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Film Review: Wreck-it Ralph

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Who is the protagonist? The protagonist is Ralph.

What is the protagonist’s character flaw? His character flaw is being unhappy. This is because he is the antagonist of FIx-it Felix, a video game.  He doesn’t get medals, the citizens treat him badly, and he sleeps outside in bricks. All of this has made him a jaded character who wants to be more than a bad guy. 

What is the character’s physical goal? At first, it seems he just wants to fit in and be invited. Ralph has a confrontation with Gene. This results in Ralph choosing to go get a medal to prove he isn’t a bad guy.

What is the character’s emotional goal? Ralph’s emotional goal is to be happy. He feels that having a medal will allow him to achieve that goal. 

Who is the antagonist for the protagonist? The antagonist for Ralph is Turbo. Turbo was another character who became unhappy with his role. Turbo caused his game to become unplugged by attempting to go into another game.  He succeeded in becoming The Candy King of the Sugar Rush game and will do anything to keep his appearance and past secret. When Ralph befriends Vanellope, he becomes an obstacle for Turbo/Candy King. 

Who is the reflection character for the protagonist? Vanellope serves as the reflection character for Ralph. At first, they don’t seem to have anything in common. Ralph watches he other racers mistreat Vanellope. This is an emotional moment of his character. When he goes to stop the racers, it is because he is mistreated by the people in his own game. The two agree to help each other and during the process, Ralph learns that she sleeps in a dump like him.  This makes their connection stronger because of their outcast status.

Who, if anyone, is the romantic interest for the protagonist? There is no romantic interest for Ralph. 

What is the A-Story? [This is the main storyline of the hero which is to win, stop, escape, or retrieve something against a specific nemesis.  The goal must be something that can be seen on-screen. It is not an emotional goal.] The main story is about Ralph retrieving a medal. This goal is what moves the narrative forward and everything that happens revolves around getting the medal.

What is the B-Story? [This is a supporting story to the A-Story that may initially seem separate from the A-Story plotline.] The B-story is about learning to be happy with himself. This is brought up in the beginning by Zangief and the other villains. Ralph doesn’t understand this and continues to be unhappy. After his confrontation with Gene, he feels he needs the medal to be happy and to gain positive attention from the others. 

What happens in stage I, which presents the ordinary world of the story: In Ralph’s ordinary world he is the bad guy. He wrecks the buildings that Felix can fix.  When Felix “wins” Ralph is thrown off the roof and into the mud. He is also forced to sleep outside by a stump and uses bricks for covers. He is also physically different from the other citizens. He is big, with overgrown arms and fist.   

What is the inciting incident of the plot? The inciting incident occurs during the anniversary party of their game. Ralph awkwardly manipulates his way in. The other citizens, afraid, belittle and ignore him. He tries to put his figurine on top with Felix. Trying to make everyone understand that he isn’t a bad guy. The others refuse to see him as anything but a bad guy. The voice of the citizens, Gene, keeps antagonizing Ralph, causing Ralph to boast that he will find a medal that is better than any medal Felix has. Gene retorts that “bad guys don’t get medals.” Ralph leaves, mad and determined to get a medal. 

What is the turning point #1 choice the protagonist makes regarding the inciting incident? The turning point is when Ralph goes to Tappers to find information on where to go to get a medal. He is rejected by the barkeeper. He runs into Markowski, who is from Hero’s Duty, a first-person shooter game. He infiltrates the game as Markowski. This symbolizes Ralph leaving his ordinary world into an unordinary world.

What is the new situation for the protagonist to deal with in stage 2? His new situation occurs when he realizes new games are violent. After surviving the bug-fight, he goes to retrieve the medal. In the process, he accidentally frees a cy-bug that attacks him. They land in a jet and take off arriving in Candy Rush. He ends up losing his medal to Vanellope and spends the rest of the act trying to get it back from her. 

What is the turning point #2 choice the protagonist makes regarding the new situation of stage 2? The second turning point is when he finds out she has to win a race to get his medal back, he chooses to help her in building a new kart. 

What happens in stage 3 that challenges the protagonist even more deeply than in stage 2? Ralph wants to help Vanellope but feels he is only good at wrecking stuff. He ends up helping build a new kart for Vanellope. Then he learns that she doesn’t know how to drive.

