Request For Fan Art For Hobbit Video Deadline July 30th!!!

Hello all!! So I think it’s time we called a deadline for this thing. On  July 30th, the time for submissions will be up. Just wanted to thank you again for taking part in this, I greatly appreciate it, and hopefully we can make something nice and fun out of it. Please remember to put your name on your art. Also grab a quote from the story, and give me your contact info so that if people like what they see, they can contact you. If you need any more reminders on the original post, here is a link:

Request for Fan Art For Hobbit Video!!

And here is a link to a soundtrack that I put together for the fic if you need musical inspiration:

Soundtrack for Hobbit Fan fic “Fly Away Little Birds”

You will also find all the links to the story here and in the other post. Please check it out!!

Thank you so much!! Send me your submissions on Twitter, Facebook, send me links, whatever. On the 1st we will decide on a song to go with the video. Later!!Gone insane

A Humble Request for a Harry Potter Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game

Dear J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers Entertainment,

Harry Potter, the famous story of The Boy Who Lived. The Boy Who Lived through numerous trials and deadly encounters with giant serpents, flying cars, Whomping Willows, Dementors, fire breathing dragons, Death Eaters and a terrible dark lord knows to his world as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but also by his own terrible name, Voldemort. And along the way, he picked up faithful friends, surrogate family, and people who would always support him, despite the difficulty supporting him might bring. One must admit though, that the people who have been the most loyal to him over the years have been the readers and viewers of his adventures. They are his ever present supporters, and have followed him from book to film to game, to play.

However, there is a demographic of his most loyal fan who feel a bit shortchanged. Gamers. Pottermore was something that gamers hoped would be an online game, however it has, for a long time, been described as “a reading experience”. Gamers do not want a reading experience. They want to interact with a tangible, visual experience in a world that can be fully explored. Also, not everyone can afford to go to a theme park, and even the theme park offers a minuscule glance at the world of Harry Potter.

That is also the issue with the games that are already out there. They are direct movie tie-ins, and only show the tiniest glimpse of a much larger world. Also they do not offer a lot of interaction with the environment, or other players. Gamers are social people, explorers, and they love to be able to explore every corner of a world that is possible. They like to go out with friends, and help each other toward goals in quests. The like to chat and engage with in world economics and creation. Also, a little PVP competition never hurt anyone.

Also, when one makes an MMO of an already existing world, they delve into the lore of that world in order to make it as real as possible for the player. I always tell people that if they really want to go to Middle Earth, they should play “The Lord of the Rings Online” (A game from Turbine games and a Warner Brothers subsidiary I believe). They have made that world so beautiful and so believable that it has become my only Middle Earth. I can go places, like The Shire, The Lone-Lands, Rivendell, LothLorien, Moria, Rohan, Isengard. I can interact with characters from that world. In fact, recently I ran into some old friends!!

 

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And there are some other interesting people I have run into recently as well, like this guy:

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And of course, this guy:

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And I took a screenshot of this place because it was so pretty!!

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This is the kind of thing we would want with a Harry Potter MMORPG. A full world experience where we can play with our friends, interact with cool people from the universe, and engage, as gamers, with the storyline. This kind of gaming experience is not like the single player experience we have had in the past. It is more inclusive, social, interactive, and fun in general. Also, consider the fact that even before it comes out, it will be a hit. Because there is the built in Harry Potter audience, gamers who play for the sake of playing, competitive gamers, casual gamers, and people who just want to see what it’s all about!! I can tell you, this Hufflepuff wants to do just that!!

Also, considering that it is a game set in the Harry Potter universe, the highest rating you will probably get on an MMO like this is “T” for “Teen”. LOTRO has one of the nicest communities on the web. And I am sure if Turbine develops this game, and does as good a job on it as they did on LOTRO, that same community will probably mosey on over to play. I know this is a tough step, but for all the people who want a more interactive Harry Potter experience, and can’t afford to go to a theme park and have worn out their books and DVDs, this is a great and wonderful thing. Gamers will thank you for it, as will the casual gamer and the Harry Potter fan!!

