Hello readers. I am sending out this post to let you know I have had the opportunity to interview a talented singer and recording artist by the name of Jessica Marie. Jessica is what you would call a “New Christian” artist and her music is out of the ordinary. Her debut album “Set Free” can be heard by clicking HERE.
In her music and in the interview, Jessica has a powerful story to tell. Check out her album at Soundcloud.com and be on the lookout for the interview post coming soon!
I am also working with an online group of animators on one to two minute long projects. They’re works in Minecraft so the script calls for no speech or dialog. I found it an exciting challenge as a writer. Here is my first effort:
By James Moore
First scene: Breaking In
Fade in to exterior of a large three-story home at night. Everyone who lives there must be asleep. A masked burglar dashes across the lawn to run around to the back of the house. He’s dressed in all black. We follow him to see him duck under a back window. He takes a flash light and a crowbar out of a large black bag he is carrying. Just before he uses the crowbar to pry open the window, he notices a sign near one of the bushes. He turns on his flash light to read it and sees
BEWARE OF KITTY CAT
He scoffs at the sign and proceeds to pry open the window.
Second Scene: Inside
From inside the house we see the burglar prying open the window, taking care to do it as quietly as possible. After the window is open he climbs in awkwardly and ends up snagging his leg on the window, falling into the house. He lands face down.
We see a close up as he slowly lifts his head to find himself face-to-face with a cute, cuddly kitty cat. The cat runs up to the burglar and uses a clawed paw to slash his nose. There is a muffled cry of pain from the burglar and the cat takes off running out of the room.
Third Scene: The Chase
Camera is outside the room in the hallway. The cat comes running out followed closely by the burglar. The burglar chases the cat down the hall. The cat turns left during the chase and ducks behind a partially opened closet door. The burglar gets to the door and stops. He places a hand on the doorknob and prepares to pull it open to get to the cat. He yanks the door open in one quick move. He’s then hit in the face with a spring-loaded bowling ball. The impact knocks him unconscious. The kitty cat scampers out of the closet and climbs up on the unconscious burglar’s chest in victory.
In addition to working on the second Charlotte book, I’m writing on other projects too. One is an animated series based on the popular video game Space Engineers. I’m collaborating with another writer on the screenplay. Here’s something from the first episode:
- Chris Poseidon captain
- Phillip Poseidon pilot
- Julia Poseidon scientist
- Kyle Poseidon technician
- Admiral Steele Freedom captain
First scene: Orbiting Thillion
Fade in to two ships orbiting a white planet (side view of ships). One is Freedom, and one is Poseidon. There is a man (Kyle) working on the side of Poseidon. For the first part of this scene, the camera slowly zooms in on Kyle, who is talking to Chris via radio.
Chris: Hey Kyle, you done out there yet? Admiral Steele wants us for a mission brief in fifteen.
Kyle: Yeah, almost ready. What’s up? Trouble planet side?
Chris: Yes. Apparently the exploration ship crashed because of high winds before ever reaching the ground, so The Admiral wants something sturdier to go down, look for survivors, and complete the original mission.
Kyle: Okay. There, I’m done. I’ll meet you at the airlock in five. Continue reading And now for something completely different…
*SPOILER ALERT!* This review contains story details.
I went to see the latest effort from DC Comics and DC Entertainment, Suicide Squad last night. The short review is, it was not worth my time and money.
The movie starts off with promise. The introduction of the characters was well done and there was a good build up of tension. I had my concerns with the casting, but Will Smith and Margot Robbie put in convincing performances as Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively.
The problem is the story. Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis, is a government powerhouse who is concerned with national security. She convinces the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to allow her to put together a team of government prisoners to do super-powered dirty work for the good old US of A. One of the team members is an ancient witch called The Enchantress. She breaks loose from Waller’s control and teams up with her just-as-ancient warlock brother to take over the world.
Enter the rest of the Squad: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quin (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Lead by the elite soldier Col.Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and supervised by Katana (Karen Fukuhara), this rag-tag group of criminals set out to save the world from The Enchantress and her evil control.
Look, I get the concept of the anti-hero story. The good guys and bad guys are not always clearly defined. But with Suicide Squad, you walk out of the theater not sure who to root for or even if you’re happy or mad about what happened. As you may have guessed, the Squad saves the day but not before going through a weak story line and gratuitous fight scenes. One poor plot move in particular is when Amanda puts a bullet in each member of her mission support staff because “They didn’t have clearance to see any of this anyway.”
A predictable story ruins a good setup of characters. It looks like it’s going to be awhile before DC catches up with Marvel on the storytelling front. Suicide Squad gets one and a half stars out of five with me.
Here is a short I came up with for a contest submission. I was limited to 1000 words or less. It didn’t win but I think it has potential. Let me know what you think!
First Lieutenant Wilbur Dunbar had never done a single courageous thing in his entire life, until tonight. If anyone from the office knew what he was doing, or about to do, the lieutenant would be arrested and court marshaled.
It’s 10:35 pm when Lt. Dunbar knocks on Olivia Christopher’s front door. He can see a light come on in one of the rooms upstairs and a moment later Olivia is at the door. She moves quickly for a widow in her seventies. Olivia touches the frosted glass on her side of the door to make it transparent. The two-way audio system is well hidden.
“Can I help you young man?”
Wilbur removes his hat. His hand shakes only a little as he shows his ID card. “Good evening ma’am. I’m so sorry to bother you at this time of night. I’m Lieutenant Wilbur H. Dunbar from Fort Belvoir. I have a letter from your grandson Ben.” Continue reading Face of the Enemy