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Dtoid community: I need your help to launch the career of filmmaker

It's been a long while since I've blogged here. For the two of you that remember me: How've you been? Long time no see. To the rest of you: How's it going? I like what you've done with the place. I'm Jason, and while I haven't been active on Destructoid in some time, I do occasionally contribute to the front page over at Tomopop (most recently with this review for Evil Dead 2 figures).

I'm going to cut right to the chase- I need your help. Or, rather, my best friend Sandy needs your help. Sandy Stenzel is a film student at UCLA. She became one of the 6 finalists for a film competition hosted by Sprite. These six directors were given a minuscule budget to create a short film showcasing Sprite. Ultimately the winner will get their film shown in movie theaters across America during that blitz of ads and trailers they show before the flick you paid to see.

It's a huge deal, and can and probably will launch the career of the winner. The hitch is that a large part of the judging is done by internet voting. If you're already gung-ho to help out, I think you're amazing and here's how you can do so:

Go to http://www.sprite.com/films and watch Sandy's movie "Love, Refreshed", then vote for it. It's about a 3-minute short. You can vote once a day every day in the month of August. You only have to watch it once. You can skip straight ahead to the voting on each other day. Thanks so much. You don't have to keep reading anymore, Mr./Ms. Awesomely Helpful Person. I'm just going to keep trying to convince the others from here on out.

I'm just going to keep listing reasons why this girl deserves this, and why helping her out is a completely noble, charitable, and worthwhile thing to do.

-First and foremost, this girl is one of us. Hell, I probably wouldn't even be one of us if it weren't for Sandy. This girl is a gamer. When I first met her 15 years ago, I was amazed to meet a woman who played video games, let alone one who could occasionally kick my ass at them. I was kind of a lapsed gamer at the time. It was she who brought me back into the fold. Girl got a Dreamcast on launch day, and I remember playing Soul Caliber with her until dawn.

Beyond gaming, she loves anime, cult films (the first night I went over her house she showed me "Tromeo and Juliet", and I knew right there that she'd be my bestie for life), and before she moved to the other side of the country, we would scour every toy department in the state for rare variant action figures. (For my 25th birthday, she bought me a giant Leatherface action figure from Texas Chain Saw Massacre. She's a rare and awesome breed.)

Long story short, this is a girl who will make films that we like, because she loves the same things that we do.

-Sandy shot her film on actual 35mm film stock, as opposed to the digital cameras that her competitors used. Film is way more expensive, much more time-consuming to shoot with, and makes post production more complicated. She shot her film on the same budget as her competition, which created headaches of its own. The result, though, is obvious. Her short looks amazing. Her's looks professional. Shooting on film is coming closer to being a lost art, yet she took a major risk and made it happen.

-Every time you cast a vote, you're entered to win a trip to Universal Studios. It's kind of a weak reason, since it never really feels like people really win those things, but I'd love to see a Dtoider walk away with that prize.

-If her film wins and is shown in theaters, you'll get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped make it happen. Feel free to turn to the person next to you and brag about how you jump-started that filmmaker's career. You've earned it!

-Do it because it's the right thing to do. This is a pathetically easy contest to hack. (All it requires is an email address and entering a captcha code to vote; a person could just punch in random email addresses all day long and win this thing.) It is widely suspected that the current front-runner has people doing just that. The help of the Dtoid Army (i.e. YOUR help), could overcome those nasty cheaters.

-Remember that time in 'Nam when I took that bullet for you? I've never once held it over you in any way since then. If this weren't really important, I wouldn't remind you now. If you help me out now, we're totally even. (There's still shrapnel in my shoulder, and when it rains it hurts like you wouldn't believe. Just saying.)

-Because someone who can sport a hat this pimp simply deserves to win!

If you made it this far, I thank you for your time. If you voted today, I think you're a rockstar. If you're going to vote on multiple days throughout the contest, you're pretty much a god in my book.
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About Haxanone of us since 11:13 AM on 10.23.2007

Occasional contributer to Tomopop.com.

Random gaming facts about Haxan

Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.

Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.

Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.

Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.

Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.

Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.

Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.

Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.

Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.

Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.

Prefers pads to sticks.

Likes the N64 controller.

Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.

Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.

Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.

Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")

Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)

Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.

Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.

Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)

Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.

Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):

•The Legend of Zelda (NES)
•Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
•The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
•Phantom 2040 (SNES)
•Street Fighter II (any version)
•Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
•Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
•Ico (PS2)
•Sin and Punishment (N64)
•Picross (DS)


I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.

Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Citι des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.

Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.

If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.

Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.

Blogs I writed:

•Virtual Console Review- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
•Review- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Front Page
•Other Worlds Than These: The citizens of the land of Termina
•Community spotlight: Haxan goes above and beyond for the community

Monthly Musings
•Instant Replay: Street Fighter II
•The Start of the Affair: Solomon's Key

Editorials and assorted articles
•Does the Wii have RROD-type issues of its own?
•Okay, Nintendo. I guess that we can be friends again.
•Niero, do you have any idea what in the lobster milkshake you have done?! (dtoid 3rd anniversary post)
•10 things you might not have known about Haxan (but really only 8)
•Why Destructoid is awesome: Nilcam is the greatest edition (I honestly can't give Nilcam enough props for this.)
•Christmas shopping: Non-gaming, priest dad-style
•Bad Dye Job: A Darius Pickman Story
•"Congraturation" RetroforceGO!
•Nintendon't what?! Now you tell me just what the %#@$ Nintendon't do!

Neat stuff I played a bit part in
•The Destructoid children's alphabet book


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