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Movie review: The Golden Compass

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 23, 2014, 3:43 AM
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Once upon a time, director Chris Weitz directed a movie, an adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel, Northern Lights, from the book series His Dark Materials. Surely, everything's going as planned, right?

Well, when the movie did came out, the reception is... erm... not that great. :shrug: People who watched it mentioned that the entire thing felt like an incomplete movie. Scene order appears to be off, and the pacing is quite jumbled and confusing. I've watched this movie with my parents back when it came out in 2007 here in Malaysia, and I agree, it really did felt like an incomplete movie. :O_o: All that sitting through the movie and then, suddenly, bam! Ending credits. And I was like, "Huh?" :? Now, just so that I don't have to repeat this again, I'll just give my final score early on: 3 out of 10 stars. So there. Let's move on...

What went wrong? Weitz is not to be blamed; he really did his best in adapting Pullman's novel as faithful as it can be. Sure, Weitz did admit that he wanted to completely remove any references to God and religion, with a good reason: he just didn't want to face the wrath of religious groups bashing the movie. Of course, we know that Pullman is an atheist -- this is common fact, and His Dark Materials books are like a (not so) subtle mockery against religion, especially Christianity; Christianity in Lyra's world seems to be analogous to Satanism in our world. No wonder Catholics and other religious groups want to boycott the novel series. Weitz had to find a way to make this movie as acceptable to a wide audience as possible, while ensuring that only the most die-hard fans of the novel series get the subtle religious hints.

It turns out that, upon deeper investigation, the movie was edited against Weitz's will by New Line Cinema. Besides the title change to "The Golden Compass", because that's the title the novel, Nothern Lights, was released as in the US, the movie faced multiple edits; the most damning is the complete removal of the already-filmed ending where Lord Asriel killed Roger by ripping his dæmon away in order to open a portal between worlds -- in this case, our world. This scene was to be the climax of the entire movie. Its removal meant that the order of the scenes had to be hastily edited to make-up for the slack. The climatic battle of Bolvangar at the end of the movie was meant to be just a not-so-climatic skirmish fight that happened much earlier on. I read that this happened because New Line wanted this movie to end in a more positive note, compared to the shocking and depressing ending of the source novel.

Both Weitz and Pullman did hope that the original ending would eventually be featured in the sequel as that movie's prologue... if a sequel gets to be made. The Golden Compass suffered poorly in the US market, gaining like only $70 million compared to its $180 million production budget. This box office flop is so bad, New Line dissolved itself into its parent company, Warner Bros. Bizarrely enough, it did far more successfully internationally, earning up to $302 million from international box office alone, but since the movie was funded overseas, New Line never received any of those money. Big bummer. :shrug:

Then again, let's assume, for a moment, that this movie did get made as faithfully to the novel as possible, with all those scenes intact, and with all the religious themes kept in. It would've probably been a much massive box office success then, but at the same time, it would've also garnered lots of controversies. Heck, this movie would've probably even been banned in Malaysia, no thanks to our atrocious conservative Islamic culture here, due to the way the book series depicts the very concept of God and religions. So it's a lose-lose situation. :hmm: Nobody wins, and we just accept what was given to us.

More info about this cut job, and the deleted scenes discovered so far including the intended final scene, can be found on this website: www.northern-lights-fanedit.co…

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Patreon picture thing by MarwanGreenCritter
Patreon picture thing
I was setting up my Patreon page when I realized that I had nothing to put on the front page. So I drew this image. It was done hastily in around 2 hours. I was feeling depressed and didn't even have the mood to draw on that time at all; I forced myself to draw something for Patreon, and this is what I came up with.

I'm not sure if my Patreon page would be any successful or not. I created mine because I see that some high-profile artists on DA and FA have one, too. Plus, it's also out of a response that I don't get that much money from my YouTube video ad revenues. Again, I don't blame you for using Adblock Plus or any other ad-blockers out there, because I understand that everyone hates pre-roll ads. Currently, my SFM video, The Curse of Team Autobalance, generates the most ad revenue income of all, comprising up to almost 90% of all ad revenue incomes, which does make me feel a little sad because I wished that people would also take notice of my other SFM videos as well. :shrug: I gain like only $50 per month out of YouTube ad revenues alone.

Currently, I'm targeting for at least $100 per month. That's like roughly RM330. If I can reach that goal, that would already be a confidence booster for me. However, my parents told me that I'll need to gain at least RM3000 (that's around $900) per month in order to cover the family household's monthly cost.

It's right here if you want to see: www.patreon.com/marwangreencri… When I look at it again, some of the goals and pledges I've written are a little... ridiculous. ^^; They're subject to change. I'm still new to this Patreon thing, so if anyone out there who also has a Patreon page as well could help me, I would really appreciate it.
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Hangin' around 2014 by MarwanGreenCritter
Hangin' around 2014
This was actually drawn and (almost) finished before my 2014 Halloween pic. I just didn't submit this one earlier because, back then, I wasn't sure exactly what Marwan's tail hangs onto. Originally, the tail tip was not drawn and the picture was cropped so it was left ambiguous what he's hanging onto.

