Novel Mashup

Opening Line
It was dark and stormy night and Dr. Gerald Blackfin was reflecting that the weather seemed to match his mood, he could see the choppy menacing ocean being stirred by the storm from his warm seat by the fireplace, he was scribbling down his notes for revenge while wishing there was an easier way, when suddenly the storm outside seemed to get even more intense and something hit his front door with a giant thud, he went to go investigate and when he opened the door he saw a giant shark lying on his doorstep whose teeth represented that of an oversize bear trap, he knew his wishes had been granted when the shark flashed a cheeky smile and said “well hello”.

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Movie Mashup #3

Movie Mash-up Assignment #3
Movies: Dr. Doolittle and Sharknado.

Series Title
Animal Rescue.

Genre: Children’s Educational Programming.

Characters:
“Dr. Fixit” – A kid-friendly adult veterinarian.
“Chomper” – The puppet sidekick of Dr. Fixit.
+ Rotating cast of elementary school children.

Series Premise
   When animals are in need of rescue, Dr. Fixit comes to their aid. Along with his sidekick Chomper, and the help of some young students, they relieve the animals from their distress by learning about them and their diverse needs.

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Dissecting an Episode: Modern Family, October 16, 2013

CITYTV 9:00-9:30 channel 204 on Bell Fibe.

Title: “The Late Show”.
Logline: The adults encounter obstacles in their attempt to make a family dinner reservation at the hottest restaurant in town.

Commercials:
– (9:06–9:09) Advertisement for “Super Fun Night”, Buick Encore, Benjamin Moore, Dentyne, Triscuits, A&W, Chevy.
– (9:15-9:19) Iphone5, Kraft Peanut Butter, Buick, Tide Pods, closed captioning by “Hello Magazine, promo for “Nashville”, The Shopping Channel, Value Village, promo for “The Crazy Ones” then “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”.
– (9:27-9:30) Leon’s Furniture, Value Village, your “awesome dog” contest on Citytv By Purina, Disney Cruise Lines, Lotto Max, Hyundai “Hockey Helpers”, The Shopping Channel.

Demographic: Adults 18-49.

Story: The adults want to have a nice dinner at a new restaurant in town. They encounter problems with leaving the children at home, as well as with each other. When Gloria gets them kicked out of the restaurant once they are finally ready, they go to a nearby taco truck. They soon realize that they don’t need anything fancy to have a good time; all they need is each other.

Goal: To have a successful adult night out.
TP1: Kids finally get settled and adults leave the house.
TP2: They get to the restaurant and take time working out their issues, only until they get kicked out and all go have a good time at a taco truck.
Theme: love – don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant, just need each other.

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Movie Mashup Assignment #2

Original Movies: Dr. Doolittle and Sharknado

Series Title
The Misadventures of Dr. Blackfin and Megabite

Genre: Comedy, Family, Animation.

Series Premise
The famous evil genius Dr. Blackfin, and his genetically enhanced shark sidekick Megabite, are trying to take over the world. Each day they devise a new elaborate plan for world domination, which ultimately ends in failure. This is mainly due to Dr. Blackfins’ arrogance and Megabites’ idiocy.

Pilot Episode Premise
Dr. Blackfin creates a pair of glasses that have the ability to hypnotize anyone who looks into them. He wears these when being interviewed on television to try and get everyone to follow his plan. However, his plan is ultimately foiled when Megabite gets excited about the fish tank on the set and smashes them.

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Movie Mashup!

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Movie Mash-up

Movies: Dr. Doolittle and Sharknado

Original Movie Loglines
Dr. Doolittle: A family comedy about a doctor who discovers that he has the unique ability to talk to animals.
Sharknado: After a freak tornado floods Los Angeles, a group of friends try to deal with the effects of man-eating sharks who are terrorizing the devastated city.

Mash-up
Title: Dr. Blackfin
Logline: A doctor genetically engineers man-eating sharks to seek revenge on those who took from him what he loved most in the world.
Description: As a young boy, Gerald Blackfin was rejected by his peers and teased mercilessly over his belief that he had the ability to talk to animals. After years spent with only animals as his companions, he meets a fellow scientist who believes in him. On a date at the city zoo, Gerald draws attention of an off duty NSA officer who reports back to his boss of what he has seen. The NSA sets out a plan to capture Dr. Gerald. In an unfortunate turn of events, the abduction ends up killing his girlfriend. Gerald then uses his abilities to create a new breed of killer sharks that set out to terrorize the perpetrators of the incident.

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The Top 10 Most Overplayed Songs of Summer 2013

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Last summer it was impossible to hit the “seek” button on my radio fast enough to avoid hearing Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” or Fun’s “We Are Young” one. more. time.

With this past summer being so fresh in my mind, these are the top 10 songs of the summer that were impossible to escape.

The Top 10 Most Overplayed Songs of Summer ’13
10. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore
9. “Love Somebody” – Maroon 5
8. “Treasure” – By Bruno Mars
7. “Radioactive” – By Imagine Dragons
6. “Safe and Sound” – By Capital Cities
5. “Come and Get it” – By Selena Gomez
4. “Clarity” – By Zedd
3. “Wake Me Up” – By Avicii
2. “Get Lucky” – By Daft Punk
1. “Blurred Lines” – By Robin Thicke, ft TI and Pharrell

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Disney & Remix Culture

Originality. It’s what most artists and producers of media strive for, and its a concept that is very highly valued in our society. But is something that is unique and completely your own better then something that has been manipulated, reworked, or added to? Or is it even possible to be 100% original given the context of todays society?

Remix culture can be defined as a “society that allows for and encourages derivative works by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new product” (Wikipedia). Lawrence Lessing believes that this is something that we should strive for. He argues that todays society is living in a culture where the right to creative progress is in the hands of Big Media. He believes that that they exert control over what people can do with the culture around them, and by allowing them to do so we are losing our freedom to create, build and imagine. One of the examples he uses ties in one of the largest and most widely recognized brands of all time, Disney. He says,

“all of the great Disney works took works that were in the public domain and remixed them.”

He calls Walt Disney a “remix extraordinaire, he is the celebration and ideal of this kind of creativity”. Disney took stories that were in the public domain and remixed them, added-on to them, and made them accessible to the public.

Disney is a brand that is loved by many, and its stories have influenced generations of children and families. Lessing describes in his Ted Talk how the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act allowed for copyright laws to be extended for 20+ years, so that no one else could do to Disney what Disney did to the stories of The Brothers Grimm. It is bizarre to think that if this act was passed prior to the creation of Disney, we may not ever of had access to their stories and cultural products.

With our access to technology being what it is today, we have the ability to access a limitless amount of cultural products and remix them. We can make and consume culture, and change it into something that is unique and our own. By doing so, are we are slowly changing the way in which we view copyright? Or do you feel that Big Media has the right to control copyright, and consequently, our culture?

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