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New Title FAIL

I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. I’ve realised my website is more bloggy than portfolio website-y, so I would like to create a more professional website with my name as the URL and no posting, and keep this website as more of a blog format. The only problem is that I would need a new name and URL for my blog and I’m kind of stumped/indecisive when it comes to picking a new name.

Going about my normal troubleshooting ways, I Googled “how to name a blog” and got onto SpinXO, a name generator that spits out variations of keywords you type in. Some of the best (and by “best”, I mean “most hilarious”) ones it spit out included:

Thug Animation

“Thug Animation”

Genius. It reflects my thug life in the projects as I animate illegal movies (eg. Donald After Dark).

Steph Stewbum

“Steph Stewbum”

Brilliant. This has nothing to do animation and vfx but EVERYTHING to do with my cannibal cooking adventures.

NameFail_shatsteph

“Shat Steph”

SERIOUSLY!? In what fields that I entered (steph, vfx, animate, visual) is this solution warranted?! And who (outside of Star Trek fans) ACTUALLY wants a blog that includes “Shat” in the title????

It doesn’t even sound like it’s about “Steph”. Moreso, it’s about the aftermath of someone eating me and passing me through their bowels, whereby my being eaten created enough dilemmas with their health that it warranted a whole blog.

Thank you SpinXO for your hilarious (but failed) attempts at naming my blog. Guess I’ll have to think of a new name the old fashioned way – rip it off a movie.

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3-Point Belt Review Vol.5: Sparkly Warp Speed

Benedict Cucumberatch hands out today's special.

Benedict Cucumberatch hands out today’s special.

Star Trek: Into Darkness (J. J. Abrams, 2013) *SPOILER ALERT*

1. “Captain Zulu, proceed to new and improved warp speed.”

Instead of ye olde lens distortion, there’s a trail of warp particles left lingering behind. And when I heard how you travel through the trail with stereoscopic vision, it’s one of the only times I’ve regretted watching a film in 2D.

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What happens when gravity malfunctions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Great action scenes that use VFX appropriately: The “roly-poly” scene (where the ship’s internal gravity malfunctions) wouldn’t work without CG props falling to indicate the direction of gravity. The garbage barge, “can of whoop-ass” scene? Wouldn’t work without awesome keying and flying barges (obviously). Let’s not forget ANY SHOT INVOLVING A SPACESHIP.  Shield your eyes people, the rays of awesome are blinding!

3. I wish I had something to complain about, but I don’t. That’s not to say it’s the most amazing film ever, but it’s definitely a safe sequel that ticks the boxes for entertainment.

VFX? Great.

Soundscape? Excellent.

Storyline/pacing/cast performance: all up to scratch!

Sure some people found the underwear scene offensive, but seriously – who cares? At least it wasn’t a Megan Fox crotch shot. Hmm, need something to poke at…ooh, ooh, I know! Cumberbatch! Great name, huh?