Movie geeks can film their way to cinematic glory with the first-ever Dungeons & Dragons Fan Film Contest. The film contest is seeking 5-minute video segments dealing with D&D, with the winner receiving video editing equipment, a computer and a boatload of D&D stuff.
The deadline is September 1, 2006, which is unfortunate given that I only just heard about it in this month's Dragon, and I haven't heard a peep about it on any of the online forums, blogs and news sites I subscribe to. My friends and I have been kicking around some video projects tied to our group's 10th anniversary, and while I don't know if we'd enter anything, having a little more heads up would have been nice.
Wired looks at the men (and women) obsessed with Prince Leia's golden bikini from Return of the Jedi. Writer Philip Chien interviews the bikini's designer, Aggie Guerard Rodgers, who offers some advice to women thinking of crafting their own. You can find more fan takes on the famous desert swimwear at the fan site Leia's Metal Bikini.
I'm not sure how I missed this the first time around, but CNN has an interview with Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon that discusses their respective new (at the time) movies MirrorMask and Serenity. They spend considerable time talking about geek culture and its intersections (and occasional absorption by) the mainstream.
Here's an excerpt, where they talk about their fans self-identifying as geeks and nerds:
Neil Gaiman: I think the fan base is literate. You need to be reasonably bright to get the jokes and to really follow what's going on. That, by definition, is going to exclude a lot of people who will then get rather irritated at us for being pretentious and silly and putting in things they didn't quite get. But it's also going to mean that some of the people who do get the stuff will probably be fairly bright.
Jeremy Lott writes about conservative reactions to Superman Returns, who are upset that Superman no longer stands for truth, justice and the American Way. Their logic is that since the editor of the Daily Planet replaced "the American Way" with "all that stuff", the movie itself rejects America despite the fact -- as Lott points out -- that Superman's primary task in the movie is to save America.
This film has problems, including the Man of Steel's sudden ability to throw mountains of kryptonite into orbit, but anti-Americanism is not one of them.
This story has several great quotes from screenwriter Tim Minear, including "The other thing is to make sure the powers that be in Hollywood don't force you to turn it into some Marxist screed on socialism, when Heinlein was a Libertarian and it's about free-market capitalism." Awesome. Read the full story.