The Effect of the Computer and Internet
Updated on January 10, 2007, 8:21 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
As of the beginning of the year 2007, this writer can no longer remember a time when there was no computers or Internet being part of his life. Of course, the writer can't remember much of anything before he was in the fifth grade, and therefore can't have his memory trusted to making any facilitation on the matter of the computer's and Internet's effect on his activities. What can be duly noted is that in elementary school the writer was subjected to using the computer to write assignments, do research, and play video games like many of his peers. Use of the computer didn't cease as the years grew, but instead became a feverous addiction.
By the time the writer was in seventh grade he was on a computer multiple times a day and on the Internet just as much. Having drifted away from computer games in elementary school, and making the decision to become a screenwriter and director by the time he was in fifth grade, the writer worked on his movie ideas and screenplays. Using the Internet he began to study on his own how movies were made and everything he could about them. In January of 2001, after discovering that Peter Jackson was making the Lord of the Rings, a favorite book of the writer, he was on theonering.net daily checking the progress of the movies and learning a great amount about filmmaking through this source. DVD's were an amazing source for learning as well, but the Internet provided an abundance of information and sites to satisfy the writer's desire.
By 2003, despite a decision early on not to make any movies in high school because of the thought, "You can't make a decent movie in high school with teenagers being the cast and crew," the writer began making some movies. Using computers to edit these movies, computers took a more prominent role in the writer's daily activities. Also in the summer of 2003 the writer became a member of Star Wars Hyperspace, an online membership of starwars.com where he could practically watch them make the movie. He learned more about filmmaking through this service. In early summer of 2004 he completed his first feature length screenplay of 106-pages, and in late 2004, through the site kongisking.net, began watching the production diaries Peter Jackson's next project King Kong. He learned more from these diaries than he did with Star Wars.
Despite an internship in spring of 2005 at Edgewood Studios, helping to make the movie Zombie Town as a Production Assistant, all the things he observed here only reiterated what he had learned from his research on the Internet. Although this internship did add experience to the writer's repertoire. By February of 2006 the writer completed his second feature length screenplay, A Serpentine Retribution, on software for his computer. The software, Final Draft, along with the research he did on the Internet on the 1940s and film noir, along with his viewing of multiple noirs that he could rip onto his computer to watch when he pleased, made it all possible for the writer to do this facile.
Computers and the Internet are two technologies that have been so essential to the life of this writer that without them he very well could be an entirely different person. Or he could also perhaps not be, but he'd like to think that computers helped make him who he is. Well computers and movies.
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