Wolf Children

I feel like one of the weightiest statement I can make as an RTVF major is my list of favorite filmmakers, and Mamoru Hosoda sits very comfortably in my top three.

This Friday (February 7th) the RTVF department is having a showing of the Mamoru Hosada film Wolf Children, his latest installment in a line of mind blowing-ly awesome movies. Wolf Children is a movie about family, love, and self-discovery; its story is full of heart and sincerity.

“Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars. Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.”

taken from http://www.funimation.com/shows/wolf-children

I could go on about how great this movie is for hours, but I think it’s better to let it speak for itself.

The English version was produced right here in DFW by FUNimation Entertainment, and features one of UNT’s own graduates, Lara Woodhull, as the voice of young Yuki.

Tickets for the event can be found here:



Geek Art : Zachary Jackson Brown

In our first installment of Geek Art I am going to be telling you about an amazing artist out of North Carolina.  I will be upfront I went to college with this man and was amazed at his art then and he has only grown as an artist since.  Zachary Jackson Brown was born in Concord, North Carolina and have in recent years moved to Raleigh  to work as the 3-Dimensional Art Teacher.  Mr. Brown studied Painting and Drawing at Barton College in Wilson, NC and earned my Bachelors of Science in Art Education.  In my spare time I enjoy nothing more than painting portraits and drawing cartoon/comic characters.  Which brings us to the show and tell portion of this blog post.  Zachary has recently done some work gender swapping Batman Villains that is really awesome in my opinion:

Here is the link to Zach’s Website:  Make sure to go browse his gallery: http://www.zacharyjacksonbrownart.com/

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

My final paper for a converged media class I took this past fall asked that we “report on the use of multiple technology systems for transmedia storytelling in a specific program or media franchise.” I saw this as the perfect opportunity to write about one of my favorite incarnations of Pride and Prejudice, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The following is what I would call the “highlights reel” of an otherwise much longer research paper.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I have indulged in Pride and Prejudice more than any one person probably ever should. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has long been hailed as quality reading material. In a recent, recent being 2003, BBC survey, it was rated as the second best book ever written. In a similar Australian survey taken in 2008, Pride and Prejudice came in at the number one spot. It has sold over twenty million copies, to date, and remains popular in contemporary media. Pride and Prejudice has seen various adaptations for the stage, film, and television. Two of the most recent, notable adaptations are the BBC mini-series featuring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, and the 2005, Joe Wright film featuring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet. Both versions previously mentioned follow the story as told by the original novel more strictly. It has also been the focus of looser adaptations and has been referenced in modern television series. From Bridget Jones’ Diary, to an episode of Wishbone, a Bollywood adaptation, an independent film adaptation set in Salt Lake City with a distinctly Mormon flair, and its most recent incarnation via transmedia storytelling with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Pride and Prejudice has continued to appear the in media in a prominent way long after its original publication.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an independent project initially developed by Hank Green and Bernie Su. The production team features a staff well acquainted with the ins and outs of the production business. Many of the writers have worked in television or been involved in writing for similar styles of programming. In addition to the very qualified production and writing teams, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries also employed a transmedia editor and producer. Jay Bushman, the head of the transmedia team on this project describes himself as a “Multiplatform Story Evangelist” on his personal website.

The major plot points of Pride and Prejudice are brought into the modern day and handled with care. Instead of marriage proposals, business proposals and job offers take the attention of our main cast of characters. Lydia’s elopement is replaced with a sex scandal, and Jane takes an internship instead of staying with family. Jane is trying to launch herself into a career  not just win back Bing Lee. The women of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are much stronger and independent than the women of Pride and Prejudice. The writers do their best to put these characters into relevant, real world situations while maintaining that level of drama and quality of storytelling that only Jane Austen could produce.

Overall, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was a huge success. In a few short months it was able to support itself almost entirely on money made from YouTube ads. It was also a huge success on the crowd funding website Kickstarter. The campaign exceeded its goal of sixty-thousand dollars by seven hundred seventy-one percent. By the date the campaign ended at four hundred sixty-two thousand dollars. This campaign reached its initial goal in less than three hours, and the average pledge by the Kickstarter backers was around sixty-five dollars. With the bridge series featuring Gigi Darcy that immediately followed Lizzie Bennet, Welcome to Sanditon, and the new series Emma Approved, we can hope to see much more out of the creative minds that originally brought us The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Wednesday Poll

OK so I’ll admit I geek out about tech stuff a lot.  Sometimes to the point that it really doesn’t make sense.  Today is different though.  The super intelligent folks up at MIT have created something that I feel will eventually revolutionize how we interact with technology which in turn will impact how we interact with each other.

playing games from the 90’s on your mac (free)

So this is Eric and I am going to post this because simply put I want to play DinoPark Tycoon when I get home.


I’ve been spending the past few weeks looking for old games I played when I was six; games like SimCity 2000, SimFarm and SimTower. After fumbling through the Internet like a blind rat in a maze, I managed to be able to play them all (legally). I decided to write a short blog post on how to play those games. 

Short version

  1. Download Boxer
    Just open the zip file and tada! you’ve got Boxer.
  2. Head down to Abandonia
    Search for the game (e.g. DinoPark Tycoon) you want and download it.
    Make sure it’s compatible with dos boxImage
  3. Unzip the file
  4. Import the game
    Open Boxer and drag the unzipped folder onto “import a new game”
  5. Install the game
    The installer is usually something like “setup.bat” or “install.bat”, so just click “launch installer” and follow the instructions.
    The installer is sometimes an .exe file.
  6. Play the game
    You can access…

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