CinemaScoop: Introduction(a.k.a. What the Heck is CinemaScoop?)

CinemaScoop: Introduction
(a.k.a. What the Heck is CinemaScoop?)

CinemaScoop is a new series all about my opinions on this year's new cinema releases. I love films (I have a film degree!) so I can't wait to get started!

I don’t like to set new year’s resolutions – I never have. They’re always just a little bit disappointing if you get halfway through the year and realise you haven’t started working towards one. That’s why I skip that disappointment completely by not setting any!

However, this year, I did set one goal: to go to the cinema more often. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but far too often I find myself too wrapped up in everyday life that I forget to have hobbies. I adore going to the cinema and last year, I felt disappointed that I missed out on so many films because I hardly ever went. This year, I want to change that.

That’s where CinemaScoop comes in.

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Why Disney’s ‘Moana’ is My Perfect Summer Soundtrack

Why Disney’s ‘Moana’ is My Perfect Summer Soundtrack

It’s a miracle… we’re actually getting some sun in the UK!!! We’ve had four whole days of sunshine IN A ROW, which is unheard of in Wales. This is the time when everyone flocks to Barry Island (our closest beach), ice cream is flying off the shelves, and seagulls are in full force. I love it!

When it’s sunny and bright outside, I love to have a summer soundtrack. Music puts me in such a great mood. If I’m out walking the dog, I like listening to music that almost makes me skip and sing along. (I may have actually done so a few times, when there’s no one else around.) In this post, I’m going to tell you why Disney’s Moana is my perfect summer soundtrack!

It's actually sunny in the UK! I love to have a summer playlist, and this year, it's Disney's Moana. It's just the perfect summer soundtrack!

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NEWS: Film Adaptation of ‘Unwind’ by Neal Shusterman // #BEDM

NEWS: Film Adaptation of ‘Unwind’ by Neal Shusterman // #BEDM

unwind film

One of my favourite book series is the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman. The books are set in a dystopian world where children over the age of 13 can be ‘unwound’: in other words, their bodies can be taken apart piece by piece and the government decides who to give them to; people who need them most. The books specifically follow three characters, Connor, Risa and Lev, as they are sent to a ‘Harvest Camp’ (gross, I know) to be unwound. The books are written so well and I love the characterisations and the setting.

It was news to me a couple of days ago when I saw on Neal Shusterman’s Facebook page that he shared a link to some news about an Unwind film adaptation – and I don’t know if I’m excited or nervous…

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Script Release & The Wizarding World as Transmedia Storytelling

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Script Release & The Wizarding World as Transmedia Storytelling

Harry Potter is one of the biggest franchises in the world. In this post I write about The Cursed Child play, and Harry Potter as transmedia storytelling.

Since starting university in 2013, a big interest of mine has been audience engagement with media, and ‘transmedia narratives’. According to media and fan culture guru Henry Jenkins (2007):

“Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes it own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story.”

In simpler terms, transmedia storytelling is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats. A perfect example of this is the Harry Potter franchise. This post is inspired by the recent announcement that the full script for the upcoming West End show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be released as a book.

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