PLN Portfolio

Being completely honest, I didn’t use twitter much after Intro to Interdisciplinary. I used it for a few communications classes where we posted about our blog posts for different assignments, and that was about the full extent of it. It’s a platform that I always knew would help me out in the future due to the amount of businesses that run a twitter and how easy it is for individuals to interact with the businesses. Many use it to be funny, post cute pictures of dogs, or to stay current when it comes to what’s going on in the world at this time. It’s become a place of meme culture where even businesses have joined in to stay “hip” or “with the kids”, as they are the future. It took me a while to get used to the platform when revisiting it for this course and growing my PLN even further, but I think I got the hang of it.

Something that got me started was I handed my phone to my friend that understood how to use twitter greatly. She asked me what some of the things I should follow were and I described media producers, directors, review websites, etc.. Her, not knowing a lot about these things as I do, I said “a bunch a movie stuff would be good” and she ran with it. She got me off to a great start with Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and some of the creators of my favorite television shows. Following creators such as Rachel Bloom or Aline Brosh McKenna have given me insight about what goes into the production of a television show that films year round instead of over the course of a few weeks like a film or miniseries.

Before twitter, I mainly relied on YouTube to tell me what was going on currently, and I would often jump to my own conclusions based on the titles of videos that I would tell myself that I didn’t have time to watch. It’s also significantly harder to make the connections on YouTube and with twitter you can direct message them if they follow you back or just @ them and they may or may not respond. Who know, if your tweet catches their eye, you might see a response.

In conclusion, I had an interesting time with twitter and will build upon it after I graduate to make more and more connections that will help me and my future job opportunities. It gives me hope that I could expand out into other platforms like Instagram to give myself more of an online presence and make more connections with those whose main platforming experience isn’t twitter. I already have a FaceBook, perhaps I’ll actually flesh out who I am on it so that potential employers can look me up and see a strapping, hirable young lady instead of some mysterious ghost that doesn’t exist anywhere on the internet. Overall, I would recommend to anyone getting a twitter to for promoting positive online presence.

Summary Synthesis

In 2017, I started creating my major of Media Production. Made up of the Communications, English, and Theater disciplines, my major focuses on what goes into producing a piece of media. With people consuming media like cups of coffee, it’s a field that I’m excited to hop right in to. I wrote about my experience building my major and my experience studying it in my IDS Essay and Update.

My final Applied Project is a short film that I wrote, cast, directed, managed, and edited myself. Through my program here at PSU, I’ve learned that the first half of producing a piece of media comes from the English discipline when it comes to researching, writing, and formatting. Casting is a blend of English and Communications disciplines as it involves communication with actors in order to find out their strengths and chemistry, but must match the characters to be cast. The rest of the process I’ve learned from the many video production classes I’ve taken in the Communications department as well as my English internship at the local television station. In this post, I will detail the process I underwent in the creation of the short film, Goldfish.

For my Research Article, I studied the topic of book adaptations into visual media because I think that the future of adaptations will benefit greatly from making written work into television series over films. As my IDS major is a combination of the Communication, English, and Theatre, it’s a great focus topic. The process of adapting a book to a visual medium includes transferring the source material into a screenplay (English), casting and working with actors to produce the desired product (Theatre), and using video production to bring the concept to screen (Communications). This article delves in to how making a television show and a movie work differently and what there is to gain and lose from both mediums. This gave insight into the benefits of adapting a book (or books) into a TV series over a film series.

In conclusion, the Applied Project greatly shows the skills that I learned through my designed program here at PSU. The Research Article is a great focus of the three disciplines that make up my major and greatly contributed to my understanding of how the industry works. I can’t wait to go out into the world of media production after I graduate.

Goldfish: Final Applied Project

I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for the majority of the semester, and I’m glad to say that my final applied project is finally ready to be posted onto my ePort. My final project is a short film that I wrote, cast, directed, managed, and edited myself. Through my program here at PSU, I’ve learned that the first half of producing a piece of media comes from the English discipline when it comes to researching, writing, and formatting. Casting is a blend of English and Communications disciplines as it involves communication with actors in order to find out their strengths and chemistry, but must match the characters to be cast. The rest of the process I’ve learned from the many video production classes I’ve taken in the Communications department as well as my English internship at the local television station. In this post, I will detail the process I underwent in the creation of the short film, Goldfish.

