Fear and Now: How Horror Movies Reflect Societal Unease

Fear and Now: How Horror Movies Reflect Societal Unease

Hello there Trove-ians, and thank you once again for tuning in to another Trove blog! This week, I’d like to open by discussing a film that I saw recently that forced me, a strapping, brave, and confident twenty-five year old man, to sleep on the couch with lights on because it … it just scared me so much.

That film was “Hereditary.” Flying under the radar, it’s been met with laudatory critical acclaim, and for good reason; the movie is incredible, an intense fusion of searing family drama and shocking, traumatizing horror. The movie is terrifying, to say the least, but what gives the film that special resonance that all great horror movies possess is that it’s actually trying to say something.

Moving in the Right Direction: 5 Essentials of Being A Great Director

Moving in the Right Direction: 5 Essentials of Being A Great Director

Greetings and salutations my friends, and welcome back! For those of you who checked in on the Trove blog last week, we did a piece on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and spoke a little bit about it’s director, Stanley Kubrick. But, after writing said blog, I didn’t really think to explain … what a director is.

Whether you’re a bonafide media buff or couldn’t care less about television and film, there are names you just know. Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Michael Bay (it caused me physical pain to include him with the previous three, but unfortunately he’s a pretty well-known director. God I hate myself). We know who these guys are, but some of us don’t really know what it is they actually do.

The Greatest Movie of All Time: A Look at "2001: A Space Odyssey" on its 50th Anniversary

The Greatest Movie of All Time: A Look at "2001: A Space Odyssey" on its 50th Anniversary

Howdy there Trove brethren, and thank you once again for tuning into the Trove blog!

As some of you know, a couple weeks ago we did our first bio blog on Atlanta’s own creative titan Donald Glover (what a man). This week, we’re doing another bio, of sorts, but not really on a person, but a film. A film, in fact, that this humble blogger believes to be not just easily the greatest science fiction movie ever, but the greatest film ever made … period.

Even if you haven’t seen it, the movie is so outrageously influential you’ve probably seen allusions to it and haven’t even realized it.

Not Flying "Solo": How The Cinematic Universe Has Succeeded (Star Wars, Marvel) and Failed (DC)

Not Flying "Solo": How The Cinematic Universe Has Succeeded (Star Wars, Marvel) and Failed (DC)

Greetings one and all! And welcome, once more, to the Trove blog. We appreciate your loyalty and, to reward you, we offer a truly majestic and stunning reward … another blog.

As many, many, MANY of you know (2 billion dollars worth of you), “Avengers: Infinity War” came out a couple weeks ago. The massive superhero extravaganza, featuring almost thirty characters from the previous 18 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short), is the ten year culmination of the franchise and, suffice it to say, is quite the event.

While the film is absolutely rolling in dough, great debate rages about where it ranks in the great pantheon of Marvel’s movies (number one is unquestionable to me -- Wakanda Forever, baby).

The Don of a New Era: How Atlanta's Own Donald Glover is Taking Over the World

The Don of a New Era: How Atlanta's Own Donald Glover is Taking Over the World

Hello Trove fam! After three long weeks, I, the Miles Marinello, Lord of the Trove Blog, have returned, in all of my humility. I’ve since traveled the nation, seen some bluegrass in Nashville, eaten glorious barbecue in Memphis, gone to a five story interactive museum in St. Louis, and watched my sister get married in front of Grand Teton in Wyoming. It was a grand time, but it’s good to be back with you all! And I’ve returned, once again, with a scene to present to you all.

It’s the early 1990s. A young African American boy, probably 11 or 12, is wrapping up dinner with his parents and younger brother. They’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so while the boy really wants to eat something else, they had eaten turkey yet again, as their mother approved of little else.

A Webtastic Way of Creating Content

A Webtastic Way of Creating Content

Greetings everyone! And a huge TGIF, am I right? These past few months, I’ve been slowly watching more web series and it really got me thinking … why aren’t more people talking about this? Seriously, web television is awesome and there are plenty of quality web series out there right at the tip of your fingers! While web television launched in the late 1990s, it really started picking up steam in the 2000s. As we are currently living through the rise of the digital age, web television is slowly becoming more and more prominent. While mainstream television has some fantastic shows, web television allows for more room in diversity and creativity because there are no corporate executives to report to. 

Reaching the Summit: What I Learned at the ATL Film Festival and Screencraft Writers Summit

Reaching the Summit: What I Learned at the ATL Film Festival and Screencraft Writers Summit

Hey hey hey everybody! Thank you for once again taking a moment to peruse another masterful blog from Trove Studio (he said with the utmost humility).

In the past in Trove blogs, we’ve gone over a vast range of topics, from basic production concepts to movie power rankings to Trove moments. This week, however, we’re going to head in a different direction. Namely, in my direction, as this week we’re talking about something truly extraordinary -- my life. Alright, I’m kidding; I really am a humble person. In fact I’d say I’m the most humble person I’ve ever met.

Moving on, I did have a truly extraordinary weekend, as I had the immense honor of attending not only the opening weekend of the 42nd Annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF), but also the Screencraft Writers Summit.

Sounds Good to Me!: Sound, The Most Important Part of Video Production

Sounds Good to Me!: Sound, The Most Important Part of Video Production

Greetings and salutations noble readers! Thanks for tuning in (get it? Since it’s a sound blog?) to yet another piece of legendary blogdom from Trove! Today I want to tell you about a great revelation I experienced that … changed my life … forever ...

As an aspiring writer, I always thought that story was the most important part of a production, whether it be film, television, or, I don’t know, commercial video production. I stand by that to an extent still, as a great story should always be the foundation of any production. But when it comes to a finished product, I’ve come to believe that there is another factor that is actually the most important part of any production, that being sound.