Anyway, I decided to bring back that generic light blue steel bar as seen in this old 2004 pic:
Hangin' around by MarwanGreenCritter

Which makes this 2014 pic a remake of that old 2004 pic. =P

This is what I like to do with my tail. :aww:
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Cinematic black bars in games

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 11, 2014, 11:53 PM
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The current trend for today's next gen gaming appears to be "cinematic experience". Besides the usual move towards realism, as if adding that brown filter isn't enough, game developers these days also like to add some "cinematic" filters into their games, such as those horizontal blue lens flares, film blur, and deliberate overexposure effect. Sometimes even with film grain. Console games even suffer from a severe case of "30fps cap", because, again, "cinematic experience", when in reality that's just because those consoles became so overwhelmed from rendering all those aforementioned cinematic filters that they cannot render at a smooth 60fps.

But that's not all! :XD: The final element in making a game look "cinematic" is to render all of that in an unusual gaming aspect ratio: the CinemaScope aspect ratio. Enter the black horizontal bars.

Historically, black bars were reserved to only cutscenes. It's the easiest way to make a game's cutscene look cinematic, while also helps to differentiate a cutscene from the actual gameplay. When the gameplay starts, those black bars normally disappear.

Some games, however, keep those black bars permanently present all the time, even in normal gameplay.

Sometimes, it's because the game was rendered that way, in a fixed aspect ratio. For example, games like F.E.A.R. 2 and Mirror's Edge have a fixed 16:9 aspect ratio: playing at any other aspect ratio, such as 4:3, would result in black bars, in order to maintain that 16:9 aspect ratio. Such examples don't count. To count as an example, the native aspect ratio of that game must be something wider, at least 2.00:1 or more, and the developers should clearly and consciously intend it as a way to make their games look more "cinematic". The developers of Sine Mora, a bullet hell game, clearly state their decision to render their game at CinemaScope as to make it look more cinematic.

I noticed that there is now an increasing trend to deliberately and consciously add black bars during gameplay, in an attempt to make them look more cinematic. The upcoming The Order: 1886 is already being confirmed to run at CinemaScope ratio, which, along with the decision to run at 30fps to make it more cinematic, is one of the game's biggest criticism. This morning, I found out that The Evil Within also runs at CinemaScope, which annoyed quite a lot of gamers, though hacks exist to optionally remove these black bars.

Do you like to play games with black bars in them? Or do you think that these black bars are actually deterrent to gameplay and you would rather have them removed? From what I've gathered, it seems that a lot of gamers are very annoyed by it. Unless you're using a 21:9 monitor, of course, those black bars can indeed be distracting. Running a game at CinemaScope ratio means the game is confined to a much smaller space on the screen. I'd call this "squint-o-vision". Most gamers prefer to have their games fill the entire screen, because it's important to be able to see what's above and below you as well, particularly in an FPS game. Plus, there's even more gameplay immersion without those bars. Games and movies are two different mediums. And the fact that movies were also shot at a narrower, more common 1.85:1 (close to 16:9) makes this "cinematic" argument invalid. :shrug:

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  • Mood: Optimism

Happiness and depression

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 3, 2014, 4:16 AM
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Recently, I found out something: the happiest people in the world are also the most depressed as well. :oops:

I guess, that's what made a certain famous actor offed himself... I've already written about that, so I won't repeat it here. We all know who that is.

I don't like talking about my own depression. This subject is something I don't like talking about. I want people to continue seeing me as a happy little green critter I've always been. That's why I rarely post pictures of Marwan shrouded in sadness.

Based from some questions given to me, a friend of mine concluded to me that I might be bipolar. I dunno... I never had any suicide tendencies. That, or my religion is what keeps me alive. Regardless, I'm thankful that I'm still alive, so I can do what I've always wanted to do: spreading the joy and happiness in this world.

To anyone who I may have upsetted in the past, I'm sorry. =( I never wanted to upset anyone; it's the last thing I wanted to do. Sometimes, though, I never realized it until it's too late. In which case, I still want to apologize for any wrongdoings I may have done on that time. Differences in opinions can sometimes lead to much stress in our friendship, something which I've always tried to avoid. I did lose a few friends because of this, and it's very stressful. When that happens, the best I can do is move on; it's no use trying to befriend someone who has sworn to never speak to you again.

Okay, well... What finally drove me to write this entry is because :iconphation: recently posted something in Fur Affinity, in which he revealed his current situation right now. I just can't help but feeling sorry for him.

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3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (1st commission 50% complete, 2nd commission pending)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)
  • Mood: Sadness

Movie review: The Golden Compass

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 23, 2014, 3:43 AM
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Once upon a time, director Chris Weitz directed a movie, an adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel, Northern Lights, from the book series His Dark Materials. Surely, everything's going as planned, right?

