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I need to double triple check with my roommate Phil, but he may be moving out on August 15th.
I just want a confirmation, as I need to plan my own moving in: all the furniture in here are his, so I need to replace everything (replaced things so far: shower curtains, a small trashcans, some cutlery).
I also want this to go smoothly, so we don't bump moving big furniture at the same time.
Haven't bought anything big yet.
Looks like I'll have to have everything delivered.
Plus, it would be nice to have the carpets cleaned. They could use a bit of professional help.

I just hope the paperwork is done: my name is supposed to have been added to the lease. I will have to bug the building manager and ask for a copy. He tends to move slowly on everything.

Took the time to go see HP6 last night- it was a fun film, some nice shots and a few smile worthy moments, but also had flaws. I couldn't possibly recommend the movie to someone that hasn't read the book. It would be too confusing.

Whatever drawing work I did this weekend was crap. Blah! It's like I can't layout a comic page or think of a good angle for a storyboard scene.

On a good note, had this awesome dream last night: saw the whole of The Last Airbender live action film. Everything had changed, ha ha! Toph was in it, Iroh was nice and round and wearing his White Lotus outfit. It wasn't an adaptation but a whole new story.

The live action film is like a fanfiction with a huge budget.
That's how I've decided to approach the whole thing.

Like some fans that added new bendings powers, or even blonde haired characters. Eh, they can do whatever they want, it's fanfics!

Another part of the dream later on had me promoting Water Tribe, except I had the rights to sell it, and I was planning on hiring people to do more Avatar comics based on the serie.
Lots of nervousness due to costs.

Actually made me curious to know how much it would cost to buy a license to make and sell Avatar comics.
You know.
Out of pure curiosity.

I feel cheap when I'm not posting any pics in a journal.
Bleagh.

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raisegrate
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Ooh, single occupancy. THat's always fun. Shame about having to replace the furniture. Just use boxes of books for EVERYTHING, that's what I do. Do you ever go swimming in that pool of yours?

My sister hasn't read HP6, and she got the movie okay. I may have had to fill in a tiny gap or two afterwards, but I was impressed. I'd rather read the books and know everything that's going on.

YOu should totally acquire the rights to do Avatar Graphic Novels. I'd help you sell them, I've got good distributors.

I love epic dreams! I had one that was a fully animated pixar movie once, with this little old man (about a year before I knewe anything about Up) with a cane that turned into a sword, and all these flying french school children fighting dragons.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm imagining a home filled with furniture entirely made out of boxes of books.
I never use the pool. I should...maybe. I don't even have a swimsuit. This body isn't made to wear one, ha ha!

Rights to Avatar must cost a pretty penny. I don't have any pretty pennies, just dusty ones.
I rarely have epic dreams- but when I have one, I have to mention it. Yours sound awesome.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Journal posts should amuse me somehow, but I just end up dropping in boring stuff.

Hopefully, feeling of "can't draw sh%#" will go away soon. Can't afford for it to last.
I rarely get fun fandom dreams.
I usually dream about being back in school. Usually there's an exam involved.
wodhaund
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
That dream sounds awesome, and y'know, you make a point with the movie being fanfic. (With all movie adaptations being fanfic, I guess, huh.)

Good luck with moving/replacing! Exciting stuff! (Is it bad I want to relocate just for the fun of unpacking/decorating? It's like Christmas!)
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I guess all movie adaptations become like a fanfic of sort, depending how wide they go from the source material.
When does an adaptation stops being an adapation and veers into fanmaterial? Somewhere, someone did some elaborate calculation.
Guh, I hate replacing stuff. I try to find something nice, not too expensive.
wodhaund
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
My roommate and I got some really nice stuff through Craigslist! You'll have to dig through junk to get to the good stuff, but in my opinion, it's totally worth the effort. (We furnished a whole house that way! Got a near brand new leather couch for $100! :D)
inknose
Aug. 3rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
haha, I'm jealous... you would think that with all the time I spend in my waking hours being geeky, some of it would show up in my dreams - but I never dream about avatar or any other cool fictional characters! sigh.