What is the turning point #3 choice the protagonist makes that deeply commits the protagonist to the goal?  He makes a commitment to her by helping her learn to drive. They grow closer and learn together.

What happens in stage 4 that complicates the plot and raises the stakes? Turbo/Candy King finds them and gives Ralph his medal back on the condition Ralph stops Vanellope.

What is the turning point #4 choice that leads to a major setback? What is the setback?   Ralph tries to convince Vanellope not to race. He has what he wants, but he feels bad about lying to Vanellope.

What is the final push that occurs in stage 5 of the plot? Ralph chooses to destroy the kart, but in the process, Vanellope discovers Ralph betrayed her. She calls him a bad guy. Ralph returns to his game, but there is no celebration, even with his medal. He looks at Candy Rush and learns that Vanellope is a main character for the game.

What is the turning point #5 choice that shows the protagonist overcoming the protagonist’s character flaw that leads to the climax of the plot?  Realizing that she is supposed to be part of the main roster for Sugar Rush. He also realizes that his medal didn’t change his life like he thought it would.  He decides to find Vanellope and help her win to take her rightful place in the game. During the climax, Turbo is revealed and Ralph sacrifices himself to save Vanellope and the Sugar Rush game. 

What is the aftermath of the climax? Vanellope learns to control her glitches and saves Ralph as Turbo and the other cy-bus are destroyed. Vanellope is revealed to be the princess of Sugar Rush and Ralph is treated better by the citizens of his game.  He helps build homes that act as bonus levels for other homeless characters in his game. 

How has this analysis helped your understanding of screenplay structure?   This analysis helped me have a better visual of how to tell a story. 

What insights into structure, inner and outer motivations, and/or theme do you see now, that you may not have noticed in the past?  Please be detailed. All of Ralph’s actions all come from his inner motivation which is driving the outer motivation. He chases Vanellope because she had his medal, the item he thinks will change his life for the better. He befriends her because they are both mistreated and by helping her he will be able to get the medal back. When he gets the medal, he is more than willing to leave Vanellpe. His inner journey connects with the theme which is stated by other villainous characters. Labels don’t define you. His whole journey is learning that he isn’t a bad guy and that he doesn’t’ need a medal to prove it. 

Game Review: Grandia II, Part 1

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I hope you’re doing terrific today,

I spent my free time during my first semester at school playing Grandia II, instead of studying.  The game was not only fun to play, but the story was interesting.  Grandia II was the first roleplaying game I played that utilized a real-time, turn-based system. The characters instead of performing actions and waiting, could run around and attack or evade. This mechanic made it fun, but the characters and the story are what make Grandia II a great narrative game. 

In reviewing Grandia II’s narrative structure we will see how the narrative enhances the game. Often, a narrative could make or break a game, regardless of mechanics and graphics. 

Fans of real-time roleplaying games (RPG’s” would be interested to know that this game received positive reviews for the Sega Dreamcast version. Receiving a 5/5 from Gamepro Magazine, receiving 5.0 for graphics, 4.5 for sound, 5.0 for control, and 5.0 for fun. The game also received 8/10 from GameInformer.

 I played relentless hours playing this game when I first bought it. Forgoing parties to kill goblins and monsters. I even bought the Playstation 2 version after the Dreamcast became obsolete. 

We will go over the background, characters, plot, and production of Grandia II to see how the elements come together to build a narrative.

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All rights reserved to GameArts. The battle screen allows characters to move instead of standing. 

Background

Grandia II was released in North American on December 6, 2000, by GameArts. The game had CG story sequences, anime-like designs, and the visuals for the attacks are amazing. Grandia II’s story revolves around the death of Granas. A Christ-like figure, who died in battle with Valmar, who is the antichrist. The result was that part of the land was split and Valmar was also killed.  However, Valmar’s darkness still looms and the Church of Granas is trying to perform holy ceremonies to keep the darkness sealed.  

Grandia II is a fantasy-based world that is similar to other RPG’s with its sword and sorcery background. The characters do fit archetypes but are different enough to provide comedy and drama. The plot is also a typical hero’s journey to defeat the villain. However, the themes and story propel the plot forward for a fun and entertaining game.

