If only walking around in radioactive rain gave you superpowers instead of making your hair fall out. But I digress.
Last week was a Spring Break for one of the colleges I go to. The week after next week is Spring Break for the university I go to, where the bulk of my assignments come from. Namely Advanced Screenwriting, Comedic Writing, and Camera Acting. World Geography is time consuming too, but I've been on top of it despite questions like these...
"Why is the region of Southwest Asia and North Africa considered a culture hearth?":
a. It was an early center for agriculture.
b. A and C above
c. A, B, and C above
d. It was the center for three major world religions.
e. It was an early center for several great civilizations.
The answer is "all of the above" ("C").
But anyways, with roughly 2 months or less left 'til graduation, that means I'm working on final projects, especially screenplays. For Comedic Writing, I'm working on a 30-40 minute screenplay featuring a superhero and a bunch of super villains. Now, here's the interesting thing... Theoretically, to write something phenomenal, you write a story only you can tell, your way, whatever you want, without any regard as to whether or not it's "commercial", of your own volition. "The story chooses you", in a way. If you don't want to write it, it just ain't your story.
I learned that I'm only "funny" (according to my professor, I'm a "B") when I'm over the top and get all "cartoony" with my writing. I'm not witty enough for sitcoms, but I have a knack for the quirky and ridiculous. I've always loved the idea of superpowers because of cartoons and mythology since I was a kid, so that's what my final screenplay for Comedic Writing is about (superpowers; comparative mythology-stuffs is in the screenplay for Advanced Screenwriting). Besides, I always wanted to abuse superpowers. But as I write this script, I can't shake this feeling...
Superhero movies are friggin' everywhere. For years now. In this day and age, it's unsurprising too--Impending Apocalypse = Zombies // Age of Hopelessness = Superheroes. They almost seem overdone, though. And sure, I have absolutely no plans on selling this screenplay (remember: despite being a screenwriting major, I don't want to be a screenwriter), but I can't help but think that IT'S BEEN DONE, SO WHAT'S THE POINT!? And to stop doing something you're genuinely interested in just because everyone else is doing it is... Well, sheep-ish. Reverse sheep-ish.
=/ I feel conflicted, basically. Do you think superhero stuffs is overdone?
Some people might've picked up at some point that I did years of written roleplaying before voice acting. Well, after years of not doing it, I began picking it up again to flex my writing muscles. Think of it as warm up before writing script pages and since I've had a LOT of trouble churning out pages under tight deadlines in the past, I'm happy to say that RPing actually helped. Once the creative juices got flowing, it was easier to keep them flowing and RPing is basically improv (and there're improv workshops/classes out there specifically for writers, if you know where to look; here's one I want to take when I get enough time to).
The RP I'm currently participating in is Paradigm Shift.
I've known quite a few of the RPers there for years and funnily enough, though the board looks "new", it actually has tons of history before it--It just got a timeskip/restart for new adventures for new and old characters~
To put the RP's setting into my words, there's this school where the country's best and brightest can volunteer to participate in this program to get and use superpowers. The program is technically an experiment and the dude running the joint wants to tap into everyone's potential and for them to use their powers for good. No, the "grown ups aren't bad guys", even though quite a few students may treat them as so. They really mean well. But they're surrounded by folks (that especially means us) who aren't only struggling with their powers and other "student stuffs" (LIKE EACH OTHER), but the likes of mindraping side-effects and... WELL, ROGUE SUPERPOWERED MANIACS LIKE ME.
see, tolja i like abusing superpowers /fark year super villain using cartoon physics as a super power
So yeah, RPing has been good mental/writing exercise for this final-ish stretch before graduation. I like how I'm not taking half an hour to write a post like I used to, so don't worry about it eating my life when I have hundreds of other things to do. I'm pacing myself in the RPing department so it helps me get my screenwriting done faster and the faster my screenwriting gets done, the faster art-ing and voice acting gets done.
Here's the setting according to the advertising-thingy:
Once Upon a Time in Southern California...
About five years ago there was a school in the suburbs of San Diego filled with various dark secrets. The most important of which was called MAPP. There are few people who know it's meaning, but many who know its results. The project was tested on a number of students at the school and were eventually caught and prosecuted for their crimes. The Government has reanalyzed, reworked, and has now approved MAPP for a second coming. Under the supervision of Director Scott and the Paradigm Academy students from various corners of the globe are being invited to join one of the newest most prestigious schools in the world.
Once you enter Paradigm Academy you are given the great privilege of a special serum. The mixture of these chemicals and the developing human body create something astounding. Every student who was given the MAPP serum has developed a special power. Each one is different from the last with the MAPP program seeming to have no limit to human mutation, and perhaps evolution.
Take a step into the confines of Paradigm Academy. Become a part of the MAPP project that will no doubt lead to some of the most epic RP experiences. Join us here at Paradigm Shift and unleash the power that lies dormant in you.
LAWL, ONCE UPON A TIME, YEARS, BOARDS, AND ARCS AGO, THIS WAS A XIN RPB. XIN INTRODUCED ME TO NEWGROUNDS LOLOLOLOLOL~ but this RP doesn't run on the Corporal Punishment system, so fuggedaboudat
back to the radioactive rain thing--what super powers would you want?