I wrote the first draft of Goldfish for Paul Rogalus’ scriptwriting class for an assignment. When we were tasked with coming up for the applied project, I knew what I had written could be polished and shot in an apartment no problem. With the scriptwriting course, everything was written in playwriting format and had to be redone in screenwriting format, which I am more familiar with. The document can be read here.

I was a part of the theatre program at my high school, and a lot of people in that program came to this school around when I did. So when it comes to needing actors, it’s easy for me to find a few. Especially some that will do anything if I offer them cheese in return for their time and effort.

Filming is always interesting with my two friends that helped me out as they may not get a long all the time, but they are willing to hit each other with swords, which the script calls for. We shot it at my apartment that I share with the main actress of the film, which provided us with all of the necessary props and environment that we needed. Directing your friends always an interesting experience as I do not demand taking the lead often but this is one of the few situations where I try. They are also amazing at making the parts their own and this short film is one example.

Editing is something that I’ve always found comfort in because dealing with other people is over and I’m no longer in charge of many humans, just the editing program in front of me. If there are any issues, it’s too late at that point and I have to solve it then and there. There were a few issues that I ran into when using iMovie, mostly audio issues, but there are a few tools built in to smooth it over. Superimposing extra audio effects was a breeze and it really cam together in the end. iMovie also has the great feature of uploading directly to YouTube, and can be seen below. Hope you enjoy 🙂

FINAL PRODUCT

AP Report

For my applied project I’m creating a short film from writing it to editing it with everything in between. This covers the three disciplines that make up my major: Communications, English, and Theatre. I also wanted to accompany the entire process with a video diary, but I’ve decided to rather document everything in writing and with some pictures because, as it turns out, it’s difficult to get everyone’s permission in certain aspects of the process of filming. Not everyone wants to be in a final project and it’s a lot more effort to only use footage or blur some people out in the video and it’s also hard to FILM while trying to do everything else. I’m only one person. I can take a few pics here and then but not tape all of it.

The actual creating process of the project has been running along smoothly. I greatly enjoy writing screenplays and plays and had some read aloud and workshopped in Paul Rogalus’ Scriptwriting course to get feedback on how I can improve my writing and have it run more smoothly when actually said by actors while filming. I have the actors I need and we are set to film on Monday due to our busy schedules. I love editing so there won’t be a problem with me locking myself in my room for a few hours to sort all of this through. I’ll be using Final Cut Pro as it is the editing software that I am most familiar with.

So, You Want to Adapt Your Book

Books have been adapted in to new mediums since theatre needed some new ideas. Films, television shows, even musicals today are adaptations of either other films, television shows, or theatre productions due to the lack of originality in today’s society. With this, production companies are often making bank when bringing a popular book or book series to the stage, small screen, or big screen. Iconic stories such as Harry Potter or The Hunger Games grossed millions of dollars at the box office, motivating various production companies to adapt screenplays rather than hire original screenwriters. For years, film has been the main way to adapt a book into a visual medium, but in recent history, television shows like A Series of Unfortunate Events or Game of Thrones are proving the success of adapting a well-known story for television instead. I am studying the topic of book adaptations because I believe through my research that the future of adaptations will benefit greatly from making written work into television series over films. Ready?

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As an Interdisciplinary student at Plymouth State University, my major is a combination of the Communication, English, and Theatre, as is this focus topic. The process of adapting a book to a visual medium includes transferring the source material into a screenplay (English), casting and working with actors to produce the desired product (Theatre), and using video production to bring the concept to screen (Communications). This article will delve in to how making a television show and a movie work differently and what there is to gain and lose from both mediums. This will give readers media producers insight on how they benefit.

Firstly, One of the biggest aspects about turning a well known book into either a film or television series is the creative freedom allowed from the author themselves. Studios often choose to purchase the license of the property to adapt it into whatever they want, leaving little for the author to do. Authors can be kept on the production set as consultants, but depending on the contract they sign give them a certain amount of power over the creative decisions. Looking at the Harry Potter film series, J.K. Rowling was a prominent consultant as production had begun before her fifth book was published, and the studio wanted to make sure the movies were consistent with the books she had yet to write. This greatlty helped Alan Rickman with his character of Professor Snape, as “Alan Rickman has said in some interviews how he wasn’t sure of the way to approach Professor Snape until Rowling took him into a little secret – it being all that we learn about him in books 5, 6 and 7.” Contributions like this resulted in a thriving series that became the third-highest grossing film series ever.

