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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reid Review: 'Star Wars: Threads of Destiny' Best Fan-Made Movie?

Threads of Destiny movie poster collection.
Fan-made movies, although thoughtful, usually are terrible in quality, which hinders the audience's experience. Not this film. Star Wars: Threads of Destiny, directed by Rasmus Tirzitis, recently was released after nine years of development. It had a small budget of between $5,500 and $6,000, involved more than 100 volunteers, and was created to showcase their talents, according to its website: www.swtod.com. Although it had a low budget, it seems that its talented volunteers worked well with their resources and made a surprisingly good fan film.

It won't win any battles as a feature film, but it's quality is on par with a made-for-television film, which is actually really good for a fan-made movie. The acting was convincing despite some flaws from side characters, and the effects must have taken a long time to do but paid off. There wasn't as much action as official Star Wars movies, but the action scenes it had were suspenseful and felt like I was watching official Star Wars scenes. Of course, the heart of the movie was its story, and it delivered a Star Wars-like experience. Frankly, I think it's the best fan film I've ever seen.

It stars Patrik Hont, Carolina Neurath, Karl Lindqvist, Andreas Rylander, Karl Windén and Pale Olofsson and was produced by Tirzitis Entertainment, Branbomm film, and Eclipse FX, according to its website. I'd only recommend seeing this movie if you've seen the official Star Wars films. It's apparently made for fans of the franchise.

You can download the movie for free on its website: www.swtod.com. Or you can watch it below.



What do you think of it? Comment below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reid Picks: Little-Known Robot Movie (Enthiran) is Blazing Good

Robot (2010) from Amazon.com
I recently came across this little-known movie from 2010 called Robot (or Enthiran in Hindi), and I'm glad I did. I first saw a YouTube video of the action scenes and then watched the movie in Hindi (I later found out that there is an English subtitled version). Although I didn't understand a word they said, the pictures say thousands of words.

The action concepts are just amazing (even though the CGI isn't the best), plus it's surprising that the movie actually has a strong love story, which I didn't expect but which worked quite well with it. I think I love it because it reminds me of my Vecto character and the outlandish types of action scenes I come up with.

I couldn't embed the over-the-top action clips from YouTube on this site, so here is the link to it:

http://youtu.be/yysbbPStfWw

What do you think of the movie's action scenes?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Read Chapters of My 'Vecto' Book for Free

Vecto is the first book in a trilogy that I'm writing. I'm posting chapters for free on Wattpad.com, but they're not the final versions. If you want to be a beta reader, visit my page at wattpad.com/ReidKemper and make sure to leave a comment and vote for it. I'd love to hear your opinion!

Art by Rafael Fitzgerald.
The book stars a character that I created in 1996 named Vecto--a robot made of floating parts who has emotions. I created him for a collaborative universe I helped start called the Alpha Squad. The stories have always been something my friends and I enjoyed creating, and I'd like to share that universe with you.

In the storyline, Vecto was created in the year 3,005 by a scientist named Vic who is part of a midget race of beings called Dinishmen (the race is small and frail because they are optimized for brain power with less resources provided to their bodily form). His being consists of an orb that projects layers of form-fitting shields around a body of floating parts. Although he helps fight in a war, he is eventually disowned by his master and is recruited by a group of fighters called the Alpha Squad. The A.S. was created with the sole mission of eliminating a nine-foot-tall cyborg called Morphaal, who is considered the most dangerous being alive.

Years later, Morphaal is killed and the Alpha Squad no longer has a purpose. Even after Morphaal's death, his henchmen live on and Vecto's best friend is killed. The Vecto book starts off with Vecto trying to deal with his friend's death. To top it off, he hears that Morphaal has been revived and is looking to conquer a hidden planet called Zendora, where Morphaal plans to move his base of operations.

The story chronicles Vecto's quest to find Morphaal. However, the loss of his friend causes him to obsess over finding Morphaal to exact revenge. This results in rash decisions and violent behavior. His noble journey soon becomes a killing rampage, and his Alpha Squad teammates must find a way to stop him.

