Author Archives: William Galaini

27 Aug 2017

Valerian sucked, but why?

  I am a science fiction nerd. I carry the sci-fi nerd card, attend the conventions, and wear the t-shirts. So my excitement over Luc Besson being back in full swing with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets made my teeth jitter. After having devoured Fifth Element in theaters, on VHS, DVD, and BluRay I was ready to see a spiritual successor. To be fair, Luc Besson has written, produced, or directed with mixed results in the past. He’s had some clunkers for certain, but his best films are concrete classics like Leon and La Femme Nikita. So the Read More

20 Aug 2017

Is our notion of acting archaic?

  With Star Wars: Rogue One casting deceased actors and films like Antman reversing age brilliantly, it is safe to say that whatever we once considered an acting performance is no longer clear-cut. “That was great acting” is praise that we can no longer take for granted in the digital age, and I wonder how often we are falsely crediting a single person for their character’s presentation either on screen or in video games. My question is genuine: is our idea of acting archaic? Have the technical elements of media-driven narrative evolved so far as to warrant character performance to Read More

13 Aug 2017

A case for subverted characterization

  There are five predominant means to express characterization: How a character physically appears What a character says What a character does How other characters react to them What a character thinks Now, while nailing down all five of these methods can, and often will, present a character in perfect clarity I’d hardly call it engaging writing. We don’t want to know everything about a character, right? We want some discussion and perhaps even argument. Leaning on three or perhaps even two of the above characterization methods can force the audience into action, filling in the spaces the author leaves Read More

09 Nov 2015

What is a Male Feminist?

When, as a man, can I be simultaneously considered a feminist and able to call myself one? Do I decide if I’ve crossed this threshold on my own? Could I be a feminist without applying the word openly toward myself? Do I need the permission of a woman to give myself the title? Must it be a specific woman, since so many women don’t identify as feminists themselves? Questions abound. To begin with, a caveat; I’m a guy. I say “guy” because I often smell bad (“manfunk” is my wife’s term), and I get excited by childish things like video games, toys, and explosions Read More

02 Aug 2015

The Future of Storytelling is…Video Games!?

Yeah, I know, right? This is an odd assertion coming from an author, but hear me out. I’m a junkie for two things: a good story and a good game. Often I would have to choose one or the other when searching for a fix, but lately, I’ve noticed that the two are no longer rivals. There recently was a specific scene in a game that gave me an epiphany in regards to the evolution of narrative. I was playing The Last of Us, an action adventure video game famous for its unusual zombie elements. The characters, Joel and Ellie, Read More