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With the Percy Jackson movies however, Rick Riordan has discussed in multiple interviews how he fought the studio on so many creative liberties that they took. He had almost no say in what happened and the decisions made by the studio, saying they would “alienate the expected audience” by turning a story aimed at children into a teen film with bland main actors. With this, two mediocre movies were produced, with the second fixing some of the issues with the first, but ultimately killing the franchise.

This brings up the major risk of putting so much time, money, and effort into a movie and have it being a flop. If the movie is a flop, then there isn’t much room for improvement unless a sequel is released or a new adaptation is made. With television, there is room to improve based on the feedback given by audiences as the series goes on. If the first season doesn’t do very well, writers and producers can take the constructive criticism and build off of that and improve as the show goes along. There’s a reason a number of Netflix series such as BoJack Horseman and Grace and Frankie both had rough first seasons but later rose to critical acclaim. With films, there are some focus test groups to get a feel about how people are going to react to it before it comes out and possibly make a few changes. But that’s nothing like the mass audience feedback of a few episodes being released for mass consumption.

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An example of this can be found in Freeform’s Shadowhunters, which barely got a passing grade by critics in it’s first season, with it’s main saving grace being its representation of LGBT+ characters. After this, with some firing and hiring of writers and producers, the following season became popular with teen viewers and found some of it’s footing. It became popular enough to make money off of merchandising for the show and not just from its literary source material, The Mortal Instruments.

A few years before this show came out, a film adaptation was released to theaters, and was critically panned. This absolutely killed the chances or even the opportunity to branch out into sequel movies and build upon what they had started. A television show was created based off of the same source material, the creators ran into similar issues, but because of the difference in medium, the show was more of a success than the film series. “As our reboot-heavy era has shown, what fails in one medium can be reborn in another.

The final comparison I want to make is with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. In 2004, a film version was made of the first three books of the well-known children’s series. Starring Jim Carrey and produced by Nickelodeon films, it featured a star studded cast while doing great justice to the source material. Jim Carrey was excited about a possible film series as he stated in an interview “I don’t have a deal [for a sequel], but it’s one that I wouldn’t mind doing again because there are so many characters.” It received positive reviews and made 209 million dollars at the box office with a budget of 142 million. Not the best numbers, and its sequel was ultimately swept under the rug.

The left is Count Olaf as he is portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris in the TV series. The right is Jim Carrey as Olaf in the film version.
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In 2014, Netflix attained the rights to turn the beloved series into a television series, to great success. Given a high production budget with the talent of Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, the series thrived through three seasons on Netflix to critical acclaim and obtained numerous accolades. Instead of cramming the information of three books into two hours, there are two hours dedicated to each book at two episodes a piece. The show was amazingly consistent to the books and is hailed as “outshining” the film version in many ways. This is a prime example that even though the movie wasn’t a failure, the platform of television allowed for the same story to be told in a more successful manner.

Even when a television show fails to be picked up with a produced pilot, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a feature length film bombing. There are pros and cons of each, with movies having one major payout while a television series makes money over time. Plus, the longer a television show is relevant, the more money it makes in merchandise over time. A television series is a lower risk as they are in general more low budget. More changes can be made over time with television series while in a movie, the decision is final. Ultimately, an author choosing to adapt their piece of work into a television series over a movie would leave a lasting impression in people’s homes and hearts, be a lower risk, and overall be beneficial to the producers of media.

References:

Katz, Brandon. “Why Neil Patrick Harris Is ‘Gobsmacked’ by ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.” Observer, Observer, 12 Feb. 2018, observer.com/2018/02/neil-patrick-harris-talks-serious-unfortunate-events-season-2-netflix-budget/.

Leadbeater, Alex. “Is Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Better Than The Movie?” Screen Rant, Screen Rant, 19 Jan. 2017, screenrant.com/series-unfortunate-events-movie-vs-tv/.