That's a good attitude to have towards the movie. I try to keep that sort of mindset about it too - no sense getting upset over an adaptation that might not be what one would hope for, it's not like the original is going anywhere :) and the original will always be the best. (I've had lots of practice with the harry potter films. :P)
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
I rarely ever do. Wish it happened every night.
*sigh*
Too true: there will always be the original Avatar serie.
We may have to remind a few people who will only swear by the live action film. I wonder how many there will be.
snapes_angel
Aug. 3rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
The first HP film wasn't too, too bad. I grew up watching the Thanksgiving movie marathons on channel 9 (a then-independent channel, and not part of Columbia or whoever owns it now) and, despite some small grievances with the film, overall I thought it was a decent enough movie that it would make a great children's classic (i.e., the sort of film they'd show during that channel 9 Thanksgiving marathon). The rest, well... And I've already read all the books, though for book 7, I do hope the movies are an improvement over the book. Yea, I did not particularly care for the last HP book.
beta_joovey
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
I've always thought it would be quite worth it for you to attempt some negotiations with nickelodeon, see if you could put some serious comics in print. I think a lot of Avatar fans are looking for bonus material to tide them over until the movie, and you're work is extremely professional and intelligent to begin with. I mean, your writing and art are top notch, and very faithful to the spirit of the show. They might even encourage your support.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Nickelodeon-Viacom are big businesses.
They can be a bit soulless when it comes to that. They can crush a single human being without a thought.
They scare me!
All by myself, I don't know if I could do anything worthwhile before the movie comes out.
That's just daydreaming there.
muffins_of_god
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that the HP movie would be confusing to someone who hadn't read the books. My mom is one of the few that haven't read the books (and she read all of Twilight...XD) so I'm really interested in her take on the movie when she sees it.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
So your mom is better placed to compare the Twilight books\movies than the HP ones.
It could be interesting to hear her thoughts on the two movies actually.
pretty_angel
Aug. 3rd, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
Since Nick doesn't know what to do with Avatar the fandom should rise some money and get the licenses or something. And then we can produce all the awesome merchandise that we always wanted to have! Yeah! 8D
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Having the fandom in charge of the license would be like having a rogue country acquiring the atomic bomb!
pretty_angel
Aug. 4th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
I don't know how that could make the current situation any worse. <_< But yeah, we'd need a kind of supervisor who's coordinating the projects and keeping track of the quality.
snapes_angel
Aug. 3rd, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
That's how I'm thinking of the movie, too. As fro the Water Tribe comic... I wish. *grin* That would be awesome.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
That's a lot of wishing: having a fun movie, more Avatar comics...
snapes_angel
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Especially the comics!
youkaislayer
Aug. 3rd, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
The live action film is like a fanfiction with a huge budget.
That's how I've decided to approach the whole thing.

Like some fans that added new bendings powers, or even blonde haired characters. Eh, they can do whatever they want, it's fanfics!


Yeah, they can do whatever they want but is it really Avatar anymore when you totally alter the concepts of the universe? Not really. And when they do this are the fics any good? Rarely.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to keep an open mind.
I've read a few comics AU that did things differently and were still enjoyable.
My expectations are low, so I may have a few pleasant surprises.
youkaislayer
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Well all movies can be considered enjoyable on some level because even with bad ones you can laugh at them. With this movie however as I actually care about the material it adapted from, I wanted something that tried to stay true to the series and would be on par with other great adaptations like LOTR and the Harry Potter films. Heck even the Twilight movie tried to get the appearance of the characters right. But for whatever reason, Shamaylan just couldn't do that.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I think the live action Transformers movie desensitized me, especially at getting the looks right.
youkaislayer
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
You must be a big Transformers fan. Something like that wouldn't bother me because I am not knowledgable of the material and am not a fan to care but I would have the same reaction I am having now if I was.
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I used to be a huge Transformers fan.
It has lessened a bit, but it's still there. I still buy the comics once in a while.
evebolt
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Original Avatar comics would be awesome. Well, many of them already are a reality, but it'd be nice if the artists who invested much time in them could make a bit of money out of it... Also, your version of the live-action movie sounds better than the actual thing. I don't get why so much money gets put into remaking something that has already been done, and which cost a lot of money too. Why say the same thing twice, they could've make something original out of it and not alienate all the fans from the serie. Nnng I dunno XP