Well, when the movie did came out, the reception is... erm... not that great. :shrug: People who watched it mentioned that the entire thing felt like an incomplete movie. Scene order appears to be off, and the pacing is quite jumbled and confusing. I've watched this movie with my parents back when it came out in 2007 here in Malaysia, and I agree, it really did felt like an incomplete movie. :O_o: All that sitting through the movie and then, suddenly, bam! Ending credits. And I was like, "Huh?" :? Now, just so that I don't have to repeat this again, I'll just give my final score early on: 3 out of 10 stars. So there. Let's move on...

What went wrong? Weitz is not to be blamed; he really did his best in adapting Pullman's novel as faithful as it can be. Sure, Weitz did admit that he wanted to completely remove any references to God and religion, with a good reason: he just didn't want to face the wrath of religious groups bashing the movie. Of course, we know that Pullman is an atheist -- this is common fact, and His Dark Materials books are like a (not so) subtle mockery against religion, especially Christianity; Christianity in Lyra's world seems to be analogous to Satanism in our world. No wonder Catholics and other religious groups want to boycott the novel series. Weitz had to find a way to make this movie as acceptable to a wide audience as possible, while ensuring that only the most die-hard fans of the novel series get the subtle religious hints.

It turns out that, upon deeper investigation, the movie was edited against Weitz's will by New Line Cinema. Besides the title change to "The Golden Compass", because that's the title the novel, Nothern Lights, was released as in the US, the movie faced multiple edits; the most damning is the complete removal of the already-filmed ending where Lord Asriel killed Roger by ripping his dæmon away in order to open a portal between worlds -- in this case, our world. This scene was to be the climax of the entire movie. Its removal meant that the order of the scenes had to be hastily edited to make-up for the slack. The climatic battle of Bolvangar at the end of the movie was meant to be just a not-so-climatic skirmish fight that happened much earlier on. I read that this happened because New Line wanted this movie to end in a more positive note, compared to the shocking and depressing ending of the source novel.

Both Weitz and Pullman did hope that the original ending would eventually be featured in the sequel as that movie's prologue... if a sequel gets to be made. The Golden Compass suffered poorly in the US market, gaining like only $70 million compared to its $180 million production budget. This box office flop is so bad, New Line dissolved itself into its parent company, Warner Bros. Bizarrely enough, it did far more successfully internationally, earning up to $302 million from international box office alone, but since the movie was funded overseas, New Line never received any of those money. Big bummer. :shrug:

Then again, let's assume, for a moment, that this movie did get made as faithfully to the novel as possible, with all those scenes intact, and with all the religious themes kept in. It would've probably been a much massive box office success then, but at the same time, it would've also garnered lots of controversies. Heck, this movie would've probably even been banned in Malaysia, no thanks to our atrocious conservative Islamic culture here, due to the way the book series depicts the very concept of God and religions. So it's a lose-lose situation. :hmm: Nobody wins, and we just accept what was given to us.

More info about this cut job, and the deleted scenes discovered so far including the intended final scene, can be found on this website: www.northern-lights-fanedit.co…

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My SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/marwangreencrit…
My Bandcamp page: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co…

I accept commissions. More info: marwangreencritter.deviantart.…
Commission slots:
1. :iconelesis-kouraxx: (pending)
2. Tkongingi (non-DA member) (pending)
3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (1st commission 50% complete, 2nd commission pending)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)
  • Mood: Stumped

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Marwan Mohd Zahari
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Malaysia
I'm just a guy who likes to draw stuff from time to time.

My fursona is Marwan, that little green critter seen prominently in my gallery. By the way, please don't ask what species he is... Too many people asked him that question, and he hates that. :disbelief: He's just... a critter, an original species of mine.

Giftarts are always appreciated. =)

Go ahead and thank me for favs and watches. Seriously, I don't care. You're welcome. After all, some people just want to show their appreciation for being loved at all.

Current Residence: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Favourite genre of music: Trance, Drum 'n' Bass, Classical, Piano music... and now, Dubstep? :O_o:
Favourite photographer: None
Favourite style of art: Mostly mixed; specifically those kinds known as "kemono" in Japan
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Shell of choice: Default Windows 7 shell
Wallpaper of choice: Random, according to my personal taste
Skin of choice: Default
Favourite cartoon character: Not specific
Personal Quote: And then, I shall engulf the whole world with cuteness! Yay! Fear the cuteness!
Interests

What animal species does my fursona, Marwan, remind you of? 

26%
10 deviants said I dunno... Cabbit?
24%
9 deviants said Jerboa
21%
8 deviants said Rabbit
21%
8 deviants said Other (please specify)
5%
2 deviants said Mouse/Rat
3%
1 deviant said Cat
0%
No deviants said Dog

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:iconcardinalcompanion:
CardinalCompanion Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you played any borderlands games?
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I haven't, despite having bought both Borderlands 1 and Borderlands 2... Ugh, maybe I should start playing both soon. :dead:
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CardinalCompanion Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is your steam name? I'll play with you some time.
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's MarwanGC. =P
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Marwan

Happy Birthday amigo, I do apologize if I haven't gotten anything drawn for you but hopefully I'll get something out soon, ok?
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =D No, it's alright. =) Anyway, thanks for the birthday wishes! :aww:
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you know me amigo ;3
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Dobiba Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Mah brother :la: :happy birthday: 
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =D
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