Martin, Emmie. “Here’s How Much It Costs HBO to Produce One Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’.” CNBC, CNBC, 6 Aug. 2017, www.cnbc.com/2017/08/04/it-costs-millions-to-produce-one-episode-of-hbos-game-of-thrones.html.

Shamsian, Jacob. “A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Movie and TV Versions of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Reveals One Huge Difference.” INSIDER, INSIDER, 25 Jan. 2017, www.thisisinsider.com/a-series-of-unfortunate-events-movie-tv-comparison-2017-1.

Tiffany, Kaitlyn. “How Netflix Made A Series of Unfortunate Events, Its First Great TV for Families.” The Verge, The Verge, 13 Jan. 2017, www.theverge.com/2017/1/13/14266208/netflix-a-series-of-unfortunate-events-interview-daniel-handler.

“J.K. Rowling.” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/name/nm0746830/.

Jane Friedman. “How a Book Becomes a Movie.” Jane Friedman, 15 Mar. 2017, www.janefriedman.com/how-a-book-becomes-a-movie/.

“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 8 Apr. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Jackson_%26_the_Olympians:_The_Lightning_Thief.

Rought, Karen. “’Percy Jackson’ Movies Despised by Author Rick Riordan.” Hypable, 21 Mar. 2019, www.hypable.com/percy-jackson-movies-reboot/.

Staff, Marketplace. “Let’s Do the Numbers on ‘Game of Thrones.’” Marketplace, Marketplace, www.marketplace.org/2017/07/21/business/lets-do-numbers-game-thrones.

Uhlich, Keith. “’Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments’: TV Review.” The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2016, www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/shadowhunters-mortal-instruments-tv-review-853956.

Lawler, Kelly. “How Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Outshines the 2004 Film.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 13 Jan. 2017, www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/01/13/a-series-of-unfortunate-events-netflix-2004-film-comparison/96533010/.

Otto, Jeff. “Jim Carrey Interview 2004.” IGN: Interview: Jim Carrey, web.archive.org/web/20061029211755/http://movies.ign.com/articles/573/573820p1.html.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Representing

Debuting in 2015, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been captivation audiences with its representation of women, people of color, and those with mental illness. This musical comedy is told from mostly a female point of view, with most of its characters being racially diverse or mentally ill.

Told from primarily Rebecca Bunch’s perspective, it gives a humanizing nature to what people refer to as a “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” All of the women in the show behave naturally, openly discussing subjects such as mensuration, abortion, and sex. It seems strange to say “this show humanizes women,” but this is the only show I’ve seen where the women behave like women do 100% of the time, unlike most tv shows when they just attempt to pass the Bechdel test. There’s even a song in the second episode of season 3 that satirizes how women get together every once in a while to complain about men, and although what they is inconsistent and untrue, it’s a bonding ritual. With a great line like “Why do men never listen and only think about themselves, as opposed to women who always listen and never think about themselves?” one can’t help but laugh.

As I stated before, the cast of this show is racially diverse. It features a hispanic woman in a relationship with a Philippino man, with a next door neighbor that’s half black, and those are just the main characters. There’s even a character named “White Josh” because he’s “white and looks a little bit like Josh,” who is Philipino. His name is also Josh. Every character in the show fits perfectly in their role and their cultures are shown as completely normal, like in real life. In one episode, Rebecca goes to Josh’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving and says how she’s never felt more accepted in her life by a family, as her parents were always cold to her growing up. In another episode in season 3, Heather is asked by her boss to attend a seminar for “Home Base,” a bar chain she works at. They requested a more racially diverse pick of representatives, so her boss attempts to ask in the most politically correct way possible what her ethnicity is. He ended up sweating so much from stress he wound up almost passing out before Heather stated, “My mom is white, my dad is black. Put your shirt back on.”

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The show is based somewhat on the creator, Rachel Bloom’s, real life experiences dating a guy living in Southern California. She, like the character she plays, has anxiety, depression, and OCD. The show was originally going to be for Showtime, thus the show constantly pushing the envelope for what can be discussed on a major network rather than a more private one. After casting various broadway stars and a few character actors as it’s main cast, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was ready to begin production.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a critical darling. It’s rumored to have the lowest ratings in major television network (ABC, CBS, CW, NBC, Fox) in history to keep getting renewed. The last two seasons have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (with season 1 getting a respectable 96%) but has the ratings of a tv show on the brink of being cancelled. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has won multiple Emmy’s when it comes to the musical numbers, and appears to be what’s keeping it afloat. The final season is currently airing and I cannot wait until later this month to see how they wrap up such a great show.

