FAN-CASTS: How They Should Be Done. . ?

FAN-CASTS: How They Should Be Done. . ?

Hey guys! I know I haven't been on here as much as I used to but when I was I was all about the FAN-FIC section, more specifically FAN-CAST's. This is an article for you to help us improve the quality in the FAN-FIC section. Check it out and leave some feedback. Mr. Murdock

As many of you may know, I was a regular here a month or two ago but recently haven't had the time to get back on this great site! Anyway, what I want to ask you is this;

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE FAN-FIC?

Now many people contribute to FAN-FIC and its great! But... is it as good as it can be? I see regulars like LEEE777, Superdude001 and Josh Wilding just to mention a few doing solid FAN-CASTS but they all do them differently, they all have their own style which is great but it may confuse new-comers as how it should be done. Here we go...

Key Elements to a FAN-CAST;


1. PICTURES

When doing a FAN-CAST you NEED to have pictures. For example if I just wrote;

Joel Edgerton as Hawkman

Half of you wouldn’t know who I’m talking about and pictures help you imagine the actor in the role so you can understand where the poster/submitter is coming from.

Pictures show us whether the actor has the right look and build for the role (i.e. weight and height).

Now if I did this;

Joel Edgerton as Hawkman

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It puts a clearer idea in your head doesn't it? This leads me onto the next thing...



2. HISTORY

History is a HUGE thing to me when doing a FAN-CAST. Not only history about the characters you are casting but also history about the actor/actress you have chosen to portray the character.

If you just have the name of the actor/actress and the character you want them to play you’re not going to get your point across about why that person is so well suited to the role and are therefore are more likely to get negative feedback.

Now if I did this;

Joel Edgerton: Edgerton is one of my favourite actors not only because he hails from my country (Australia) but he's such a diverse and gifted actor. He recently starred in the critically acclaimed Aussie Crime/Drama Animal Kingdom alongside Guy Pearce and Ben Mendelsohn. However, it was his heroic role as Gawain in King Arthur that convinced me he would own this role.

It would help you understand why I think he is fitted to the role.

Even a short list of movies they've starred in would be a great addition!

A short Bio of the character would also go along nicely. For example;

Hawkman: There have been many versions of Hawkman. Usually related in some way to the planet Thanagar, Hawkman traditionally wields weapons of archaic origin and wears large wings that grant him flight. Recently, Carter Hall died at the beginning of Blackest Night and was resurrected at the end.



3. REFERENCE

If when making a cast you use a choice someone has already stated, reference them! In your article state that they gave you the idea. For example; I wouldn't claim the pick of Bradley Cooper as Guy Gardner as this casting choice has been posted all over this site!

Also when making a FAN-CAST try to use as much ORIGINALITY as you can. For example if you’re making a Superman FAN-CAST try not to cast Brandon Routh, Tom Welling or even Henry Cavill as Supes because they are all frequently posted and I'm pretty sure everybody has seen them by now.

Also a big deal is REPOSTING ARTICLES. It's unfair and slack to keep reposting articles that many people have already seen and it just makes people angry and ruins the site. Especially when you put A LOT of effort into your work, it just gives people the shits.

Another big thing is SPELLING. Make sure to always spell check your article, you'd be surprised at how many mistakes you actually make. Now it isn't such a big deal in a FAN-CAST but in story writing it is! I'm sure your Word Document program would have one.



4. PRESENTATION

Now presentation may not seem like such a big deal but in my opinion it is! Presentation makes it a lot easier to read and even if some users don't like your Actor/Character matchup choice than they may still give you positive feedback about your layout. Trust me; it's happened to me plenty of times!

It shows that it's not just a five-second job and that you actually took time and put a lot of thought into your article. To improve the presentation of your article you can;

Make certain sections BOLD, ITALIC, UNDERLINED or even centre your writing!

To do the following simply delete the spaces between the letters and symbols and enter your text in the middle. :)

Bold = < b >(Text Here)< / b >
Italic = < i >(Text Here)< / i >
Underline = < u >(Text Here)< / u >
Centre = < center >(Text Here)< / center >

What you could also do is frame your pictures together. It doesn't have to be anything to fancy but it certainly does look a lot better and more organised.

It only takes about 2 minutes (if that) to make it nice, neat and organised with frame using PHOTOBUCKET.

Change The Colour of Your Writing! Change certain parts of your article to whatever colour you want; RED, BLUE, GREEN, you name it!

Just Delete The Spaces :)

Colour Change = < font(Leave A Space)color = (Colour Here)>(Text Here)< / font >

Although too much brightly coloured text can be really annoying so take it easy on the colours and don't over-do it.



5. FINISH

Okay, now with all that in mind I'm sure you guys could come up with a lot of creativity within that. They're just the basics. Follow those guidelines and I'm sure it'll make FAN-FIC a better place.


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HAWKMAN

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Joel Edgerton: Edgerton is one of my favourite actors not only because he hails from my Country (Australia) but he's such a diverse and gifted actor. He recently starred in the critically acclaimed Aussie Crime/Drama Animal Kingdom alongside Guy Pearce and Ben Mendelsohn. However, it was his heroic role as Gawain in King Arthur that convinced me he would own this role.

Hawkman: There have been many versions of Hawkman. Usually related in some way to the planet Thanagar, Hawkman traditionally wields weapons of archaic origin and wears large wings that grant him flight. Recently, Carter Hall died at the beginning of Blackest Night and was resurrected at the end.


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Something along the lines of this would be great!


NOTE: This is my first article outside of a FAN-CAST. I hope I didn't piss too many people off. :P

Please leave your opinions/requests down below. :)
Posted By:
MrMM
Member Since 4/29/2009
Filed Under "Fan Fic" 8/14/2011
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