Question Behind the Question, Review By Jonathan Hereford

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question was written by John G. Miller. This book is about questions to really ask yourself. Questions such as how to eliminate blame, complaining, and procrastination. QBQ explains how negative and inappropriate questions lacks personal accountability, and we should ask ourselves questions better our surroundings and lives.

qbqThis book helped me understand what questions to ask myself about how to accomplish my dreams and goals. This book made me feel empower in asking myself better questions. What stood out to me is message to ask better and do better.

I would recommend everyone to read this book because it will have asking better questions in your day to day situations. It’s a great book to read or give as a gift.

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Nicholas Karasievich

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an onion-style mystery/thriller whose layers are peeled back by two seemingly mismatched protagonists: Mikael Blomkvist, a middle aged investigative journalist charged with libel; and Lisbeth Salander, an antisocial young woman, who is both a computer genius and a pariah.The two are brought together to investigate a disappearance/murder in the Vanger family that occured in the 1960’s and as the investigation continues, not only are the scandals of the Vanger family tree revealed, but also the Vanger family ties to the Swedish Nazi party. While the purpose of the novel is mainly fictional entertainment, there is a good deal of Swedish/European politics, economy, and journalism. The novel also explores the dark side of the human psyche and how it manifests despite the denials and obfuscation of seemingly normal and polite individuals. In short, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sheds light on the phenomenon of what happens behind closed doors, the knowledge of which can prove to be deadly.

The various story arcs and the sheer number of the Vanger family (22 members) makes a complex environment for a mystery/thriller. Continue reading

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Filmmaker’s Fantasy Camp

PFTTlogoProfessional Film and Television Training
is a series of courses that have been offered at Chattanooga State Community College for several years. In it’s current form, there are 3 courses that should be taken in sequence beginning each Fall with PFTT 250 Introduction to Film and Television Technology.

However, during the Summer of 2015 we’re making a special push to deliver a filmmaker’s fantasy summer camp and are accepting students directly into PFTT 270 Filmmaking. The course meets Monday nights at 5:30 beginning June 8 and will also have scheduled weekend productions later in the Summer.

PFTT 270 – Filmmaking – Summer

Introduction to basic production work-flow for low-budget, independent film productions. This will be achieved partially through lecture and readings, through critiquing the work of other filmmakers, and through hands-on production of a short, budgeted film.

These are credit courses that you must be registered to attend. For more information contact or visit our facebook page.

The video below provides an overview of a production from Summer 2014.

What is PFTT?

PFTTlogoProfessional Film and Television Training is a series of courses that have been offered at Chattanooga State Community College for several years. In it’s current form, there are 3 courses that should be taken in sequence:

PFTT 250 – Introduction to Film and Television Technology – Fall

This course to introduce students to the business and everyday working methods of professional film and television production with an emphasis on techniques used in field shooting for motion pictures, dramatic television shows, TV commercials and music videos. This course will be the first step in enabling students to acquire skills necessary for gainful employment in a professional film/video production setting. 

PFTT 260 – Advanced Film and TV Production – Spring

This course will continue to build student’s understanding of professional film and television with an emphasis on pre-production, budgeting, casting, script breakdowns, location scouting, and scheduling. The course will enable students to prepare for shooting a short, budgeted production.

PFTT 270 – Filmmaking – Summer

Introduction to basic production work-flow for low-budget, independent film productions. This will be achieved partially through lecture and readings, through critiquing the work of other filmmakers, and through hands-on production of a short, budgeted film.

These are credit courses that you must be registered to attend. For more information contact or visit our facebook page.