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Percy Jackson: Flop of the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians was a popular series commonly read by elementary school students. Five books of wondrous adventure through the protagonist Percy Jackson, the demigod son of Poseidon. A popular young adult series from when I was in elementary school, you were almost considered an outcast if you hadn’t read them. It was the Harry Potter series of the 2000’s. Before I left elementary school, a movie had come out of the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief. Because these were the books that made me enjoy reading, I was pumped. Unfortunately, the finished product was very, eh.

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Coming out in 2010, we as a society were still in the middle of Harry Potter films coming out and making a ton of money at the box office. So of course, this lighthearted children’s’ adventure had a more adult take on it. The protagonists were aged up from twelve to seventeen, which already changes the personalities of the main character a lot. Instead of being sarcastic pre-teens, the main characters are bland and brooding young adults that seem misplaced in their environment and aren’t at all amazed by their surroundings.

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As far as going along with the characters, the supporting cast of mythical creatures was absolutely phenomenal. Characters such as Medusa and Persephone were played by Uma Thurman and Rosario Dawson respectively were executed flawlessly. Though their characters in the books weren’t very developed rather than complaining about how they got where they were, the actresses brought their A-game and were arguably the best parts of the disaster.

The ratings for this film are all at bout 50% on popular review websites. This is because they got about half the things right about the series. The plot moves a long much like the books did, but the filmmakers sucked the magic right out of it. One of the most iconic recurring elements of the book series is the cutthroat version of capture the flag. There’s magic stuff going on everywhere, tornadoes, water flooding, etc, and instead its just capture the flag with with swords. Not even magical swords.

The movie was a box office success and spawned a sequel, The Sea of Monsters, to similar reviews. Word quickly got around that it was just as mediocre as the first and killed the franchise. Hopefully one day it can be rebooted into something worthy of its source material.

RA Outline

For my Research Article, I am working on the topic of book adaptations because I want to find out more about adapting them into a television series over a movie is beneficial in order to help my reader understand better if taking the time to adapt a book into a longer television series over a two hour movie is beneficial to both audiences and creators.

I decided to do my outline with an infographic because I’m a visual learner and it’s easier for me to plan out that way. In my introduction, I’m going over quickly what I want to discuss in the research article and the topics will be expanded upon later. In the first part of the body of the article, I’ll be comparing how film production differs from television production. In the second part, I’ll be discussing how which medium being chosen to produce an adaptation affects the creators and the audience. In my conclusion, I’ll summarize my findings and make a statement on what has been found.

Disney Live Action-Remakes: Why?

The first live-action remake of a Disney film came out in 1996. It was a remake of the beloved 101 Dalmatians and was released to mixed reviews but was a commercial success. It even spawned a sequel that performed decently, but was torn apart by critics. This managed to cause a pause on Disney turning their animates classics into live-action money makers, but started again in 2010 with the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. While that movie grossed over a billion dollars when it was extraordinarily different from it’s source material, Disney started making films that barely had any differences from the original and started making bank.

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The most recent example of Disney taking advantage of is Beauty and the Beast. An almost line for line remake of the animated classic made over 1.25 billion dollars for the same movie. They added in some new songs and subplots but they didn’t add to the original story and weren’t memorable. Disney has done nothing but benefit from remaking their classics so there is zero risk factor. It almost sets the standard too high for other production companies that making remakes of popular films is zero risk but has in fact cause major box office bombs.

I am interested to see how long it will take before people no longer want to see the same movie in theres that they can find online for way less and better quality. If they’re making billions of dollars I don’t see any reason for for them to stop.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_live-action_remakes_of_animated_films

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_(2017_film)

Precis

For my Research Article, I am working on the topic of book adaptations because I want to find out more about adapting them into a television series over a movie is beneficial in order to help my reader understand better if taking the time to adapt a book into a longer television series over a two hour movie is beneficial to both audiences and creators.

I have choses to use MLA format for this project as it is one of the most widely used formats in todays media-driven world.

