Talk:Film and TV

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Pure Genius

Pure Genius premiered tonight, the acting looks a little cheesy for my tastes, but I might try and sit through the first episode to write up the basic premise of the series. It looks like there is going to be a lot of futurist/transhumanist themes in the series. A Tech Billionaire + a renowned Doctor solving medical problems etc was what I gathered from the trailer. --TranshumanTees (talk) 17:25, 28 October 2016 (CDT)

Cool. Try and grab some categories and the usual outgoing links so it's already integrated and easy to expand on Deku-shrub (talk) 18:33, 28 October 2016 (CDT)

Done! Was actually better than I thought it was going to be, although not great. It's a bit like CSI meets Casualty or something. --TranshumanTees (talk) 13:37, 1 November 2016 (CDT)

I watched the pilot, it may be non-mainstream, but very much on the H+Pedia mission. Did you see that infinity logo? They're most certainly a fictional transhumanist medical centre Deku-shrub (talk) 18:26, 16 November 2016 (CST)

Yes it certainly seems that way, it's got an interesting mix of futurism/transhumanism/longevity elements all mixed together.

Space stuff

Thoughts on adding Mars? New docu/fiction TV series on National Geographic about the potential of living on the planet. (IMDB Link) --TranshumanTees (talk) 08:10, 16 November 2016 (CST)
I would say no, unless it touches on relevant application of transhumanist technologies in it. Space exploration advocacy is a well established area and whilst we'll undoubtedly touch on it very often, I want to avoid setting too many precedents covering the topic as our coverage will inevitably be very inconsistent if attempted. Deku-shrub (talk) 18:24, 16 November 2016 (CST)
Okay. "When Worlds Collide" gave me the idea. There wasn't much transhumanism in that movie that I picked up on other than space colonisation.

Trailers

I think we should standardise our trailer embed sizes. Perhaps fluid rather than fixed width? Deku-shrub (talk) 18:33, 16 November 2016 (CST)

I'd like to make a template for this so we can cut and paste a youtube URL into a "{ youtube| }" code and it do the rest for us. I haven't tried making a template yet though, not sure how to do it. --TranshumanTees (talk) 22:02, 16 November 2016 (CST)
Take a look at the existing templates for inspiration. e.g. Template:Wikipedia. Or just make one nice one and I'll convert it to a generic template. Deku-shrub (talk) 08:14, 17 November 2016 (CST)
I've tried using that template before to no avail. I don't know how they work, need to look into how to do it or try finding one somewhere. --TranshumanTees (talk) 14:29, 17 November 2016 (CST)

Thought I'd better update this section... Template "Trailer" can now be used to copy/paste a YouTube video's code in order to create a fairly nice looking trailer box. This is automatically aligned to the right, the sub-title text is set to default as "Trailer" and the box is a fixed width. Template "Yt" can be used to add more paremeters such as; changing alignment, width, and also adding a sub-title to the video embed box. These may still need some tweaks by someone more able than me. --TranshumanTees (talk) 17:45, 18 December 2016 (CST)

I'm going to update yt at some point do it doesn't align right by default, but I believe that's a useful default on the trailer template :) Deku-shrub (talk) 08:50, 19 December 2016 (CST)
I thought I'd already done that (oops!) will double check it and get it changed. --TranshumanTees (talk) 12:39, 19 December 2016 (CST)
Okay, Template Yt now has the desired functionality, but its not quite right. If I knew what I was doing I'd be dangerous. :-) --TranshumanTees (talk) 13:20, 19 December 2016 (CST)

Decisions and Questions

I'm taking the decision to remove "The Neon Demon" from the page. It's not transhumanist at all in my opinion, just a supernatural/psychological thriller. --TranshumanTees (talk) 09:36, 18 November 2016 (CST)

I'm wondering whether or not to add "The Accountant" here. The problem is the movie itself isn't really transhumanist, but there is a transhumanist element behind the company in the story (Living Robotics), and its boss/leader's motivations. --TranshumanTees

Article Idea

I think it would be a good idea to write up an article on screenwriting/storytelling from a transhumanist perspective. The main reason being that all these movies and stories have to have a negative element in order for them to work. I believe it was Max Moore who said (paraphrasing); "People only tell stories with negative perspectives because it's easier". I don't think that is entirely the case. I've also seen some on reddit and other social platforms complaining about movies/books not having enough positivity behind the transhumanist and/or longevity elements in them.

In planning for a book I'm writing I read quite a few books on writing and screenwriting, and the main reason they tell these stories with a negative perspective (most of the time anyway) is because they have to have a primal element to them in order for people to want to read or watch them. I could better explain that with a page on why stories are told the way they are.

I have a few questions though:

  • Most important: Does it sound like a good idea?
  • If yes, what should the page be called? "Storytelling" seems a bit too vague to me.
  • Should it be in the arts section in general? Or, should I perhaps do one for Film and another for Books? (Bearing in mind they overlap/will repeat themselves a lot).
  • Wikifying it could be awkward, the main sources I'd be using are from books and it might be tricky to do citations. Any suggestions on that?

--TranshumanTees (talk) 13:50, 14 December 2016 (CST)