Friday, October 25, 2013

Transmission


JDW's short film, Transmission, is finally online. Here it is for you to enjoy.

This will most likely serve as our final post.

Bye!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Transmission Tapes

After some vague clues and emoticons* Chris Roberts' score for Jared D. Weiss' film Transmission is finally available on limited edition cassette tape (only 50 copies!) Buy it here!


Each purchase comes with a tape, immediate download of the album, and exclusive access to the film before its festival premiere dates!

You can even receive a free postcard personalized by me with your order while supplies last.

And here's a fun fact: this is the first Otherworldy Mystics tape that was completely designed by me, as I not only made all of the packaging design (made to look like a prop within the world of the film) but I also designed the company logo.

* (88[| + ^..^> + [O..] = [•-•]

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Transmission

Via my personal blog:

This is a gif from my thesis film, Transmission.

It's about the four-eyed creature you see above, Quad-Clops, and his dog, 2D, after they find a radio in the barren post-apocalyptic wasteland that is their home, and their journey to find new life.

The short film was completely hand-animated by me in Flash over the course of six months, though I've been developing the story for a couple years. Music for the film was recorded by Chris Roberts, and we're working on putting it out on an extremely limited edition set of tapes through Otherworldly Mystics if anyone's interested.

The film will be premiering at SVA's Dusty Film Festival on May 7th at the SVA Theater on 333 W23rd St in New York City, and after that I'm going to look into submitting it to festivals before putting it publicly online. But I may find a way to make it available to those that really want to see it.

Stay tuned!

This is basically what made me leave VFH behind a year or so ago, so I figured now's about time you knew why.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Legend of Zelda Timeline and Analysis

Hello everyone,

It's been awhile since anybody has posted on this site, what with life responsibilities and everything. Sorry to any readers who were crushed by this news.

Anyway, I have just completed my Zelda Timeline paper that I have been working on for about a month, after having completed all of the Zelda titles in the series, playing each during one long month marathon. I figured this would be the perfect place to publish my paper, in PDF format. I might work on an eBook format, but we'll see.

Please feel free to download a copy for yourself, of this 56 page, 20 chapter masterpiece detailing the entire Zelda Timeline. You can download it simply by clicking THIS LINK.

If you have any comments or suggestions, you can leave a comment here or email me at masterzpotts[at]gmail.com

Thanks and enjoy.

-Zach

DOWNLOAD HERE, in case you missed it.


--Thanks to GoNintendo for the shout-out!
--Also huge thanks to Kotaku for theirs as well!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Breaking the Silence

Just wanted to leave a note here, for passers by. After almost 8 years, different hosts, and several pleas to try and get this site the attention and variety it once craved, I've come to terms with what it's become.

It's not much, but it was a nice 8 year chapter of my life, and the site will live on as proof of that. Sure, our old hosts have long gone, and thus some of this chapter is missing. But I'm ok with that. I'm proud of the work both my team and myself have done over the years, and I'm kind of shocked that we all managed to run this on our own free time for that long. I've made some great friends over the years thanks to VFH, both near and far, and if that's all I have to remind myself of my time here then it was worth it.

This isn't the first semi-depressing letter I've written here, but it's most likely the last. I've just become too busy with other work to actually maintain this by myself for no compensation.

I won't close the site or our social media accounts, I could never bring myself to do so after all the time we've put in, but updates on our Facebook and Twitter will probably be kept to a minimum barring a few note-worthy links here and there. It's not much, but it's the best I can do given the time I have.

However, I myself am not going away. Feel free to follow my art blog, Twitter, or even my Tumblr; each of which are generally regularly updated with my thoughts and latest works. When I'm not self-promoting I'm generally talking about movies, music, TV, comics (and all the other crap I like and would generally speak about here in full length when given the time). Who knows, maybe some day I'll have a reason to come back to this place and start writing again, wouldn't that be swell?

Thank you to everyone, I'll see you later.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Green Lantern Review

I'm breaking my hiatus from movie reviews because I'm honestly so distraught right now. I've seen a lot of great films so far this year; Rango, Source Code, Thor, Super 8, X-Men: First Class, among others, that sadly I was too busy at the time to write raving reviews about them. And hell, as disappointing as Tron: Legacy was, at least it was cool to look at and listen to.

Green Lantern, on the the other hand, is no where in the realm of these films. And it really really troubles me to say that. I have wanted to see a live-action Green Lantern film since I was a kid. Sure, my tiny brain was entertained by the campy Batman films I grew up with, but how awesome would it have been to see some guy floating around in space with a ring that can do anything?! That's like, the most BASIC way to explain Green Lantern comics, at its core that's what it is, and it just expands from there. This film, doesn't even get that right.