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Example of dialogue in-game.

The game is not a direct sequel to Grandia, with the idea being a more “mature” product that the previous title. This is evident by the protagonist of the game, Ryudo, a geo-hound (bounty hunter) who will be discussed later. For now, think of him like a Han Solo from Star Wars or Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has issues with the church but is brought into this battle between good and evil.  Along with a very loose seven deadly sins theme, the writers do a wonderful job in crafting a narrative. 

In the next part, we will discuss the characters of Grandia II. Until then…

Be Terrific

 

Comic Review: Generation-X #1 Part One

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Generation-X and all rights belong to Marvel Comics, Inc and Marvel Characters, Inc. This image is not used for profit of any kind, but for educational purposes.

I hope you are all doing terrific! I changed the name to review analysis because my reviews are more of a critical analysis of a work. Not to tell you if I think it’s good or bad, but to analyze what works and doesn’t work from a visual storytelling perspective.  With that out the way, we will be analyzing one of my favorite books from the nineties. This will be part one in analyzing Generation-X (1994).

GENERATION-X #1 was published and released in November 1994. The name of the story was the Third Genesis. The story is written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Chris Bachalo, who were also the series creators. Mark Buckingham was the inker, Starkings & Comicraft provided the lettering, Buccellato & Electric Crayon provided the colors. Bob Harris was the editor and Tom DeFalco was the editor-in-chief.

So, the nineties were dominated by the X-men. They had so many members that they needed to make two teams with their own books. Then, Marvel turns another group of mutants into a government team called X-Factor. Another group of former X-men students became the outlaws known as X-Force. So, this left a student void with Xaiver. What is a professor to do? Well, Marvel decided to start a new series with new mutants. The 90210 of the X-men. Ladies and gentlemen Generation-X

Generation-X was popular for many reasons during it’s run. The first issue, which we will be reviewing shortly, delivers an action pack story in the span of a single issue.

Issue one introduced the teenage survivors of the previous X-men crossover saga “The Phalanx Covenant.” Generation-X was supposed to target a younger audience and to serve as a nineties replacement for The New Mutants.  This was the “hip” series for the X-men. Generation-X was also a response to the hugely popular Image Comics series Gen13.

I read Generation-X every month until around issue 31 when the writer, Scott Lobdell left the book and Larry Hama took over. Not that the book was written poorly, but Scott had set up several ongoing plots, most of which start with this very issue. Along with the original artist, Chris Bachalo, They told a story that was visually engaging.

This review will go over the plot, characters, and production of issue one.

Background: The issue takes place after the Phalanx Covenant.  An alien, techno-organic race remains were engineered to bond with mutant-fearing humans. This group called themselves the Phalanx. If it sounds like The Borg from Star Trek, then you’re not too far off. This group of Phalanx humans started to assimilate mutants, but couldn’t’. The X-men themselves were kidnapped. The Phalanx was after the next group of mutants that Xavier was going to recruit. Banshee found out, freed Jubilee, White Queen, and Sabretooth and they proceed to rescue Everett Thomas (Synch), Angelo Espinoza (Skin), Paige Guthrie (Husk), Clarice Ferguson (Blink), and Monet St. Croix (M).  They are successful, but Blink dies. The group all decide to study under White Queen and Banshee to be the next X-men…or at least to just get control of their abilities.

In the next part, we will go over the plot. Until then, my friends…

Be Terrific.

Book Review: Guilty Pleasures, Part 1

This is part one of my book review for Guilty Pleasures. This part will cover my introduction and the main character, Anita Blake. I will be breaking up reviews for the interest of keeping them short for you, the reader. Plus, it gives me time to work on other reviews.

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Today, I will be reviewing Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Empathy (why should you care): If you like Twilight, Buffy the vampire slayer,  or vampire stories, then this is one of the best books to read. Credibility(why should you listen to me): I appreciate the horror monster genre and I’ve seen vampire-related media.  I will be covering the Characters, Setting, and Plot. Let’s begin with the main character of the book, Anita Blake.

