Daniel Hein

Daniel Hein

An aspiring novelist in college who wishes to share the loops thoughts that come out of his mindwaves with you.

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    Should Films Put Authority Figures in Villain Roles?

    What makes films so quick to place authority figures in antagonistic positions? Are they truly trying to make comments on authority figures in the real world, or are they just trying to find an easy way out when writing the script?

    • Interesting topic! This is not new or specific to films though. You can trace that back to ancient literature, and it has evolved throughout the centuries. In the 20th century, comic books also used that idea. Even children's literature or comics have professors shown as 'villains' or at least opposed to the protagonists and they hold a position of power/authority. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 3 years ago
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    The Long Take in Film: Balancing Difficult Filmmaking and Viewer Immersion

    Long takes are cinematic marvels; single-shot sequences that allow the cinematographer to avoid the disillusion of cutting to different shots and create better immersion for the viewer. But they’re also incredibly hard to do right. Long takes have been around in film for a long time, going back to the days of Hitchcock. With Birdman taking the most recent Academy Award for Best Feature, as well as Best Cinematography, are the difficulties in setting up long takes and single-shot sequences worth the increased viewer immersion?

    • Slow cinema is an interesting movement to look at in terms of the long take. Tarantino is another example. Have a look at Babel and Wes Anderson too – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 3 years ago
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    • Their are some single-shot action sequences around nowadays as well. Just recently I saw one in episode 2 of Daredevil and their was one in SHIELD as well. – Tyler McPherson 3 years ago
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    Daniel Hein

    Well, Fahrenheit 451 has long been my favorite novel of all time, and that is an amazing novel for adults. Then you consider other classics like 1984 and Brave New World. I also really like The Children of Men, but I consider the movie to be much better.That movie is absolutely perfect.

    The Rising Popularity of Dystopian Literature
    Daniel Hein

    As a writer I am extremely fond of dystopian futures and dystopian literature, and yet I don’t enjoy Hunger Games and Divergent and the like. I feel that putting it from the teenager’s point of view diminishes the point of dystopian stories. I feel that YA dystopian future writers feel that since they’re writing for/about teenagers, they need to include things like love and the struggles with being an adult, which, at least in my mind, have no place in dystopian settings. Dystopia is supposed to be a comment on our modern society, or where it is headed – it’s not supposed to be about high school drama. But this is a personal vendetta and I know I’m in the minority. I respect YA dystopian books and writers for their success even though I can never get into them.

    The Rising Popularity of Dystopian Literature
    Daniel Hein

    I’m not a big fan of traditional fighting games in any sense (the exception being the rebooted Mortal Kombat games and Injustice), but I absolutely adore the Smash Bros. series. I feel that a huge reason so many people swallowed it up to begin with, besides the awesome idea of Nintendo characters fighting, is that there wasn’t a fighting game for die-hard Nintendo fans at the time, and there hasn’t been one since except for Punch-Out on the Wii (off the top of my head). It’s good that the franchise has remained consistently as good as it has.

    Lessons From The Success of Super Smash Bros.
    Daniel Hein

    I was really impressed with your section on voice acting, because I believe voice acting is a field that doesn’t have the respect it deserves. It’s too easy to put a celebrity voice as your lead role so that the audience lauds the performance simply because a name they recognize is doing the voice. Voice actors have to train themselves specifically to act with their voices and convey all of the emotion as a live-action actor from behind a microphone, which when combined with the animation will really make the character what it is. There are so many talented voice actors and actresses out there like Steven Blum, John DiMaggio, and Jennifer Hale and I’m really happy to see somebody discuss the art of voice acting.

    Animated Works: Ability to Induce Strong Emotions
    Daniel Hein

    As an aspiring writer, this is definitely something that I needed to see. I haven’t read any of these books, but based on what you’ve said about them, it sounds like I would get much more out of these books than these college textbooks that teach you how to write like a machine. Great job!

    Essential Books for Writers
    Daniel Hein

    As somebody who watched the movie before reading the comic books, and as somebody who absolutely LOVES the movie, I can safely say that I love your analysis of the film and how it relates to the comic book. Not being a comic fan myself, I can’t really judge how the original really holds up for its medium, but I think personally that the film adaptation is one of the best of it’s medium.

    Watchmen: Adapting the Book to Film
    Daniel Hein

    Never actually played Pikmin. But I always wanted to. I should get on that, like, now.

    The Nintendo Collectathon: A Genre of the Past
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    I think that the collectathon was basically always meant to surge in popularity and then start to die out. I don’t think that collectathons make for good AAA titles, and if a game genre can’t survive on AAA titles, it won’t survive long. I understand that the collectathon, or rather collecting items is video games, is still prevalent, but I predict they won’t surge back to their popularity in the N64 days.

    The Nintendo Collectathon: A Genre of the Past