Chattanooga Film Festival 2015


Chattanooga hosted the second annual Chattanooga Film Festival this past weekend, April 2-5. A variety of feature-length, animated, short films, and workshops were featured throughout the four-day festival. Many of the films were from local creators, however there were several submissions from across the US and even some international pieces as well. The whole event was well attended with fans of film, along with actors and directors looking to network and collaborate for future projects. A few celebrities were also in attendance including Elijah Wood and Bobcat Goldthwait; each presenting their films. Be sure to check out the interviews and behind the scenes footage on the CFF YouTube page:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman”, movie review by Leslie Mines

August 5th, 2014 I went to my local Wal-Mart to purchase the long awaited WWE Documentary “Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman”, a 3 disc set on arguably one of the greatest minds in professional wrestling. This set was something wrestling fans have been wanting for years. Paul Heyman is a pioneer in the wrestling industry, so this set was a real treat. The first disc was the documentary, then disc two and three are promos from AWA, WCW, ECW, and WWE. His influence in each company is covered in depth.

The documentary started with notable names in professional wrestling giving their insight on the man Paul Heyman. Most of them had bad things to say and some had good things to say, but that’s the legacy that Paul has left on the wrestling world. Heyman decided as a teenager he wanted to be apart of the wrestling business, so he started a wrestling newsletter. At the age of 14 Heyman got a press pass for MSG which is where all of the WWF/E shows were held most of the time in the 70s, 80s, 90s and even today in 2014. Heyman was considered a snobby kid by other journalist and photographers because he held no regard to anyone he wanted his brand to be ahead of everyone elses. Another segment in the documentary covered “Extreme Championship Wrestling”, Heymans own company that brought an edge to wrestling that would push WCW and WWF to steal some of ECWs ideas to prosper.

The main aspect of the documentary was the direction it took. It covered Heymans career from the age of 14 with his own newsletter to the 80s and 90s as a behind the scenes promoter and manager to now as just an on-air talent. ECW would eventually be bought buy Vince McMahon and the WWF. Heyman would work for Vince on-air and also behind the scenes. After the purchase of ECW and WCW the WWF/E had no competition, so there was a brand extension. Raw and Smackdown were the two brands under the WWE umbrella. In 2002-2004 Heyman was put in charge of Smackdown as lead writer. Smackdown crushed RAW in reviews and ratings. Vince didn’t like that because RAW was the “A” Show and SD was the “B” show. There would be a fallout and Paul would be sent to OVW(WWE Developmental for young talent) and placed in charge there. The documentary show a cycle of his career that people don’t want to come second to him, so they kick him out. Which happened in Memphis, WCW, and WWE.

The documentary didn’t go to much in depth on certain situations, yet they put a lot of emphasis on those stories. His falling out with WCW because of Bill Watts being an alleged racist and that was supposedly why Heyman left the company. There was a lawsuit of some sort because of his departure. Paul said himself in the documentary that he would not go in depth about the situation. Another story that was unheard and never been revealed in WWE History that Shane McMahon the son of Vince McMahon was suppose to purchase ECW from Paul in 2000. Shane would have bought the company to keep it running and competing with WWE and also practice for Shane to run WWE when his father stepped down, but that never happened. The set would have been even better if those stories were more exposed.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman” overall is possibly top ten in my WWE DVD collection. The set is really enjoyable and easy to sit through. WWE really went all out with this set and let Paul Heyman “loose”. There is a TV-14 rating on the dvd, which is widely accepted and appreciated by the wrestling community. The final two discs of the set are even more appreciated because they are full of promos and Paul Heyman is one of the best of the mic in the history of professional wrestling. Paul explained that his kids are everything to him and they have helped him mature to become a more peaceful man and to let the past go.

Gone Girl, movie review by Kaytlin Mitchell

Gone Girl” is a drama directed by David Fincher. The key actors in the cast of this film are Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris. This choice in casting ensures that this movie will and has brought forth a striking amount of viewers.

