, I picked up a Canon 77D.  I figured this would be a good camera to have around for filmmaking, without being terribly expensive.  The APS-C sized sensor is certainly more appropriate than the full-frame sensor in my 5D Mark II.  The video quality is good, and the autofocus is quite good.  That […]