The series is named after Anita Blake, who is a vampire hunter.  In Guilty Pleasures, she is 24 years old. She is half-Mexican on her mother’s side and her father is Caucasian with blonde hair.  Anita is short and thick, something she refers to especially when facing larger opponents or comparing herself to other women. Anita has burn marks on her neck and shoulder from holy water after a vampire attack.

Her mother died when she was a kid. Her dad, a blonde, remarried and Anita never felt like she fit in. Her stepmother who always pointed out to others that Anita is Mexican. Anita also had a stepsister and a half-brother.

She studied Preternatural Biology in college, In college, her fiance broke up with her because his parents didn’t want a Mexican for a daughter-in-law. At the age of 21, she was recruited by Bert Vaughn to work for an animator for his company Animators, Inc.

She practices Judo and is a black belt. The book points out that Anita collects toy penguins. Anita runs so she can run from monsters when the time arises. On page 98 (Kindle Edition), she even references that she also runs to lose weight. “This is why I jogged, so I could run like hell when something was chasing me. Thinner thighs was not incentive enough.”

Anita is a very private individual. She has two friends. The first being Catherine and the other is Ronnie. Anita spends most of her time reading and studying. Anita is analytical and aware of her surroundings at all times. She has a hard time letting go of the past. A trait that is both helpful and impractical at times. She is logical in her approaches and tries not to let her emotions cloud her judgment. Anita is decisive and proactive in most situations. She refuses to be intimidated and is expressive when force 

Anita’s goal is to solve the vampire murders on behalf of the master vampire in St. Louis. Her journey takes her through a theme of love as she is pursued by Jean-Claude. She constantly states she won’t date him and that she kills vampires. The real story is her overcoming her fear of the master vampire, Nikolaus, and eventually killing her nemesis.

Next week, I will cover the other major characters and the setting. Until then, my friends.

Be Terrific!

Rebranding for 2020

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Well, back in January I started a platform challenge. I didn’t fail, but I didn’t succeed. Mainly because of my graduate studies. Now that I’m focusing on making a screenwriting career, I thought about what can I do to rebrand myself. What are my goals? How do I start? Full Sail has given me a framework to work in with creative writing. I’m already adapting one of my novels into comic book script and working on my first feature film script, Oreo.  There is still a part of me that wants to pursue being a cartoonist and of course, there is the graphic design degree that I want to utilize.

I decided to become a production assistant, which is an entry-level position in the film and television fields. My background in videography, clerical, and graphic design fits well as I build my marketing and creative writing skills.

So, yeah, I’m rebranding and that means a new platform challenge! Yes, I”m always learning and eager to put new skills into motion and now that my writing portfolio is growing and will continue to grow, it’s about time to let the world know that I’m a screenwriter….one who has knowledge on graphic design, animation, comic books, and videography.

With the rebranding means changes. I love my logo, I think it’s very high concept, but a little too much. I will be making a more elegant logo with the same features. Simplicity is often the best answer. This week, I will start writing reviews on books, film, video games, and film as I posted a week ago. I’m still trying to figure out how to post about my “in-progress” scripts.

The rebranding series will be called, “Becoming a Screenwriter.” You will be able to find it on my marketing page.

 

 

Finished the Fourth Scene of Oreo

I’m still working on Oreo, my romantic comedy about a man who is trying to find his identity. This scene revolves around the hidden stereotypes that black Americans put on each other. It’s both funny but at the same time the truth. I think what makes the scene works is that both sides have valid points between the main characters friends.

I”m having fun writing this film. I’m borrowing from stories I’ve heard and of course some of my own experiences. This is my first romantic comedy and thus, my first experience writing anything other than fantasy as I become a professional writer.

The best experience about writing this draft is that it is a rough draft. There is a freedom to it, one that I’ve grown to like. I know it’s not polished and the characters are somewhat flat. I’m trying to pace myself not to get too far until all profiles are done, but I don’t want to waste time, especially if I don’t do the profiles.  I could always revise, which is starting to become the best part. I’m learning more and more to be patient and let the writing take control.

The scene feels a little long, but I think it should be. We will see how the rest of the script looks. I feel I could cut it and still have the same impact…which means I should do it, I know.

