Interview: Eric Johnson, Writer and Producer of “Ella”

Hey, everyone!

Today I’m excited to bring you guys an interview with Eric Johnson, the writer and producer of the newly released miniseries, Ella.

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Hi, Eric! Welcome to Dreaming Hobbit! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

 Thanks! I appreciate it! I’m a 19 year old filmmaker from Minnesota, and I’m planning on graduating from college this December.

The Fatal Flaw in Christian Characters

My friend, Braden over at The Storymonger recently wrote a very good, thought-provoking post about a very prevalent issue. Something I’ve been thinking about, myself, actually. See, there is a big, underlying problem with Christian media.

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Likewise, there is a big problem with Christian characters.

Now, I’m not talking about characters who happen to be Christians. I’m referring to the people who live in these stereotypical Christian stories. In fact, the characters are one of these stories’ weakest points.

10 Reasons Why Cinderella is Worth Your Money

The story of Cinderella is one of the most well-known of all time. We’ve probably all seen or read one version or another. For most of us, it was likely a childhood staple. Personally, I associate it with Kool-Aid. (I know, it’s weird.) One of my clearest childhood memories is of sitting on an air-bed on my grandma’s living room floor as a five-year-old with my closest cousin, watching the animated version of Cinderella. We had Kool-Aid. Red, to be exact. Not that that’s important or anything. But maybe it is.

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Growing up, I’d seen a few different renditions of the old classic, and part of me was not surprised when the latest remake of the story came out this month. What did surprise me was how much I was hearing about it. The excitement building up amongst my group of friends in the days before the film released was enormous. I wondered why, because obviously, there have been many remakes of Cinderella before. And to me, they were all pretty much the same.

However, I was curious, and sort of liked the idea of returning to my five-year-old self for an afternoon (don’t judge), so Sam and I went to see last weekend after it came out.  I was rather impressed, actually, and found myself giving it four stars. This is one that’s definitely worth seeing in theaters.

Interview: Bear Hanrahan from GoodBear Media

Hi, everybody! I’m excited to be hosting my good friend, Bear Hanrahan from GoodBear Media in an interview today. As an entrepreneur in the world of film, Bear is here to share with us his passion for good cinematography, along with a few tips for beginners. I can’t wait for you to hear what he has to say! 

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Hi, Bear! Welcome to Dreaming Hobbit! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Hi! Thanks for doing this interview. Well, I’m a filmmaker and photographer from Nixa, I’m just about to graduate high school, and I really like indie music.

The Fault in Our Stars: Movie Review

So I went and watched a romance movie. I know, I know; normally I’m not one for movies (or books) where romance is the chief focus. Many of them seem rather superficial, in my opinion, but recently, I decided to watch The Fault in Our Stars. Yes, for the first time. But better late than never, right?

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In a Sentence: Two terminally ill people fall in love, and learn that while love is a risk, it is a risk worth taking; and that sacrifices are worth making.

Genre: Drama/Romance

Movie Rating: PG-13 due to romantic content and language

*WARNING*

Contains spoilers: proceed at own risk.

6 Things That Make Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey Awesome

Hey, folks! Today I want to do a study of a fictional couple, and I chose Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey from The Amazing Spiderman movies. Let it be known that Peter and Gwen are one of my favorite couples in film—and definitely my favorite Marvel couple. I just love them together so much.

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Thus far, February has been a romance month. And why not? I mean it already kind of is… Valentine’s Day and stuff. So far, I’ve discussed ways to get your readers to ship your characters, as well as how to keep romance authentic when you’ve never been in a relationship. I’m having a blast. Now I want to fangirl talk about six things that make Peter Park and Gwen Stacey one of my favorite fictional couples of all time.

Mockingjay: Part I [A Dreaming Hobbit Review]

This past Saturday, Sam and I and my Dad went to see Mockingjay. I’m not normally one to go to movies on opening weekend (anything Middle-Earth related aside, of course), but we were all pretty excited for this movie, and held high expectations for it.

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I recently talked about a perspective that I think a lot of people overlook in the Hunger Games trilogy. Mockingjay is a very different story from the first two films, but it fits with what I was talking about perfectly. The dynamics are different, and the characters have changed; yes. Everything that was familiar in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire is broken down with the arrival of the Mockingjay. But the movie finds success in carrying the same deep, meaningful themes that are often passed over in the previous films and expanding on them.

 *Spoiler Alert: Proceed at Own Risk