Brad Spitfire icon is ♥♥♥ :3
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
At least, the Avatar comics published by Nick Magazine are...more or less out there. If you can manage to find copies of the magazine. Good thing most of them are online.
In their heads, adapting from the serie is as good as adapting from a book or something.
I doubt that many higher up executives in live action studios hold animation in high regards. *sigh*

I need more Brad icons. Time to get my DUG dvd out for some screen caps.
egoulet
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I always find it hard to get fresh new ideas when I'm worried about basic things...like apartment stuff. The funky dreams might be some kind of way for the brain to relax and take a distance from the seriousness of life issues...

maybe I'm over analyzing it too....

I hope all goes well! Wishing you the best and most importantly, peace of mind and inspiration!

Em
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're right. I should really keep a journal, see if there is a correlation between stress levels and dreams.

In other news, good thing I checked with Phil about his moving out: it is NOT on the 15th of August but at the end of the month.
It was Phil's brother who told me the 15th.
I though I was a bit out of the loop for a moment. Ouf! I like the extra time.
sweet_gardenia
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I had a dream sorta like that except it was for the TinTin movie which currently saddens me (CGI blugh) In my dream it was an awesomer adaptation of the Nelvana cartoons that came out in the 90's which I adore. There were beautiful action packed scenes and death-defying escapes. And pancakes

I'm working on a home myself so have some awesome sites for house decor and suchlike!

http://sprouthome.stores.yahoo.net/

http://www.uncommongoods.com/

http://www.worldmarket.com/home/index.jsp

also

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ for funsies

good luck moving!
rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, there are some cool stuff on these websites!
Even if these don't make it all into the decoration, it's great to find gifts too! Thanks for the links.
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rufftoon
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the help offer, ha ha! I think it would be beyond all our collective wallets.
phoenixblaize
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
It's your journal, and you can write what you want on it. :) Good luck with the getting furniture and various apartment-y stuff!

HP6 made me laugh more than the others intentionally, so I give it lots of credit for that. But yeah, there are problems with it.

Once you change too much (like say whether the Water Tribe is based off Norwegian instead of Innuit culture) you move from adaptation into fanfiction. Also, if you add a new character that is obviously a Mary Sue (Resident Evil movies I am looking directly at you).

Boy, official Water Tribe and other Avatar series comics instead of the movie sure would be awesome. Heck, Nick should just get on board with it. You'd think they would since it'd make them more money and they're all about more money. Still worth looking at...just for curiosity's sake...
rufftoon
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
All Avatar belongs to them, they do what they want with it.
If they want to bury it, it is their prerogative, no matter how much we may whine and bitch (or want to throw money at them).
I have to admit, curiosity is gnawing at me.
aviaq
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I've had those self-soothing avatar dreams every night too.
rufftoon
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I need more of those fun dreams.
ladyprophet
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Fanfiction with a budget! That's a good thing!

I haven't seen the newest HP movie, but during all the other I thought they just took random book scenes and played out, instead of making a good movie.

But then again adaption is always hard.

Couldn't you, for fun, just ask Nickelodeon how much the license would cost?

I have had an adaption idea for Avatar that I would like to make sometime. A theater for blind from Toph's point of view. Because I think it's a shame that Toph is such a strong character and that blind kids can't fully take in the story. So it would be fun to make and adaption for those kids :-)
rufftoon
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Out of pure curiosity, I am trying to find out.
Not that they would ever give a license to an individual.
I wonder about a theater production though. Hmmm...
ladyprophet
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
If you would find out? Do you think it would be a secret or might it be possible for me to know the answer for that too?
misspondereplay
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ok, I think this will get you back into a drawing swing. I have no idea how I found it, it had Zhao on it and I clicked on it! Someone really likes the water tribe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koo6aaVlk3U :]

Maybe you could use the vid to convince the Viacom Badd Asses to give you a license.



rufftoon
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I have seen the video. I think the sheer amount of shirtlesness in it would work against me if I was trying to make a serious work bid (I am very very guilty of drawing all those shirtless Zhao XD)
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