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cyrax777



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:07 pm Reply with quote
abunai wrote:
cyrax777 wrote:
v1cious wrote:
i suspect some funny quotes will come ouot of this one. i'd enter, but i don't really care about Gunslinger Girls.
I would but I can't think of anything outside of inside jokes or gun humor.

So what's wrong with gun humour, in this context?

- abunai
most people wont get the reference
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abunai
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:01 am Reply with quote
cyrax777 wrote:
abunai wrote:

So what's wrong with gun humour, in this context?

- abunai
most people wont get the reference

Allow me to share with you one of the five captions that I sent in:

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4) "Oh dear, this uses 5.56 mm ammo, and I only have 7.62 mm left over from the AK47 I got for Christmas."


I doubt that Zac is a MilGeek, but there're plenty of them in the audience...

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JETBLACK87



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:01 am Reply with quote
Besides, it's kind of hard not to do a gun joke. I think that was what Zak was going for by having a girl with a gun as the picture.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:20 pm Reply with quote
abunai wrote:
cyrax777 wrote:
abunai wrote:

So what's wrong with gun humour, in this context?

- abunai
most people wont get the reference

Allow me to share with you one of the five captions that I sent in:

Quote:
4) "Oh dear, this uses 5.56 mm ammo, and I only have 7.62 mm left over from the AK47 I got for Christmas."


I doubt that Zac is a MilGeek, but there're plenty of them in the audience...

- abunai
(Pacifist MilGeek)


Kinda answers a question that was buzzing around my head, that of how many times/captions you could enter. Never having entered something like this I was unsure; so I only sent in two; out of the 7-8 that popped into my head. Kind of thought Zac would get tired of hearing from me. But now that I know.....Twisted Evil 'course with my luck, next time I won't be able to think of any... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:21 pm Reply with quote
abunai wrote:
cyrax777 wrote:
abunai wrote:

So what's wrong with gun humour, in this context?

- abunai
most people wont get the reference

Allow me to share with you one of the five captions that I sent in:

Quote:
4) "Oh dear, this uses 5.56 mm ammo, and I only have 7.62 mm left over from the AK47 I got for Christmas."


I doubt that Zac is a MilGeek, but there're plenty of them in the audience...

- abunai
(Pacifist MilGeek)


I was thinking more like "The Airsoft Forum is that way"
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 5:24 pm Reply with quote
Being unable to participate to win a prize, because I live on the wrong side of the pond, I would have liked to enter;
Detention? Detain this!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:59 am Reply with quote
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Being unable to participate to win a prize, because I live on the wrong side of the pond, I would have liked to enter;
Detention? Detain this!

I think that someone has prior art on that particular "joke"...

I live on the Sane Side of the Pond, myself, but that doesn't deter me from entering.

- abunai
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Andromeda



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I'm gonna take a stab in the dark here and assume that the reason you're asking this is probably because you have a "really great idea" for an anime and you want to see it come to life. It's a nice dream, and a pleasant thought, but you and about 39 million other American teenagers have the same idea, and I get letters from all of them, sometimes with "scripts" attached. I don't want to be the bad guy here, but the odds that your "really great idea" is actually "really great" are pretty low, unless you've actually taken the classes necessary to learn the art and science of screenwriting. Writing TV and movies is difficult work; just having watched a lot of anime does not make you qualified to write anime, just like driving a car does not make you qualified to design one.


And even then, it's still difficult. Wink Even if you're taking writing classes, you will never be finished with learning how to write well, especially if you don't have the drive and raw talent to begin with... and even those that do will have dry spells. I'm sure anyone who writes can tell anyone that much.

On the other hand, though, watching good TV DOES help you get a better idea on what makes good setup (whether for character development, world-building, drama, comedy, action) or pacing for TV. So it's not like it wouldn't help, but you're right - having a cool idea does not mean a studio in a foreign country will listen.

My advice to anyone who "wants to make an anime"? Stop asking Answerman. Stop looking to Japan, either. If you're not Japanese, you'll have to be either really good, really famous, really rich, or all of the above in order to get a Japanese studio to even give you a second glance... heck, I imagine you'd have to be that much in order to be JAPANESE and get a Japanese studio to look at you, let alone being an American and trying to get them to look at your stuff. And getting there is hard work, no matter how smart, or talented, or even lucky you are, you will have to work hard to get to the point where people will listen, much less want to do anything with your stuff.

There is, however, a way to get your stuff made here at home... if you're willing to spend your own money and/or time in insane levels and are really dedicated. It's called "independant film". Wink

I've seen an increasing number of small groups of fans and hobbyists get together and create their own anime, usually on the computer, using programs like ACID (for audio) and various animation and graphics programs, and heck, for $800 you can get a decent software suite that includes a film editing software, ACID, and a pretty good DVD-programming software that can even handle doing 5.1 audio, layered audio (for things like alternate music tracks), subtitle tracks, regions,etc. - and even do anamorphic widescreen, apparently, or convert flash format menus into DVD menus. I think it's called Vegas 5 (it's from Sony, I believe, or... some other Japanese company with an American branch, and I think the next version's coming out now, so the older version's gone down in price).

All you really need is your "great idea", decent script-writing skills (you can check out some DVDs, like Buffy season 3 boxset I know has them, some have scripts for some of the episodes, so you can get a good idea of the formatting), some fellow fans/film enthusiasts that include, if not also a script-writer, an animator or two (some will be willing to work for free if they like the idea or are a friend, if only to gain experience), and/or some storyboarders and/or character designers (you around, you'll find people that are willing to storyboard or character design for either free or next to nothing) and some voice actors (trust me. They are a dime a dozen online and willing to work for free). That, and a LOT of dedication and free time. Oh, and getting royalty-free copies of music and sound effects or being able to create your own is good, nay, necessary as well. If you get a good set of software, you can mix some decent audio, mix your animation with it, do subtitles, etc., and burn it to DVD. Actual DVD discs cost something like $1.00-$2.00 each, retail, if you buy them in 100 packs in places like Office Depo or Staples, a single-disc DVD case is usually $1.00 each from what I've seen, in five packs or more, and you can get the labels and DVD covers for about $0.25 a piece if you buy those in packages the same way (keep in mind, your MSRP should be a lot more than the cost of production; you need to at least double your cost of production for the wholesale cost - preferably slightly more to also allow for bulk discounts - and double that for the MSRP, or you AND the retailers willing to sell copies of it - assuming there are any - will make pretty much zippo).

If you're not willing to do that or at least go to film school... then stop planning to be a writer for "anime", because you won't get there without working. Wink


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My advice? Go to film school. Learn about the process. If you're interested in television production, that's the best thing you can do - and it's the only way anyone will ever take you seriously.


Yep. Either that or indie stuff. Smile

It amazes me though how few people realize that you need to work to be a successful writer or creator of pretty much anything. Even webcomic people write and draw/animate (and/or record, if it has audio) their stuff, and that's not always easy (well, it is sometimes, but only if you do it half-arsed. GOOD stuff takes work Smile ).


-Andromeda
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:15 am Reply with quote
abunai wrote:
Mohawk52 wrote:
Being unable to participate to win a prize, because I live on the wrong side of the pond, I would have liked to enter;
Detention? Detain this!

I think that someone has prior art on that particular "joke"...

I live on the Sane Side of the Pond, myself, but that doesn't deter me from entering.

- abunai
Good job "Gunslinger Girls" was done well after this sad event, otherwise it would have been accused of being the No. 1 cause. Rolling Eyes
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