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Emily Means

I am a movie maker, looking to do something different and unique in the industry. I am also a creative writer and character creator!
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Zombie Apocalypse Experience - Day 3

Posted on Apr 8, 2019 11:09:59 AM by Emily Means in dorm life, in geek culture, in college for nerds

This blog is sadly the last post in my zombie apocalypse experience series because of my recent changes. Unfortunately, I have been infected and now roam around campus, infecting the remaining humans. I put up a heroic fight until the end, but it seems patient zero had his eyes on me and really wanted to infect me.

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Zombie Apocalypse Experience - Day 2

Posted on Apr 3, 2019 9:52:57 AM by Emily Means in college life, in college for nerds

Welcome back to the Zombie Apocalypse! It’s day two of my experiences surviving this war. You won't believe the things I had to endure toda! 

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Zombie Apocalypse Experience - Day 1

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 7:33:20 AM by Emily Means in college life, in campus life, in college for nerds

Here at University of Advancing Technology, we have an exciting event called Humans Vs Zombies, or HVZ for short. HVZ is a week-long event dedicated to experiencing what it would be like to try and survive the zombie apocalypse, just like the video games! Hearing about this event was one of the really cool factors that made me love this school! This event is fun and different from your typical university.

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Camera Angles Tell a Story

Posted on Mar 9, 2019 6:22:00 PM by Emily Means in digital filmmaking, in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, in Digital Filmmaking Degree, in Digital Video, in degree in digital video

The camera angles in any movie are extremely important, it’s what makes or breaks a film. Say there are two characters having a conversation together. You will have to put deep thought into where you put the camera. For example, we have a female that is accusing her husband of stealing something from her drawer, the person in power here would be the female. She would have more room on screen than the male. A good way to capture an argument is with over the shoulder shots, this allows us to see both characters and lets us see the reactions of what is being said. If the male says,”it wasn’t me”. We can have the camera swing around and have the female look at him in disbelief to add more drama to the situation. Let's say we didn’t want drama, though, what we can do instead is keep the camera on his face showing the worry and hurt that she is accusing him, this causes the audience to feel sympathy for him.

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Creating Characters for TV

Posted on Feb 26, 2019 2:33:24 PM by Emily Means in film degree, in tv, in screen writing, in videography, in tech workforce, in character development, in screenwriting

Character creation is one of my favorite parts about writing for a TV series. You get to start with the basics of creation: choosing the persona. You can choose anywhere from a dark and mysterious kind of character all the way to a sweet and oblivious one. Personas also blend together with your plot and setting to propel the story. Good character development is what really moves a story along and makes a TV series enjoyable and memorable. If your characters don’t have an interesting persona, then no emotional connection will be made and the viewers will lose interest and eventually stop watching your show.

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