I decided I will update this Oreo blog every Saturday. I’m going to try and write a scene every day (the goal is three pages per scene).

Review Section is Open

I hope you all are terrific today!

I will be posting review articles under my projects page. I will be reviewing mostly narrative media such as novels, comics, video games, film, and television.  I will start with the ones I like, but I will be reviewing projects that I may not be interested in as well and give my unbiased opinion.

My schedule, hopefully, will be as follows:

  • Monday: Books
  • Tuesday: Comics
  • Wednesday: Video Games
  • Thursday: Film
  • Friday: Television

These won’t be short reviews and will be at least 2,000 words. So, hope you’re ready to hear my opinions on everything media.

Be Terrific!

-Terrio

Oreo: 9 Pages into Script!

I wanted to let everyone know I’m now nine pages into my first feature film script. I had to take a break to figure out the third scene, but it’s good. There is a clear conflict that relates to the premise and reveals more about the protagonist.  I won’t be posting the script but if you want a first peek, email me terrioajenkins@gmail.com.

Fitness: Training for my 5k

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One of my resolutions this year was to run in 5k events. I’ve always done well as a runner in high school and the military. However, I only like being competitive and when those days were over, I ran to keep in shape. Over the years, since leaving the Army, I’ve become less active. I run here and there to try to keep in shape, but age and no goal has been my excuse.

My sister started running in 5ks and moved up to marathons last year. Seeing her medals and dedication inspired me to find a new interest. I was thinking of cycling and eventually, I do want to learn how to swim, but running is easily accessible. So, I joined my first 5K which is in April

With a new goal, my motivation and drive are coming back. I have a long way to go. I started training for my 5k on the first Monday in February. I wanted to run every day, but my knees won’t allow it. Stupid knees. I’m averaging three runs a week, starting with running one mile and walking. The second week was suppose to be run 2 miles and walk one mile. Winter didn’t allow that to happen. I finished that week with 2.7 miles. The third week was all three miles for the first two days, both under 30 minutes and one mile run on Wednesday.

This week, the goal is to run 3 miles four times this week. I will be using the elliptical in my house and treadmills at the gym to recover from this chest congestion. I also feel my endurance is under control, so now I’m focusing on muscular strength training.

I’m using a workout that I have not stuck with the call “The Friendly Neighborhood Workout.” I found it in a Men’s Health magazine and it basically covers the full body in getting a lean, toned shape. The workout covers the areas: back, chest, abs, legs, arms.  Each day is dedicated to a specific workout: Pilates, Yoga, Strenght Training, Crossfit, and Plyometrics. You pick an exercise that covers the goal and does three sets of five reps. I only do strength training and the exercises I’m using are pushups(chest), crunches(abs), dips (triceps/shoulders), jumping jacks (legs/cardio), and squats (back/quads).

I’m going to implement that workout before my run/elliptical workout. After completing my elliptical training today with 3.05 miles in 18:33 (which doesn’t translate into running, I know, I know), I went to the Daily Workout app that helps toned my body and got me into shape after my divorce. I focused on the Arms section today since the Spiderman workout will cover the full body daily.

For the workout, I use 25ls dumbells (the max I have at the house) and bodyweight (170.4lbs) the Arms workout goes like this.

  • -Overhead Press: 5 reps (Shoulders, Biceps)
  • Bicep Curls: Biceps
  • Tricep Extensions Left and Right: 5 each side (triceps)
  • Bent over row: 10 reps (back, biceps)
  • Front Raises: 5 reps (shoulders)
  • Dips: 15 reps, bodyweight (Triceps, Shoulders, Chest)
  • Pushups: 15 reps, bodyweight (Chest, Shoulders, Triceps)
  • High Side Planks Right and Left: 10 secs each side (Shoulders, arms, abs)

My arms total are Shoulders (20 reps), Biceps (15 reps), Triceps (15 reps), Chest (30 reps) back (10 reps).

I want bigger shoulders, but working my arms will help with pushing myself when I run, for those of you who are wondering. This is the first entry of my workout journal. Still trying to figure out how I’m going to present it, but I’ll figure it out as I go. Today workout, the arms, was difficult, my body isn’t used to lifting the weights, so I have a lot of work to .do to get back to where I was.