Thank you so much for reading this, I greatly appreciate it!! I will now ask my followers, friends, and the fans to help me out on this. Using this hashtag, politely ask for what we want. #IWantAHarryPotterMMORPG and maybe we can make this happen. Remember to ask politely, for there is no place for aggression here and we are asking a favor.Thank you all. I hope that some day I can be sorted into Hufflepuff, and take care of magic creatures with Hagrid while working on creating potions and transfiguring bugs into earrings, but eventually letting them go, because they’re doing me a favor!! Thank you!!

Sincerely,

Shara M.

 

The Value of Fan Fiction, Fan Art, Fan Videos and Costumes

 

 

Hello all. Thought I would go ahead and post something because it is one of those things I am interested in.  It is often said by some that “fan projects” are not worth the time or effort. This is not true at all. “Fan projects” are more pivotal now than they ever have been. Why do I say this? Because engaging in fan activities such as writing fan fiction, doing fan videos and creating fan art are fostering the next generation of artists. Basically what I am saying is that, with these projects comes knowledge, practice in the art that you want to be involved in, and experience.

Lets start with fan fiction. Many authors will say that this is not the kind of thing that “real” writers engage in. That is not true. Even writers and film makers that are well respected have dabbled in borrowing, fan fiction and “ripping off”. Take Suzanne Collins who wrote “The Hunger Games”. It is quite clearly based, in some form off of the film “Battle Royale”, A Japanese film about a group of Japanese students who are forced to fight to the death in a contest where only one is meant to come out alive.

Then again, “Battle Royale” is much more interesting and amusing, because it is not a film made to be considered as “overly serious film”, it is a film that caters to the interest of many audiences, action fans, Japanese film fan, people who like the irony and strong social messages put forward by the film. But basically it is an “it is what it is film, and if you try to make it something more, you’ll merely disappoint yourself”. The Hunger Games” caters to it’s built in audience, and is therefore full of teen angst and characters that one only finds interesting if they are into that sort of movie. There’s nothing wrong with the films. For me, they are just not as entertaining as a film like “Battle Royale”. But still, it cannot be denied that the premise is basically the same and one is simply more entertaining that the other.

Let’s take a moment to look at “Star Wars” and George Lucas. George Lucas’s earliest movie was “THX1138”, a dystopian film about a very controlled society. Here we actually have Lucas who has borrowed from George Orwell, who’s books (that later became films) are basically the same story. People living in a controlled society. Then when it came time for “Star Wars”, George Lucas, who was a great fan of Akira Kurosawa, basically took the plot of Kurosawa’a film “The Hidden Fortress” and set it in space. The George Lucas ripped himself off and Created “Willow” which is the same story with little people and Val Kilmer. Then, as Honest Trailers pointed out, J.J. Abrams basically recycled the plot, except this time around, Luke was a young woman who didn’t whine or complain as much. And in fact, you could say that Collins ripped off both Lucas and Orwell…Haha…

Even a smutty book like “Fifty Shades of Grey” was borrowed from the plot of “Twilight”, which I have always found amusing. Anne Rice took the plot of “Sleeping Beauty” and filled it with smut. Also borrowing from other people is what remakes are, adaptations are, they are also why Marvel keeps regurgitating it’s superhero franchises.

So here’s the thing. If these people are allowed to borrow, adapt, rip off and do all these other sorts of things, why can’t we fans do so? Some writers will say that, “ah, fan fiction. That is no good because you’re just taking someone else’s story and doing things with it.” Well yeah! That’s what art is all about. Copying and borrowing from the masters in order to gain competence. Even Da Vinci and Michelangelo started, probably from copying some of their art, or borrowing it from the person that they learned from. Everyone learns something. The difference is how quickly you can pick it up.

Also they say, “oh you don’t get good feedback on fan fiction”. Not true at all. If you are a good writer, people will know it and know how to respond to your writing, regardless of what it is based off of. There is a difference in writing styles and motives in fan fiction. One is for the writer who someday wants to write. The other is for people who use it for some kind of odd wish fulfillment, which shouldn’t be in the same caliber. However, I have gotten a lot of good feedback from writing fan fics. People seem to like what I write and know what kind of writer I am, and therefore, they ask questions, point out plot holes, make comments on my having too much exposition, all kinds of useful comments. So one cannot claim that they do not get good feed back. If you are a good writer who is working to morph a good narrative, readers will know it.