No no, instead we have a Stark-esque jock who doesn't really do anything, and suddenly has flashbacks of his never mentioned father while flying. And then we have Hector Hammond, a no-body of the DC Universe who might actually have more depth and screen time than the titular character. Whom of course becomes nonexistent by the film's end so why did we waste so much time on him anyways? Oh, and just for the hell of it, throw in Parallax, a relatively new DC creation that had absolutely nothing to do with Hal Jordan's origin.

In fact, fuck it, lets take Hal Jordon, the Green Lantern Corps, and all other things people might recognize, throw them out, and hand them over to a director who admittedly said he was not familiar with the character. Yeah, that sounds great; while we're at it, have 5 or so people handle writing duties so it doesn't feel like 1 film at all. Does this sound ridiculous to you? It does to me. I don't understand how no one in charge of the characters handling at DC thought something was wrong here.

This film is a mess. Don't be fooled by all the advertising and promotional materials that show all the crazy alien Green Lanterns or Hal on Oa, because no, people can't handle that. Instead, lets put most of the film on Earth, have the Green Lantern save maybe 1 person, and not introduce any of the real Green Lantern elements until 2/3 into the film. Yeah, this is sounding great right? .... right? ... hello?

The biggest problem with this film is that clearly, no one knew what film they wanted to make. There's a slow paced story of a man who can't outgrow his father's shadow (where this came in, I have no idea), there's another story about some bald guy that looks older than his dad, there's a story about crazy space politics, there's a story of revenge and supposed corruption, there might be a love triangle? Seriously, there's just way too many stories going on in this film and none of them are interesting enough to care. In the end credits, there's suddenly a scene of Sinestro putting on the yellow ring and changing, clearly setting up a sequel. Why? I couldn't tell you, at least not if I had never heard of the character before, because he has such little screen time in the film I have no idea what his motivations would be to do so.

Which leads into the other problem, trying to be Marvel. Marvel did a bold thing with Iron Man, and eventually The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and the upcoming Captain America. It made a film with the hopes of starting a cinematic Marvel Universe in which all its characters inhabit. But what Iron Man did right was it allowed itself to be its own stand alone film, only really setting up its connection to the other films after the credits; something both Iron Man 2 and Thor got wrong. Green Lantern, while not making any clear links to other DC heroes, was made with the purpose of eventually setting up an expanded universe. It's here it goes for the Iron Man 2/Tron: Legacy approach; instead of having one, cohesive film that works really well by itself, we have a film that is clearly setting itself up for a much better/more interesting sequel, and forgets that it needs that first great film to get people actually interested in what's to come.

What else is wrong? Where to start? Casting: No. Ryan Reynolds, you are not Hal Jordan. As soon as I heard he was cast I immediately had doubts about this film. Hal Jordan isn't this kooky wise guy who goes around making jokes, showing everyone and their dad (literally) what he can do; he's also not bronzed. Hal's seen some shit, he has a sense of right/wrong and a strong demeanor. Reynolds is just Reynolds here, his persona works for Deadpool or Wally West's Flash, but not Hal Jordan, never Hal Jordan. Blake Lively, sure, she's got a body, but again, Carol Ferris is never portrayed as this hot tanned just-over-teenage model, who is somehow also a really smart test pilot. Sure, she's a smart, good looking character in the comics, but... she also doesn't have Lively's ... dare I say... unlively acting presence.

Aside from them, Hector Hammond is an unneeded character, and really was just laughable looking. The main members of the Corps, Tomar Re, Kilowog and Sinestro were also great, BUT, they're barely have any screentime and are ultimately wasted. Which goes into the next problem, special effects. 80% of these characters were created by animators, not motion capture artists, which while that would be great for say... Toy Story, but this is a real live action film is supposed to be at least somewhat visually believable. I got to understand the gross use of motion capture suits, it makes sense in the other-worldliness, but when Kilowog starts moving like a cartoon character and not a physical being, you've suddenly taken me out of the world. And let me tell you, some of those Green Lantern effects, especially in flight, we awful. Like, SyFy TV movie awful...

I really could go on and on about what was wrong with the film. The score sucked, the 3D sucked, I already tore apart the story, the writing, the acting, the directing, the casting... the blatant attempt at suckering people in for a shitty film in order to fund a more expensive, probably more well made sequel. If you're a fan of DC, and have been waiting for a great superhero film that can stand alongside the likes of Superman: The Movie, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight, look away. I don't care how much you might love the character, look away, you don't want to see this. I'm officially more of a Marvel fan now.

Overall Score: FuckThisMovie/10