Spoilers for Season 6 of Game of Thrones. We never thought that a character could be quite so unlovable as Joffrey; but then along came Ramsay, with his torturing, twisted sense of humour, and dubious family dynamics. To the modern viewer Ramsay is the epitome of the worst of medieval times. But what would a […]
Like many pets, Daenerys’ dragons looked really cute when they were young, sitting on Khaleesi’s shoulder and immolating slavemasters. But the dragons have grown up; in fact this season Drogon is rumoured to be 80 feet in length. Which got us thinking, how much would it cost to feed that thing? As in, assuming you […]
From Leia’s gold bikini to Stormtrooper gear, Star Wars has had some fairly iconic costumes. None more so than Darth Vader’s. How much would it cost to truly take on the Sith Lord’s mantle? Centives decided to find out. Let’s start with the base suit. The cockpits of imperial space fighters d
This week is the Walking Dead finale, which means that a whole load of people are reviewing their zombie defense plans. We tried to make ours a little simpler, by saying that instead of buying things now (e.g. silencers, which look a little suspicious) we could just trade for them with other survivors when the dead […]
Rich McCormick looked at the use of Snapchat by America’s Presidential candidates:
In the lead up to 2016’s first American Presidential Debate, the Trump campaign bought Snapchat filters titled “Donald J. Trump vs. Crooked Hillary”, that were available across America
In an apparent concession to the makers of Snapchat, who likely want to remain as neutral as possible, during the debate itself the filter turned into a generic pro-Trump filter, with the attack on Clinton removed.
Clinton too has bought Snapchat filters, but has limited them to region specific ones, that can only be accessed in certain locations, such as at football games.
Outside groups such as the conservative Judicial Watch have also used the filters – during the Benghazi hearings those inside the room where Clinton was testifying were able to use a filter that said “this message will disappear – just like Hillary Clinton’s emails”.
According to one study, two thirds of millennials who use Snapchat will likely vote in the 2016 elections.
Star Wars, Batman, and James Bond all have iconic movie themes that most can hum on command. But can you remember Iron Man’s theme song? Every Frame a Painting examined why Marvel’s music is so forgettable:
In an earlier age of cinema there were moments where there was nothing but on-screen visuals accompanied by music – such as in the Star Wars opening crawl. Marvel’s movies though rush to have someone talking, leaving little time for a film’s score to breathe.
Movies are typically scored after they are shot. In the process of editing, the film director’s will use scores from other movies as a stand in for what they want their score to sound like. Sometimes they’ll become so attached to the old score that they’ll ask their film’s composer to come up with something similar. Some remarkable examples can be heard here.
There’s been a general cultural shift in movies where filmmakers want music to fade in the background and be unnoticeable, rather than be a main component of it.
Composers themselves have been less interested in writing individual memorable motifs for each of the characters, opting instead for more thematic music.