Some fan videos are wonderful, and I enjoy watching them. They can be funny, touching, interesting visually, and just plain emotional. So here the thing. What you are looking at are the writers, comedians, film editors, and producers/directors of the future. If you can make a good fan video that people like, then chances are you want to work in film. The fact that you are working with someone elses content, just as long as you make it clear that you are playing with someone elses baby, and you’re not slapping your name on it saying, “this is mine”, I don’t see a problem with it. When I edit photos, people know they are not mine. Nor do I claim them as mine. They belong to someone else, and I try to make that as clear as possible when I give credits to people. So we should not demonize people for stealing when all they are doing is borrowing. If they have the footage, chances are they own the original, and most people still like to buy the DVD. Personally I don’t like downloads of anything, whether it’s film or music or game content. I want something I can hold, that is mine. So I still buy DVDs and things. I love things like commentary and interviews and extras, so I buy the damn movie! It isn’t mine. I claim nothing because I cannot. All I do is what most other artists do is borrow and take what I can from a given plot and work with it. Here are a couple of videos from Sweetladybat that I just love.

Fan art is also a very useful teaching tool. Again, learning from the masters. Also fan costumes. If you go to conventions, you will see thousands of costumes that people have worked numerous hours on, sometimes just to wear to one event. What you have here is artists in the making and future costume designers. You may have the next Edith Head amongst their numbers. Or even a Donatella Versace is you think about it. why would the film industry and fashion industry not take advantage of these people and their art?

There are so many fandoms out there, and there are so many people who want to be a part of them. And if you do not foster the talent of the next Shakespeare, or the next Da Vinci, or the next Edith Head, the industry will be missing out on some great and awesome talent.

Thank you for reading, I greatly appreciate it!! Shara

Request for Fan Art For Hobbit Video!!

EDIT: Just realized that some of you might not have a Wattpad account and might not be able to read the story there. Sorry, that is a great blunder on my part. I will give you the fanfiction.net link so that if you’re still interested, you can still participate. Thank you so much. As of yet there is still no deadline, so take your time. Same rules below apply. And so sorry, that is my fault. Thank you and cheers!

Link to FWLB

Hello ladies and gents!! Decided to actually do this, and create a fan video for my fan fiction story “Fly Away Little Birds”. I decided I love that fic and that other people seem to like it too, so why not create a video trailer for it? So here’s what I am looking for. Simply I am looking for art, not memes, not edited photos, actual art, which means pencil drawings, paintings, Something you created. Read the fic, find a scene and a quote that you like, and add the two together. Also say what chapter it came from and what fic.  Then I will use my film making software and put it all together in a video with music, we will all get a chance in picking a song later. Since it is a fan project, I cannot pay you for anything, nor can I get paid, and I have to give credits to the makers of the films and of course, Tolkien. What I can do, however is credit you! Give me your info, name, deviant art handle, facebook page, what ever you want people to know so that they can contact you in case they want to commission art from you.  Also remember to sign your art, as it is yours, not mine!! Below will be links to the story and my youtube page so that you can see what I do.  I would like to put as much as I can in there, so anyone who want to participate, find me on twitter   and I will give you further details. Thank you so much!! I think this will be a lot of fun, something for us all to get into!! Cheers!!

 

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Thank you all!! Please contact me on Twitter if you would like to know anything more!!

 