I'm writing the story in chapters that mimic TV episodes. Similar to light novels, which are popular in Japan, the story is focused on dialogue and action to maintain a quick reading pace. I don't take three minutes of your time to elaborate on a three-second scene. I try to match reading speed with the actual time taking place. Although it's written with older teens in mind, it's a good read for adults as well. If you like action-packed stories with unique characters, comic book movies, RPG video games, anime, and other media, you should read the book ... and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Reid Review: Ender's Game Movie Lives Up to Expectations

Ender's Game movie poster.(
(Update: March 2, 2014)

So many people have reviewed the Ender's Game movie with very different opinions. Some love it; some hate it. Some like it better than the book, and others think it pales in comparison. There are even reviewers who have never read the book and enjoyed it or hated it. As a science fiction fan who's favorite book is Ender's Game, I equally enjoyed the movie.

Here's a one-sentence description of the film from the Internet Movie Database: "Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formecs, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion." You can learn more about the basic plot from the book description (click the Amazon link below), so I won't bother explaining.

The movie stars as the protagonist boy Ender Wiggin, as Colonel Graff, as Ender's friend Petra Arkanian, and as Ender's sister Valentine Wiggin among others. It's based on the book of the same name, which won both the Nebula and Hugo awards. If you haven't read the novel, you should read it. Below are links to the book and movie, which is now on Blu-ray.


So here's my review:

Friday, October 18, 2013

More Than 25 Websites Where You Can Post Stories for Feedback

Update: Oct. 18, 2013.

Three years ago, I published a list of 15 websites where you can post stories for feedback. It has become the most popular page on my website with nearly 40,000 views. For the post's three-year anniversary, I decided to update it and increase the list to more than 25 sites. Many of the sites added to the list were suggested by readers.

(Disclaimer: I now use Wattpad.com and am posting some chapters of my Vecto light novel there. You can visit my page at wattpad.com/ReidKemper.)

Below is the updated post with a list of more than 25 sites where you can submit writings for an online community to read. Feel free to share links to this article to help your fellow writers.


More Than 25 Websites Where You Can Post Stories for Feedback


Writers need feedback, and many beginning writers opt to post their stories on websites where others can rate them and comment on them. Of course, writers should be careful when posting stories online. Many publishers consider anything posted online to be published and may not accept those works. However, other publishers are now seeking out self-published works that have a strong following.

If you don't write, there are plenty of fiction to read on these sites, including science fiction. You may have to filter through some badly written manuscripts, though, to find a gem.

Ideally, local writing groups are good sources of feedback, but for those who want to share their writings with the world or members-only online communities, here is a list of more than 25 websites where you can post stories (in alphabetical order with a quote from each website):

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Will Oyster, the "Netflix for books," be successful?

It's called the Netflix for books. Oyster has arrived and seems to be on track to pull off the all-you-can-read-buffet of books after so many other companies failed. The company charges $9.95 a month, in which you can read more than 100,000 books from companies such as HarperCollins and Smashwords. However, it's only an iPhone and iPod Touch app for now.

Here's a news video about Oyster:

I thought about a subscription model for books a few years ago, but I knew it would take a big publisher to come on board for it to be successful. HarperCollins, which had aquired the Eos line of science fiction books and renamed it Harper Voyager, will be the key to Oyster's success because it provides quality books. Smashwords, a distributer of indie books, on the other hand, provides the volume of books that Oyster needs to justify its subscription price and attract customers. I couldn't find information detailing the pay model for publishers and ultimately authors, so I'm not going to get into that discussion, but I assume it's by the number of views.

Here's how I think Oyster has great potential:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Imagine Reading on Flexible and Transparent Screens; It's No Longer Science Fiction

I may be a little behind in new technology updates, but I saw a report about a bendable e-reader device called Wexley Flex One. Imagine reading books on this thing (science fiction books, in my case) without worrying about dropping it and breaking the screen. Here's a video of the device:



But this is not the only thing that utilizes this technology. Samsung is making smartphones that use it, and I'm quite impressed. It seems that bendable screens from science fiction stories have finally come to reality. Here's a video of some concept phones that will use this technology and what you can do with it:



Soon, we'll get transparent screens, but it may take a bit longer for them to become widely used. I wonder how that will affect reading. Will it make text easier on the eyes or just provide distractions from what's behind the screen? I love videos, so here's one on transparent screens:



What are your thoughts about this new technology and its implication for reading books?
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