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I'm Erin, I'm a 23 year old human, I live in London. I am a filmmaker, writer, and homo.

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I intended to keep this blog for all kinds of things, but it's basically being used to keep tabs on all my favourite photos of Sherlock and various Avengers.

I like children's books and escapism and building dens.



iwood27 asked
Will you do the ALS ice bucket challenge?


Probably not, partly because I am still recovering from meningitis and so the thought of doing anything out of bed is a bit overwhelming, but also for other reasons. I worry this makes me a totally humorless party pooper, but… 

ALS is a terrible disease and there isn’t enough research money devoted to it. Raising money for ALS research is important, and while some people complain that the whole ice bucket challenge thing is mere slacktivism, the ALS Association has raised millions of dollars it otherwise wouldn’t have raised. And that’s great. This has been an extremely successful campaign, and I think it’s wonderful.

That said, I have mixed feelings about tying fundraising (or awareness campaigns) to stuff like the ice bucket challenge. Here’s the question: Why are we raising money for ALS instead of raising money for pediatric cancer research or food aid or for domestic violence shelters?

I feel like the answer to that question ought to be, “We’re raising money for ALS because ALS research is underfunded and can benefit from these resources,” not, “We’re raising money for ALS because the ice bucket challenge is a thing on the Internet right now.” If our philanthropy is dictated only by what happens to bubble up to the surface of the Internet’s consciousness, we’re not making careful choices about how to distribute our limited resources. 

And when it comes to charity, everyone has limited resources. Whether you give $5 or $5,000,000 a year to charities, there will always be good causes you cannot fund. So you need a very good answer to the question, “Why did you donate to X and Y?” because there will always be a Z—a very worthy Z—to which you did not donate.

This is not meant in any way to diss those who’ve participated in the ice bucket challenge: it’s an important cause and it has been tremendously successful. And I certainly don’t want to strip the joy of giving and sharing from charity. Sarah and I are just focused on trying to make sure our giving is driven by need and the opportunity to create lasting change.

EDIT: Tumblr user mockmewithgrace points out that it isn’t just a question of donating to X over Z; campaigns like the ice bucket challenge raise the total amount of money donated to charity; i.e., money that would otherwise be spent on beer instead gets donated to ALS research. This is a key point that I failed to consider above; I wrongly imagined charity as a kind of zero-sum game. And insofar as campaigns like this increase the total amount given to charity, they are I think unqualified successes.

I’m glad John added the edit at the bottom there, because I was thinking about this today and I think there’s a huge difference between sitting down with your partner and deciding how you can best divide your annual income between charities, and someone who doesn’t have a guaranteed income deciding to donate to charity as a spur of the moment thing.

I have donated to emergency appeals in the past (usually ‘send a text to this number to donate £5’ kinda thing) because that’s easy for me to calculate on the spot - Like, “I was planning on buying lunch today but instead I could just steal some toast from the office kitchen and then I can afford to send this text.” 

I think some people will donate one-off to a charity and then not revisit it. To others it’s like a gateway donation, which leads to them realising that they can afford to spend money on charity. 



Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.

For educational purposes only. You can follow me at twitter.com/tonyszhou

Here are three short films that take place on your desktop
Internet Story (2010): youtu.be/g-SL4ejpP94
Noah (2013): vimeo.com/81257262
Transformers: the Premake (2014): youtu.be/dD3K1eWXI54

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - In Motion (from The Social Network)
David Arnold & Michael Price - On the Move (from Sherlock)
Daft Punk - End of Line (from Tron: Legacy)
Al Hirt - Green Hornet Theme (from Kill Bill Vol. 1)

NEAT NEAT NEAT NEAT!! Watch this. I wrote my thesis on the relationship between the internet and physical space and my views on it have evolved dramatically since then, but investigating how it is portrayed in film is such a cool way of analyzing it. Still much work to be done…I can’t wait to watch the first movie that takes place entirely on the internet.

Fun Sherlock facts - When I interviewed the editor of Sherlock, Charlie Philips, for a case study at university, I was really surprised that the text-on-screen thing wasn’t planned in advance. 

"Two weeks into shooting the first ever episode of Sherlock, Paul McGuigan came into my edit suite, flumped down of the sofa and said "no way am I going to shoot two thousand cutaways of telephones, what can we do instead?" Recalls Charlie. Paul suggested just putting the emails and texts on screen with the action, but Charlie was unconvinced that they could make it look good. "The first bit of rushes he shot with John receiving a text, I glued it to the wall, using the tracking tool in avid, so as the camera panned about it stayed on the wall … And everybody, literally everybody, that came in and saw it said ‘oh I really like that!’”

At the time that they began experimenting with how they could get around not wanting to use cutaways, Stephen Moffat was still working on the first episode of Sherlock and after seeing what had been done in the scene in which John receives a text, Charlie says that he went back to the Lady in Pink searching scene, “and wrote all of those little bits of text into the script. So then … after having fairly simply put a bit of text on the walls suddenly I had a script with text flying all over the place.”

(Source: vimeo.com)




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Bad Weather’s all done! The longest Supercakes comic to date at 21 pages! All of which can be read on the site.

I often want to do a comic with Kat Leyh but I’m really content to just read ‘em ‘cause they’re perfect.

It’s gotta happen someday. Our names are just TOO SIMILAR

we were in Scotland this morning and this was on the news and we all lost our shit over “Bob Boring - Boring Resident” and I’m glad I was able to find the video again


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friendly reminder that ╮(─▽─)╭

we*boo is a slur (◡‿◡✿)

it dehumanizes otherkin who identify as fictional characters from japanese cartoons (anime) (⇀‸↼‶)

dont call me a we*boo im a FICTIVEKIN who happens to identify as someone who speaks japanese (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻


how much yall gotta hate minorities to believe this kinda shit huh

(Source: ssailorsenshi)

Since we’re both single and roughly the same age, it was hard for me not to treat our interview as a sort of date. Surprisingly, Chris did the same, asking all about me, my family, my job, my most recent relationship. And from ten minutes into that first interview, when he reached across the table to punctuate a joke by putting his hand on top of mine, Chris kept up frequent hand holding and lower-back touching, palm kissing and knee squeezing. He’s an attractive movie star, no complaints. I also didn’t know how much I was supposed to respond; when I did, it sometimes felt a little like hitting on the bartender or misconstruing the bartender’s professional fliirting for something more. I wanted to think it was genuine, or that part of it was, because I liked him right away.

Is this the part of a celebrity profile where I go into how blue the star’s eyes are? Because they are very blue.

(It was around then that we were spotted by the gossip reporter that I didn’t know was a gossip reporter, or else I wouldn’t have explained to him on the way back from the bathroom that Chris was “soo flirty” and that I had “the biggest crush on him.” Haha. Oops!)

Edith Zimmerman on Chris Evans in his new GQ profile.

This interview is blowing up today, I am definitely not mad at that. (via onthechanggang)


I could re-read this article literally every day.

(via sashayed)