The story begins with Nick Dunne (Affleck) paying a visit to the bar that he co owns with his sister, Margot. He then receives a call from an elderly man that lives across the street from him saying that Dunne’s cat was out. It was when he arrived home that he found his wife was missing. It is later discovered that Mr. Dunne was cheating on his wife with one of his former students from the college he teaches at. However, that is not the only surprise. We later find that Amy (Dunne’s wife) has in fact made herself disappear in hopes of framing her husband for her murder because of the terrible things he did in their marriage. When Dunne realizes what his wife has done, he and his sister begin making a plan for him to defend himself in the Mississippi justice system. The first step in their plan is for Mr. Dunne to hire the top defense lawyer in this field, Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry). Mrs. Dunne’s plan however, is not going as well as expected. She loses her money and is forced to call upon the assistance of her former boyfriend, Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris). Mrs. Dunne finally realizes that her plan was never going to work anyway, and decides to come back to Mr. Dunne. Then it takes an unexpected twist and blows your mind!

The director, David Fincher, uses dramatic suspense to keep the audience on their toes throughout the entire film, which is one of the main reasons I enjoyed it. The camera angles are incredible and make you feel a closeness to the character and feel the same feeling of doubt, regret, and fear that they are feeling. It is almost as if you are a part of the movie yourself.

The music chosen for this movie brings the drama one step higher. For it allows the audience to know when something is going to happen without revealing what does happen. The music chosen to play in a movie has always been a major part in controlling how the audience feels and gives the viewers a bigger connection to the story.

This film takes many twists and turns which keeps the viewer guessing. In terms of quality, this film is top notch. It keeps your eyes glued to the screen. If you are going into this film, forget all about what you think you know about this movie. It is mind-boggling and I highly doubt anyone will leave the theater dissatisfied.

The Monkey’s Paw, film review by Jessica Swafford

Be careful what you wish for…

The Monkey’s Paw, is a rendition of a short story by W. W. Jacobs. This SiFy horror, thriller directed by Brett Simmons is set in a modern day Cajun city. The cast includes a wide range of charter actors including C.J. Thomason, Stephen Lang, Daniel Kelly, Corbin Bleu, and Michell Pierce.

A boy down on his luck acquirers a talisman from an ex-coworker. The trinket gives the owner three wishes of what ever he desires, but little does Jack (Thomason) know the wishes are tainted, and come at a price. Jake makes his first 2 wishes and notices things are beginning to change, so he throws the paw away. Than along comes a villain who wants Jake’s last wish to fix everything the first two wishes ruined. Scared and worried for the peoples lives around him he warns them of the danger and even includes the police. After learning a little about the curse and getting guidance from a friend, Jake decides how to defeat the villain and the curse in the final battle.

One of the aspects of filmmaking that stood out in this movie was the place setting. Filmed in New Orleans this classic horror story had a strong wonderful feel of deep, Cajan, voodoo mystery. I believe that the southern setting was perfectly effective telling this story of a mysterious dark magic monkey’s paw.

Another aspect that stood out was the language both music and dialect. In the bayou setting having a bunch of yankees with rap music would not have done for this voodoo story. And the directors agreed. With the use of creole style music and most of the actors having the deep cajan accents this movie nicely portrayed the voodoo mystery that comes with a legend as old and thrilling as The Monkey’s Paw

I grew up with the story of the monkeys paw and this is the first movie I have seen on this subject. It was a thriller for me I hang on the words and storyline, and I was pleasantly surprised with this movie of a legend that I grew up listening to. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes SiFi or thriller movies. Be careful what you wish for…. HAHAHAHA

Through Irish Eyes visits TV Production Class

James MahonMr. James Mahon, Irish news journalist working at WDEF Channel 12, spoke with students in COMM 2020 TV Production about what it takes to make it in the news media. “I applied at 180 different stations and got 180 rejections,” said Mahon. He stressed the importance of having an online presence and of developing a unique persona in order to stand out from other job applicants. “You’ve got to be a little bit different….That’s OK to look or sound different.”

Other tips for media practitioners Mr. Mahon gave were to get started now creating content, to work on telling stories in simple language, and to try to be visually compelling. However, the most important message the speaker emphasized was on developing yourself. “You’ve got to be the best version of you!”


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