Archives For Rachel M Taylor

Avarice has successfully hit the comic conventions, and now it’s playing at its first film festival. Avarice will be part of On Location: Memphis International Film Festival, and it will be showing at 11:30 am Saturday, April 27, 2013 along with several other shorts selected for the festival.

For more information about the festival, the location, and tickets, click here.

It’s the first time Avarice will be shown in a theater, and it will be a personal first for me as well. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a great opportunity to come check it out along with some other shorts in the festival. Plus, you will be able to see the director geeking out about finally seeing this film on a big screen. You can make fun of me. It’s a win-win.

Hope to see you all there!

I once thought that there could never be too much fantasy in a movie, but I’m really starting to think twice about that. It’s becoming a bit too common for movies to be all about the special effects. That’s been happening for a while now, so no surprise there. However, some of the fantasy movies that are coming out today look like the entire movie was shot on green screen.

I have a problem with that for a few reasons.

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I absolutely adore movie trailers. I could watch them all day long and feel very inspired. However, most of the time I find that they are far more impacting than the actual movie, which is quite disappointing.

In the book Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he made a comment that struck me. When two of the characters kissed for the first time, it was the most passionate, exciting kiss they ever shared. However, it was not because of their great love for each other. It wasn’t even because it was the first time. It was amazing because they knew nothing about each other, and they were projecting on one another what they imagined was the perfect person. 

It was at this point that I realized watching a movie trailer is the exact same as being seduced by someone on a first date.

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It always happens. A great piece of literature is announced as the next big movie of the year. Hopes rise and expectations soar. The anticipation becomes absolutely unbearable. Then finally, the day arrives when your beloved characters spring into cinematic existence to draw you more fully into the story you know and love. Only one problem. Most of the time, it sucks.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. The way he wrote characters astounds me with every book and short story I read of his, and The Great Gatsby is one of the best.

Setting aside any expectation or apprehension that I might have about the movie, I believe that this is the right year for this story to re-emerge. As long as the movie holds up, it has great potential to really hit home with our present day society. Here’s why.

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Avarice and the Timid Monster team will be making an appearance at UtopYA Con 2013 in Nashville, TN June 28-30. UtopYA Con is for “female writers of paranormal fantasy and the readers who love them.” So we’ll fit right in!  Held at the Hogwarts-like Scarritt-Bennett Center, the convention will be a perfect setting to celebrate female writers of fantasy.

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I hear a lot of people give reasons (or excuses!) why they don’t go see movies the first weekend they come out. However, I firmly believe that whether you’re a true film buff or just a casual movie goer, seeing a movie on opening weekend is more important than ever. Here’s why.

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I desperately want to live in a world where impossible dreams can come true. And the more I live in this world, the more I believe that it is entirely possible. I have been reading Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and he talks about how writing down your dreams will turn them into goals. And people who write them down are more likely to accomplish their goals.

I’m a list maker by nature. I even have lists for my lists. People have made fun of me for it my entire life, but it’s the only way I ever remember anything or get anything done.

Since I was twelve years old I have been writing down my dreams, and after reading Michael Hyatt’s book, I realized how powerful that statement actually was because many of the dreams I thought were impossible have actually come true for me.

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It’s been a really busy year for all of us at Macedonia Films, but choosing my favorite moments isn’t really that difficult. In fact, it might even be my favorite moments from the past few years combined.

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So if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, The Hobbit is available in several different formats in theaters. Peter Jackson shot the film at a higher frame rate than the industry standard 24 fps with the idea that the image would be much clearer for the 3D experience.

I took it upon myself to test out all the versions to see which one did in fact create the most immersive experience. What I discovered was somewhat ironic.

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I remember when Facebook started doing the whole “status update” idea. I thought it was one of the most ridiculous inventions in the world because now people felt the need to share with the world what they ate for breakfast, which store they just walked into, and all the little mundane parts of the day that a person gets online to forget. I didn’t see the genius behind creating something where people’s voices can be heard.

So when the invention of Twitter launched, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that the worst part of Facebook now existed in its entirely own website. I assumed that people must have been out of control, posting useless information all day long, and I never in my wildest dream imagined that I would ever join Twitter.

However, a desperate desire to be a filmmaker and create stories that inspire people will lead a person to a great deal many things they never thought they would have to do. I quickly realized that creating a Twitter account was necessary as a filmmaker to connect with our current (and future!) audience. I also saw the amount of valuable information being posted on Twitter, and it turned out to be far less mundane than Facebook. With a great deal of reluctance, I became a Tweeter. Sort of.

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