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Katz, Brandon. “Why Neil Patrick Harris Is ‘Gobsmacked’ by ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.” Observer, Observer, 12 Feb. 2018, observer.com/2018/02/neil-patrick-harris-talks-serious-unfortunate-events-season-2-netflix-budget/.

In the article “Why Neil Patrick Harris Is ‘Gobsmacked’ by ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’” (2018), Brandon Katz discusses with Neil Patrick Harris, the star of A Series of Unfortunate Events, about the production value of the show and how greatly that improves the quality of it. Katz supports his claims by having Neil Patrick Harris go into detail about the amount of built sets the show relies on rather than CGI. His purpose was to get a deeper insight on how much money was going into the quality of the program in order to claim if it’s worth the production costs based on the experience it is providing. He appears to writing to the audience of a general Netflix or streaming service audience due to his vocabulary, as he assumes the reader has a general knowledge of how Netflix works.

Leadbeater, Alex. “Is Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Better Than The Movie?” Screen Rant, Screen Rant, 19 Jan. 2017, screenrant.com/series-unfortunate-events-movie-vs-tv/.

In the article “Is Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Better Than The Movie?” (2017), Alex Leadbeater compares the quality and cost of the television series adaptation and film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Leadbeater supports his claim by breaking down different aspects of the show and film and comparing the aspects such as formats and portrayal of characters separately rather than making one major claim of one being superior to the other. His purpose is for us as the audience to come up with our own opinions on the two adaptations so that we can either agree with his or spark a larger argument to perpetuate buss about the story. He has somewhat of a formal tone, as though he was writing this for a grade in an English class and wanted to impress probably his boss but also avid film analyzers

Martin, Emmie. “Here’s How Much It Costs HBO to Produce One Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’.” CNBC, CNBC, 6 Aug. 2017, www.cnbc.com/2017/08/04/it-costs-millions-to-produce-one-episode-of-hbos-game-of-thrones.html.

In the article “Here’s How Much It Costs HBO to Produce One Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’.” (2017), Emmie Martin asserts Game of Thrones getting a 4 million dollar budget boost per episode is absolutely worth the quality of the show in how much of a difference it adds to the marketing of the show’s value. Martin supports her claims by discussing the amount of attention the show gains over every season and is deserving of the boost with all of the ad revenue that it’s conjuring. Her purpose is to generate buzz around the latest season of Game of Thrones so that the viewers are hyped up about the budget boost for more action. Her voice in the article in young, as to be read by avid younger fans of the fantasy series, meeting the 18-49 age demographic of the show.

Shamsian, Jacob. “A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Movie and TV Versions of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Reveals One Huge Difference.” INSIDER, INSIDER, 25 Jan. 2017, www.thisisinsider.com/a-series-of-unfortunate-events-movie-tv-comparison-2017-1.

In the article “A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Movie and TV Versions of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Reveals One Huge Difference.”(2017), Jacob Shamsian asserts that the second adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events is significantly more racially diverse than the film adaptation from 2004. Shamsian supports his claim by bringing up side by side evidence of roles that were portrayed by white actors in the first film are now played by people of color in the television series. His purpose is to bring awareness to casting racially diverse casts based on talent in order to show that not all characters need to be the same color as who portrayed them first. He appears to write shorter sentences and uses side-by-side comparison imagery to get his point across, which accommodates the present day audience of visual learners.

Tiffany, Kaitlyn. “How Netflix Made A Series of Unfortunate Events, Its First Great TV for Families.” The Verge, The Verge, 13 Jan. 2017, www.theverge.com/2017/1/13/14266208/netflix-a-series-of-unfortunate-events-interview-daniel-handler.

In the article “How Netflix Made A Series of Unfortunate Events, Its First Great TV for Families.” (2017), Kaitlyn Tiffany argues why watching so many episodes of television in a row isn’t annoying, even when they’re about an hour long each. Tiffany supports her claim by discussing how we like to have the option to stop after each episode yet choose not to and keep binge watching. Her purpose is make people more aware of their watching habits so that we as active watchers can curb our habits while still watching what we want to watch. She writes like a millennial and is probably writing for millennial, as we and gen z are the ones that are most commonly choosing to watch eight hours of television over two hours of a movie.