Monday, June 27, 2011

Emails #61: American Identity

Mr. Rick, what do you think we might call the blog? I usually do a little brainstorming, a bit of word play. Let me see...
Cap and Trade (hmm, that might be kind of horrible)
Cap: Declaration of Adaptation
Cap: Culture War
Cap: Media Conflict
Captaining Across Media
Cap: Bridging Media
Cap: Adapting a Legend
Myth and Legends
Adapting Cap
"from a production based perspective" I'm not sure that's quite it.
"A discussion into the inner workings of creativity in film, comic books, writing and popular culture"
"A discussion about adapting comic books to film that transformed into a..."

Benito- Try these on for size:
Cap: Myth, Legend, Media Adaptation
A discussion into adapting an icon across media platforms

Cap! Adapting the Myth and Legend
The creative discussions to rethink an American icon for film and narrative media
I like this last one.We should have a big Cap star and a swastika on the front page as a graphic motif to symbolize the conflict...

Rick, very effective!

Please allow me to step back a sec and see if I can't define what we're after. Our original discussion was about how we would adapt Cap for the screen. Our discussion then broadened to include a critique of comics and films. Then it deepened further leading us to discuss the very essence of character and storytelling. Perhaps even deeper than that though, in these meanderings what we were really trying to redefine or rediscover is our American identity. WWII is a time when America saved the world. The Greatest Generation. Incredible changes occurred from that. Our reasons for starting this discussion may actually been borne out of our grief following 9/11 and our frustrations with the Bush administration. That and Obama's election certainly influenced our drive a little at least. We want to tell a real hero story using fantasy to make it more inspiring or fun or palatable or simply without political affiliation. We want to tell a story about the American Spirit.

Cap! Adapting a Modern Myth
Cap! Modernizing Modern Myth

  • A creative discussion about how to bring an American icon to modern media. A story about the soul of America.
  • How a discussion about adapting an American icon to film lead to finding the true essence of storytelling.
  • How a discussion about adapting Captain America for the screen became a rediscovery of the American Spirit.
  • A discussion about adapting an America icon for the screen and redefining the American Spirit.
  • A discussion about character and storytelling in today's film and narrative media.

Any of these work for you? I'm totally open!

COMING SOON! 4th of July Blowout!!!

CAP vs. RED SKULL final conflict!! First Avenger Double Movie Review!!

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
-Sylvia Plath

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
-Mark Twain

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