Becoming One of You

Just a small bit from something for the future. We shall see where this goes.
It was odd really. All his life, he had lived among people who were not his own, and when he met those that were, he did not wish to know them. But now that he did know them, they had become family. But why would they betray him like this? Why would they do this to him? Kirril was more confused than anything. Why would they allow him to live when they knew it was probably best that he die? Then he was angry. There was no reason for it! No justification! He would spend months recovering from injuries incurred in a battle that was not his own. He went with them gladly at the time. Why would he not? They were family. This is how he was rewarded.
The door opened quietly. He did not need to look to know who it was. They were not the footsteps of a stranger, but the footsteps of his brother. The one he had come to know so well over only a few months. They had become friends in that time. They may never become “brothers” in the classical sense, but Kirril know that Darien loved him as a brother might. Darien had risked his life to save Kirril. Kirril could not spurn him now. He sat up in his bed, though it pained him, and smiled at Darien.
“Darien.” He said in a strained voice. “It is good to see you.”
“It is good to see you as well.” Darien said worriedly. “I knew you would not leave me.”
“And would that be so bad?” Kirril asked.
Darien was taken aback. “What do you mean?”
“Broken wrists. I will never hold a sword or a shield again. Never fire a bow, perhaps I won’t even be able to write as well as I used to. Two broken ankles, and my knees are pretty well ruined as well. I shall never walk right again.”
“I know.” Darien said. “But you have your life…”
“And what is that worth?!” Kirril cried. “What use is a life if I cannot live it. I shall never run across the fields again, jump across the streams, my warrior days are over. I am nothing! Less than nothing…My life is undeserved.”
“Kirril, I know you have been badly hurt…” Darien started.
“Badly hurt? Badly hurt?”
“Yes, but I will do everything to help you.”
“I don’t want your help.” Kirril said. The he grew angry again. “And I don’t need your pity! If you had cared for me at all, you would have let me die the way I should have! A fine warriors death instead of dying a useless cripple! How could you do this to me!!”
“I did what I did because I love you, Kirril.” Darien said. “Because you are my brother. Do you not love me, brother? Are we not family?”
Kirril looked away from him. “I do not have any family here. They are all far away in a distant land.”
Darien began to weep. “How can you say that? How can you wound me with such terrible words?”
“Are they not true? My mother is far away. She is my only family. You are my betrayer, not my family, or my brother or my savior. Go away. You do not belong…” He stopped for a moment. “No, that is not so. It is I who does not belong here.”

Amusing Things You’ll see In Supernatural

Hello ladies and gents. In the last few years (haha) I have grown very fond of the show Supernatural. In all truth, I love it. It’s quirky, funny, and the characters are interesting!! So I thought I would put this together, as I have with my other “Amusing Things…” posts, so you can have a laugh if you like.

The show features Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Mark Pellegrino, Genevieve Padalecki, Osric Chau, Ty Ollsen, Felicia Day, D.J. Qualls, Emily Swallow, Faran Tahir, and Serinda Swan. It was produced by Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, and Mc G and is brought to you by Kripke Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Supernatural Films. Okay, show on the road!!

You might have the best dad ever!!!

Best Dad

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Jeffery Dean Morgan.

When someone calls you a moose and you totally get back at them.

Not a moose

Jared and Mark Sheppard.

Seriously, Fergus?

Fergus should cry

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard.

Then again, his mother never loved him.

Good insurance

Mark Sheppard and Ruth Connell.

They once knew a hunter who turned into a werewolf, who knew how to party.

Party on

D.J. Qualls

They also knew the only vampire who wasn’t an emo glampire.

Least metrosexual

Ty Ollsen.

Every so often you have to give your body to an angel or a demon, in which case you become an angel condom or a meat suit.

Meat suit

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

And guess who the real boss is!

I'm Lucifer

Faran Tahir, Emily Swallow, Mark Sheppard, and Mark Pellengrio.

In your quest for…Whatever your questing for, there may be causalities along the way.

Got me killed

Felicia Day, Osric Chau, Jim Beaver and Ty Ollsen.

But don’t worry guys. Every body loves you. Like your old mortal enemy!!

married Ruby

Jared Padalecki, Genevieve Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

Your car!!

Leave me

Jensen Ackles and ’67 Chevy Impala

Your pet angel.

Other celestials

Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.

Your brother.

Most magestic moose

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

And your other mortal enemy, who you were stuck in a cage with, but now it’s totally fine, because you have good friends like death!!

Assbut

Mark Pellengrio, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins.

You need death, because let’s face it, Castiel is kind of a frell-up…

Something stupid

Misha Collins.

And to tell you how freakin’ pretty Purgatory is.

Silver Pergatory

Ty Ollsen, Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.

Don’t worry, Dean. You have a new enemy to love you. And she’s offering you a man cave.

Love dungeon

Serinda Swan and Jensen Ackles.

Aren’t we all happy that we love these guys!!

Shut cakehole

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

The end. I hope you got a laugh out of this. Anyway, it’ll all be better when I make a video and put it to music. I know just the song too. Thanks for reading. If you like it, let me know. Cheers!!